Study abroad

Our International Exchange Programme opens the door for our undergraduate students to study at universities around the world as part of their degree.

Benefits of studying abroad

  • Experience new cultures
  • Learn new languages
  • Improve interpersonal and communication skills
  • Enhance your employability
  • Expand your learning
  • Network on an international level
  • Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Who can take part?

Nearly all undergraduate students at Surrey have the opportunity of spending a semester or a year at one of our world-wide partners. Where you can go depends on your degree programme. 

Summer schools, internships and volunteering

There are some courses for which students may be unable to study abroad as part of their degree programme; however other opportunities may be available such as summer schools, internships and volunteering.

Where can I go?

Use our search tool to find out where you can study abroad.

When can I go?

Find out how long you can study abroad for and when you are able to do this.

Subject area

Year of study

Length of time abroad

Accounting and finance

Second

One semester

Business

Second

One semester

Criminology*

Third

One or two semesters

Dance

Third

One or two semesters

Digital media arts

Third

One or two semesters

Economics

Second

One semester

English and languages

Third

One or two semesters

Film and video production technology

Third

One or two semesters

International business

Second
Third

One semester
Year-long and defined by list of partners

Law

Third

One or two semesters

Media

Third

One or two semesters

Politics

Third

One or two semesters

Sociology*

Third

One or two semesters

Theatre and performance

Third

One or two semesters

Tourism and hospitality

Second

One semester

*If you are a sociology or a criminology student, you can spend your second year at the University of Maryland College Park, USA for full credit and grade transfer. Please note, limited places are available.

Subject area

Year of study 

Length of time abroad

Aerospace engineering

Second

Two semesters

Automotive engineering

Second

Two semesters

Biomedical engineering

Second

Two semesters

Chemical engineering

Second

Two semesters

Chemistry

Third

Full-year undertaking a laboratory placement at a partner institution

Civil engineering

Second

Two semesters

Computer science

Second

Two semesters

Electrical and electronic engineering

Second

Two semesters

Electronic engineering

Second

Two semesters

Mathematics

Second

Two semesters

Mechanical engineering

Second

Two semesters

Physics

Third

Two semesters

Subject area

Year of study 

Length of time abroad

Biosciences*

Third

Full-year undertaking a laboratory placement at a partner institution

Nursing

Second

Two-month placement in a hospital at a European partner

Nutrition and food science

Third

Full-year undertaking a laboratory placement at a partner institution

Psychology

Third

Full-year undertaking a laboratory placement at a partner institution

Sports and exercise science

Third

Full-year undertaking a laboratory placement at a partner institution

*Please note, if you are a biosciences student, you can spend a semester studying at a limited range of partner institutions in your second year.

Fees and funding

Students on exchange pay no additional tuition fees to the partner university and pay a reduced fee to Surrey if they study abroad for the whole of their second year. You need to be able to cover the cost of the exchange (including travel, living expenses, accommodation, visa, etc.).

Some countries require proof that you have sufficient funds to cover your time abroad. You will need to ensure you find out what the current requirements are and have proof that you have sufficient funds.

UK students receiving a student loan can still claim their loan while they are on exchange. If you are on any element of the means tested loan you are eligible for a higher loan rate and travel grant for costs exceeding £303, plus your visa costs and medical insurance from Student Finance England (SFE).

Eramsus+ funding

Students applying for a European exchange are currently eligible for an Erasmus+ grant under the Erasmus+ programme*.

*Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

Scholarships 

Students going outside of the EU can apply for a BUTEX Scholarship. A grant of £500 is given to successful applicants. Please see our international scholarships page for other available opportunities. 

Language support

Students studying in Europe will be given access to the European Commission’s online language course (OLS)  as part of the Erasmus+ programme. All our students also have the opportunity to enrol on the University's free Global Graduate Award in Languages course.

Student experiences