Visiting Students


Unlike most universities, the University of Oxford is organised as a federation of independent colleges with all the usual facilities of an educational institution (library, dining hall, student common rooms and accommodation). The college system at Oxford promotes close relations between student and tutor and provides a small, friendly environment where you will meet students from all disciplines.  College tutors are world-class academics in their own disciplines.

The University itself coordinates the work of the colleges, providing central libraries, laboratories and world class research institutes for the use of college students.

Through this system, Oxford has combined the intimacy and traditions of the ancient colleges with the academic standards to be expected from a large, modern and world-leading University.

The Visiting Student programme at St Peter’s College is designed for the Year Abroad schemes which are run by a number of North American universities as part of their degree courses. In addition we have taken many visiting students from continental European and from Universities around the world.

Being a Visiting Student at St Peter’s differs from some other college-based programmes in the sense that we only accept applications for the whole academic year.  St Peter’s students’ are thereby fully integrated into the standard undergraduate programme.  Visiting Students at St Peter’s fully participate in all academic and extra-curricula activities. 

A full list of the subjects offered at St Peter's can be found here


Visiting Students are housed along with other St Peter’s College undergraduates in college-run accommodation in one of our several annexes close to the College. Typically each student will have a single study bedroom with a wash-basin and access to kitchens and bathrooms. All rooms have telephone and/or Ethernet connections. Living amongst British students, sharing meals and conversation, helps Visiting Students to settle quickly into Oxford life and to make friends.


Self-service breakfast, lunch and dinner are available in College in the Dining Hall every day and there is Hall dinner on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. We also have a number of formal 'Guest Nights' when students can invite their friends and special menus are served.

Meals are charged on a “Pay as you go” basis.  Students should budget for between £1500 and £1800 for the year, depending on the number of meals taken in College.

Finance & Funding

The Oxford academic year runs from October to June, comprising three eight-week terms. The inclusive fees for the academic year 2013-2014 can be found here.

Please note that extra costs will be incurred through purchase of books, personal expenditure and travel expenses – you should probably budget at least an extra £3,000 for spending in this way.


The deadline for entry in October 2013 is the 17 January 2014. Please find the application form below. It should be sent to:

The Admissions Administrator
New Inn Hall Street

Admission to Oxford is competitive for all classes of students. Applicants for the Visiting Student Programme should normally have achieved a GPA of at least 3.7 at their home institution.  Students from non-American universities are expected to be in the top 10% of their cohort.

Applicants should complete an Application Form and a Waiver Form and send them along with a sample of written work to the Director of the Visiting Student Programme.

Arrangements should be made for an up-to-date copy of the applicant's Transcript, together with two academic recommendations, and a ‘statement of purpose’ and study plan to be forwarded to the College by the same date. Successful applicants will be informed by early April.

Application material for the academic year 2014/2015 is also available to download

Application Form