Biochemistry students in their final year at Oxford University can elect to undertake their compulsory 18 week research projects abroad through the Erasmus exchange programme or a similar scheme with Princeton University.
Erasmus is a programme funded by the European Commission which aims to promote student mobility and European awareness in Higher Education Institutions throughout Europe. Bilateral agreements are set up between two institutions, allowing for student exchanges in a defined study area. Students travelling under the Erasmus scheme do not pay fees at the host institution, but remain registered at their home institution. Oxford University has exchanges with many other European universities in a variety of subjects and, currently, the Department of Biochemistry has six Erasmus partners.
The exchange programme with Princeton University is run along similar lines.
Each year around 10 Oxford biochemistry students take part in these schemes. The Biochemistry Department has a co-ordinator (Professor Watts) who organises the exchanges and all arrangements are made through him. The central administration of these schemes is provided by the Fees and Funding team who deals with financial matters.
Further general information about the Erasmus Scheme is available at the following websites: