Postgraduate Exchanges


The University of Nottingham welcomes applications from postgraduate students who are considering spending part of their degree here at Nottingham.

Postgraduate students can arrange a visit at Nottingham through:

  • existing exchange agreements
  • self-arranged applications
  • inter-campus PhD mobility scheme
  • Erasmus placements
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Existing exchange agreements

Where an international or Erasmus exchange agreement is already in place, visiting postgraduate students can attend the University of Nottingham without paying any tuition fees to the University if officially nominated by your home university.

Students are encouraged to check with their home university's International Office regarding any internal application procedures.

Self-arranged applications

Where there is no international or Erasmus exchange agreement in place, or students wish to apply independently, Masters and PhD students from overseas academic institutions can study at the University of Nottingham for a period of up to one year as a postgraduate visiting student. 

Inter-campus PhD mobility scheme

University of Nottingham doctoral students may apply through the inter-Campus PhD mobility scheme to spend a period of time at the UK Nottingham campus.  Students are advised to contact a suitable supervisor at the UK campus to gain their agreement before proceeding, then contact their Office of Global Engagement at their home campus for further guidance.

Erasmus placements

Students wishing to visit the University on placement (otherwise referred to as a traineeship) through the Erasmus programme may do so as a visiting student.  However, where there is no exchange agreement with the student's home university, tuition fees will apply.

What to expect

Research and modules

Postgraduate exchange and visiting students can take taught modules or undertake research while at Nottingham towards the Masters or PhD they are studying for at their home university. However, any credits gained cannot count towards a degree at the University of Nottingham.


Students are assigned a supervisor who will offer expert advice on research.

Research training programme

Postgraduate exchange and visiting students can also take part in the regular research training programme of the department, including seminars, workshops and conferences, as well as access seminars and research training offered by the Graduate School.

Facilities and services

Postgraduate exchange and visiting students are able to register with the University as full-time students and have access to all of the University's IT and library facilities as well as a workspace assigned to them within the School.

Postgraduate exchange and visiting students can also apply for University housing and are able to access the complete range of the University's support services, sports facilities and are members of the University's Students' Union while registered at Nottingham.

Period of study

Applicants may apply to study for less than a full academic year and will be informed of the pro rata fee on application.  As well as the session start date in September, there are standard start dates during an academic year:

  • 1st February
  • 1st April
  • 1st July
  • 1st October
  • 1st December


International students

Postgraduate visiting international students* undertaking a 12 month period of research will be charged the international postgraduate research student fee at a reduced rate. Details of the 2018-19 fees are listed on the Student Fees website.

Exceptional fee information, including Postgraduate visiting student fee information can be found on the Exceptional Fees 2018-19 website. 

*International students are classed as students from outside the European Union for fees purposes.

European Union students

Postgraduate visiting European Union students undertaking a period of research will be charged the relevant programme fee at the Home/EU fee rate.

All students applying to take taught modules will be charged the relevant programme fee at the Home/EU or international fee rate. This may vary depending on which School or Department you wish to study in.

Entry requirements

All applicants 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) or evidence of the most recent, highest level qualification.

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.

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 provide evidence of an alternative English language test.

Please see our English language requirements page for more information.

How to apply

Please contact the Office of Global Engagement directly for further information:



International Student Recruitment

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