Fee-paying incoming study abroad

We welcome a small number of students from higher education institutions outside the UK to study at Surrey on a fee-paying basis for a short period (one or two semesters). Surrey study credits obtained during this period can be transferred to their full-time degree at their home institution.

How it works

We receive two types of fee-paying short-term international students:

One-way study abroad at Surrey agreement 

These are students whose home institution has a one-way institutional agreement with the University of Surrey.

Students coming to Surrey under a one-way study abroad agreement are integrated into our student exchange programme and are managed in the same way as our exchange students for the duration of their stay.

The main differences are:

  • Students will be expected to pay tuition fees as agreed with the home institution.
  • Module choices will have been pre-agreed with the home institution.

Please ask your home institution for exact details.

Independent study abroad at Surrey

These are students whose home institution has no existing agreement with the University of Surrey.

Independent Study Abroad Students are integrated into our student exchange programme and are managed in the same way as our exchange students for the duration of their stay. The main differences are that students:

  • Are not nominated to Surrey by their home institution but must make an application enquiry to the International Engagement Office (geo.incoming@surrey.ac.uk) at Surrey themselves.
  • Will be expected to pay tuition fees.
  • Must identify an appropriate study abroad coordinator at their home institution to ensure their Surrey credit will be recognised at their home institution
  • Must provide a letter of recommendation from an appropriate person at their home institution with their application.
  • Must pick modules from just one Surrey degree programme. 

What you can study

Undergraduate exchange students can choose modules from our undergraduate degree programmes and Master's-level students from our postgraduate degree programmes.

Courses at Surrey are called ‘modules’ and most of our modules are worth 15 Surrey credits / 7.5 ECTS credits (equivalent to 3 USA credits). You will need to take 4 modules / 30 ECTS credits per semester.

Our Programme and Module Catalogue provides detailed descriptions of each degree programme and the modules that we offer.

Studying at Surrey

Entry requirements

  • A current full-time student at a higher education institution outside the UK
  • Committed to taking the full academic course load at Surrey, which will be credited as part of your degree at your home institution (equivalent to 30 ECTS credits - generally 4 modules - per semester)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.0 in the 4-point system, 5.0 in the 7-point system, or the equivalent
  • For non-native speakers of English, a minimum English language level of IELTS 6.5, with at least 6.0 in each component / TOEFL 88, with at least 18 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 19 in Speaking and 23 in Writing / at least CEFR B2 and ideally C1, or the equivalent. Students coming for two semesters or wishing to work and study must submit one of our accepted English language qualifications with their study abroad application so that we can support their application for a Student visa. Students coming for just one semester may submit one of these qualifications or a range of other evidence.
  • Able to attend for the full semester including exams - for further information, see our key dates page.
  • Any other requirements as set out in the one-way study abroad agreement (if applicable).


As an occasional student, you are responsible for paying for your tuition fees, accommodation and other living expenses whilst at the University of Surrey.

One-Way Study Abroad agreement students pay fees as agreed with the home institution.

Independent Study Abroad students will be charged according to the degree programme they pick and full details can be found on our fees page

Please note, fees quoted are for the full year ­– fees will be halved if studying for one semester only.

If you are interested in nursing, please contact the International Engagement Office (geo.incoming@surrey.ac.uk) for further information, as there is a special programme and fees available, and different academic dates. 

How to apply

The application process consists of three stages:

  1. Make an application enquiry
  2. Submit your application  
  3. Accept your place

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