This is a guide for students who intend to apply to become a Visiting Student to the Department and whose home University is not part of the Erasmus Exchange Programme.

The Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic admits a small number of applicants who wish to undertake a period of full-time research (usually no more than 3 terms) but who do not intend to become candidates for any Cambridge qualifications.


As a Visiting Student you will be entitled to:

  • A Cambridge University email address for the period of your visit
  • Limited access to University computing facilities
  • Use of the Faculty of English Library and an introduction to the University Library
  • Attend Undergraduate lectures and classes and other seminars by arrangement

The Department assumes that Visiting Students come to Cambridge to pursue their independent research and therefore does not provide or arrange academic supervision; however, it may be possible to arrange private supervision, for which payment is the Visiting Student's responsibility. Places will be awarded on a competitive basis and preference will be given to applicants whose work falls within the research expertise of the Academic Members of the Department.

A fee of £600 per term is payable termly in advance.

How to apply

An invitation to become a Visiting Student is given on the understanding that the Student Visitor will be entirely self-funded. An invitation to become a Visiting Student does not confer membership of any College. Visiting Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all students have the correct immigration permission for study and will liaise with you to advise on the appropriate route and requirements for your visit.

Please apply in writing using the Application Form below. Completed application forms must include the following in support of your application:

  • Application Form (pdf)

  • One written reference (briefly recommending your application and confirming your status at your home University)
  • A full C. V.
  • Details of what fund will be used to ensure you are self-funding
  • Intended dates of study period in Cambridge

Please send all application documentation to the Head of Department, Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP.

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Please apply well in advance of your visit to allow consideration of your application by the Department. You will be notified formally in writing of the outcome of your application.

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