Student exchanges

How to apply

Read the step-by-step guidelines on how to apply to go on exchange, and once you are ready, complete your online application from this page. Applications for exchanges taking place in the academic year 2020/21 are now closed.

Exchanges application process

Before submitting an application to go on exchange you must first complete the following steps:

Step 1: Attend a pre-application information session

All pre-application information sessions have now taken place.

Step 2: Research partner institutions

You should research prospective partners thoroughly before submitting your application. You can do this via the partner university's website. You should find out about course offerings, assessment, accommodation, and semester dates. 

Guidance notes for many of our University-Wide Exchange partner universities are also available here:

Partner guidance notes

Step 3: Read the relevant Exchange Application Policy

Read the Exchange Application Policy that relates to your application, in full.  

This document will guide you through all the procedures and policies relating to your exchange programme. You will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood it before submitting your application.

There are two types of application:

University-Wide application

The University-Wide application enables you to apply for exchanges which are open to students from Schools and Subject Areas across the University. These exchange places are managed centrally by the Study and Work Away Service.

Subject-Specific application

The Subject-Specific application enables you to apply for exchanges which are only open to students in a particular School or Subject Area. These exchange places are managed at School level.

Step 4: Complete online application

You may submit a University-Wide and/or a Subject-Specific application.

Applications for exchanges taking place in the academic year 2020/21 are now closed.

Step 5: Peer marking (University-Wide applications only)

Students applying via the University-Wide application route will be required to undertake a peer marking exercise, following application deadline. Applicants will receive 5 randomly assigned personal statements via Learn.


Timeline for preparing to go on exchange
October Go Abroad Fair and pre-application Information Sessions
4 November (12 noon) Online application opens 
25 November (12 noon) Application closes 
December - January Offers issued to successful applicants
24 January Deadline to accept or decline offer (7 January for University of California)
Late January - June
  • Nominations and applications made to partner university
  • Attend compulsory pre-departure session
  • Complete necessary pre-departure paperwork - learning agreement, grant contracts 
  • Make practical arrangements - accommodation, visas, book flights, etc
June - October Depart on exchange