Recognised Students

Recognised Students 


Students registered for a PhD at another university conducting postgraduate research on Latin American Studies, who want to do research in Oxford without registering for a degree can apply for Recognised Student status. Please see the main OSGA website ( for more details.

It is possible to apply to be a Recognised Student for 1 term minimum and up to a maximum of 3 terms (or 1 academic year). There is no formal course of study or formal association with an Oxford college with this status and Recognised Students are responsible for finding their own accommodation in Oxford. Recognised Students may use University libraries and can attend lectures and seminars with permission. Admission is at the discretion of the Latin American Centre Management Committee, which is responsible for appointing the student’s academic advisor.

If admitted by the Latin American Centre, you will be allocated an academic advisor who will give general advice about your research topic, but not systematic instruction, as you will be sufficiently well advanced in your studies to undertake research largely unsupervised.

Full information on fees, as well as on timing your visit and the recognised student experience, can be found on the main OSGA website, here.

Additional guidance for Recognised Students at LAC can be found here.

How to Apply

The recommended application deadlines are:

Term of admission       EEA/Swiss Applicants        All other applicants

Michelmas 2019           Friday 30 August 2019          Friday 26 July 2019

Hilary 2020                    Friday 29 November 2019    Friday 25 October 2019 

Trinity 2020                   Friday 21 February 2020      Friday 31 January 2020


How to Apply

1.     Read through this 'LAC Recognised Students - Guidance' document

2.     Read University guidance on Recognised students

3.     Email documents to LAC Admissions Secretary

4.     If accepted, complete Application Form and submit to University.


Entry Requirements

· Original transcripts from the degrees you have previously obtained

· 500-1000 word research proposal in English

·  2 academic references from senior members of faculty at your current university

·  A letter of application

·  English language competency (if you require a Tier 4 visa)

·  A current C.V.

Visa Information for International Students

If you are a non-EEA /Swiss national, then you have two options for visa entry into the UK.

Option 1:
Come to the UK as a ‘Short-Term Student

Under this option you may stay in the UK up to six months, but no more (e.g. October to March, or two academic terms). You would not be allowed to take any employment in the UK, and you would not be able to stay any longer than six months, or to transfer to another programme of study.

Option 2:
Apply for a ‘Tier 4 (General) student visa

More information about the Tier 4 (General) student visa can be found here.

Planning Ahead

As soon as you receive your Offer Letter, you will need to start applying for your visa. On your request, LAC will arrange for a Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) number to be provided to you.

It is recommended that for detailed information about Tier 4 Visa and Student Visitor Visa, you consult the UK Border Agency website.

Finally, in line with requirements from the UK Border Agency, you must have your passport scanned when you report to the Student Information & Advisory Service on your arrival. If applicable, you should also ensure that you register with the police.


The department student visitor charges are £2,000 per term (£6,000 per academic year) for applications received after 1 July 2016. For further details please see OSGA Recognised Students Fees.

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