Preparing for your exchange

As an international exchange or study abroad student coming to 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 stay at Surrey and for the journey. 

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 don't 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 quickly and get to know the campus and Guildford. 

The International Engagement Office will invite you to sign up for 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. 

Booking accommodation 

Immigration and visas

Booking travel

Money matters

Insurance and Healthcare