International exchange programme


Students from outside the UK who would like to spend part of their degree at Nottingham may be able to do so through the International Exchange programme.

The International Exchange programme is designed for undergraduate students from our partner universities worldwide, including members of the Universitas 21 network, who wish to spend a period of time studying in the UK, earning credits to transfer back to their home university.

Modules are available across most disciplines and are part of the regular undergraduate curriculum, enabling international exchange students to study alongside UK-based home students.

International Exchange

Please note: We are now closed for admissions for the Autumn Semester and full year incoming visiting students. Admissions for Spring Semester incoming visiting students will open in October 2017. This also applies to postgraduate visiting students.

Tuition fees

International Exchange students are exempt from paying any tuition fees to The University of Nottingham, provided that they have been formally nominated to study at The University of Nottingham by their home university.

How to apply

You must be nominated by your home university in order to take part in the International Exchange programme. Please check with your home university to confirm whether a current International Exchange agreement is in place between your home university and The University of Nottingham. Your home university is then responsible for sending the supporting documents to complete your nomination. 

Nomination deadlines

Early application deadlines

**Please note: the deadline has been extended for applications until the end of May**

Any student wishing to study in one of the following schools/departments must be nominated by the end of May whether intending to apply for September or January entry:

  • Department of Architecture and Built Environment
  • Nottingham University Business School
  • School of Chemistry
  • Department of Culture, Film and Media
  • School of English
  • School of Law
  • School of Physics
  • School of Politics and International Relations

The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering is not accepting nominations for 2018-19.

Find out more about: 

  • English language requirements

All students are required to meet the University's minimum English language requirements by taking either an IELTS or Pearson Academic PTE test or another recognised English language qualification at an appropriate level (see our English language requirements page for more information), unless they are a native of an English-speaking country. Some universities in non-English-speaking countries teach and examine in the medium of English language and in certain cases there may be a possibility to waive the requirement to take an English test. 


The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) at The University of Nottingham offers pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet the direct English entry requirements if required, at an additional charge. For additonal information on pre-sessional English language courses please contact the International Admissions Team and we will provide further guidance.

  • Academic requirements

All applicants must be current students at an overseas university or college of higher education and must have completed at least one year of study at their home university.

The minimum academic requirement is a GPA of at least 3.0 (or equivalent).

  • Application steps

Step 1 - Nomination by your home university (includes sending your supporting documents)

Step 2 - Visiting Students Team process the nomination and supporting documents

Step 3 - If successful, confirmation of acceptance and an offer letter is sent with advice about applying for accommodation, visas, etc.

Step 4 - Before arrival, information is sent to you about module enrolment, registration, arrival, etc.

Your co-ordinator at your home university will nominate you to The University of Nottingham by our nomination deadlines. Your nomination will then be processed by our Visiting Students Team. If you have any questions about the selection or nomination at your home university please contact your co-ordinator as we are unable to answer queries in this area for students.

  • Nomination process

Once we have received the nomination from your home university, you will automatically be sent an application number - please keep this number safe.

After all nominations have been submitted and received by the April deadline, we will check your details against the supporting documents your home university will have provided.  If you meet the minimum entry criteria we will then contact you directly to confirm your acceptance.  If you do not meet the minimum entry criteria, we will contact you directly to discuss options available.

Your nomination is not an automatic acceptance.  All nominations are subject to approval by the host school/department and meeting the minimum entry criteria.

Your application number cannot be used to apply for accommodation but if your nomination is successful, about two months before the beginning of your course we will send you your offer letter and an email explaining how to apply for accommodation with your new Nottingham Student ID number.

  • Term dates and exam periods

Academic Year

The academic year at Nottingham is divided into two semesters.  Modules are offered during each semester and examination periods take place at the end of each semester. All students must be in Nottingham for the regular examination periods.

If students request to take re-sit examinations then these may be arranged to be taken overseas at the student’s home institution during the re-sit period in August/September each year. Fees are applied for re-sit examinations and overseas re-sit examination arrangements.  Please note re-sit examinations are not available in a small number of schools/departments. The University of Nottingham modules which run for the full year are assessed at the end of the academic year only.

2017-18 Semester Dates

Autumn Semester: Monday 25 September 2017 – Saturday 27 January 2018

Spring Semester: Monday 29 January 2018 – Friday 22 June 2018


We expect all students to be available in Nottingham for the entire exam period. Students will only, in very exceptional circumstances (example: serious illness), be allowed to undertake alternative assessment in place of their exams, or take exams overseas.

Students must inform the Courses Office AND the Global Engagement Team of any such requests as early as possible. Students are expected to be available for all examinations being taken during this time. Failure to attend an examination will result in a mark of zero being awarded.

Autumn semester

Monday 15 January 2018 to Saturday 27 January 2018 – including Saturday 20 January 2018

Spring semester

Monday 21 May 2018 to Saturday 09 June 2018 – including Saturday 26 May and 02 June 2018


Official transcripts are posted directly to your home university six weeks after the conclusion of the assessment period  subject to your marks being officially uploaded by your host school. Please note that transcripts cannot be produced electronically.  If additonal copies are required, students can order a transcript through the online store.

  • Choosing modules

Studying at The University of Nottingham is likely to be different from your previous experiences, especially if you have not studied in the UK before. You will be expected to organise your own time and manage your own work. You will experience different styles of teaching and be expected to spend significant amounts of time studying independently. Also, the University schedule of terms and semesters might be different to what you are familiar with and you may have to travel to our different campuses for some of your courses. It is important to remember that there is always help available if you have questions.

At the beginning of each academic year you will be automatically enrolled on any compulsory modules but you may have to pick some optional modules too.


What are modules?

Modules are separate units of a course that make up a degree. Students are expected to attend all the classes and complete all the assessments for each module.

An undergraduate student must take modules worth 120 credits per academic year (usually taken as modules worth 60 credits in the Autumn Semester and 60 credits in the Spring Semester).

All exchange students are expected to take the normal credit load of 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

How do I choose modules?

You will have core and/or compulsory modules to take based on your degree subject. Your host school or department will have information on which optional modules you may take for your course or you can check the supplementary regulations for your course for the current academic year.

Example modules are listed in the online prospectuses. You must ask a school to approve your enrolment on a module which they are running. We cannot guarantee you will be able to register for modules listed as availability for some places is limited, depending on the programme. Students are always advised to consider a few alternative modules in case first choices are not available.


Where do I get my Module Entry Form?

Module Entry Forms are provided on arrival at the beginning of the semester.
Do I have to enrol for my module choices?

Some host schools/departments are able to pre-enrol you for core modules before your arrival.  This means you will still have to enrol for optional modules after you have arrived to ensure you have a complete credit load.

Once done, it is important to check you are registered for the correct modules at the correct level. You should only select modules at Levels 2 and 3 if you are studying that subject as your major subject at your home university, you should select Level 1 modules for subjects that you have not previously studied.

Where do I go to enrol?

You will be informed before your arrival at Nottingham where and how you can enrol on modules.

Can I change my modules?

Changes to modules can only be made in the first two weeks of teaching.  Changes cannot be made after this deadline except in extenuating circumstances.

How do I select the modules?

Information regarding module choices is available in the online module catalogue. All students should ensure they have adequate academic experience in the subject area before selecting a module.

Please be aware that the modules you choose are only provisional and we cannot guarantee places onto modules until you have fully registered for them in-person after you have arrived at Nottingham.

Please remember that availability of places on modules is limited and some modules may already be fully subscribed. You are advised to select a number of alternative modules in advance of your arrival in Nottingham in case your first choices are not available.

Your home University may inform you that you are not required to select a full credit load at Nottingham. The University of Nottingham rules and regulations confirm that in order to qualify as a full time registered student you are required to select 60 Nottingham credits per semester/120 Nottingham credits per year.

A student studying for the full year should select 60 credits from their host school or department and 60 from other schools/departments. Please see our campus information here.

  • Immigration and visas

Students who are nationals of any country within the European Economic Area do not require entry clearance to come to the United Kingdom.

They will however need to produce a valid passport or identity card in order to gain entry to the United Kingdom. Passports and national identity cards will not be stamped at the place of entry. It is possible that they may need to show evidence that they have funds to support them during their stay i.e. bank statements, notifications of grant awards.

Countries in the European Economic Area:

Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Belgium, Greece, Malta, Sweden, Bulgaria, Hungary, Netherlands, Cyprus, Iceland, Norway, Czech Rep, Ireland, Poland, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Estonia, Latvia, Romania, Finland, Lithuania, Slovenia, France, Liechtenstein, Slovak Republic.

Non-European Economic Area (Non-EEA)

Students joining the University for a period of less than 6 months will need to apply for a short-term study visa using the hard copy offer letter sent to them once their application has been completely processed. 

Information on making a short-term study visa application can be found online here. 

Students joining the University for longer than 6 months will be provided with details relating to their Tier 4 visa application once accepted.  Information on this can be found online here.

  • Health and insurance

Our University Health Centre provides medical and dental care for students. Full-time students of any nationality who are studying at the University for at least six months can receive medical treatment through the National Health Service (NHS) by registering with the University Health Centre upon arrival. Once registered, most treatment is free but charges are made for prescriptions, dental care and optical checks. The situation with regard to treatment for pre-existing medical conditions is changing and charges will be made for such treatment. Students are strongly advised to take out health insurance before leaving their home country.

Students from countries within the European Economic Area should ensure they bring their EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), which provides reciprocal health cover. Note for students on study periods of less than six months: Students from countries with reciprocal health agreements (all European Economic Area countries and some other European countries) should ensure that they bring their EHIC. This will entitle them to the same treatment as a UK national. However, charges are made for prescriptions, dental care and optical checks. Students without the EHIC who wish to see a doctor at the University's Health Centre will receive treatment as a private patient and will be charged approximately £25 consultation fee.

Non-EU students from countries with no reciprocal health agreement must ensure that they take out appropriate medical insurance before departure for the UK.

Insurance Cover

All students should take out insurance to cover their personal belongings – particularly if you are bringing expensive equipment e.g. a computer. Insurance companies in the UK will also sell students insurance once they have arrived in the UK, one example being the Endsleigh Insurance Company,

  • Disability support

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 defines a person with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day to day activities. If students consider themselves to have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act we encourage you to let us know as soon as possible during the application procedure. This will ensure that we can provide the best advice to enable them to make the most of the study period at the University. Students with additional needs will be given priority for University-owned accommodation wherever possible. The Student Services Centres provide advice and support to students.

  • Accommodation

As soon as you receive your student ID number you should apply for university arranged accommodation. A variety of accommodation is available at Nottingham and guaranteed for visiting students so you may be offered on or off campus accommodation which may or may not offer catering options.

Information about university-allocated accommodation can be found here.

We strongly recommend that Autumn or Spring semester students consider university-allocated accommodation as private landlords usually prefer one year study students.

You should be aware that the average age of a Nottingham-based student who is living in catered halls is 18 years old. For many UK-based students this is the first time that they have lived away from home. Please bear this in mind when applying for accommodation. When you have received your allocation of University accommodation please note the contract dates, as these cannot be changed and may not match the academic year dates.

If you decide to choose private accommodation please wait until you arrive in Nottingham to find a place as we strongly discourage choosing accommodation and paying any kind of rent or deposit before you see it in person and are able to have the contract checked by a qualified person. 

Please note that one semester students renting private accommodation from a landlord are responsible for all bills including gas, electricity and water rates. 

  • Registration

A few weeks before your arrival you will receive e-mails and additional information which will answer many of your questions concerning your registration, student ID card, health and travel to Nottingham.

Registration is the process by which a student becomes a full-time student at Nottingham.   All students must complete registration with the University of Nottingham.   Registration takes place in two stages at the start of each academic semester. 

Stage One

Online registration before arrival. Details of how to register online are given to each successful student by e-mail during September for a September start and January for a January start.

Students will also receive an e-mail from the Student ID card team explaining how to upload your photograph before arrival. You will be notified where to collect the Student ID card on arrival.

Stage Two

The main university registration where students will confirm their attendance in person at the University and collect their student ID cards. 


International Student Recruitment

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