Visiting Students punting in Oxford

Visiting Students

Pembroke has been welcoming Visiting Students to the College since the early 1990s, in one of the longest-running programmes in Oxford. We operate a vibrant, full-year programme where students can enjoy and integrate fully into the College and University life:

  • Visiting Students are accommodated on the main Pembroke site, not in remote or separate buildings and participate in the full range of sporting and social events in the College.
  • You will receive the same academic experience, including tutorials, that has made the Oxford undergraduate education perhaps the most respected and renowned in the world.
  • An annual event, the Baddeley Dinner, is held for Pembroke's Visiting Students and their tutors to mark the end of the academic year.

Our programme operates in partnership with select US universities and The University of Hong Kong, though we are willing to accept applications from non-partner organisations on a case-by-case basis. The College also accepts applications processed through the Oxford Prospects Visiting Student Programme.

For more information about our partner universities, available courses and how to apply, please see our FAQs below.

In a sense, my “Oxford journey” was not a “journey” at all. The pandemic condemned me to virtual learning, so I ended up “going to Oxford” from my Hong Kong bedroom. Even so, the Oxford experience did not disappoint. The visiting programme’s flexibility meant I could diverge from the History and Politics degree’s formal requirements and study Greek and Roman history with the Classics Faculty. Oxford’s traditions in analytic philosophy also made it an ideal setting to read the great western political thinkers – from Plato to Rousseau, down to Bentham and Weber. The weekly tutorials were always clarifying and stimulating, and I am acutely aware that such personalised teaching is a huge privilege to enjoy.

Pembroke College was a supportive presence throughout the year. My Directors of Studies arranged excellent papers for me and were always ready to offer advice. The Academic Office was also very keen, both on my welfare during lockdown and on my academic progress. I have no hesitation to say that my virtual “Oxford journey” has stretched my academic limits and better prepared me for further studies.

Duanran Feng (2020, History & Politics, Visiting)

Hi, I am Xiang Gu, a visiting student from Tsinghua University reading law. I am staying at my home institution in Beijing now.

Due to the time difference, I usually have my tutorials in the evening. Although I cannot visit Pembroke personally, the various online activities fill the gap by allowing me to meet new friends.

In the competition law course I have taken, we think about this change from offline to online and how the law should adapt to it, which is fascinating!

I believe the education I received at Oxford helps me further think about how I can use my knowledge to make our society better and meet my future endeavors under uncertainties.

Xiang Gu (2020, Law, Visiting)