Recognised Student status is given to graduate research students who are registered with another university and have been admitted to undertake research for a minimum of one and maximum of three terms. It is also a status given to early career researchers admitted to work with a University of Oxford academic or researcher.
This page provides general advice about starting at Oxford for recognised students. For more specific information about coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the student pages of the COVID-19 Response site.
The status of Recognised Student is intended primarily for graduates of some years’ standing engaged in research elsewhere who wish to work in Oxford on a specific topic under the guidance of an academic familiar with the chosen area of study. As a Recognised Student you are not affiliated to a college and will not receive a University of Oxford qualification or formal accreditation for your studies here.
The University intends to be open to students at all levels for the 2020-21 academic year and looks forward to welcoming students from the start of Michaelmas (Autumn) term 2020, including Recognised Students. Arrangements will, of course, be subject to conditions prevailing at the time, including any legal restrictions and/or any Government Guidance to respond to the pandemic, and always with the health and safety of students and staff as the first priority.
If you have been offered a place as a Recognised Student for Michaelmas Term 2020, your academic department will be in contact with you over the coming months, giving more details of arrangements as they become available. If restrictions prevent our hosting you at the time you are due to start, it is possible that we may need to review your original start date. If this is the case, your departments will contact you as soon as there is more clarity.
For more information please see our coronavirus pages on our website and the FAQs for incoming students. These FAQs may not all be relevant to Recognised Students, but they do cover some general information that may be useful to you.
Applying for Recognised Student status
Under this status, you spend a period of up to three terms (ie one academic year) at Oxford, associated with an academic department and an academic advisor to offer general guidance on your area of research. The first step in applying as a Recognised Student is to contact the academic department where you intend to apply via the details provided in our individual Graduate Admissions course pages and obtain agreement from them, and from a member of the academic staff who is prepared to act as your academic advisor. Once you have approval you will be required to submit an application form, together with a number of supporting documents available from the Graduate Admissions website. Please note that there is an application fee of £50.
Undertaking your research
You will be allocated an academic advisor who will provide general advice about your research topic. Your advisor will not provide systematic instruction such as reading or commenting on written work because you are expected to be sufficiently advanced in your studies to undertake research largely unsupervised. Your advisor will expect to see you two or three times each term to discuss your work as a colleague rather than as a teacher, and will report on your academic progress using the Graduate Supervision Reporting (GSR).
You will be entitled to use the University libraries, to study/conduct your research in any University department (subject to the agreement of the head of department) and attend lectures. Lectures (including seminars, classes or informal instruction) may only be attended with permission from the lecturer, and those given in any college building are subject to the permission of the college concerned.
You are advised to organise accommodation before you arrive in Oxford. As you are not a member of a college you will not have access to college accommodation. For links to finding private accommodation providers please see this information from the Graduate Accommodation Office (PDF).
The University also hosts a website called Studentpad which is a platform where private landlords can advertise for tenants associated with the University .
University tuition fees are payable to cover the cost of access to the University facilities and the guidance provided by your academic advisor. Tuition fees do not include college fees (as you are not affiliated with any college), accommodation, or other course and maintenance fees.
Fees must be paid within 14 days of the start of each term. Failure to pay the correct amount on time may result in the cancellation of your admission. You may pay for more than one term at a time. You are strongly encouraged to pay your fees by credit card before arriving in Oxford by using the University's online shop. Instructions for how to do so are included in the offer letter from your department. All payments from yourself or a sponsor/employer must have an invoice number.
It is important you let your department and Student Information know who will be paying your fees and their contact details well before your arrival. The invoice will be sent by email to the payer. If your department has given you a bursary that covers your fees, you must bring a letter of financial sponsorship with you to present on arrival. If you have queries regarding payment, contact Student Information.
University card form
You will receive the University card form which you should complete and return in advance of your arrival to Student Information according to the directions on the form.
If you return your form before arriving, you will receive your University card when you complete the enrolment process with Student Information. If you fill in the University card form after arrival, you will need to return to Student Information at a later date to pick up the card. Your University card acts as an identity card whenever you are on college or University premises, provides access to University libraries, IT services and the Language Centre. It is also used as a payment card or for building access in some departments.
Student Self Service
Before arriving as a new student in Oxford you should complete the first step of your University registration using Student Self Service. Your Oxford Single Sign On IT account details will be emailed to you ahead of your arrival. Student Information will complete your registration once you arrive. Once your registration is complete you will be able to log back into Student Self Service to print an enrolment certificate and check and update your personal details throughout the year.
Arriving at Oxford
Please visit Student Information (located in the Great Hall of the Examination Schools, 75-81 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BG) to complete your University registration and collect your University Card. You will need to arrange an appointment with the Student Information team in order to do this: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please bring with you:
- the letter of admission sent to you by your department
- if applicable, any financial sponsorship letter that you have received from your department
- your passport (if you are not a national of the EEA or Switzerland Student Information will require your passport to scan according to Home Office regulations)
- your signed University card form and passport sized photo (if you have not already sent this in).