International students

Wadham College and the University of Oxford welcome students from all over the world. Wherever you're coming from, we are committed to ensuring that all students feel part of our academic community.  Coming to live in another country can be daunting for even the most experienced traveller. We hope that the information below will help answer your questions and ease the process of moving to Oxford. 

  • International students

Applying to Oxford

Follow these links to find detailed information for international students on applying to Oxford and for visa and immigration advice.

How to apply to Oxford Visa and immigration information

Visa and Immigration Matters:

The Student Information and Advisory Service (SIAS) provides visa and immigration information to new applicants and to current students. 

New students: If you are unsure whether or not you will need a visa to study in the UK then you should consult the SIAS website as early as possible.  Applying for a visa can be lengthy so you are advised to familiarise yourself with the process early on, and ensure that your application is made in good time.

SIAS also run an Orientation Programme and a ‘Meet and Greet’ service from Heathrow Airport.  You can find out more about these programmes and sign up for them here.

For more specific queries, get in touch with the University’s Immigration Advisors.

Current students: The Student Information and Advisory Service offers advice throughout your course, so if your immigration status has changed, you require information about your status and your legal obligations, or you have questions about immigration for family members, travel during your stay or staying on to work after your studies, follow this link.

Induction Events for International Students

At the start of each new academic year, the University runs an induction programme for new Undergraduate and Graduate students who are coming to Oxford from overseas. More information on the programme will be sent to successful applicants in a Welcome Pack (Freshers' Packs) which are sent out in August each year and also made available online. 

In College, the Student Union has an International Officer who runs a variety of activities in Freshers’ week to help international students settle in to life in the UK more broadly and life at Wadham more specifically.  Again, further details of these events will be sent to you in your Freshers’ Pack.

International students might also be interested to look at the OUSU website (Oxford University Students' Union).  OUSU provides welfare, support, representation, and campaigning services to all students at Oxford University and has a useful ‘Help and Advice’ page.