Americas

Canada mountains

Americas

 

Partner universities in the Americas

Please note that some partners may not be available for exchange for a particular academic year, if this is the case it is stated below. For information on which partner universities are available for your school/department, please see Global opportunities by school.

The opportunities listed here are correct as at the time of publishing and for the application year 2021/2022. Please be aware that study abroad options may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the University’s control. Every effort will be made to update this information as quickly as possible should a change occur. Please note that, in order to be accepted on to a study abroad programme, you have to achieve the relevant academic requirements as set by the University AND meet the selection criteria of both the University and the partner institution (though the partner institution is under no obligation to accept you).

Brazil

Lonely Planet: One of the world's most captivating places. Brazil is a country of powdery-white sand beaches, verdant rainforests and wild rhythm filled metropolises. There are countless spaces where you can spot iconic species in Brazil, including toucans, scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, capybara, pink dolphins, sea turtles and thousands of other living species. 

São Paulo, Universidade de São Paulo

Universidade de São Paulo website

Facts

  • Language of instruction: Portuguese
  • Number of students enrolled: 95,000
  • Number of campuses: 8
  • Academic year: August - June
  • Autumn semester equivalent: August - December
  • Spring semester equivalent: February - June

About

Located in the southeastern region of Brazil, the University of São Paulo is the largest Brazilian public university and the country's most prestigious educational institution.

Things to do

With a population of more than 11 million inhabitants, São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and the seventh largest city in the world. Brazil is both a tropical paradise and an exciting cultural destination with attractions for all tastes, from idyllic beaches and jungle explorations to world-class art museums and the pulsing rhythms of Rio's Carnival.

According to the Lonely Planet guide: Brazil's attractions extend from frozen-in-time colonial towns to otherworldly landscapes of red-rock canyons, thundering waterfalls and coral-tinged tropical islands. Then there's Brazil's biodiversity: legendary in scope, its diverse ecosystems boast the greatest collection of plant and animal species found anywhere on earth.

Brazil's top sights include: Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, Ibirapuera Park and Iguazo Falls.

Travel opportunities

Brazil dominates most of the South American continent and is bordered by 10 of the 12 South American countries, making it fairly easy to enter by land. However there are also a number of direct flights between São Paulo and Santiago (Chile), Cordoba (Argentina), Santa Cruz (Bolivia) and Lima (Peru).

Flight times range from 2-6 hours.

Climate

In summer (Deb-Feb), the weather is generally hot and humid (up to 29ºC) with occasional rainfall and storms. Fall (Mar-Apr) and winter (Jun-Aug) and much cooler and drier (minimum 13ºC).

Finance 2022/23

Bursaries available:

  • Santander Scholarships for Latin America exchanges: 5 scholarships of £1000 each for students who will be studying for 3-12 months in Brazil. If you are selected to study abroad at the University of São Paulo, you will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and how to apply for it.
  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 14 hours) £500-800
  • Visa costs: £100-£465
  • Health insurance (compulsory): £150+
  • Accommodation: approx. R$*2,000-4,000 monthly rent
  • Cost of a Big Mac: £3.64

*Based on flight prices from 2019/20

**Brazilian real

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and the partner university website.

Accommodation

There are no accommodation options for exchange students within the campuses. International students are required to live in private accommodation, generally opting for nearby private student apartments (also called "Republicas"). The USP International Office provides a list of housing options nearby the university.

The rent of a room or accommodation can vary greatly, depending on location and features offered by the house and the neighbourhood. The main campus located in the Perdizes neighbourhood is considered to be an expensive place to live in São Paulo.

For further information regarding alternative housing options outside the campuses, please contact the local International Offices. The University of São Paulo strongly recommends that students take part in the iFriends programme in order to find out more information about accommodation.

Housing information

Module catalogue

USP International Office

LGBTQ travel advice for Brazil

 
 

Canada 

At nearly 10 million square kilometres in total, Canada is the second largest country in the world. It consists of 10 provinces and three territories and is home to much outstanding natural beauty, featuring bright blue glacial lakes, rivers, mountains, rolling plains and forests, all on a collossal scale. Canada's remote forests are home to wildlife, from bears, wolves, beavers, deer, and mountain lions, to smaller animals like chipmunks and racoons.

Canada has two national languages: English and French. The academic year runs from September to May.

Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec

Concordia University website 

Fast Facts:

  • Language of instruction: English and French
  • Number of students enrolled: 46,000
  • Number of campuses: 2
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January - April
  • Montreal ranks first worldwide in the “Student View” category of the QS Best Student Cities 2018 index
  • Alternative assessment or overseas exams for spring semester study* 

About

Founded in 1974 as a result of the merger of Sir George Williams University and Loyola College, Concordia is a public university in Québec with two campuses: one in downtown Montréal and the other in the city’s west end. Concordia University is among the largest urban universities in Canada and among the top-ranked universities founded within the last 50 years worldwide.

Areas of study include arts, sciences, engineering, computer science and business.

Location and language

  • 1.5 hour flight to Toronto and New York
  • 3 hour flight to Miami

Montreal is the second largest city in Canada, with a population of over 3 million and is one of the oldest cities in North America. It is located in the south of the beautiful province of Quebec. Concordia University’s Sir George Williams campus is located in the heart of downtown Montreal. The official language of Montreal is French and it is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the Western world after Paris. Most citizens however are bilingual and you do not have to speak French to study at Concordia.

Things to do

From Montreal you can travel to nearby Quebec City and Toronto by bus or train. Montreal is only 37 miles from the United States border, bringing New York within easy reach. A number of winter sports including ice skating, ski-ing and snowboarding, are possible from Montreal.

Top attractions: Underground City (shopping area), Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica, Mount Royal lookout and Jean-Talon Market.

Climate

Montreal is beautiful throughout all four distinct seasons. With average highs of 26°C in the summer and lows of -5°C in the winter, Montrealers fashionably adapt to the weather. In winter, enjoy crosscountry skiing and tobogganing in Mont-Royal Park or ice skating on one of the many outdoor rinks. With the underground city and extensive Metro system, it’s easy to keep warm. In the spring Montreal transforms. Outdoor patios open and parks fill with people relaxing, playing games, having picnics and enjoying the sunshine.

 

* Students studying at this destination for spring semester only will require either an overseas exam or an alternative assessment for their January exams. Students will need to speak to their School to check what is permitted.

Finance 2022/23

Bursaries available for those accepted to study abroad at Concordia:

  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information.
  • Santander Scholarships. Competitive awards of £1, 000 for North and Latin America exchanges. If you are selected to study abroad you will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and how to apply for it.

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 7 hours): £450-800*
  • Visa costs: $CAN**7-$150 (depending on nationality)
  • Health insurance (compulsory): $CAN 392-$1,176
  • On-campus accommodation: approx. $CAN3,140 per semester. 
  • Off-campus accommodation: approx. $CAN420-1100 per month
  • Travel insurance: dependant on personal circumstances
  • Cost of a Big Mac: £4.27

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.

*Based on average flight prices 2021

**Canadian Dollar

More information on living costs

Accomodation

  • The vast majority of exchange students secure private rented accommodation in Montreal. Students who are planning to live off-campus are advised to allow 2 weeks to search for suitable accommodation in Montreal.
  • The Concordia Student Union (CSU) Off-Campus Housing and Job Bank (HoJo) provide a reliable source of housing information and assistance although students should be aware that they are responsible for locating and securing their own accommodation. See here for more information.
  • Limited accommodation is provided in a university residence downtown but this is not guaranteed. Students living in residence must enrol in the meal plan provided and should be aware that the cafeteria is not in the accommodation itself. Please note on-campus housing is unavailable until June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

More about accommodation at Concordia

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2017/18 = 15%
2018/19 = 7%
2019/20 = 14%

Course information

Module Catalogue

More about studying abroad at Concordia University

Concordia disability support

LGBTQ travel advice for Canada

Concordia University Instagram page

 
 

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

University of Manitoba website.


Fast facts:

  • Language of instruction: English 
  • Number of students enrolled: 31,020
  • Number of campuses: 2
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January – April
  • Alternative assessment or overseas exams for spring semester study*

About

The University of Manitoba is western Canada’s first university, established in 1877. It’s main campus is Fort Garry, 280 hectares of land, 20 minutes from the city centre. There are over 200 different student groups available to join. Manitoba has one of largest indigenous student populations in the country. 

Areas of study include Agricultural and food sciences, architecture, business, engineering,  humanities, Physics, Chemistry, computer science, mathematics and geography. 

Location and language

  • Under 3 hour flight to Toronto and Vancouver 

  • 5 and half hour flight to New York 

  • 9 hour flight to Yellowstone National Park 

Winnipeg is very close to the US border, with North Dakota being the nearest US state. Winnipeg was originally an aboriginal trading centre before the arrival of the Europeans. It became the centre of Canada’s fur trade and is known as the "Gateway to the West". It sits on Lake Winnipeg the worlds 11th largest fresh water lake. Winnipeg has developed into a cosmopolitan city complete with restaurants, boutiques, exciting attractions and an arts and culture scene. It hosts numerous annual festivals, including the Festival du Voyageur, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and Folklorama.  

Manitoba runs a Welcome Mentor programme. This connects up incoming exchange students with existing University of Manitoba students. 

Things to do

The key meeting place in Winnipeg is The Forks, a riverside site that hosts events, entertainment, food market and many restaurants.  

For those keen to participate in outdoor activities, just outside of the city is a six hundred and forty acres of prairie land at FortWhyte Alive. There are many trails which in winter can be used for skiing and snowshoeing and a Toboggan slide.  

Winnipeg also boasts a 20 block historical district with key turn of the century architectural sites. The area has a great coffee and café culture, galleries, vintage and antique shops and lots of restaurants and bistros.  

If you are interested in the arts then Winnipeg is home to Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Opera. 

Climate

Winnipeg experiences a continental climate characterized by four distinct seasons. Average temperatures range between -12° Celsius (+10.4° Fahrenheit) in the winter months to +26° Celsius (+78.8° Fahrenheit) in the summertime. Due to its northern location, Winnipeg residents enjoy 2,300 hours of sunlight annually and up to 16 hours of sunlight daily during the summer months. Winnipeg averages approximately 51.4 centimetres (20.2 inches) of precipitation each year. 

*Students studying at this destination for spring semester only will require either an overseas exam or an alternative assessment for their January exams. Students will need to speak to their School to check what is permitted. 

Finance 2022/23

Bursaries available for those accepted to study abroad at Manitoba: 

  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information. 

  • Santander Scholarships. Competitive awards of £1,000 for North and Latin America exchanges. If you are selected to study abroad you will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and how to apply for it. 

Approximate living costs per semester: 

  • Return flight from UK (av. 10 hours via Toronto): approx £500 if purchased as 2 tickets 

  • Visa costs: $CAN**7-$150 (depending on nationality) 

  • On-campus accommodation: approx. $CAN3, 894 – 7, 714 per semester 

  • Student organisation fees: $CAN 120-150 per term 

  • Travel insurance: dependant on personal circumstances

  • Cost of a Big Mac: £4.27 

*Based on flight prices 2019/20

**Canadian Dollar

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.

More on living costs

Accommodation

There are two options for accommodation: 

  • Four on campus student residences. These all have furnished rooms, meals plans available, study spaces, communal kitchens, laundry and internet. There are options of single or double rooms in traditional style halls or 2 bedroom suites in a flat style accommodation. This option allows self-catering and you can opt out of the meal plan. 

  • Homestay programme. 

Module links and information

More about accommodation at Manitoba University

More about studying abroad at Manitoba University

Manitoba University disability support

LGBTQ travel advice for Canada

Manitoba University Instagram page

 
 

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec - 1st choice only

McGill University website.

This is only available as a 1st choice option


Fast facts:

  • Language of instruction: English & French
  • Number of students enrolled: 40,900+
  • Number of campuses: 2
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January – April
  • Alternative assessment or overseas exams for spring semester study*

About

McGill is the oldest university in Montreal and one of just three English language universities in Quebec. McGill is recognized around the world for the excellence of its teaching and research programmes. The main campus of the university is in downtown Montreal at the foot of Mount Royal. The second campus is 18 miles west of the university in a more rural environment.

Areas of study include agricultural, environmental sciences, arts, engineering, law, management and sciences.

Location and language

  • 1.5 hour flight to Toronto and New York
  • 3 hour flight to Miami

Montreal is the second largest city in Canada, with a population of over 3 million and is one of the oldest cities in North America. It is located in the south of the beautiful province of Quebec. McGill’s downtown campus is located in the heart of the city.

The official language of Montreal is French and it is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the Western world after Paris. Most citizens however are bilingual and you don’t have to speak French to study at McGill.

Things to do

From Montreal you can travel to nearby Quebec City and Toronto by bus or train. Montreal is a short flight from the United States border, bringing New York and Detroit within easy reach. The McGill International Student Network also arrange trips around Canada for exchange students. A number of winter sports including ice skating, ski-ing and snowboarding, are possible from Montreal.

Top attractions: Fortifications of Québec, Château Frontenac (in Old Québec), Petit-Champlain District and Montmorency Falls Park

Climate

Montreal is beautiful throughout all four distinct seasons. With average highs of 26°C in the summer and lows of -5°C in the winter, Montrealers fashionably adapt to the weather. In winter, enjoy cross-country skiing and tobogganing in Mont-Royal Park or ice skating on one of the many outdoor rinks. With the underground city and extensive Metro system, it’s easy to keep warm. In the spring Montreal transforms. Outdoor patios open and parks fill with people relaxing, playing games, having picnics and enjoying the sun.

*Students studying at this destination for spring semester only will require either an overseas exam or an alternative assessment for their January exams. Students will need to speak to their School to check what is permitted.

Finance 2022/23

Bursaries available for those accepted to study abroad at McGill:

  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information.
  • Santander Scholarships. Competitive awards of £1, 000 for North and Latin America exchanges. If you are selected to study abroad you will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and how to apply for it.

Approximate living costs per semester: 

  • Return flight from UK (av. 7 hours): £450-800*
  • Visa costs: $CAN** 7-150 (depending on nationality)
  • Health insurance: (compulsory): approx. $CAN 330 per term
  • Program/course charges eg. special activity charge, course materials, music lessons etc approx: $CAN600-1,000
  • On-campus accommodation: approx. $CAN2,945-3,390 per semester
  • Off-campus accommodation: aprrox. $CAN 400-1,000 per month
  • Travel insurance: dependant on personal circumstances
  • Cost of a Big Mac: £4.27

*Based on flight prices from 2019/20

**Canadian Dollar

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.

One of Montreal's most valuable assets is its low cost of living. Compared to other major world metropolises, the cost of living in Montreal is among the lowest.

More on living costs

Accommodation

The vast majority of exchange students secure private rented accommodation in Montreal. Students who are planning to live off-campus are advised to allow 2 weeks to search for suitable accommodation in Montreal. The McGill off campus housing office offers excellent advice and support for students, including a database of available rented accommodation.

There is very limited availability in McGill’s on-campus catered residences and apartment for exchange students. Nottingham students have always looked for accommodation in the private sector in the past.

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (1st choice only option).

2017/18 = 15%
2018/19 = 7%
2019/20 = 10%

Module links and information

More about accommodation at McGill University

More about studying abroad at McGill University

McGill University disability support

LGBTQ travel advice for Canada

McGill University Instagram page

 
 

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia - 1st Choice only

The University of British Columbia website

This is only available as a 1st choice option

Fast Facts:

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: 60,000+
  • Number of campuses: 2
  • Academic year: September - April
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January - April
  • Alternative assessment or overseas exams for spring semester study*

About

Founded in 1908, the University of British Columbia (UBC) opened in 1915 and since then has evolved into a leading research university now ranked as one of the top 20 public universities in the world. The University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus is more than 400 hectares in size, surrounded by forest on three sides and ocean on the fourth and is just a 30 minute bus ride to Vancouver's downtown core.

Area of studies include arts, business, architecture, science, economics and law.

Location

  • 4 hour flight to Toronto
  • 2 hour flight to San Francisco
  • 1 hour flight to Seattle

Vancouver is the eighth largest city in Canada located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by mountains. Vancouver is well known as the gateway to Whistler, the famous ski resort. In the winter you will find some of the best skiing and snowboarding in North America on UBC’s doorstep. British Columbia is both a place full of natural wonder and active adventure.

Things to do

The Vancouver campus boasts some of the city's best attractions and recreation facilities, including the Museum of Anthropology, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, and endless opportunities to explore forested trails in the adjoining 763-hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

Top attractions: Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver Aquarium, Granville Island Market, BC Palace Stadium and Grouse Mountain Skyride.

Travel opportunities

Vancouver is the eighth largest city in Canada located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by mountains. Vancouver is less than 1 hour from Seattle, just over 2 hours from San Francisco and 5½ hours from New York. Vancouver is well known as the gateway to Whistler. In the winter you will find some of the best skiing and snowboarding in North America. British Columbia is both a place full of natural wonder and active adventure.

Climate

Vancouver is Canada’s third wettest city with an average rainfall which is twice that of London.

Temperatures range from an average of 2ºC in the winter and 26ºC in the summer. Most rainfall occurs between October and March although rain and cloudy days are common at any time of year.

*Students studying at this destination for spring semester only will require either an overseas exam or an alternative assessment for their January exams. Students will need to speak to their School to check what is permitted.

Finance 2022/23

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at UBC:

  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information.
  • Santander Scholarships. Competitive awards of £1, 000 for North and Latin America exchanges. If you are selected to study abroad you will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and how to apply for it

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 10 hours): £500-800*
  • Visa costs: $CAN* 7- 150 (depending on nationality)
  • Health insurance(compulsory): $CAN 315 one semester, $609 full year
  • UPass: $CAN 170
  • On-campus accommodation: $CAN 3,000-5,000+ per semester
  • Off-campus accommodation:$CAN 2,800 per semester
  • Travel insurance: dependant on personal circumstances
  • Cost of a Big Mac: £4.27

*Based on flight prices from 2019/20

**Canadian Dollar

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.

Vancouver is ranked as the most expensive city in Canada by the Mercer Cost of Living Rankings 2017.

More on living costs

Accommodation

  • On campus accommodation: on-campus accommodation is not guaranteed to international students and is in high demand. There is a wide range of different kinds of accommodation available off campus.
  • Off campus accommodation: some students prefer to live off campus. Jericho beach and Kitsilano are areas that typically offer private student housing. There is an efficient bus network operating between campus and these locations.
  • Students do not tend to live in downtown Vancouver due to the distance from campus.

Further accommodation information

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (1st choice only option).

2017/18 = 9%
2018/19 = 3%
2019/20 = 6%

Module catalogue

Module  information

Go Global provides lots of information for exchange students

UBC disability support

LGBTQ travel advice for Canada

University of British Columbia Instagram page

 
 

The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, British Columbia

University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

Fast facts:

  • Language of instruction: English 
  • Number of students: 8,700
  • Opened in 2005
  • Students from 80 different countries
  • Academic year: September - April
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January - April
  • Alternative assessment or overseas exams for spring semester study*

About

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is one of North America’s largest public research and teaching institutions, and one of only two Canadian institutions consistently ranked among the world’s 40 best universities. Purpose-built for the 21st century in 2005 UBC Okanagan has undergone rapid growth and is continuing the trend as one of Canada's fastest growing university campuses. The campus is located in the southern interior of the province, in British Columbia's scenic Okanagan Valley.

Areas of study include arts, sciences, creative and critical Studies, engineering and management.

Location

  • 5 hour drive or 1 hour flight to Vancouver
  • 4 ½ hour flight to Toronto
  • 5 ½ hour drive or 1 hour flight to Seattle

The campus is located in Kelowna, a town of
127,500 people in the Okanagan Valley in the heart of ski country.

Travel opportunities

The Okanagan campus is 5 minutes’ drive to the Kelowna International Airport which then gives access to the rest of Canada and even further afield.

There are many fantastic cities to visit including Vancouver which is a 1 hour flight or 4 hour drive,  and Niagara Falls and Montreal which are within a five hour flight. It is possible to drive through Canada to the U.S.A and the city of Seattle is particularly close to the border, with a five hour drive time.

Things to do

UBC Okanagan campus is located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley which is home to exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities. It is a region renowned for having ski resorts with terrain to satisfy every level of skiing and snowboarding ability with up to 7.5m of snow in a single season. There are buses from campus directly to the ski resort and the university even provides discounted buses at $10 on some evenings and weekends. 

More on skiing and outdoor adventure at Okanagan

There is easy access to swimming, paddling and water-skiing at the lake and waterfront.  For the less adventurous, it is also an area with many museums, galleries and over 300 scenic trails.

Further out the Myra Canyon Park and Lake Okanagan also provide plenty of opportunities to explore Canada’s landscape.

Climate

Kelowna’s climate is relatively mild for Canada. Warm summers are characterized by low humidity, along with winters with average lows of -7. It is also a very rainy region.

*Students studying at this destination for spring semester only will require either an overseas exam or an alternative assessment for their January exams. Students will need to speak to their School to check what is permitted.

Finance 2022/23

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at UBC Okanagan:

  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information.
  • Santander Scholarships. Competitive awards of £1,000 for North and Latin America exchanges. If you are selected to study abroad you will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and how to apply for it

Approximate living costs per semester: 

    • Return flight from UK (av. 10 hours): £500 - 800
    • Visa costs: $CAN* 7- 150 (depending on nationality)
    • Health insurance (compulsory): $CAN 250+
    • On-campus accommodation: $CAN3,300-6,000+ per term
    • Travel insurance: dependant on personal circumstances
    • Cost of a Big Mac: £4.27

*Based on flight prices from 2019/20

**Canadian Dollar

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.  

More on housing costs

 Accommodation

On campus accommodation is guaranteed at Okanagan.

There are nine residence areas at the Okanagan campus. Most first year undergraduate are placed in halls with single furnished rooms with common areas for snacking and socializing.
Students also often have meal plans which are valid at more than 12 campus food spots and partner locations in Kelowna. The meal plan fees vary depending on the size of the plan you choose.

Some accommodation has compulsory meal plans others it is an optional extra. Check the cost of accommodation to see if the meal plan is included in the cost of accommodation or if you need to pay an added fee. There are also suite-style residences where upper year students and some graduate students also live.

For students wanting to live off campus UBC provides support and services for students. The University Centre is home to three, social spaces specially designed for students who commute to University.

When deciding where to live consider transportation access, proximity to grocery and drug stores, parking, and cost. Many students choose to live in neighbourhoods such as Lake Country, Ellison, Glenmore, and Rutland, and often live with other students to cut down on costs. 

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2017/18 = 21%
2018/19 = 4%
2019/20 = 15%

Further accommodation information

More about Okanagan campus

Module information and links

UBC Disability support

University of British Columbia Instagram page

 
 

The University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus

The University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus

Fast facts:

  • Language of instruction: English 
  • Number of students: 14, 471
  • Students from 160+ different countries
  • Academic year: September - May
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January - May
  • Alternative assessment or overseas exams for spring semester study*

About

Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto is widely acknowledged as one of the best universities in Canada and the world. The campus is a 300-acre site located in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough in the Highland Creek Valley, one of Toronto’s most spectacular natural settings.

Areas of study include arts, culture and media, Sciences, computer science, mathematics, english, management, political science, psychology, sociology and human geography.

Location

  • 45min drive to UT's St George Campus in downtown Toronto
  • 1 hour flight to Ottawa and Montreal
  • 1 ½ hours flight to New York and Chicago

The campus is next to popular natural landmarks in Toronto’s greenest area, and is situated in one of Toronto’s most diverse and multicultural
neighbourhoods..

The city of Toronto is the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada. The city is home to more than 2.7 million people and is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario.

It is said that more than half of the people living in Toronto were not born in Canada. This has helped to make it one of North America's most culturally diverse and exciting cities, which is reflected in its internationally renowned restaurants and social and cultural resources.

Things to do

Toronto gives you the opportunity to visit world-famous landmarks including the CN Tower, the world’s tallest freestanding tower in the world, and Niagara Falls. Excellent sports and recreation facilities are available on campus and many students take advantage of Toronto's relatively long winters to enjoy one or more winter sports such as skating, skiing, etc.

Toronto Zoo, the largest in Canada is a 10min drive from Scarborough campus.

Scarborough is also home to two swimmable beaches, Bluffers Park Beach and Rough Beach and also has world class swimming facilities that were built for the PanAm games in 2015.

There are several parks in and close to Scarborough with beautiful scenary and many miles of nature and walking trails.

Top attractions: CN Tower (World’s Tallest Building), Canada’s Wonderland (themepark), Harbourfront Centre, St Lawrence Market & Hall and 401 Richmond. 

Travel opportunities

From Toronto you can travel to Montreal and Quebec City by bus or train. Toronto also enjoys excellent rail and bus connections with all major North American cities, bringing New York within easy reach. It is an excellent base for travelling around Canada and the USA.

Climate

Toronto's climate ranges from near tropical in the summer (up to 35° C), to occasional lows of -20° C in the winter, with an average winter temperature of -4.6ºC. The first snowfall in Toronto usually happens toward the end of November, but it is very light and usually melts away the same day. Heavier snowfalls usually happen between December and February, although it does not snow every day. Snow season usually finishes by the end of March.

*Students studying at this destination for spring semester only will require either an overseas exam or an alternative assessment for their January exams. Students will need to speak to their School to check what is permitted.

Finance 2022/23

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at Toronto:

  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information.
  • Santander Scholarships. Competitive awards of £1, 000 for North and Latin America exchanges. If you are selected to study abroad you will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and how to apply for it

Approximate living costs per semester: 

    • Return flight from UK (av. 10 hours): £450-700
    • Visa costs: $CAN* 7- 150 (depending on nationality)
    • Health insurance (compulsory): $CAN53 per month
    • On-campus accommodation: $CAN3,500-5,100 per term
    • Off-campus accommodation:$CAN400-800 per month
    • Estimated costs of living per month: approx. $CAN 1,500 - 2,500
    • Travel insurance:dependant on personal circumstances
    • Cost of a Big Mac: £4.27

*Based on flight prices from 2019/20

**Canadian Dollar

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.  

Cost of living

Residence fees

Accommodation

University accommodation is guaranteed.

Exchange students who apply for registration at the Scarborough campus are guaranteed on-campus accommodation and will receive a residence offer at the time of admission.

Students have the option of on campus or off campus accommodation. There are two types of accommodation on campus; Townhouses or Apartments.

Townhouses are within a 5 minute walk to any U of T Scarborough class or facility. Each unit consists of 4-6 students and is self-contained and fully furnished with bedrooms, bathroom(s), a kitchen, storage area and a living room/dining room.

The Residence fees include all utilities (water, heat and electricity), ResNet (University wireless internet) and the Student Residence Council fee. A fully equipped kitchen gives students the ability to cook their own meals or an optional meal plan is available for purchase on campus.        

Apartments consists of four and three bedroom units - all come equipped with two bathrooms, a full kitchen, a living/dining room, and a storage room. One three-bedroom unit is available as accessible accommodation for any students with accessibility needs.

The Residence fees include all utilities (water, heat and electricity), ResNet (University wireless internet) and the Student Residence Council fee. Additional costs may include: meals (optional meal plan available), telephone, cable and laundry.

Further accommodation information

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total application received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2017/18 = 25%
2018/19 = 40%
2019/20 = 5%
 

Module information and links

University of Toronto exchange information

University of Toronto disability support

LGBTQ travel advice for Canada

University of Toronto Instagram page

 

 

 

 

 

The Unviersity of Toronto, St George Campus

 

 

The University of Toronto, St George Campus

Fast facts:

  • Language of instruction: English 
  • Number of students: 64, 218
  • Students from 160+ different countries
  • Academic year: September - May
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January - May
  • Alternative assessment or overseas exams for spring semester study*

About

Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto is widely acknowledged as one of the best universities in Canada and the world. 

There are over 800 student clubs and Toronto has he 3rd largest library system in North America. 

Areas of study include arts and science, applied science and engineering, architecture and music. 

Location

  • Yorkville, central Toronto
  • 1 hour flight to Ottawa and Montreal
  • 1 ½ hours flight to New York and Chicago

Yorkville is a diverse area, with residences, businesses and some of Canada’s most exclusive shopping. In the 60’s it had more of a hippie feel, being a centre for the arts and music, producing singer/songwriters Joni Mitchell and Neil Young and the iconic Canadian writer Margaret Attwood. It then began its transition to a high end shopping destination in the last 60’s. 

The city of Toronto is the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada. The city is home to more than 2.7 million people and is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. 

It is said that more than half of the people living in Toronto were not born in Canada. This has helped to make it one of North America's most culturally diverse and exciting cities, which is reflected in its internationally renowned restaurants and social and cultural resources. 

Things to do

Toronto gives you the opportunity to visit world-famous landmarks including the CN Tower, the world’s tallest freestanding tower in the world, and Niagara Falls. Excellent sports and recreation facilities are available on campus and many students take advantage of Toronto's relatively long winters to enjoy one or more winter sports such as skating, skiing, etc. 

Top attractions: CN Tower (World’s Tallest Building), Canada’s Wonderland (themepark), Harbourfront Centre, St Lawrence Market & Hall and 401 Richmond.  

Travel opportunities

From Toronto you can travel to Montreal and Quebec City by bus or train. Toronto also enjoys excellent rail and bus connections with all major North American cities, bringing New York within easy reach. It is an excellent base for travelling around Canada and the USA.

Climate

Toronto's climate ranges from near tropical in the summer (up to 35° C), to occasional lows of -20° C in the winter, with an average winter temperature of -4.6ºC. The first snowfall in Toronto usually happens toward the end of November, but it is very light and usually melts away the same day. Heavier snowfalls usually happen between December and February, although it does not snow every day. Snow season usually finishes by the end of March.

*Students studying at this destination for spring semester only will require either an overseas exam or an alternative assessment for their January exams. Students will need to speak to their School to check what is permitted.

Finance 2022/23

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at Toronto:

  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information.
  • Santander Scholarships. Competitive awards of £1, 000 for North and Latin America exchanges. If you are selected to study abroad you will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and how to apply for it

Approximate living costs per semester: 

    • Return flight from UK (av. 10 hours): £450-700
    • Visa costs: $CAN* 7- 150 (depending on nationality)
    • Health insurance (compulsory): $CAN53 per month
    • On-campus accommodation: $CAN3,500-5,100 per term
    • Off-campus accommodation:$CAN400-800 per month
    • Estimated costs of living per month: approx. $CAN 1,500 - 2,500
    • Travel insurance: dependant on personal circumstances
    • Cost of a Big Mac: £4.27

*Based on flight prices from 2019/20

**Canadian Dollar

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.  

Cost of living

Accommodation

University accommodation is not guaranteed.

There are 11 residences on St George Campus. Undergraduate students live in one of the seven college residences or in Chestnut Residence.

Graduate students and second-entry professional faculty students live in Graduate House.

Both undergraduate and graduate students live in Student Family Housing. 

Further accommodation information

Compare accommodation options

 

Module information and links

University of Toronto exchange information

University of Toronto disability support

LGBTQ travel advice for Canada

University of Toronto Instagram page

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland

Memorial University of Newfoundland website

Facts

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: 18,000
  • Number of campuses: 4
  • Academic year: September - April
  • Autumn semester equivalent: September - December
  • Spring semester equivalent: January - April
  • Alternative assessment or overseas exams for spring semester study*

About

Memorial University of Newfoundland was established as a memorial to the Newfoundlanders who lost their lives on active service during the First World War and subsequent conflicts. Memorial University is one of the largest universities in Atlantic Canada and the only university in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Areas of study include humanities, social sciences, sciences, engineering, business and music.

Location

  • 1 ½ hour flight to Halifax
  • 2 ½ hour flight to Montreal
  • 3 hour flight to Toronto
  • 3 hour flight to Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland and Labrador form the most easterly province of Canada and MUN is located in St. John's, which is the oldest city in North America. It is a unique and safe city which is attractive, friendly, rich in culture and has a total population of 150,000 inhabitants (2015).

The time difference between Newfoundland and the UK is only three and a half hours.

Things to do

The natural environment in Newfoundland and Labrador is an endless bounty of interesting and inspiring things to do. St. John's Newfoundland is the oldest city in North America and is a prime location for hiking, kayaking, swimming and skiing, as well as whale watching and fishing.

There are also a variety of intricate shops and boutiques, lively pubs and cafés and unique art galleries.

Top attractions: L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, Johnson Geo Centre, Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve and Bonne Bay Marine Station.

Travel opportunities

Flight times to Halifax from St. John's is roughly 1.5 hours and 3.5 hours to either Toronto or New York. There are also regional airlines which service smaller destinations and operate flights within the province.
There are ferry routes between Labrador and Nova Scotia to either Port aux Basques or Argentia and you can also drive to the mainland of Canada, via Québec.

Climate

The island of Newfoundland has an average summer temperature of 16ºC (61ºF), while the winter hovers around 0ºC (32ºF). In Labrador, the winter climate is somewhat harsher, but temperatures can top 25ºC (77ºF) during the short but pleasant summers.

*Students studying at this destination for spring semester only will require either an overseas exam or an alternative assessment for their January exams. Students will need to speak to their School to check what is permitted.

Finance 2022/23

Bursaries available for those accepted to study abroad at MUN:

  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information.
  • Santander Scholarships. Competitive awards of £1, 000 for North and Latin America exchanges. If you are selected to study abroad you will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and how to apply for it

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 6 hours): £330-500*
  • Visa costs: $CAN* 7- $CAN 150 (depending on nationality)
  • Health insurance (compulsory): $CAN 207
  • On-campus accommodation: $CAN 2,000-2,300+ per semester 
  • Off-campus accommodation:$CAN400-1000+ per month
  • Travel insurance: dependant on personal circumstances
  • Cost of a Big Mac: £4.27

*Based on flight prices from 2019/20

**Canadian Dollar

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and the partner university website.

It is required that all students studying at MUN enroll in the foreign health insurance through MUN as a condition of registration. For more information please visit: 

MUN Health insurance

Cost of living

Accommodation

On-campus housing is available but is not guaranteed. In general, students staying for two semesters or more are more likely to be placed in on-campus accommodation. Other students will be placed as space is available. On-campus amenities include a sports centre, food court, campus bar and pub and bookstore. There are also live-in staff with academic support and free tutoring provided in the residence learning commons.

As the St. John's Campus is a residential area, there is off-campus accommodation which is relatively close to the campus. Staff co-ordinators can assist students to find such housing.

On-campus accommodation

Off-campus accommodation

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total application received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2018/19 = 67%
2019/20 = 13%

Further information

Module information

MUN exchange

Student life at Memorial

MUN disability support

LGBTQ travel advice for Canada

Memorial University of Newfoundland Instagram page

 
 

Chile

Lonely Planet: Preposterously thin and unreasonably long, Chile stretches from the belly of South America to its foot, reaching from the driest desert on earth to vast southern glacial fields. Diverse landscapes unfurl over a 4300km stretch: parched dunes, fertile valleys, volcanoes, ancient forests, massive glaciers and fjords. There's wonder in every detail and nature on a symphonic scale. 

In Chile, adventure is what happes on the way to having an adventure. Pedal the chunky gravel of the Carretera Austral and end up sharing ferries with SUVs and oxcarts, taking a wrong turn and and finding heaven in an anonymous orchard. 

Santiago, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

PUC Chile website

Facts

  • Language of instruction: Spanish
  • Number of students enrolled: 27,000
  • Number of campuses: 5
  • Academic year: August - July
  • Autumn semester equivalent: August - December
  • Spring semester equivalent: March - July

About

Founded in 1888, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) is considered to be one of the most important universities in Chile with four of its main campuses situated in Santiago. Located in the country's central valley and one campus based in Villarrica, located in southern Chile. The San Joaquin campus is PUC's largest campus with 63 buildings and 10 faculties.

PUC does quite a lot to make exchange students feel welcome, hosting a special exchange orientation with information about the city and about CAUC, the society that organises activities aimed at international students.

There is a wide range of programs available with the added possibility to take special courses for international students about Chilean culture and identity. There is also the option to take part in an intensive Spanish course before the semester starts. The campuses themselves are quite varied; orientation will be held at Casa Central campus, right in the city centre, but most arts and humanities courses will take place at Campus San Joaquín, about half an hour south of the city centre. This campus is much more modern but has stunning views of the Andes on your journey into university, and also has lots of really cheap restaurants and cafes on campus. There are lots of facilities you’ll be able to use, such as computer rooms, libraries, courts, gym, cafeteria and shops.

Areas of study include the arts, sciences, architecture, business, law, humanities, social sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Learning Style

The style of learning varies to that of the UK. Typically there are a lot of in class tests every week or two with the material you have been learning. This is a good way to ensure you are up to date with the material and spreads the work out over the semester. This also means exams tended to be lighter as most the credits have been covered across the semester. It is graded 1-7 with 4 being a pass.

There is more participation and discussion from students than there is the UK, but there is a really welcoming environment. Lecturers are generally aware of who the international students are in their classes class and are willing to help.

Location

  • 4 hour flight to São Paulo, Brazil
  • 12 hour flight to Mexico City, Mexico
  • 5 hour drive to Mendoza, Argentina

Santiago is situated at the base of the Andes
Mountains and the coast, cities Vina del Mar and Valparaiso are less than two hours away by bus. It is a cosmopolitan city containing numerous libraries, museums, public parks restaurants and night clubs, its location also offers opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, surfing and swimming.  The Lonely Planet guide lists some of its top attractions including: Museo de la Moda, La Chascona, Central Gabriela Mistral, Cerro San Cristobal.

Climate

Due to its coastal location, Chile's weather can be very varied and unpredictable. The coldest months are from June to August with lows of around 3ºC on average and about 7 days of rainfall each month. The hottest months are from December to March with highs of around 30ºC on average and one or two days of rain each month. Daylight hours are longest from December to January with 10 to 11 hours light each day, May to July sees the least amount of daylight with around 4 hours each day.

Travel opportunities

From the driest desert to the deepest ice glacier in the world Chile has a lot to offer in terms of travel. Chile offers a mixture of urbal and rural activities, the Mediterranean climate allows you the opportunity to enjoy outdoor life including visiting historical landmarks and beautiful landscapes, such as Atacama Desert, The Andes and The Lakes District

You can ski in the Andres frim mid june until mid October, the resort of Valle Nevado is just 35 miles outside of Santiago.

Atacama is also one of the world’s foremost stargazing centres, with three major international observatories taking advantage of its clean air and huge night skies.

Patagonia is one of the most beautiful places in the world with towering snow capped mountains and a multitude of lakes varying in many colours. You can go penguin spotting, hike the famous W-treck, and kayak through glaciers.

Top destinations: Museo Gustavo Le Paige and La Sabastiana, Rano Kau and Orongo Ceremonial Village.

According to the Lonely Planet guide, 'Chile is an easy country to get around, with frequent bus and air connections'. Buses are 'frequent, comfortable and reasonably priced'.

Lonely Planet: Chile 

Finance 2021/22

Bursaries available:

  • Santander Scholarships. Competitive awards of £1, 000 for North and Latin America exchanges. If you are selected to study abroad you will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and how to apply for it
  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 18 hours): £700-£1,300*
  • Visa costs: £383 approx.
  • Health insurance: £300+
  • PUC administration fee: £240
  • Furnished Apartment: USD 3,500 – USD 3,700
  • Host family (all expenses included): USD 2,500 – USD 3,000
  • Travel insurance: dependant on personal circumstances
  • Cost of a Big Mac: £3.11

*Based on flight prices from 2019/20

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and the partner university website.

The basic cost of living in Chile, including local and national public transportation, is much lower than that of the UK.

More on living costs

Accommodation

PUC does not offer student accommodation and is unable to arrange accommodation on behalf of students. Students must apply for accommodation independently. PUC provides links to a range of independent accommodation providers on their webpage, however the accommodation options are not affiliated with PUC.

Accommodation information

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed out of total applications to the partner (1st, 2nd and 3rd choice options):

2017/18 = 15%
2018/19 = 7%
2019/20 = 95%

Module information

PUC Chile exchange information

Stonewall: Chile LGBTQ+

PUC Instagram page

 
 

Mexico

National Geographic: 'Mexico is a land of extremes, with high mountains and deep canyons in the center of the country, sweeping deserts in the north, and dense rain forests in the south and east. The Yucatán Peninsula, which juts into the Gulf of Mexico from Mexico's southeastern tip, was once the home of the Maya civilization, an ancient culture whose amazing buildings can still be seen today.'

Lonely Planet: 'from the southern jungles to the smoking, snow-capped volcanoes and the cactus-dotted northern deserts, all surrounded by 10,000km of coast strung with sandy beaches and wildlife-rich lagoons, Mexico is an endless adventure for the senses.' 

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Tecnológico de Monterrey's website

Fast facts

  • Language of instruction: English & Spanish
  • Number of students enrolled: 89,000+
  • Number of campuses: 31 across Mexico
  • Academic year: August – May
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: August – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January – May
  • Tec de Monterrey has the first business school in Latin America to win the "Triple Crown":, the three most important accreditations in the world for business schools and programs: AACSB (USA), EQUIS (Europe); and AMBA (United Kingdom).

About

Tec de Monterrey was founded by a group of Mexican industrialists in 1943, and its ties to the business world remain strong today. Tec has 31 national campuses in 25 cities throughout the country. The Institute is the only Latin American institution at the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) and in Universitas 21.

Areas of study include humanities, social sciences, law, architecture, business, journalism, agriculture, IT and electronics.

Location and language

The University of Nottingham has links with the following campuses at Tec de Monterrey:

  • Mexico State, 1 hr from downtown Mexico City
  • Mexico City, capital and largest city in the country
  • Monterrey, the flagship campus, located in the north-east
  • Guadalajara, second largest city, located in the west
  • Querétaro, smaller state in central Mexico
  • Puebla, smaller state located east-central

In the past Nottingham students have attended the first five campuses on the list.

The official language of Mexico is Spanish but a wide range of modules at Tec are taught in English and Spanish language classes are offered to exchange students as standard. It’s possible to study abroad at Tec if you are not a Spanish speaker. However you are encouraged to learn some basic Spanish prior to departure.

Travel opportunities

Mexico is a well known tourist destination, offering the fabulous beach destinations of Acapulco and Cancun. According to the Lonely Planet “Mexico is packed with history and culture” including 26 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the remains of the Mayan and Aztec civilisations, and the floating gardens of Xochimilco in Mexico City.

Travelling around the country is straightforward due to “comfortable buses that run almost anywhere and an extensive domestic flight network”.

Things to do

Weekend trips to the beach are a cheap and popular way to spend time with friends. Tec offers a fantastic array of culutural activities avialable for free. Learn salsa in the sun or perfect your Mexican cooking skills. The weather gives you the opportunity to enjoy the outdoor life, from hiking to snorkelling.

Climate

Mexico has a semi-arid climate. It’s warm from spring to autumn with hot summers; temperatures reaching 42°C. Winters are short and mild. Rainfall is scarce, but more prominent during May through September.

Finance 2022/23

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at Tec de Monterrey:

  • Santander Scholarships. Competitive awards of £1, 000 for North and Latin America exchanges. If you are selected to study abroad you will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and how to apply for it
  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information.

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 6 hours): £600-900*
  • Visa costs: equivalent of US$36
  • Health insurance (compulsory): approx US$400 per semester for Tec's own insurance (it is possible to take out insurance with an alternate provider)
  • Accommodation: approx. US$200-500 per month
  • Travel insurance: dependant on personal circumstances
  • Cost of a Big Mac: £2

*Based on flight prices from 2019/20

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.

The basic cost of living in Mexico, including local and national public transportation, is much lower than that of the UK.

Accommodation

Accommodation options will vary according to campus but all campuses will offer the following three options:

  • Residence Hall
  • Private rented accommodation
  • Host family programme

More specific information is provided on each campus website.

Residence halls typically provide 24 hour security. A full orientation and welcome is typically offered to exchange students on arrival.

Accommodation information

More about studying in Mexico from Tecnológico de Monterrey

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2018/19 = 40%
2019/20 = 80%
2020-21 = 100%

Module catalogue

LGBTQ travel advice for Mexico

Tec de Monterrey Instagram page

 
 

USA 

The land of the free and the home of the brave, the United States of America is a country of great contrasts: snowy mountains and arid desert, wide open spaces and iconic skylines, proud traditions and world-leading progress.

Spending part of your degree at a U.S. university is the perfect time to explore this vast and varied country for yourself and carve out your own personal slice of American life.  

Austin, The University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas website

Fast facts

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: 51,000
  • Number of campuses: 2
  • Academic year: August - May
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: August – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January – May
  • Alternative assessment or overseas exams for spring semester study*

About

UT Austin is the flagship school of the University of Texas System, which includes nine academic universities and six health institutions statewide. The campus is located in the centre of Austin but is its own city with museums, 100,119 seater American football stadium, multipurpose sports arena, indoor and outdoor pools.

Areas of study include liberal arts, natural sciences, architecture, business, law and engineering.

Location

  • 3 ½ hour flight to Dallas
  • 4 hour flight Cancun Mexico
  • 10 hour drive to Memphis

The University of Texas is located in the centre of Austin. The city is situated on the banks of the Colorado River in Central Texas. This part of Texas is also known as the Hill Country and is characterised by lakes and streams, making it a beautiful place to live and study. Austin is known for its vibrant cultural scene including art exhibitions and its numerous local festivals.

Things to do

Austin’s central location makes it a perfect base to explore the rest of Texas and the neighbouring states. You can explore The Alamo in San Antonio, visit one of Dallas’ famous steakhouses or walk down the beaches of Galveston Island after visiting the big-beef meat market in Houston.

Top attractions: Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, Texas State Capitol, Downtown Texas, Barton Springs Pool, Hamilton Pool (a swimming hole with its own waterfall) and Austin Music Festivals.

Travel opportunities

Outside of the main cities there are miles of unspoilt coastline along the Gulf Coast; this area is becoming an increasingly popular surfing destination. In addition The Guadalupe Mountains National Park is known for its fantastic hiking and backpacking opportunities and offers beautiful vantage points.

Finally, for an Old West experience visit El Paso where you can take a day trip to Mexico, shop for a handcrafted cowboy hat and eat enchiladas.

Climate

The climate of Texas varies across the state. Most of the state is classified as “Subtropical” and consequently sees hot and humid summers and cool winters. In the summer temperatures peak at 35°.

*Students studying at this destination for spring semester only will require either an overseas exam or an alternative assessment for their January exams. Students will need to speak to their School to check what is permitted.

Finance 2022/23

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at UT:

  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information.

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 10 hours): £550-1,000*
  • Visa costs: $160
  • Health insurance (compulsory): approximately $1,300 per semester
  • International Student Fee $125
  • Accommodation: approx. $6,000 per semester (includes room, meals, internet, laundary, sales tax)
  • 'Co-op' accommodation: approx. $2,800-$4,000 per semester
  • Living expences: can vary from $1,400 to $1,900 per month depending on individual lifestyle
  • Travel insurance: dependant on personal circumstances
  • Cost of a Big Mac: £4.07

*Based on flight prices from 2019/20

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.

Accommodation

Students typically live in an on-campus residence hall or dormitory, a private dormitory, cooperative house or university apartment. Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. Students are advised to begin researching and arranging their accommodation once they know they will be attending UT as an exchange student.

More about accommodation

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2017/18 = 17%
2018/19 = 15%
2019/20 = 25%
2020-21 = N/A

Module catalogue

More about the UT Austin Exchange Programme

UT Austin disability support

LGBTQ travel advice for USA

 
 

Bethleham, Lehigh University

Lehigh University webpage

Facts

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: 7, 054
  • Number of campuses: 1
  • Academic year: August - May
  • Autumn semester equivalent: August - December
  • Spring semester equivalent: January - May
  • Alternative assessment or overseas exams for spring semester study*

About

Lehigh is one of the largest private campuses in the USA and is actually comprised of three campuses that form one 2,358 site. It is located in Bethlehem, PA., a vibrant and historic community of just under 75,000 people with over 820,000 people living in the region as a whole.

Areas of study include arts, sciences, business, economics and engineering.

Location

  • 1 ½ drive to Philadelphia
  • 4 hour drive to Washington DC
  • 2 hour drive to New York

Bethleham is known as the Christmas City, having been founded on Christmas Eve by Moravian settlers from Germany and its Christmas celebrations draw visitors from all over the world. Lehigh is an hour and a half’s drive to both New York and Philadelphia.

The University is actually comprised of 3 campuses that form one 2,358 site, one of the largest private campuses in the USA.

Getting around

Campus is just over a half an hour walk from the centre of Bethleham across the river but one of the main event sites is just off campus on the same side of the river. Bethleham has Amtrack and Greyhound stations and there is also the Lehigh Valley International Airport which is a 15min drive or 1 hour bus ride from campus.

Things to do

While a small city Bethleham has had a recent rejuvenation, it offers plenty of eating choice with it’s “Restaurant Row”, cultural experiences with it’s art galleries and historic locations. There are also events throughout the year including the famous Christmas market, Christkindlmarket, Musikfest which is the largest non-gated, free outdoor music festival in the USA and every first Friday of the month the South Side of the city holds a First Friday Celebration with music and food.

Travel opportunities

Lehigh is well placed to explore the East Coast of America, with both New York City and Philadelphia short drives away and Washington DC only a four-hour drive away.

Climate

In Bethlehem, the summers are warm, humid, and wet; the winters are very cold; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -5°C to 30°C and is rarely below -12°C or above 34°C.

*Students studying at this destination for spring semester only will require either an overseas exam or an alternative assessment for their January exams. Students will need to speak to their School to check what is permitted.

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 15 hours): £500-700*
  • Visa costs: $160
  • Health insurance (compulsory): approx. $810-1,118 per semester
  • Accommodation: $4,145-$4,825 per semester (meal plan not included)
  • Meal plan (compulsory for on campus housing): $2,935 - $3,230
  • Activity fee: $125
  • Orientation fee (mandatory): $160
  • Books and class materials approx. $500 per semester
  • Travel insurance: dependant on personal circumstances
  • Cost of a Big Mac: £4.07

*Based on flight prices from 2019/20

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.

Accommodation

Students live in halls of residence, on campus. Accommodation is not guaranteed for exchange students but all students are automatically considered for on campus accommodation and should usually be placed.

Most residence halls are double occupancy but there are some single and triple occupancy rooms available. There are also some apartment/suite housing available.

If you choose to live off campus or are unable to secure on campus housing you will need to find housing independantly however the Accommodation Office will provide advise and guidance to support you.

On-campus accommodation

Off-campus accommodation

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2019-20 = 95%
2020-21 = N/A

Course information

Lehigh University exchange

Lehigh University disability support

LGBTQ travel advice USA

Lehigh University Instagram page

 
 

Corvallis, Oregon State University 

Oregon State University website
Fast facts

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: 31,000
  • Number of campuses: 2
  • Academic year: September - June
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: August – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January – June
  • Alternative assessment or overseas exams for spring semester study*

About

Oregon State is an international public research university with its main campus in Corvallis, a small university town located 85 miles south of Portland. Sport is a huge part of the university; there is an American football stadium with a capacity of 45,000 on campus, a baseball stadium, sports centre, two enormous gyms, swimming pool and indoor running track as well as an indoor climbing wall. There are no charges to use the sports centre.

Areas of study include agriculture, business, engineering, liberal arts and sciences.

Location

  • 1 ½ hour drive or 2 ½ bus ride to Portland
  • 1 hour fight to Seattle and Vancouver
  • 2 hour flight to San Francisco

Corvallis is a small university town located 85 miles south of the state capital Portland, on the Pacific coast in the beautiful Willamette Valley.

Nearly any kind of outdoor activity imaginable can be enjoyed in Oregon including skiing, white water rafting, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and hiking. The state has 1,500 camping areas scattered across the state and backpacking and camping gear is available for rent on campus. Top attractions: Oregon Zoo, Pearl District boutiques and restaurants, Crater Lake National Park, Lan Su Chinese Garden and Portland Saturday Market.

Getting around

The campus is around 20 minutes’ walk from downtown but buses are free to OSU students. Cycling and walking is also very easy and popular in the area.

Travel opportunities

Portland Airport, the nearest international airport, is 1.5 hours’ drive from Corvallis and is located in the state capital, the state’s most populous city. This is the gateway to travelling in the US and Canada, including Seattle and Vancouver – only 1.5 hours flight away. Within an hour or two of the campus are the beautiful Oregon coastline, the majestic Cascade Range and the Columbia River Gorge. Further afield, you can visit California to the south, Nevada to the southeast and Idaho to the east to explore iconic destinations such as San Francisco, Las Vegas and Yosemite National Park. 

Climate

Oregon’s climate has been described as similar to that of the UK, but with clearly defined seasons: colder winters and warmer summers. Winters are cool and rainy (average minimum 1°C) with little snowfall, whilst summers are warm and dry (up to 27°C).

*Students studying at this destination for spring semester only will require either an overseas exam or an alternative assessment for their January exams. Students will need to speak to their School to check what is permitted.

Finance 2022/23

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at OSU:

  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information.
  • Santander Scholarships. Competitive awards of £1, 000 for North and Latin America exchanges. If you are selected to study abroad you will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and how to apply for it

Approximate living costs:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 10 hours:) £600-800*
  • Visa costs: $160
  • Health insurance (compulsory): $745.60 (3 months)
  • Fees: approx $900 per semester ($1,869 for full year)
  • Accommodation: $7,800 - $12,855 per academic year (3 terms)
  • Obligatory meal plan: $815-$1400
  • Personal expenses: $2,145 (9 months)
  • Travel insurance: dependant on personal circumstances
  • Cost of a Big Mac: £4.70*Based on flight prices from 2019/20

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.

Accommodation

All students live in university accommodation in one of the following options.

  • On campus residences: “All residence halls are conveniently located on the south, east and west areas of campus. The residences accommodate 200-350 students and are minutes from the centre of the campus. They are equipped with televisions, recreation rooms and kitchenettes.” When you reserve your accommodations, you will also select
    a meal plan.
  • Cooperative houses: “There are four university-owned co-op houses. A cooperative is a large two- or three-storey house with 25-60 members living together in a home-like environment. Two to five students are usually assigned to a study room with a desk, closet and space for personal belongings. All co-ops have television rooms, study areas and living room space. Most also have recreation areas. All co-ops are located on the east side of campus.”
  • Home stay: Opportunity to stay with a family for “a more holistic American experience”.

More about accommodation

Accommodation prices

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2018/19 = 9%
2019/20 = 50%
2020-21 = 33%

Module catalogue

More about studying abroad at Oregon State University

Student engagement at OSU

Disability support at OSU

LGBTQ travel advice for USA

OSU Instagram page

 
 

Storrs, University of Connecticut (only available for Spring semester exchange)

University of Connecticut website
Fast facts

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: 32,000
  • Number of campuses: 5
  • Academic year: August - May
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: August – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January – May
  • Alternative assessment or overseas exams for spring semester study*

About

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is one of the top public research universities in the nation, ranking within the top 20 overall. UConn is based in the university town of Storrs, campus life includes a vibrant student union, a host of volunteer opportunities and over 400 social, sport, hobby, travel and religious clubs.

Areas of study include agriculture, business, engineering, arts, law, liberal arts and sciences.

Location

  • Half an hour drive to Hartford
  • 2 hour drive or 3 hour bus to Boston
  • 2 ½ hour drive or 4 hour bus to New York
  • 2 hour flight to Toronto

Connecticut and neighbouring states are in the region of New England which is famous for its white wooden panel churches, red brick buildings and fall scenery. There are some great beaches and national parks along the north east coast and the area is well known for its outdoor activities such as mountain biking and skiing. Top attractions: Avery’s soda factory, Lake Compounce Theme Park and Connecticut Wine Trail.The University of Connecticut offers a range of culturally – and gastronomically – rich attractions. Tour the diverse and distinct museums; attend world-class performances in music, theatre, and the performing arts; or enjoy homemade ice cream at the UConn Dairy Bar.

There’s a wealth of things to see and do at the Storrs campus, including the Student Union (the U) with its own movie theatre, game room with video games, pool and bowling, TV lounges and food court; you can watch American football, basketball and baseball on campus; enjoy free sports facilities including an Olympic sized pool, gym, classes, and the unique OOzeball – UConn’s traditional mud volleyball tournament; join hundreds of student clubs and organisations; enjoy entertainment including concerts, stand-up comedy and plays; and chill out at UConn Late night every Friday with free food, karaoke and massage.

Travel opportunities

Storrs is a great location to start your travels in the USA, sandwiched between the famous cities of Boston (1.5hrs drive) and New York (3hrs drive). It has a good rail network and several bus companies including Greyhound buses offer transport along the East Coast from the nearby state capital, Hartford. Regular internal flights also operate from Bradley International Airport near Hartford. Further afield, Niagara Falls, Toronto and Ottawa in Canada are easily reached by train from New York or Boston.

Climate

The climate in Connecticut is characterised as a humid continental climate with cold winters and hot humid summers. In summer average temperatures are around 27ºC with regular thunderstorms. Winters are usually cold and snowy, with average temperatures of -3º to 2ºC.

*Students studying at this destination for spring semester only will require either an overseas exam or an alternative assessment for their January exams. Students will need to speak to their School to check what is permitted.

Finance 2022/23

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at UConn:

  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information.
  • Santander Scholarships. Competitive awards of £1, 000 for North and Latin America exchanges. If you are selected to study abroad you will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and how to apply for it

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 7 hours): £500-800*
  • Visa costs: $160
  • Health insurance (UConn own compulsory): approx. $1,968 per semester
  • On-campus accommodation: $3,750-5,800 per semester
  • Meal plan (dependant on housing type): $2,855-3,154 per semester
  • Mandatory fee of $200 per semester
  • Travel insurance:dependant on personal circumstances
  • Cost of a Big Mac: £4.07

Based on flight prices from 2019/20

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.

Accommodation

University accommodation is guaranteed for exchange students.

Students live in one of 18 halls on campus in a room shared between two. All students purchase a meal plan, which is unlimited, so you can eat as much as you want in the on-campus cafes and restaurants.

Kosher and Halal food stations are available as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.

UConn accommodation has a number of Learning Communities which offer students the opportunity to live and study with others who share their interests including Global House which gives students the opportunity to live with US and international students who are interested in their world and their relationship to it.

There is an airport/train station pickup and welcome programme to help you settle in with your new roommates and introduce you to the 400 student organizations available at UConn.

More about accommodation

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2018-19 = 5%
2019-20 = 50%
2020-21 = 80%

Module catalogue

More about studying abroad and exchanges at University of Connecticut

UConn disability support

LGBTQ travel advice USA

 
 

Tampa, The University of South Florida

University of South Florida website

Fast facts

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: 50,000
  • Number of campuses: 5
  • Academic year: August - May
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: August – December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January – May
  • Alternative assessment or overseas exams for spring semester study*

About

The University of South Florida (USF) is a large, public university located on a campus covering 1700 acres about 20-30 minutes from downtown Tampa. There is a lot going on at USF including sports facilities, food and drink outlets, shops and an active students’ union. There is also a theme park located 20 minutes’ walk from campus and a water theme park a short drive away.

Areas of study include arts, sciences, business, engineering and global sustainability.

Location

  • 1 ½ hours to Orlando
  • 1 ½ hour flight to New Orleans
  • 4 hour drive to Miami

There is a lot going on at USF including sports facilities, food and drink outlets, shops and an active students’ union. There is also a theme park located 20 minutes’ walk from campus and a water theme park a short drive away.

Further information is available from their website

Top attractions: Tampa Theatre, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and Walt Disney World

Travel opportunities

The Sunshine State offers fantastic travel opportunities including Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Florida's world famous theme parks such as Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando are within easy reach, along with dozens of smaller attractions and water parks.

Florida beaches, whether quiet and secluded or bustling with activity, are ranked among the best in the country for beauty, accessibility and facilities. Further afield, the Bahamas, Cuba and New Orleans are popular tourist destinations.

Climate

The weather in Tampa is characterized as a humid subtropical climate characterized by hot, humid summers and chilly to mild winters. It rains frequently during warm weather so bring a raincoat, waterproof shoes, and an umbrella. The average temperature in Tampa is 17°C to 27°C.

*Students studying at this destination for spring semester only will require either an overseas exam or an alternative assessment for their January exams. Students will need to speak to their School to check what is permitted.

Finance 2022/23

Bursaries and scholarships for those accepted to study at USF:

  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information.
  • Santander Scholarships. Competitive awards of £1, 000 for North and Latin America exchanges. If you are selected to study abroad you will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and how to apply for it

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 10 hours): £450-800*
  • Visa costs: $160
  • Health insurance (compulsory): $1,011 (autumn semester exchange)/ $2,701 (full year exchange)
  • On-campus accommodation: $2,995- $6,000 per semester
  • Meal plan (optional): approx. $600-$2,500
  • Living costs: $8,850 per semester**
  • Travel insurance: dependant on personal circumstances
  • Cost of a Big Mac: £4.07

*Based on flight prices from 2019/20

**Living cost includes housing and meals, books and supplies, health insurance, entertainment, general living expences, and travel.

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.

Compared to the rest of the country, Tampa's cost of living is 11.80% lower than the U.S. average.

More about the cost of living

Accommodation

Most exchange students live in university campus accommodation and so the student residences are the main focus for students’ social lives as well as the student centre and student societies/clubs. 
Accommodation is offered in both catered and self catering options. In catered options, students are required to purchase a meal plan card which they use as a debit card across campus. The meal plan enables students to store up their money and spend it when they prefer including campus outlets such as Starbucks, Burger King and Ben& Jerry’s on campus.

More about accommodation

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2018-19 = 17%
2019-20 = 8%
2020-21 = 9%

Module catalogue

More about the USF exchange programme

USF disability support

LGBTQ travel advice USA

USF Instagram page

 
 

Tucson, University of Arizona

University of Arizona webpage

Facts

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: 43,600
  • Number of campuses: 1
  • Academic year: August - May
  • Autumn semester equivalent: August - December
  • Spring semester equivalent: January - May
  • Alternative assessment or overseas exams for spring semester study*

About

The University of Arizona is located in the bustling town of Tucson, one of the oldest towns in the United States. The campus consists of more than 350 acres, much of it green space. The University is a long-time partner with NASA and has been a part of every planetary mission.

Areas of study include agriculture, architecture, business, humanities, arts, sciences, engineering and social sciences.

Location

  • 5 hours drive to Grand Canyon
  • 1 hour flight to Las Vegas
  • 2 hour flight to Los Angeles

Tucson is the second largest city in the state of Arizona and is considered as a crossroad of different cultures due to its location. The city offers an exciting social life with activities and attractions including a vibrant art culture, unique biodiversity, and ample opportunities for shopping from boutique shops to mega malls.

Arizona’s many national parks provide ample opportunity for a range of outdoor activities including hiking, biking and water sports.

Travel opportunities

Tucson is located in the Southern part of Arizona and is perfectly situated to visit a number of world famous sites, including the Grand Canyon. Arizona also boasts a number of beautiful national parks, including the Petrified Forest National Park and the historical Canyon de Chelly. The national parks provide ample opportunity for a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, water sports and there are also over 300 golf courses in the state.

Getting around

The Cat Tran Shuttle Service operates four routes, free of charge, that take you around the campus and into town. The University also has a free SafeRide scheme to provide nighttime transportation to staff and students.

Climate

Tucson has over 350 days of sun every year. Days are warm and sunny and nights are cool. Spring, Autumn and Winter tend to be mild. Summer temperatures peak at 38ºCHumidity is low so even hot temperatures are bearable.

*Students studying at this destination for spring semester only will require either an overseas exam or an alternative assessment for their January exams. Students will need to speak to their School to check what is permitted.

Finance 2022/23

Bursaries and scholarships to those accepted to study abroad at Arizona:

  • British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) scholarships: £500. See here for eligibility and further information.
  • Santander Scholarships. Competitive awards of £1, 000 for North and Latin America exchanges. If you are selected to study abroad you will be sent further details of the Santander scheme and how to apply for it

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 15 hours): £00-700*
  • Visa costs approx. $160
  • On-campus accommodation: $2,600-$8,050 per semester (meal plan not included)
  • Off-campus accommodation:approx. $500-$1,000 per month
  • Meal plan: $500-$4,950
  • $85 application fee when applying
  • Student Insurance (compulsory): $1,625 (autumn semester exchange), $2,600 (full year exchange)
  • Student Fees (compulsory): $942.13 (autumn semester exchange), $1,724.26 (full year exchange)
  • Travel insurance: dependant on personal circumstances
  • Cost of a Big Mac: £4.07

*Based on flight prices from 2019/20

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.

Living costs

Housing prices

Accommodation

Students typically live in halls of residence, in privately rented accommodation or with a host family. Residence halls provide single, double or triple occupancy rooms.

Students are advised to arrive early if they are looking for off-campus accommodation.

On-campus accommodation

Off-campus accommodation

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice):

2018-19 = 4%
2019-20 = 11%
2020-21 = 8%

Course information

University of Arizona exchange

University of Arizona disability support

LGBTQ travel advice for USA

University of Arizona Instagram page

 
 

 

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