How do I submit an application form?

Application and Admissions

We have a competitive admissions procedure and all applications are looked at by the Senior Tutor and the Tutor for Visiting Students at Hertford College. They make the final decision as to which applicants will be offered a place.

Application Materials

To apply you need to submit the following:

  • A completed application form
  • The original version of your most recent transcript from your University. You should have a GPA of 3.8, or 3.4 if you are from Princeton or The College of  William and Mary
  • A letter, from a Faculty Member of your Home University, supporting your proposed plan of study and how this will relate to your current degree.
  • Personal Statement: a one page account of your academic and personal goals and your reasons for applying to Oxford University. This would be expected to focus on the subject areas you are studying, your intellectual interests and how these topics and interests link in to the tutorial topics requested in your application form.
  • Two academic references.  These should be written on university notepaper, signed by your referee and placed in a sealed envelope.  The referee should sign their name across the seal
  • Two samples of written work which have been handed in to academic tutors at your home university and which those tutors have marked.  Each essay should therefore contain the respective tutor’s handwritten feedback comments.  The written work should ideally be in the subject area that you wish to study whilst at Hertford College.
  • For applicants who are not from an English speaking majority country or have not been solely educated in English throughout the past two years at the time of application (educated in English for 2 years by February deadline), we are required by the Home Office and Oxford University to assess your English language ability
    All teaching at Oxford University is carried out in English (with the exception of some language-specific teaching) and tutors must be convinced that you have sufficient fluency in written and spoken English to cope with your course from the start. Therefore, the Hertford College Visiting Student Programme requires the following from a non-native English-speaking applicant:
    IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components)
  • A passport sized photo

Where do I get an application form?

Hertford College prefers to work with institutions rather than taking individual applications, so:

Deadline for Applications

  • The applications for students wishing to come for the whole academic year or for the fall semester should arrive by the Hertford deadline in February
  • Applications from students applying for the spring semester should arrive by the end of March at the very latest

We are happy to look at late applications if we still have places available but you stand a much better chance of getting a place if your application is on time.  To ensure this you need to think about your study abroad options and approach possible referees in the fall semester of your sophomore year.  You should aim to have your application materials completed and ready to give in to your study abroad office by the end of January. 

Who can I approach for advice about my application?

  • Your first port of call should be the Advisors in your home university Study Abroad Office or at IFSA Butler or The College of Global Studies at Arcadia
  • For advice about what subject to study at Hertford you can also contact the Tutor for Visiting Students at Hertford College