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Faculty of Philosophy


Visiting Students to the Faculty of Philosophy


If you are a PhD student at another university and wish to come to Cambridge to use the University's facilities, there are three possible routes.

  1. Those wishing to come for a complete academic year should apply through Postgraduate Admissions using the on-line application system (see their website). You will pay full fees for the year, be allocated a supervisor and a college place and have full access to University facilities (libraries, computing, lectures etc).
  2. It is also possible to come to Cambridge for one or two terms as the guest of the Philosophy Faculty. If you were accepted you would be allowed to use the Faculty Library, the University Library, computing facilities and attend lectures. You would not have a supervisor to oversee your work but you would have a mentor who would tell you how best to make use of your time in Cambridge. You would have to arrange your own accommodation, but the University Accommodation Office might be able to help you. There will also be a visiting student fee, for 2024/25 this will be £1,491.30 per term. 

    If you are interested in this option you should send the following to us at in PDF format: your CV, two references from your home University, an indication of what you will be working on while you are in Cambridge, a scan of your passport and a sample of your work (in English). International students are also advised to consult information for all visiting students on the University's International Students pages, here, which includes information on visa requirements for visiting students.

  3. Please note that if you only wish to use the University Library while you are in Cambridge, you should apply directly to the University Library (please see Please note that this route will not enable you to use any of the Faculty's facilities or attend any lectures or seminars.