Student Visitors

Student Visitors

The School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA) welcomes outstanding doctoral students who wish to benefit from Oxford’s vibrant research culture and contribute to the activity of the School.

OSGA offers several Recognised Student Programmes through its centres.

Students registered for a PhD at another university conducting postgraduate research on the following areas, who want to do research in Oxford without registering for a degree can apply for Recognised Student status through the appropriate centre:

African Studies

Contemporary Chinese Studies

Latin American Studies

Middle East Studies

Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies

Russian and East European Studies

South Asian Studies

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Student Visitors may join the department for a minimum of one term and a maximum of three terms. The timing of visits is an important consideration, as the atmosphere of the department changes across the academic year.

Applicants are advised to time their visit to coincide with one of Oxford’s three terms, as colleagues are more likely to be available during these times, and visitors who wish to participate in a full calendar of events and other similar research activities should aim to visit in Michaelmas or Hilary terms.

Conversely, if a visitor is looking for a quieter working environment, Trinity term may be preferred. It is important to note that very little supervision will be available over the long vacation due to the demands of field work outside of Oxford. 

Student Visitors will normally apply for research funding schemes through their home institution in order to fund the cost of their visit.

For applications received after 1 July 2016, the department student visitor charges are £2,000 per term (£6,000 per academic year).

In addition to the support of an Academic Advisor, student visitors will be provided with a University card, University email, access to library and printing services, and a workspace with IT facilities in the department.

Student Visitors are also able to attend seminars and events hosted by the department. It may be possible to audit course-specific classes with the approval of the relevant Course Director (we regret, however, that Student Visitors cannot attend course-specific language classes whilst in Oxford.)

College Association

Colleges provide a hub for social events, interdisciplinary interaction and can provide additional support during your visit. Several Oxford colleges have particular strengths in Area Studies. If you wish to apply for association with a college for the duration of your visit, you will need to contact the relevant college directly. Please find a list of colleges here. Please note that there is a separate fee for college association: you will find details on individual college websites.

Oxford’s School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA) boasts the largest community of Area Studies scholars anywhere. We have research and teaching programmes dedicated to the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, South Asia, China, Israel, Japan, Russia and Eastern Europe. The School offers nine Master's degrees and welcomes students from all around the globe.

Our student visitor scheme offers the opportunity for doctoral students from other universities to participate in and contribute to Oxford research-related activities for a minimum of one term and a maximum of three terms. Student Visitors will be working towards a doctoral qualification such as a PhD or DPhil.

Below are some of the key features of the OSGA visitor programme:

As part of the Student Visitor programme each student will have an Academic Advisor who will play a key role introducing them to relevant opportunities within the School and Oxford.

Although the Advisor will not provide formal supervision, s/he will meet twice termly with the Student Visitor, and provide advice on relevant events and other research activities, they will also introduce the visitor to relevant members of staff and other contacts.

The Academic Advisor will supply a formal letter of support as part of your application, once you have discussed the objectives of your visit with him/her.

Student Visitors are strongly encouraged to identify potential Academic Advisors in advance of submitting an application. Potential advisors can be found here.

Student Visitors have the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of activities and will participate in and contribute to the collaborative research culture of the School in consultation with their advisor. They may wish to engage with researchers in their field, attend events such as open seminars, workshops and informal gatherings, or assist a research centre in developing networks. They will also be able to access Oxford’s world-class library resources during their stay.

In addition to the support of an Academic Advisor, visitors will be provided with a University card, University email, access to library and printing services, and a workspace with IT facilities in the department. Student Visitors are also able to attend seminars and events hosted by the department. Access to course-specific classes will be at the discretion of the Course Director (we regret, however, that Student Visitors cannot attend course-specific language classes whilst in Oxford).

Colleges provide a hub for social events, interdisciplinary interaction and can provide additional support during your visit. Several Oxford colleges have particular strengths in Area Studies. If you wish to apply for association with a college for the duration of your visit, you will need to contact the relevant college directly. Please find a list of colleges here. Please note that there is a separate fee for college association: you will find details on individual college websites.

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