It is possible to come to the University of Oxford as part of an organised study exchange with one of the University’s partner institutions, or to undertake work or training through an arranged traineeship.
Incoming study exchange students
In order to undertake an Erasmus study exchange period at the University of Oxford, there must be a current Institutional Agreement in place between the departments of partner institutions. Contact your home institution to discover if an agreement with the University exists.
If your home institution has nominated you to attend the University of Oxford as part of an Erasmus study exchange, please refer to the Incoming Erasmus Study Exchange Handbook for more information on living and studying in Oxford.
It can be difficult to establish new Erasmus exchange agreements at the University of Oxford due to the structure of our degree programmes and the collegiate system which require an equal number of incoming and outgoing students to exchange at the same time. Any new exchanges would need to be set-up on a long term basis, and the University of Oxford’s participation would require the approval of our Education Committee. Any long term exchange would need to be set-up between the department or faculty at each institution in the first instance, and once approval has been granted the Erasmus office can help with the next steps.
Student testimonials from 2016-17
My exchange was very intellectually stimulating and socially vibrant - it is the best year of my life so far. (Olivia, L’Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Mindgrowing, quite literally. (Anna, Universidad de Salamanca)
Demanding but unforgettable in the most positive way. (Paul, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen)
Oxford is a magic place full of marvellous and bright people. (Mercè, Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
A year of very diverse encounters and both difficult and empowering self-discovery (Coralie, L’Université Paris-Sorbonne)
The ideal academic environment, the high quality of Bodleian library facilities and the sense of unlimited knowledge possibilities offered me some of the most fascinating moments in my entire academic life. (Maria, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
It has been an exciting, challenging and exhausting experience, which I would definitely love to repeat, if possible. (Jakob, Universität Konstanz)
My Erasmus experience was a magical and educative one. (Sonja, Universiteit Leiden)
Oxford has been a life changing experience, which has enriched both my academic profile and my personal skills. (Blanca, Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
An effervescence of novelties and a hub of cultures - an once in a lifetime experience! (Laure, Universite Pantheon-Assas)
Best year of my life! (Lisa, Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen)
Oxford is really a place you can only understand when you have been there and I am really proud of having had this opportunity. (Mathilde, Universite Pantheon-Assas)
Game changing. (Mikail, Ecole Nationale de Chimie de Montpellier)
I have grown both academically and personally and am very grateful for having had the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford. (Julia, Universitat Bonn)
Magnificent. (Spyridon, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
If I were to describe in one word my experience at Oxford as a visiting student, it would be fulfilling, as it helped me learn more about another country and its culture, but also helped me develop qualities such as perseverance and openness. (Balsama, Universite Paul Valery - Montpellier III)
An unforgettable experience of a lifetime: magical! (Elsa, Universite Pantheon-Assas)
Incoming traineeship students
If your home university has an Erasmus Charter, then you may be eligible to undertake work or training through an Erasmus traineeship at the University of Oxford.
Erasmus traineeships must be organised through the department you wish to work for, and they will sign all paperwork and be responsible for you throughout your stay. It is important to note that traineeship students will not have a college place and would not be registered as a student at the University. Please contact the relevant department directly to see if they are interested, and if so to discuss what the traineeship might involve.
If you have been accepted on a traineeship you might find parts of the Incoming Erasmus Study Exchange Handbook helpful. However, please note that you will not be registered as a student and will not have a college affiliation.