Visiting Student Admissions

Worcester seeks mature, intellectually adventurous undergraduates who will thrive in the Oxford environment, where students have a great deal of academic and personal autonomy. Students from Harvard College, Princeton University, Swarthmore College, and Wellesley College may apply to Worcester directly. We welcome applications from students at all other American and Canadian institutions through IFSA-Butler. We welcome applications from students at Chinese students through Oxford Prospects. See below for further details and contact information.

Students may apply for:         Full Academic Year Study (October - June)

                                                   September Seminar + Full-Year Study (September - June) 

                                                   Michaelmas-Term Study (October - December)

                                                   September Seminar + Michaelmas-Term Study (September - December) 

                                                   Hilary-Term + Trinity-Term Study (January - June) 

Based on advice from previous cohorts of visiting students, we strongly encourage prospective students to consider the full-year option (or even the September + full-year option). You should also know that places for the spring (Hilary and Trinity) are especially competitive.

For the Academic Year 2020-2021, arrival and departure dates are as follows:

                                                   September Seminar + Michaelmas: 6 September 2020 - 5 December 2020 

                                                   Michaelmas Only: 5 October 2020 - 5 December 2020

                                                   Hilary and Trinity: 12 January 2021 - 13 March AND 22 April - 19 June 2020 

                                                   Full-Year students follow these same arrival and departure dates.

Worcester is happy to receive applications for students to stay in college for the vacations, once they have arrived in college. Vacation residence incurs additional per-night fees.

Applicants should know that visiting students follow the University's residency policy, which requires that students be based in college the entire term. Because many visiting students have internships or summer jobs, Worcester will permit such students to leave at the end of Trinity 7th Week (13 June), but no earlier. Students seeking such permission must contact the Director as soon as possible.

All applicants should feel free to contact the Programme Director with any questions they may have. 

Please note that the Visiting Student Programme hosts undergraduates only; for information about how to apply as a postgraduate visiting student, please contact the Graduate Office on

We regret that, at present, we cannot accept applications from students not currently studying at North American or Chinese institutions. For information about other opportunities to study at Oxford as an international student, see the University Admissions site for international students.  

IFSA-Butler Program at Worcester College, Oxford

Contact: Jennifer McKibben, Program Advisor –

Deadlines: Completed applications for study during the 2021-2022 academic year must be submitted by January 15, 2021.

Princeton University Program at Worcester College, Oxford

Contact: Johanna Wagner, Assistant Director of Study Abroad -

Deadline: Completed applications for study at Worcester during the 2021-2022 academic year must be submitted to the Office of International Programs by January 31, 2021

Wellesley College Program at Worcester College, Oxford

Contact: Kristiana Graves, Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Study - 

Deadline: Completed applications for study at Worcester during the 2021-2022 academic year must be submitted to the Office of International Study by January 18, 2021.


Students at Harvard and Swarthmore should get in touch with their Study Abroad Offices, which are prepared to receive such inquiries about Worcester.