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Faculty of Economics


Visiting Students at the Faculty of Economics

The Faculty of Economics welcomes a limited number of doctoral students who wish to visit the Faculty. The Visiting Students scheme is aimed at doctoral students in other universities or similar academic institutions who wish to better conduct economic research at the highest international level and to get a broader perspective on economic policy issues.

The opportunity to study in the Faculty without joining any particular programme is possible only if a member of the Faculty agrees to act as a sponsor. Prospective visiting postgraduate students should, therefore, identify and write to a sponsor enclosing a CV, a short summary of their current research and an explanation of why they wish to come to Cambridge. A list of the academics and their specialist research areas can be found at this site:

Once agreement from a sponsor has been secured, an application should be sent to the Deputy Faculty Manager, Gerry Riches, at , using the form downloadable from the menu to the left. Periods of study will normally be for a minimum of one term and a maximum of three terms, commencing at any time of the year. The Faculty has very limited space, so there will not be more than two visiting students in the Faculty at any one time. Note that there is a limit of 6 months for Overseas applicants.

It is your responsibility to make sure you identify whether you require a visa, and then to understand, meet, and comply with these immigration requirements. Please see the for further information.

What does it cost

In addition to needing funds to cover living expenses there will be a bench fee of £1000 per term in order to cover facilities which are: desk space, attendance at lectures and seminars within the University, the use of the library, computer facilities etc.

The bench fee is payable before your visit commences, and the fee must be paid into the University's Bank Account, ensuring the following points are met:

  • you pay all charges (i.e. you must tell your bank when making the transfer)
  • ensure the full value of GBP arrives into our account
  • give your bank a reference that you provide (i.e. the invoice number; something that clearly marks the money out for you)
  • confirm to me when the money is to be expected
  • your place will NOT be confirmed until we receive full payment without exception


Most importantly, the Faculty does not provide accommodation, so students will need to make their own arrangements. Assistance in finding accommodation in Cambridge is available from the University Accommodation Service.

You can register online at

How to apply

Applications are considered throughout the year and should be addressed to Gerry Riches, Teaching Administrative Officer.
Applications should include:

  • A completed application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Proposal
  • Reference from an academic who knows your work
  • Certificate of agreement from your home university
  • Copy of your Passport
  • English Language Test Certificate

English Language

All applicants applying to Cambridge as Visiting students need to meet the University's standard English language requirements. This requirement is satisfied by proof of an acceptable English language test taken within the last two years. Whether or not students require a language test depends on a number of conditions; please see here

Please note that only certain tests are accepted as proof of the language condition and the certificates must prove that the test has been taken within the last two years. Information on the accepted tests is held here

All inquiries should be addressed to:

Gerry Riches
Austin Robinson Building
Faculty of Economics
Sidgwick Avenue
Phone: +00 44 (0)1223 335208