School of Biosciences

University-wide exchange programme

The University-wide exchange programme is a competitive programme that offers you the opportunity to apply to study abroad for a semester at one of the University’s highly ranked partner universities.

Some of our partner universities are part of the Universitas 21 consortium, an international network of leading research-intensive universities, of which the University of Nottingham is a founding member.

The study abroad period is part of your existing degree programme and is an amazing opportunity to experience your degree subject from a different perspective, within a new culture, alongside students from all over the world.

Exchange student standing in front of mountains

From our students

"The opportunities for studying abroad were the reason why I decided to come to Nottingham in the first place, and my experience studying for a semester in New Zealand definitely justified that decision. My time abroad has allowed me to experience a different city and culture as well as study environmental science from a completely different perspective."

BSc Environmental Science student, studied abroad at the University of Auckland


About the programme


You can apply to study abroad in Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, Sweden or the USA, depending on your subject. 

Destinations by School and degree programme



The programme is open to all undergraduate students within the School, except BSc/MSci Food Science, BSc/MSci Food Science and Nutrition and MNutr Nutrition and Dietetics. 

In order to be considered for the programme, applicants are required to have attained at least a 60% average by the end of the first semester of the first year; and to have an academic reference and a personal statement provided as part of the application process.


Academic requirements

The credits gained whilst studying abroad through this programme will count towards your Nottingham degree.

Students wishing to submit an application for the University-wide programme will need to have their proposed modules at their chosen partners checked by their Course Director before submitting their application. Your final study plan must be approved by your Course Director prior to departure. 



All students who take part in the University-wide exchange programme pay a reduced tuition fee to the University of Nottingham during the academic year when they study abroad.

Specific bursaries and scholarships may also be available depending on your household income and destination. 

Study abroad finance

How to apply

You should initially apply for the BSc or MSci degree programme of your choice. You then apply internally to the University-wide Exchange programme during your first year of study at Nottingham. 

All first year students will be invited to a School-based information session during Semester 1 of Year 1 to find out more about the programme and how to apply.

The online application opens in mid-November each year. The application deadline is in early January each year. 

Apply online


Further information

For more information, contact



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