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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


The policy for student visitors is currently under review.

The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies admits a small number of applicants who wish to undertake a period of full-time research in Cambridge as a student visitor but who do not intend to become candidates for any Cambridge qualification. In certain circumstances an application to be a visiting student can be extended up to a year, at the discretion of the host department. As a student visitor you will be entitled to:

  • A Cambridge University email address for the limited visiting period.
  • Limited access to University computing facilities.
  • Use of the Faculty Library and an introduction to the University Library to secure borrowing rights.
  • Attend lectures/workshops and seminars as agreed.

The Faculty assumes that student visitors come to Cambridge to pursue their independent research and therefore does not provide or arrange academic supervision; however, it may be possible to attend lectures, seminars or workshops with the consent of the respective teacher(s). Places will be awarded on a very competitive basis and preference will be given to applicants whose work falls within the research expertise of Faculty members.


A non refundable application fee of £45 should be paid upon application. The 2021 - 2022 fee for student visitors is confirmed once approved by the Faculty Board, who meet once a term.  Schedule for payment will be included in your invitation letter.

Fees must be paid through our online system.


An invitation to become a student visitor is given on the understanding that the student visitor will be entirely self-funded (in accordance with Immigration policy). An invitation to become a student visitor also does not confer membership of any College, and the Faculty cannot provide accommodation.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that compliance with UK immigration/visa requirements is met. Please contact the International student team for advice on which visa you should apply for:


Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applications will only be processed three times per year (at the beginning of each term) and may take up to 10 weeks to process.

Applicants should complete and return the application form* and include:

  • One written reference (briefly recommending your application and confirming your status at your home University).
  • A full C.V
  • Details of what funds will be used to support your stay in Cambridge
  • Confirmation in writing from your faculty based academic sponsor*. You will arrange to meet with them before submitting your application to discuss your reason for wanting to visit Cambridge and to discuss where your research interests harmonise.

*  Forms will not be considered if this hasn't happened.

Please send all documentation via email to:

Prospective students from non-EU countries

UK immigration regulations are stringent. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that compliance with UK immigration/visa requirements is met. You must read all of the information relating to visiting students on the website of the University’s International Student Team. The University would be able to sponsor as a student visitor under Tier 4 if you are accepted to come to Cambridge for more than 6 months and you meet the relevant visa requirements.

Your application will be assessed by the relevant Department, and if approved you will be sent a letter of invitation. After that the Faculty will need to apply for a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for you, so will request specific details from you such as copies of passport, and details of the dates you intend to travel to and from Cambridge. Your academic sponsor in your home institution will also be asked to confirm some details. 

During your time in Cambridge you will need to meet the official contact requirements ie 10 contacts during your stay. You must ensure that any academic who has agreed to be responsible for you is willing to undertake these contacts and the proper recording of them.

Please also note that you must have adequate funding to support your accommodation and living expenses whilst in Cambridge. You will not receive any funding form the University whilst here.If you are applying for China Scholarship Council funding, you must indicate this in your application. You may have to pay additional fees and follow a seperate process if intending to visit Cambridge for 6 months or more. More details here