Visitor Experience

Oxford’s School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) boasts the largest community of Area Studies scholars anywhere. We have research and teaching programmes dedicated to the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, South Asia, China, Israel, Japan, Russia and Eastern Europe. The School offers nine Master's degrees and welcomes students from all around the globe.

Our student visitor scheme offers the opportunity for doctoral students from other universities to participate in and contribute to Oxford research-related activities for a minimum of one term and a maximum of three terms. Student Visitors will be working towards a doctoral qualification such as a PhD or DPhil.

Below are some of the key features of the SIAS visitor programme:

Academic Advisor

As part of the Student Visitor programme each student will have an Academic Advisor who will play a key role introducing them to relevant opportunities within the School and Oxford.

Although the Advisor will not provide formal supervision, s/he will meet twice termly with the Student Visitor, and provide advice on relevant events and other research activities, they will also introduce the visitor to relevant members of staff and other contacts.

The Academic Advisor will supply a formal letter of support as part of your application, once you have discussed the objectives of your visit with him/her.

Student Visitors are strongly encouraged to identify potential Academic Advisors in advance of submitting an application. Potential advisors can be found here.

Visitor Contribution

Student Visitors have the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of activities and will participate in and contribute to the collaborative research culture of the School in consultation with their advisor. They may wish to engage with researchers in their field, attend events such as open seminars, workshops and informal gatherings, or assist a research centre in developing networks. They will also be able to access Oxford’s world-class library resources during their stay.

Resources for Visitors

In addition to the support of an Academic Advisor, visitors will be provided with a University card, University email, access to library and printing services, and a workspace with IT facilities in the department. Student Visitors are also able to attend seminars and events hosted by the department. Access to course-specific classes will be at the discretion of the Course Director (we regret, however, that Student Visitors cannot attend course-specific language classes whilst in Oxford).

College Association

Colleges provide a hub for social events, interdisciplinary interaction and can provide additional support during your visit. Several Oxford colleges have particular strengths in Area Studies. If you wish to apply for association with a college for the duration of your visit, you will need to contact the relevant college directly. Please find a list of colleges here. Please note that there is a separate fee for college association: you will find details on individual college websites.