Information for non-Oxford students wanting to take part in the Erasmus or Princeton exchange schemes

Who can take part?

Undergraduate students from the following universities:

When can I come?

From mid-September to mid-February to coincide with Oxford students going abroad. This is a reciprocal programme so, in principle, each foreign student accepted will be exchanged with one from Oxford.

How do I apply?

Applications MUST be made to your local Erasmus or student exchange co-ordinator in your home university, and must follow their correct protocol for applications. Your co-ordinator will deal with all aspects of your application and arrangements to come to Oxford.

The co-ordinators are:

Where will I live?

Accommodation in Oxford will be arranged for you. Oxford students all belong to one of the 39 Colleges in Oxford and you will take the place of your exchange student in their college. All student accommodation is arranged by the student's college and will either be in College-controlled rooms or in shared accommodation with other students outside college. If you have other plans for accommodation, for example staying with family or friends, it is very important to let both the College and the Erasmus co-ordinator in Biochemistry know well in advance of your arrival in Oxford.

What will it cost me?

You will not have to pay any students fees in Oxford but you will have to pay for your accommodation, meals etc. The cost of this varies but will be approximately £150-170 per week. Please ask your local co-ordinator about fees payable at your home university while you are away and also about sources of financial assistance.

What will I do in Oxford?

You will carry out a laboratory-based project chosen from the range offered by the Biochemistry Department as arranged by the Oxford co-ordinator. These projects will be published here on this site towards the end of the year before you undertake your exchange visit. The project will be be in a well-supported and supportive laboratory. In the laboratory you will be supervised either by a post-doc or senior graduate student or even the group leader personally. You will also have the support of your designated College's biochemistry tutor who is also a member of the teaching staff in the Department.

You will need to find out from your own university whether you are expected to write a dissertation or similar report on the work you do while in Oxford and must let your host supervisor know what is required. European students may also need to have an ECTS (European Credit Transfer Scheme) form signed by your host supervisor while in Oxford; the co-ordinator at your home institution will let you know if this is required and where to obtain the form.

Other Information:

The Biochemistry Department

The Biochemistry Department of Oxford University is one of the largest biochemistry departments in Europe. There is an annual intake of about 100 undergraduates reading for a 4 year M.Bioch. degree. In addition, about 150 graduate students are in residence at any one time and the total staff (academic and non-academic) number some further 500 people. Please see the department web pages ( for more details about the Department and its research activities.

In the 4th year of the Oxford University M.Bioch. undergraduate course, biochemistry students undertake an 18-week laboratory-based research project. During this period they can choose to carry out their project in established laboratories in selected European universities under the EU ERASMUS/ SOCRATES scheme or at Princeton University in the USA. In return Oxford accepts a similar number of students from these universities and about 8-10 Erasmus/Socrates supported students and up to 4 Princeton students are welcomed into the Biochemistry Department at Oxford each year.

Oxford University and its Colleges

All students at Oxford University are registered at one of the 30 undergraduate colleges in Oxford. The college provides accommodation, meals, common rooms, libraries, sports and social facilities and pastoral care for its students. Exchange students coming to Oxford will be assigned to one of the Colleges.

Biochemistry teaching and laboratory work takes place in the Department of Biochemistry and other related departments under the auspices of the University of Oxford.

Local contact:

When in Oxford, your immediate contact is the local Student Exchange co-ordinator: Professor Francis Barr ( The co-ordinator is responsible for providing projects and ensuring that the host labs are aware that you want to come and ensuring that they are prepared to take you. Any immediate difficulties relating to the scheme can be dealt with by him.

Timetable for applications