Timetable for Oxford students:

2nd year:

  • Week 5 TT: Attend presentation by Oxford co-ordinator and former exchange students;
  • Summer vacation: Think about scheme. Please do not make contact with any potential supervisor.

3rd year:

  • Week 4 MT: Question and answer session with Oxford co-ordinator; an opportunity to express your interest in going abroad for your Part II project under these exchange schemes. Oxford needs to know approximate numbers wanting to go to each of the host universities now;
  • Week 5 MT: Make application to Oxford co-ordinator by email; (see application details on Oxford only pages)(erasmus@bioch.ox.ac.uk);
  • Late MT: Applications are assessed and everyone interviewed by co-ordinator; offers of places abroad are made;
  • Late MT/early HT: Details of possible projects in the host universities will be posted on the Oxford Erasmus web site, if available from host university;
  • Early-mid HT: Decide on project preferences and let Oxford co-ordinator know your decision and preference order. You will also need to complete an application form for most of our partner universities, these will be available from the co-ordinator's office.
  • Late HT/TT:
    • Oxford co-ordinator will confirm your host university and project;
    • After confirmation, email your host supervisor to make contact and obtain further details about the project, if necessary;
    • Make email contact with your reciprocal student coming to Oxford;
    • Confirm acceptance and proposed dates with Oxford co-ordinator;
    • Over summer vacation fix arrival date with supervisor, book tickets and read relevant publications.

4th Year:

Erasmus exchanges
  • Mid-September (TT): Arrive in host lab, start work on project for 18 weeks; during your work remember that you may not be able to talk about your work to anyone from your host lab after you leave. Contact and meet local co-ordinator and attend orientation/registration events.
  • Week 1-6 HT: Continue lab work for a further 6 weeks. Try to give a lab talk on your project before you leave.
  • Mid-February: Return to UK with results, data etc, preferably in electronic form, or email it to yourself; LEAVE ALL ORIGINAL NOTEBOOKS IN YOUR HOST LAB - photocopy all that you need from them. Carry vital data etc. in hand luggage on planes. Allocation of co-supervisor.
  • Week 6-8 HT: Make contact with your Oxford co-supervisor for your project, suggest timetable for write-up.
  • Week 6-8 HT: Report to Oxford co-ordinator for short de-brief of experience.
  • Week 0 TT: Complete and submit write up of project in line with other 4th year Oxford Biochemists.
  • Week 5 TT: Be prepared to be invited to make short presentation of your experience to 2nd years.
Princeton exchanges
  • Early-September (TT): Arrive in host lab, start work on project for 18 weeks; during your work remember that you may not be able to talk about your work to anyone from your host lab after you leave. Contact and meet local co-ordinator and attend orientation/registration events. Princeton labs do not break for a Christmas vacation.
  • Week 1 HT: Continue lab work until date you need to leave Princeton (normally at the end of our week 1). Try to give a lab talk on your project before you leave.
  • Mid-January: Return to UK with results, data etc, preferably in electronic form, or email it to yourself; LEAVE ALL ORIGINAL NOTEBOOKS IN YOUR HOST LAB - photocopy all that you need from them. Carry vital data etc. in hand luggage on planes. Allocation of co-supervisor.
  • Week 2-8 HT: Make contact with your Oxford co-supervisor for your project, suggest timetable for write-up.
  • Week 2-8 HT: Report to Oxford co-ordinator for short de-brief of experience.
  • Week 0 TT: Complete and submit write up of project in line with other 4th year Oxford Biochemists.
  • Week 5 TT: Be prepared to be invited to make short presentation of your experience to 2nd years.