**Due to oversubscription we are currently not accepting any Visiting Student applications. Recognised Student Visitor and Academic Visitor applications will continue to be considered**

The Visitors' Programme is an important part of the Centre's activities. We encourage our Visitors to participate fully in the intellectual and social life of both the Centre and the University, and to make contact with others in their field, both in Oxford and in the wider academic community. Visitors are entitled to make full use of the University's research facilities and libraries, in addition to attending seminars, lectures and other academic gatherings ordinarily closed to the general public.

The Centre makes considerable efforts to integrate Visitors into its day-to-day activities. In return, we ask our Visitors to involve themselves in those activities, in particular:

  • to have a clear research project to pursue while at the Centre
  • to participate in seminars and workshops at the Centre and give presentations where appropriate
  • to contribute to the Centre's publication record

We expect our Visitors to be fully proficient in the use of written and spoken English at an academic level so that they will be able to derive full benefit from the Programme.

How to Apply

Applications are normally made during the academic year preceding a proposed visit, but must be at least one full term in advance. An application should include the following materials:

  1. Application Form
  2. A  research proposal, approximately one page
  3. A curriculum vitae between two and four pages in length
  4. Two academic references, no more than two pages each

Please email your completed application to admin@csls.ox.ac.uk; alternatively post it to:

Visitors Programme
Centre for Socio-Legal Studies
Manor Road Building
Manor Road
Oxford OX1 3UQ
United Kingdom

Once all the above have been received, your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted as to whether you have been successful. Please note that we reserve the right to cancel your membership at any time.


The Visitors Programme is extremely popular, and as such is heavily oversubscribed. In order to cope with demand, we ask that your proposed visit dates do not exceed a period of six months; however you are welcome to request an extension to your stay once you are at the Centre, but this cannot always be granted.


Please see the individual Academic Visitor/Recognised Student/Visiting Student section opposite for details on fees.

Staying in Oxford

Oxford, like many small academic communities, has a limited availability of accommodation, particularly for short term visitors. Therefore, living arrangements should be made well in advance through the city's letting agencies.  

As a rough guide, the cost of living for one adult is £7,500 per annum, and rent for a one bedroom house around £1000-£1300 per calendar month. For further details please see the University of Oxford’s accommodation website and follow the link for Private Housing. Please also note that you are responsible for funding your own travel and subsistence.

For all enquiries please contact Katie Hayward, Administration Officer.