Preparing for your exchange

As an Erasmus+/exchange student coming to study at the University of Surrey, there are a number of things you must do before you travel to the UK. This section will help prepare you for your period at Surrey and for the journey. 

Please note: The University of Surrey have Erasmus+ funding secured until 2023.You will need to check the project duration of your home institution.

Please note: This webpage reflects standard practices. We endeavour to offer an exchange programme as normally as possible this year, however in light of the COVID-19 situation, there may be changes and we are expecting a more hybrid approach (combination of in person and online). We will keep you updated via email regarding exchange specific changes and please refer to the university coronavirus webpage for general updates. 

We suggest you start preparations for your stay as early as you can to ensure that the transition from home to Surrey is an exciting and rewarding experience and to ensure that you do not miss any essential activities at the beginning of the academic year which might have a negative impact on your academic success.

Academic preparation

For information to help you prepare for life and study in the UK, visit Prepare for Study.

Buddy scheme

The University’s International Engagement Office manages a Buddy Scheme to enable new exchange and study abroad students to meet current Surrey students. The Buddy Scheme is designed to help you settle in and get to know the campus and Guildford. 

The International Engagement Office will be in touch asking if you are interested in this scheme before your exchange begins. You will be given contact details for your assigned Surrey buddy so you can get in touch with them before you arrive, ask any questions you may have and arrange to meet up with them during your first week or two at Surrey. 

Immigration and visas

Booking travel

Booking accommodation 

Money matters

Insurance and Healthcare