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Fourth Year Exchange Programmes

The European exchanges are run through a programme called ERASMUS which is a European wide initiative from the EU. The exchange with the USA is a direct collaboration between Oxford University and Princeton University. Below are the cities involved in these exchanges.
















New Jersey








ERASMUS Exchange locations



Princeton University location

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ERASMUS & Princeton Exchange Schemes

Selection Process (1)

  • Applications should be sent Friday 5th week MT and include:

• your name,

• college,

    • tutor's name,
    • list of where you want to go in order of preference (no need for choice of supervisor at this stage)
    • your proposed arrangements for the Christmas vacation (no extra funding for travel will be available)
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ERASMUS & Princeton Exchange Schemes

Selection Process (2)

  • Assessment will be made of your ability to cope abroad, your record in the labs and other lab experience, academic record;
  • Your college's permission for you to take part will be needed – ask your tutor;
  • All applicants will be interviewed (10-15 mins) by the co-ordinator;
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ERASMUS & Princeton Exchange Schemes

Selection Process (3)

  • Interviews will be on Wednesday and/or Thursday 7th week MT either between or after lectures;
  • You will be informed at the beginning of Hilary whether or not you have been selected;
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ERASMUS & Princeton Exchange Schemes

Selection Process (4)

  • If selected, decide which supervisors you are interested in working with (not all will be able to take a student, so choose a few) and email their names, your cv and application form (if asked for) to, ;
  • DO NOT contact any host university or super-visor before told to do so;
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ERASMUS & Princeton Exchange Schemes

Selection Process (5)

  • You must also choose an Oxford project as a fall-back in case the arrangements fail;
  • During HT, the Erasmus office will liaise with co-ordinators in the host universities to get you into your preferred lab;
  • As soon as your placement abroad is confirmed, let the Teaching Office and your allocated Oxford supervisor know that you will not be needing the Oxford project.
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ERASMUS & Princeton Exchange Schemes


  • These are reciprocal schemes and students will only be able to go abroad if there are suitable students who want to come to Oxford;
  • For Erasmus students there has to be an overall balance of numbers and you may not necessarily exchange with a student from your preferred university;
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ERASMUS & Princeton Exchange Schemes


  • You must choose an Oxford project as well, just in case….
  • Be patient; the process can be slow.
  • Check the Department’s Erasmus web pages and timetable: the answer to your question is probably there;
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Funding for Princeton

 Typical Costs for Oxford students attending Princeton for 1 Semester

  • Airfare; £357
  • Basic Health Insurance (10months min); £384
  • Room, £1,919
  • Meals Unlimited, £1,616

Total £4,276 (less £1,500 grant from OU on 2013 figs)

This cost comparison assumes:

  • Average cost for airfare based on quote for 1st April2013.
  • Basic Health Insurance is minimum 10 months.
  • Room and Meals Unlimited packages based on 2012/2013 actuals.
  • US$ exchange rate as of 25 May2013 @ US$1 = GBP0.663
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Funding for ERASMUS

EU Grant to cover air fare and a limited amount for extra subsistence (currently €350/month)

  • Cost of living varies with country, but expected to be at least neutral cost compared with Oxford
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ERASMUS & Princeton Exchange Schemes

Over the summer:

  • think about which labs which participate in the scheme you might like to spend time in from the scientific interests you have;


  • Most students who have been selected through interview to study abroad in the past got there and they thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from the experience.