exchanges: Students must be
eligible to obtain a US visa for a student visit.
Places you can go to:
To give you a flavour of each of these, here are some reports written by our
students who have taken part in ERASMUS (only
available for access at Oxford). A list of some
past and current exchange students (including their email
addresses) can also be found on this page.
Time of visit:Michaelmas and Hilary Terms of your 4th
Year (mid-September to mid-February) during the 18 weeks when you
are scheduled to undertake your Part II project.
The actual dates of your visit will depend on several
In Princeton, you will only be able to stay there until mid January but you should be able to continue to work
over the Christmas vacation as their labs only close for 4 days:
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's
European labs will be more varied; you may be able to continue
to work in the host lab over Christmas and finish your project
early, or you may have to take a vacation and return to the lab
in January (as you would do in Oxford) for the remaining 6 weeks.
If your chosen lab is not able to take you for the full 18 weeks,
then you may be able to undertake a supplementary project in an
Oxford lab for the final 6 weeks.
Accommodation:Accommodation abroad will be arranged
locally, usually through the Erasmus office or the host
co-ordinator. It will normally be in rooms reserved for visiting
students but in Marburg and Frankfurt you will probably be in
student accommodation, often in the room of your exchange
student. You will be responsible for paying rent for your
accommodation and all your meals while at the host university. If
you have other plans for accommodation, for instance staying with
family or friends, please let the Oxford co-ordinator know once
your placement is confirmed.
Whilst you are away, your College will be accepting a student
in exchange from one of the partner universities and will be
responsible for providing accommodation for them; if you are
living out in your final year and need to make rent payments
during your time abroad, it may be possible for the exchange
student to stay in your room and pay in your stead. Please
discuss this with those you share with, and liaise with your
College officer who deals with accommodation for Erasmus and
other exchange students.
those of you taking part in the Erasmus scheme, you will be awarded a
grant currently 350 - 400 Euro per month to assist with extra expenses
during your visit abroad. There is also an additional grant in the
region of 100 Euro a month for students with household income under £
25,000. The amounts payable are determined by the
British Council who manage the scheme in the UK on behalf of the EU.
The grant is paid by the University directly to you probably in the
middle of MT but this will depend on when the university receives the
money from the British Council. Occasionally, there may be an
additional payment upon your return to Oxford.
For students going to Princeton, there is currently a grant of
£1200-1500 from the University and, it may be possible to apply for
from your college. The costs involved are approximately as follows:
- Airfare £500
- Medical insurance (compulsory). You have several options:
- Room £2,720
- Meals (unlimited optional package) £ 2,100
- Visa £200
Projects:You can choose projects from a range offered by
the host universities as arranged by the local co-ordinator. It
is strongly advised that you use the same criteria for choosing
your project as you would for a Part II project in Oxford - check
publication record and web site of potential supervisor, ask
relevant people in Oxford about them, contact any Oxford students
who have been to the host lab.
Supervisors:All the selected projects are in
well-supported and supportive laboratories. You will be
supervised either by a post-doc or senior graduate student or
even the group leader personally. Remember that graduate work in
many European labs takes 4-6 years and graduate students are the
mainstay of the lab, thus they are usually very experienced in
their own labs and make excellent direct supervisors.
Many supervisors will need to be reminded that you are
required to write a thesis after you leave (this is not normally
a formal requirement for the non-Oxford students coming to
Oxford) and that you will have an oral examination of your
project work. Be organized with data recording, gel photos,
graphs etc. and bring everything back with you, even if you will
not use it. We will write to the supervisor outlining our
The Biochemistry Student Exchange co-ordinator in Oxford will
allocate a co-supervisor in Oxford for you whose job will be to
supervise your write-up when you get back. The co-supervisor
chosen will be an expert in your general field of study, and you
will be consulted on the choice.
Immediate local contacts:
When abroad, your immediate
contact is the local ERASMUS co-ordinator:
These people are responsible for ensuring that the host
labs are aware that you want to want to work with them and are
prepared to take you. While you are abroad, any immediate
difficulties relating to the scheme (rather than project) can
be dealt with by them. They will tell you about orientation
activities and welcoming events but do ask about them before you
leave Oxford and attend them, since registration is often
coupled to these events.