Applying to Oriel as an International Student
Each year, Oriel welcomes new undergraduate and postgraduate students from all over the world. We want to make sure that all our international students get the most out of their time in Oxford, and that they quickly feel at home once they arrive. Moving to a new country is a big step and our goal is to help make the process as easy as possible for our students. We hope that you will find the following information helpful in planning your application and move to Oxford.
How to Apply
International students apply in exactly the same way as UK/EU students. You will need to submit an application via UCAS before the closing date of 15th October. There are no additional or special forms to fill in. You are required to take any written test and submit any written work that is required for your subject so please make sure that you check the requirements on the relevant course page and act accordingly.
Our tutors are used to assessing applicants presenting a wide range of international qualifications. In order to make a competitive application to Oxford, it is important that you check the entry requirements for your particular qualification and you can do that on the University Website.
We interview all applicants who are short-listed. The following rules and guidelines apply to international applicants:
- If you are applying for Medicine and are shortlisted for interview you must attend for interview in person in order to be considered.
The level of fee you will pay depends on your fee status, i.e. where you usually live and what passport you have. Information relating to fee status can be found on the University Website.
Course fees for overseas students vary according to the particular course you wish to study and the latest rates are available on the University Fees and Living Costs pages.
Overseas students are asked to provide information on how they are going to fund their tuition fees and living costs (for the duration of their course) before their places are confirmed. This financial condition applies to all non-UK students in receipt of an offer and must be satisfied by mid August of the proposed start year.
English Language Requirements
All teaching at Oxford University is carried out in English (with the exception of some language-specific teaching) and tutors must be convinced that you have sufficient fluency in written and spoken English to cope with your course from the start. Depending on the course, applicants need to show either a standard or higher level of ability in English. Only the following courses accept the standard level: Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics. All other courses require the higher level. Details of standard and higher level score requirements across a range of different tests (IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, CPE etc) can be found on the University Website.
Exemptions from this requirement will be considered for applicants who have:
- Studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English
- Studied the Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL)
- Been educated full-time in the medium of the English language throughout the two most recent years before the 15 October application deadline, and who remain in full-time education conducted in the English language until the end of the school year in their home country
You do not need to submit evidence of your English Language proficiency when you make your UCAS application.
If you have already achieved the required grade, please include the details along with your other qualifications in the appropriate section of your UCAS application.
If you have not yet achieved the required grade, this will form part of any conditional offer, and must be met by 31 July in the year after you apply.
If you require a student visa the University will vouch for your English language ability on your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) provided you have achieved the University's required results in one of the English language tests accepted by the University or you have been granted an English language test waiver by your college. When submitting your student visa application, you will not be required to provide additional evidence of your English language ability.
Pre-arrival Information for International Students
The Student Information and Advisory Service is responsible for providing advice about issues affecting international students, including immigration questions, and assisting students needing to extend their visas. It coordinates a meet and greet service at Oxford bus station for students arriving at the start of the academic year and runs an annual Orientation Programme for new students.
If you don’t already have a UK bank account, it would be a good idea to set one up shortly after arriving in the UK. The University Website offers advice and information about this.
Accommodation and Vacations
Oriel is able to offer all undergraduates accommodation for the full length of their studies, and postgraduate students arriving in Oxford for the first time are guaranteed College accommodation in their first year with us. The expectation is usually that undergraduate students vacate their rooms between terms. However, it is possible for overseas students wishing to remain in college accommodation to apply for “vacation residence” in order to remain in Oxford. It is also possible for international students to leave their belongings in college over the vacations.
Working in the UK
Undergraduates are not permitted to take paid employment during term time and international students may be limited in the number of hours they can work during vacations. Information on working while studying can be found on the University Website.