The University of Oxford welcomes some of the brightest minds from across the globe every year. International students from around 150 nationalities currently make up over a third of all students at the university. A wide range of facilities and support services help students settle in quickly, and many diverse and vibrant international student societies are represented at the university.

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International Student Statistics

4,415 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • Pre-arrival information is available on the university website, and sent to students by the university and their college with monthly updates.
  • There is extensive support for visa advice and other important matters for international students from the university's Student Immigration team. Please refer to the university website for further details.

English Language Requirements

  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Accommodation for International Students

  • Students do not need to look for accommodation before they arrive in Oxford as all colleges arrange rooms for first-year students. Accommodation is guaranteed for at least one further year, and some colleges can provide accommodation for all years of a course.
  • Catering is provided in the college dining rooms, which can be used by any student of a college, whether living in that college or elsewhere. Some college rooms also have access to self-catering facilities.
  • Rooms for first-year students are usually allocated randomly, so international students will be spread evenly throughout the college. Students in college accommodation are usually required to leave their rooms during the vacations. Colleges may be able to provide some storage facilities, or if students ask early enough and space is available, they may be able to stay during the vacation.
  • Students renting rooms privately usually have use of that room for the full 12 months of their contract.
  • Oxford is a small city, and all accommodation is just a few minutes on foot or by bike from other parts of the university.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Some scholarship opportunities are specifically for international students; please refer to the university website for details.

Ongoing Support

  • Ongoing support and welfare is provided to all students by Oxford’s colleges.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance