How to apply

Find out how to apply for an exchange at Surrey.

Check your eligibility

Check your eligibility

To be eligible for an international or Erasmus+ study exchange at the University of Surrey, you must meet the below criteria.

View our partner institutions.

If your university isn't one of our partner institutions, you may be able to come as a fee-paying occasional student. Exchange partnerships are established where a relationship can be developed and sustained over time and so regrettably are not set up for individual students.

Some agreements are university-wide and open to students in most of our subject areas, and others are subject-specific. The exchange office at your home university will be able to provide you with help and advice.

Taught courses

For those following a taught course, please check our module catalogue (selecting the correct academic year) to see whether we offer modules that fit with your study programme at your home institution and that they run when you will be at Surrey (Semester 1 runs late September to end January; Semester 2 runs early February to mid/late June).

Discuss your module choices with your home department. If you need more information or advice, email your Surrey Departmental Exchange Coordinator (PDF).

Project or laboratory work

For those applying to do project work or laboratory work please identify an appropriate academic, email them to ask if they will supervise you and agree the details of your project or laboratory work with them.

University of Surrey English language requirements

Students are expected to have a command of the English language suitable for their level of study. The minimum level of competence required from non-native speakers is:

  • IELTS – 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (listening, speaking, reading, writing). Nursing students are required to have IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL - 92 overall, with a minimum of 20 in each component. Nursing students must have TOEFL 100, with at least 25 in each component.
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2 – minimum required. CEFR C1 – recommended.
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English – Grade B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – Grade C
  • HKCEE or HKAL – Grade C

Exchange applicants who are non-native English speakers will be asked to provide evidence of their English language proficiency ie. a test certificate, transcript of results or other formal language assessment.

Students who will be applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa must submit a current IELTS certificate from a UKVI-approved test centre with their exchange application.

Will my level of English be tested?

All non-native English speakers are encouraged to sit a short online reading and grammar test in their first week at Surrey. The test is designed to identify any language support that might be needed and offers students with a good command of English the opportunity to take advanced English courses. No students are sent home as a result of the test. The test simply enables us to recommend one or more of our free English Language Support Programme (ELSP) courses that may be useful to you. Students may sign up for up to 3 ELSP classes per semester.

Erasmus students complete an English language assessment for their home institution before the start and at the end of their exchange. The results are not made available to Surrey.

Nomination process

Your nomination must include:

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Subject area of study at Surrey (or, if taking electives, your main subject area in which you will take at least two modules per semester)
  • Level of study at Surrey (bachelor's/master's/doctoral)
  • Exchange period (semester 1/semester 2/semesters 1 and 2/other specified dates (for project and Nursing students only)). 

Your nomination should be sent to our Incoming Exchanges Team: geo.incoming@surrey.ac.uk.

  • For semester 1 - autumn entry: 15 April
  • For semester 2 - spring entry: 15 September

Submitting you exchange application

Once we have received your nomination, we will email your Exchange Coordinator to let them know that your nomination has been approved.

Your exchange/study abroad office will receive an email in April/September with information for you about applying to Surrey and a link to our online exchange application form.

Please note the supporting documents below that you must upload as part of your online application.

  • Surrey Learning Agreement (will be sent to nominees). 
    • Students taking taught courses should list six module choices per semester in Table A if taking modules from one degree programme and level, or 10 choices if taking modules from more than one programme or level in case of timetable clashes (you will actually take just four modules).
    • Choices should be listed in order of preference and by semester.
    • For full descriptions of each degree programme and module, visit our module catalogue and select the appropriate academic year of study.
  • Transcript of Records of your degree results so far, in English (pdf)
  • Bachelor’s/master’s degree certificate, if appropriate – postgraduate/doctoral students only (pdf)
  • List of the courses/modules you are currently taking
  • Copy of your passport photo page / national identity card (pdf)
  • Passport-sized photograph (jpg)
  • English language certificate/evidence of your English language competence – non-native speakers only.
  • Police check certificate – Nursing students only (pdf)

All of the supporting documents should be uploaded and submitted with the online application. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. On submission, students will receive an automatic application receipt acknowledgement email.

  • For semester 1 - autumn entry: 15 May
  • For semester 2 - spring entry:   15 October

Confirmation of acceptance

Once your Surrey Department has approved your application and provisional study programme, we will send you a formal acceptance email in late May-end June for autumn entry or late October-end November for spring entry. If there are any issues with your application or module choices, we will contact you before then.