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The Faculty of Architecture and History of Art


A student visitor is defined as a student who is registered for a degree at another institution and who attends The University of Cambridge for a short period of study, supervised research or a placement as part of their course. 


As a visiting student, you will be able to conduct research under the supervision of an appointed academic.  

As a visiting student, you will be able to conduct research under the supervision of an appointed academic. You will be able to use the facilities in Faculty of Architecture and History of Art. It is possible to attend certain lectures and seminars, although it should be noted that attendance would normally require the permission of the lecturer concerned. 

Visiting students should plan to arrive at the beginning of an academic term of study.  For term dates, please see here.  If you are unable to start at the beginning of a term, the Faculty may be able to accept a request for a later start date, but please note that Supervisors/staff are normally only available in term time. Faculty/University events, as well as any lectures and seminars are, of course, normally all held in term time. 


The fees will need to be paid in advance of the Visiting Students arrival. The fees are as follows: 

  • £2,400 for a full academic year, or 
  • £720 per term, or 
  • £90 per week if visiting for less than a term 

To Apply 

Please complete the application form:  

For this you will need: 

  • A summary curriculum vitae (of no more than 4 sides of A4) 
  • An outline of your research interests (of no more than one side of A4) 
  • The names and email addresses of two referees,  
  • Transcripts and certificates for each qualification you hold 
  • A letter of introduction from your home institution which must confirm how your research here will relate to your ongoing studies overseas 
  • A letter of support from your Sponsor (Faculty Supervisor) confirming a successful interview.  You will need to arrange this directly with your Sponsor (Faculty Supervisor) 

You will not normally be permitted to study for more than one year without applying for a formal qualification via the central Postgraduate Admissions Office

Language Requirements 

Visiting Students are expected to meet the University's standard English language requirements. Whether or not you have to take a language test will depend on a number of conditions, which can be checked here.  Please note that the checking tool will confirm whether or not you need to take a language test; please disregard any other information on the central webpage as it is relevant to applicants applying as 'full' students). 

Applicants should provide a copy of their English test along with their application form. Tests are only valid if taken within 2 years of the requested start date at Cambridge.  

Language waivers would only be considered for those who are studying in English. 

Immigration / visa requirements 

All non-UK nationals will need to ensure they have the correct immigration permission for an approved visiting period at the University. 

If your application for visiting student status is approved, the Postgraduate Office will contact you regarding immigration/visa requirements, if required. Or you can contact us directly beforehand on if you have any questions.  In the meantime, please refer to the following webpages for information:  

College membership 

College membership is not normally offered to Visiting Students. 


The Faculty is unable to provide accommodation. More information about finding accommodation in Cambridge can be found on the Accommodation Service webpages

COVID information 

  • All Visiting Students must have valid travel and medical insurance in place. 
  • The Faculty is not able to fund costs relating to isolation, quarantine or testing relating to COVID and cannot be held responsible for any travel delays relating to COVID. 
  • The Faculty cannot guarantee that access to its buildings and facilities will be available to Visiting Students. Access arrangements may need to be changed at short notice. 

These guidelines are subject to change in line with the UK Government's guidelines and/or University of Cambridge provisions.