International exchange

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

International exchange is designed for undergraduates from our partner universities (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.


Tuition fees

International exchange students are exempt from paying any tuition fees to the University of Nottingham provided there is a current exchange agreement in place between Nottingham and the home university.  Students must be formally nominated to study at Nottingham by their home university.

Application deadlines

Applications are now open for September 2021. The deadline for nominations and applications is Friday 14 May 2021.
See 'How to apply' below for further guidance.

The following schools and departments have one application deadline in May for either autumn or spring semester:

  • School of English
  • School of Physics

The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering is only available to their own partner universities as capacity is limited. The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences do not accept visiting students except for the School of Life Sciences, but certain criteria may need to be met. The Department of Architecture and Built Environment require a portfolio to be submitted in addition to the application.

Conditions for applying

English language requirements

If you are applying from a country where English is not the official/majority language, you must submit evidence of English language proficiency at the time of application.  We accept IELTS (academic) and Pearson PTE Academic tests of English language proficiency.

See our English language requirements page for more information.

Centre for English Language Education (CELE)

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) at the University of Nottingham offers a variety of English language courses and support for international students while you study here:

  • English Language for Academic Study (EDUC2021) is a 10-credit module taken as part of your programme which develops essential academic skills alongside written and spoken English.  Students are asked to produce an extended essay in their subject area (60%) and give a short presentation (40%)
  • Insessional Academic English Support (non-credit-bearing) – while you are studying with us, you can continue to develop your English Language skills by attending classes and one-to-one consultations (tutorials) with an expert in academic English
  • Presessional English Language Courses are for students who need English and academic skills to meet their entry requirements. Students do not need to take IELTS at the end of the course.

For further information about English language courses, please visit the CELE website. 


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 at point of entry.

The minimum academic requirement is a current overall average equivalent to a 2:2 in the UK.


How to apply

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. Once you have been nominated by your home university, they will send you guidance on how to complete the online application form.

Before applying, make sure you have the following ready:

  • an electronic copy of your most recent official transcript
  • an electronic copy of your English language certificate/test results if English is not your first language
  • a letter from your home university confirming your nomination

You will be able to upload all documents to your application form online.

Only complete applications will be considered.

It is your responsibility to ensure your application is complete.  Any delays due to missing/incorrect supporting documents may result in us being unable to process your application and provide an offer.


Further information


Any questions?

If you have any questions about studying abroad at the University of Nottingham as part of your degree, please contact the Visiting students team.

International Student Recruitment

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

+44 (0) 115 951 5247
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