Student Services

Overseas examinations arrangements

Overseas exam arrangements are only made for students:

  • who are normally resident overseas and have external resits;
  • have been given permission by the International Office under mobility arrangements;
  • have to be overseas during the exam period as a requirement of their course; or
  • other exceptional circumstances approved on an individual case basis.
  • whose modules are allowed to be taken overseas

In cases where the candidate is not an overseas resident, arrangements will not be made unless the circumstances and reasons have been discussed with the Office of Global Engagement, Student Services or School/Department.

Please note: overseas exam arrangements will not be made for students who are on holiday or temporarily overseas during the published examination periods.  The dates of the exam sessions for this academic year are published on the Examinations webpages



Undergraduate No Award students (Exchange or Study Abroad Programme) - can I take my examinations overseas?

Incoming exchange students studying in Nottingham for the Autumn Semester are expected to sit the normal assessment relating to the modules to which they are signed up for. In exceptional circumstances exchange students may apply to the School/Department to arrange an alternative form of assessment. Where this is not possible the student must return to Nottingham to complete the assessment. Only where the start date of the home university semester is before the end of the Nottingham exam period may a student apply to take their examinations overseas.

Schools should not advise students that they may sit overseas at this stage – for incoming students this is only possible if the student has been given permission to sit overseas as part of an exchange agreement with his/her Home institution

Univeristy of Nottingham Inter-Campus Exchange (UNUK - UNNC - UNMC)

Students participating in a University of Nottingham InterCampus exchange who must sit an examination for a module at a location different from where it was originally sat/scheduled must apply to sit “overseas” through the module’s original campus.

For example, a UNUK-based student who has returned to the UK and needs to re-sit an exam for a module they were enrolled on at UNNC during an exchange must apply to sit “overseas” through UNNC – even though the UK may not be considered “overseas” to this student. Please note there are strict deadlines in place.

UNNC Overseas examinations: Apply to sit a UNNC exam at a different location

UNMC Overseas examinations: Apply to sit a UMMC exam at a different location

How much does it cost to take examinations overseas?

  • University resit fee - Undergraduate £80.00/Postgraduate £130.00 (if you are taking first sits only, this charge does not apply)
  • Administrative fee - £150.00 per examination period no matter how many individual examinations are taken in that session (this charge applies to resits and first sits)
  • Local charges and/or costs directly to the administering organisation making the local exam arrangements.

You can pay the overseas examination fee via the "My Finance" tab on the Portal. The invoice will show approximately two weeks after the exam period*. Once the arrangements have been made by the Exams Office and the invoice is showing on your portal, you will be required to pay the full amount even if you do not continue with the overseas resit examination. Any local costs must be paid directly to your chosen institution.

*Invoices for the August re-sit period will be raised in the next academic year.

What modules are not permitted to be taken overseas?

There are some examinations which you will not be given permission to take overseas. Before contacting your School or Department for permission to take an examination overseas please check if your exams can be taken overseas If there are exceptional circumstances affecting a student, these will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you cannot progress to the next stage of your degree or complete your award without being reassessed you will be informed via the Assessment Channel. You will receive a letter from the Student Services detailing the requirements, the form of reassessment, and the costs involved.

Overseas application dates

   Application form opens  Application form closes
January 2019 exams 24th October 2018 7th November 2018
May 2019 exams 7th March 2019 13th March 2019
August 2019 exams 26th June 2019 17th July 2019


How to Apply

Information for overseas Institutions/British Councils

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