We interview all UK students who are shortlisted. Ideally we would also like to interview all shortlisted international applicants as well but because of geographical distance and visa requirements we realise this is not always possible. Please read the details below for further information about the interview arrangements.
Interviews for 2016 will be held on Wednesday 14 December 2016 (to be confimed). You will be hosted (at no cost to you) by an Oxford college. You will be told which college will be hosting you in the email we send to communicate short-listing decisions (this may not necessarily be your college of preference). If short-listed, applicants will be asked to arrive by late afternoon on Tuesday 13 December, and interviews will follow on the Wednesday. A second night's accommodation will be available for applicants who are not reasonably able to begin their return journey on Wednesday afternoon.
STUDENTS HOLDING A PASSPORT FROM THE EUROPEAN ECONOMICA AREA AND SWITZERLAND
The European Economic Area includes the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
If you hold a passport from this region then you will not require a visa to travel to the UK. If you apply from one of these countries and you are shortlisted and invited to interview in December, you must attend the interview in Oxford if you would like your application to be considered.
STUDENTS FROM OTHER REGIONS OF THE WORLD
If you make an application, we will write to you to acknowledge receipt of your application. We will also ask whether or not you plan to attend the interview in Oxford, if you are shortlisted. If you are not able to attend for an interview this will not impact on the consideration of your application.
i. Visa nationals
If you are a student holding a passport from a country outside the European Economic Area and you are a visa national (someone who requires a visitor visa before travelling to the UK - please see list in Appendix 1 on the immigration rules website) not currently in the UK we anticipate there will be insufficient time for you to obtain a visitor visa to come to Oxford. This is because there is only a short time frame between shortlisting in November and the interview period in Oxford in December. If you cannot attend the interview in Oxford, the college which is considering your application may choose to interview you by telephone, video conference or over the internet through Skype, but such an interview cannot be guaranteed. If you are already in the UK, or already hold a suitable visa, then we would ask you to attend your interview here in Oxford.
ii. Non-visa nationals
If you are a student holding a passport from outside the European Economic Area and you are a non-visa national (i.e. from a country not on the list in Appendix 1 on the immigration rules website), then you can ask to be given permission to enter as a visitor on arrival in the UK. You would need to show you have the finances to support yourself during your stay and produce the letter inviting you to interview when you arrive in the UK. We would recommend that students in this situation do try to attend an interview in Oxford in December if shortlisted. However, we understand that students from other parts of the world may not be able to travel at short notice. In this case the college which is considering your application may choose to interview you by telephone, video conference or over the internet through Skype, but such an interview cannot be guaranteed.
If you are already in the UK or EEA, then we would ask you to attend your interview here in Oxford