Visiting students at their graduation

Visiting Student Programme

The Visiting Students Programme at St Peter’s has been running for more than 30 years and is one of the most successful in the University.

Visiting Students participate actively and successfully in both the academic and social life of the college, and many former Visiting Students return to do their graduate work at St Peter’s and at Oxford.

Dr Timothy ClackSt Peter's College, one of the 38 colleges of the University of Oxford, welcomes applications for its Visiting Student Programme. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a vibrant, prestigious yet intimate and friendly community that is committed to academic excellence, both in research and teaching. St Peter's is an inspiring place to be: you will find a diverse group of individuals, united by a shared love of knowledge and respect for creativity.

The tutorial system (unique to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge) offers you the opportunity to learn in a pair, a group of three, or as an individual, through discussions with tutors who are expert in their field. This will allow you to discuss the issues that interest you most, and that you are most passionate about. The tutorial system ensures that you will be actively participating in lively and enjoyable intellectual debate.

As a Registered Visiting Student you will be a full member of the College. You will have the same rights and obligations as other students at the College, and you will have access to most of the University's facilities. These include the libraries (Oxford libraries constitute one of the richest collections in the world), labs, computing facilities etc. As well as tutorials, you will be able to attend lectures, seminars and numerous special events, often involving illustrious external speakers.

Oxford also offers rich and exciting extra-curricular and social opportunities. Both at the College and University levels there are numerous societies and activities that will welcome you, from debating to sport, drama to journalism and more. Whether your interests are mainstream or 'niche', you will be able to develop your existing interests and start something completely new.

Further information on our programme is available in this section of our website. If you have any further question please do not hesitate to contact me (

I am looking forward to your application.

Dr Timothy Clack
Tutor for Visiting Students

At the end of Trinity term, the Visiting Students’ Leaving Ceremony was held at St Peter’s. This proved to be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the varied and important contributions the visiting students have made to College life during the academic year. Hailing from prestigious Universities in China, Japan and the US, this year’s cohort made outstanding contributions not only through their academic studies but also in extra-curricular pursuits across art, music and sport. 

Recounting John Stedd’s famous observation that, ‘a ship in a harbour is safe but that is not what ships are built for,’ Dr Timothy Clack spoke on the value of the Visiting Student Programme. This year’s Visiting Student cohort, he noted, have been at once excellent guests, students and diplomats. Indeed, given the high intellectual standard of this cohort the benefits have been considerable for the College and visitors alike.

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The 2019 Visiting Student cohort strike a pose

In his address, the Master, Mark Damazer, offered a review of the academic year, thanked the Visiting Students for their extraordinary efforts, and remarked on their achievements and potential. The exceptional political context the Visiting Students bore witness to during their year in the UK was also highlighted.

Caroline Teunissen from Columbia University, USA, was this year’s Visiting Student Representative and spoke on behalf of the cohort. Her delightful speech was packed with anecdotes and humour. Amidst her journey in verse, she observed, 

We’ve all had a try at punting
In between the hours at the library, book hunting

And let us not forget the time that we all
Looked beautiful and glamorous at the Peter’s Ball

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Caroline Teunissen gives her speech at the event

As part of the event, Dr Jennifer Cassidy, Lecturer in Politics, pleased the audience with beautiful renditions of Jules Massenet’s ‘Méditation (Thaïs)’ and Ennio Morricone’s ‘Gabriel's Oboe’.

Following the award of the certificates, afternoon tea was enjoyed by all in the Theberge Room and, after the sun finally deigned to make an appearance, Chavasse Quad.

It was a splendid afternoon and the event helped us mark the achievements of and bid farewell to our visitors. The College wishes each of them the very best in their future.

The final words, quite rightly, belong to Caroline:

Coming to this beautiful institution has great appeal
The visiting students programme here at St Peter’s College could not be more ideal

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The Master (an avid baseball fan) receives something in return