Information for Oxford Colleges and Tutors who have a student wishing to take part in the Erasmus and Princeton Schemes

If one of your 3rd year Biochemists expresses an interest in taking part in the Erasmus or Princeton exchange scheme for their Part II Project you will be asked to approve their application and your College will be asked to permit the student to be absent from Oxford. In the 16 years that the Biochemistry Department has been taking part in these exchange programmes, many Colleges have been involved and so understand and accept the implications of the scheme. However, if this is the first time you and your College have been asked to take part, here are some guidelines.

Background information:

The Erasmus scheme was set up in 1987 by the European Union, to give students in universities within the Union an opportunity of spending a period (between three and twelve months) at an institution in another European country.

Erasmus, which is, in principle, a reciprocal scheme, gives our Biochemistry students the opportunity to carry out their Part II project in a different country whilst welcoming students from Europe into our labs and Colleges in exchange. Colleges in Oxford who allow their students to take part make an important contribution to this well-established exchange scheme.

The Princeton/Oxford exchange scheme is run in a similar way to Erasmus and is now in its eight year.

How students are selected:

During the first half of MT, 3rd year Biochemists are asked to apply to the Exchange co-ordinator (Tony Watts) to take part in the scheme.

Tutors will then be asked for their assessment of their student's suitability to study abroad. It is expected that suitable students will:

  • have a good record in the practical classroom;
  • demonstrate maturity and resilience to benefit from working in a new environment and cope with the unfamiliar surroundings

In addition to the Tutor's approval, it is essential that the student's College is prepared to to make available accommodation for an exchange student. Students of Colleges which are unable to fulfil this criteria will not be able to take part in the Scheme.

Responsibilities of the student's College

As this is a reciprocal scheme, College will be asked to:

  • Accept in exchange a student from one of the partner universities;
  • Provide College or College-controlled accommodation for this student (this normally presents no problem as the student will simply have the accommodation which the outgoing student would have used if they stayed in Oxford); the student will pay for room and meals;
  • Matriculate the incoming student;
  • Make the student a member of their graduate common room;
  • Disseminate information to the student from the University's International Office, e.g. regarding orientation and language courses.

The exchange student's time in Oxford will co-incide with the absence of the outgoing student, i.e. extended 12-week MT and the first 6 weeks of HT of their 4th year.

College fees will continue to be paid by the outgoing student, so there is no financial loss to a College which permits their student to take part in the Scheme. Please note that no fees may be charged to the incoming students but they will be responsible for paying for their accommodation and meals taken in College.