Orientation Programme | University of Oxford
MBA students walk across Radcliffe Square in the sunshine, Oxford
MBA students walk across Radcliffe Square in the sunshine, Oxford
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Orientation Programme

To help you to settle into Oxford life, the University offers an undergraduate and graduate Orientation Programme for European and international students. Erasmus and visiting students may attend either programme, as appropriate.

Orientation Programme

The main Orientation Programme is held in late September or early October each year, however, there are also sessions for students starting in Hilary and Trinity terms. As well as providing practical details for living and studying in the UK and Oxford, the Programme provides a fantastic opportunity to meet students from more than 100 countries before starting your studies.

Registration for the Michaelmas term programmes is now open, and you will receive details from your college about the programmes and the registration code to sign-up online. Colleges will usually send this information with other pre-arrival information in early/mid-summer so please wait until you hear from your college.The deadline for registration is Monday 11 September 2017; this is now closed and we cannot accept any late registrations as the programme is full up.

There will be three orientation programmes and you will need to attend the one relevant to your course of study:

  • Thursday 28 September 2017: Programme for graduate students in Social Sciences Division (Note: MBA and MFE students should not sign up online as they will need to attend the Said induction programme instead)
  • Friday 29 September 2017: Programme for graduate students in all other divisions
  • Monday 2 October 2017: Programme for undergraduate and visiting students  

Erasmus students may attend any programme relevant to them.

Timetable booklets are now available to download. You must have registered before the deadline of Monday 11 September to be able to attend any of these programmes. You will also receive a hard copy of the programme timetable on the day of your programme:

Frequently asked questions about the Orientation Programme

What will the Programme cover?

The Orientation Programme will cover:

  • studying and learning at the University of Oxford
  • University services (including computing, language centre and student support)
  • life as an Oxford student
  • information on living in Britain and Oxford and cultural differences
  • practical issues such as employment, immigration and visas, health and safety.

You do not have to be at the Programme for the whole time, you may choose which talks to attend depending on your interests. You may also attend the information fair (Michaelmas term only) for individual consultations. Please see the programmes at the links above for further details. 

I have studied/lived in the UK before so should I still attend?

You are still welcome to attend but may like to select talks which will be more relevant to your needs. You should also come to the social hour as it provides a good chance to meet many other students from your home country and other countries across the world.

What arrangements should be made for accommodation and meals?

Contact your college to make arrangements about a room and meals during the Orientation Programme. Your college needs to know exactly when you plan to arrive in Oxford. Your college will charge you for accommodation and meals.

Can my partner/spouse attend the Orientation Programme?

Due to limited space we regret not, but an event for spouses and partners of students is held at the Examination Schools (Michaelmas term only). Email Student Information to sign up, or to request further information.

Will there be an opportunity to explore Oxford?

Information about walks/tours of historic places can be found at the Tourist Information Centre, Broad Street.

Opening a bank account

UK financial regulations require that banks request specific documents from students when opening a bank account. The five main UK banks will be present at the Orientation Programme, giving you the chance to open an account or receive further information. The bank guide for European and international students 2017 [pdf] provides an introduction to the types of accounts available, and a list of the documents you will need to open an account.

Registering with the police

Please note: the process for registering with the police is changing. A new online registration form will be available in due course. 

In the interim, if need to register with the police, you should email the following details to OVRO@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk within 7 days of arrival in the UK:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of study (University of Oxford)
  • UK address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address

Thames Valley Police will then contact you and ask you to complete an online registration form. You will then need to attend an appointment at the Police Station where you should be given your full Police Registration Certificate. You do not need to go to the Police Station until you have been given an appointment.

  • If you need your Police Registration Certificate urgently, please mention this in your email and the police will try to prioritise your application.
  • If you have a Police Registration Certificate already and only need to update its details (personal details, address, etc), you should go to the Police Station at St Aldates or your nearest Police Station.

For more information visit the Registering with the police webpage.

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