Start of the Academic Year

Start of the Academic Year

Arrival and Welcome Week

New students are advised to arrive in Oxford by the weekend before Welcome Week (5 and 6 October 2019), which runs in the week before Michaelmas (autumn/fall) term (trimester) starts.

Welcome Week is also called “0th” (pronounced noughth) week. The weeks of Full Term run from 1st week to 8th week. During 0th week new students will attend induction events in College and in their department/faculty.

A timetable for College events during Welcome Week will be emailed to students at the end of September and will be available at the Porters Lodge upon arrival.

University Registration

New students must complete the New Student Registration and attend the College Welcome Evening and College Induction events. Students must also see the College Nurse if they have an existing medical condition or require any vaccinations; bookings can be made online, details will be emailed to all Freshers w/c 30 September 2019.

New Student Registration in College

New Student Registration is a compulsory in-person individual session in College. Before attending, students must complete the first part of University Registration and submit their College Registration Form which contains Emergency Contact Details and information on Additional Support. Freshers will have been emailed this information in early September.

New Student Registration runs on weekdays between 03 – 10 October from 10.00 to 12.30 and 14.00 - 16.00 in the Syndicate room (basement of the Old Main Building). No appointments are necessary, but there may be a waiting time so we recommend that students register as soon as possible after their arrival. Students who are unable to register during this period have to email the College Registrar as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements.

Students will receive their University card, and should return one copy of their signed  College-Student contract once they have read the online student handbook.

Student visa holders must bring their passport and visa to be scanned. It is a UK Border Agency requirement that the Registry team checks all student visas and makes a scanned copy of the visa and passport photo page for the University’s records

Please note – students fom have to bring e-ticket.

Once the New Student Registration has been completed, students can print their enrolment certificate which confirms their enrolment at the University of Oxford for the current academic year.

College Welcome Evening

All new students (including those returning to St Antony’s for a second degree or transferring from another College part-way through a degree) are required to attend one College Welcome Evening, which comprises:

  1. introductory talks from key College postholders and a welcome from the Warden
  2. a formal Welcome Dinner (at no charge)

Two identical Welcome Induction Evenings will take place on Monday 07 and Wednesday 09 October: students will be notified in advance which date they have been allocated (you will be either in Group A or Group B).

College Induction

Two identical College inductions will take place during the day on 9 October; students will be notified in advance which session they should attend (A or B). These inductions last two hours and comprise informal talks from the College Registrar, Head Porter, College Dean and the Disability Advisory Service (DAS).

Online University Registration

This online registration must be completed each year by all students. This is compulsory in order for students to attend their course, use their University email account, obtain their University card/keep it valid and check that they have been entered correctly for examinations.

Please see the University’s Guide to registration for details of how to (re)register.

Note that in addition all new students must also attend the New Student Registration in College as the College is responsible for completing the registration process for new students.


Matriculation is the ceremony that marks a student’s formal admission to the University. Attendance is compulsory unless students are entitled to incorporate. Non-attendance is considered a serious matter.

As well as the ceremony itself, St Antony’s offers new students light refreshments on arrival, a group pre-ceremony photograph, and a free pre-ceremony drinks reception and finger buffet lunch – a detailed schedule will be emailed to all new students.

Visiting Students and students who have already matriculated for a previous degree at Oxford do not attend the matriculation ceremony but are welcome to attend the photograph and buffet lunch.

The main matriculation ceremony will be on Saturday 19 October 2019 from 9.30am to 3pm. Students unable to matriculate on this day for reasons of religion or belief should notify the Registry Office so that they can be entered to matriculate at a later ceremony (usually Thursday of 8th week). 

Please note that the matriculation ceremony and other events on matriculation day are not open to members of the public or family members.

Dress code

Students must wear sub fusc with an advanced student’ gown and mortar board/soft cap. This should be hired or bought in advance. Admission to the ceremony will be denied if students are incorrectly attired.


Students who have already had a degree conferred by Cambridge or Trinity College Dublin can choose to incorporate instead of matriculate. However, such students are welcome to matriculate at Oxford, and this is usually the process that students follow. For further details please contact the College Registrar