Incoming international exchange, study abroad and traineeships

Every year we welcome around 160 exchange, study abroad and clinical placement students to Surrey from our partner institutions around the world, together with large numbers of research placement students from both partner and non-partner institutions.

Why study or do a placement abroad?

Studying or doing a research or training placement abroad as part of your degree or as a recent graduate is a unique opportunity to 

  • experience a different educational system and a different part of the world
  • encounter a diverse range of people and cultures and broaden your network
  • improve your interpersonal, communication and language skills
  • challenge yourself and increase your resilience
  • enhance your CV and your employability.

Why Surrey?

Located on a beautiful leafy lakeside campus, the University of Surrey is a 10-minute walk into the historic town centre of Guildford and just 34 minutes by train into central London, allowing students to enjoy the very best of a safe and lively English market town surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, together with the excitement and world-famous attractions of a major capital city.

The University of Surrey has a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research, coming in the top 250 in the QS World University Rankings 2024 and in the top 50 universities globally in the Times Higher Education's (THE) Impact Rankings.

A friendly medium-sized campus university with around 15,000 students and a large international community of students and staff, Surrey is a welcoming and supportive place to come to as an international visiting student. The International Engagement Office is there to ensure you have a seamless and unforgettable stay at Surrey.

The University constantly strives to provide a truly outstanding experience for all students. Investing heavily in teaching and student facilities and support services, we achieved 4th place in the UK National Student Survey 2023 and 12th place in the UK Complete University Guide 2025.

Ways you can study or do a placement at Surrey

There are various ways you can come to study or do a placement at Surrey, depending on your home institution and whether there is an existing exchange or study abroad agreement in place with our university at your level and in your subject area.

To see whether your institution has an appropriate agreement with Surrey, check on our interactive search tool.

Select the appropriate type of mobility below for information about entry requirements, how to apply, costs, visas and immigration, and accommodation.

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