Short-term incoming (occasional) students

The University of Surrey welcomes small numbers 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). Their Surrey study credit is transferred to their full-time degree at their home institution.

Types of occasional students

We receive two types of occasional students:

  1. One-way study abroad agreement students

Occasional students where there is a one-way institutional agreement between Surrey and their home institution.

  1. Independent study abroad students

One-off occasional students where there is no existing agreement between Surrey and their home institution. 

One-way study abroad agreements

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 one exception is that they pay tuition fees. If your home institution has a one-way study abroad agreement with the University of Surrey, they will be able to give you details of the fees that have been agreed.

For general guidance about short-term study at Surrey, please visit our incoming exchange webpage

Independent study abroad 

Independent Study Abroad Students are incorporated into our exchange programme and are managed in the same way as our exchange students, except that these students:

  • are not nominated to Surrey by their home institution but must make an application enquiry to the International Engagement Office at Surrey themselves (see application processes section below)
  • pay tuition fees to Surrey (see fees section below)
  • 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.

Please refer to incoming exchange student website for other information e.g. important dates. 

Entry requirements and fees

  • 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 sub-skill / TOEFL 92, with at least 20 in each sub-skill / at least CEFR B2 and ideally C1, or the equivalent
  • Able to attend for the full semester including exams (Nursing has its own dates) - for further information, see exchange/study abroad semester dates 

As an occasional student, you are responsible for paying for your tuition fees, accommodation and other living expenses whilst at the University of Surrey. Fees reflect your module choices and resultant faculty at Surrey and your country of domicile (EU or Overseas). 

Fees for EU students can be found on our fees page

Fees for Overseas students vary by faculty and can be seen below

Independent Study Abroad (Occasional) Undergraduate Fees

Year Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
2019/20 £17,700 £21,400 £21,400
2020/21 £18,500 £22,300 £22,300

Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) each year.

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 for further information, as there is a special programme and fees available. 

Application process

The application process consists of three stages:

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

Please note: We send some important emails from a no-reply account so please ensure you check your junk folder as well.

Please complete our application enquiry form and email it to the International Engagement Office.

Enquiry deadlines:

  • 15 April for semester one (late September-late January) or full year applicants
  • 15 September for semester two (early February-mid June) applicants

If your initial enquiry is deemed suitable, you will be provided with information on how to submit a full application, which will then be reviewed by an academic in the relevant department and you will be informed if your application has been successful.

Please read the guidance you are sent carefully (this is aimed at exchange students but also applicable to occasional applicants). Please note you will be required to submit a letter of recommendation from a suitable academic/equivalent at your university. 

Please ensure you meet any pre-requisites for modules you are considering (Prerequisites / Co-requisites section).

We recommend you consider modules from one programme and one year (FHEQ-Framework for Higher Education level). 

If your application is successful, you will have one month from your acceptance email to confirm you wish to accept your place at the University of Surrey.

If you choose not to accept your place here, or to withdraw, please email the International Engagement Office as soon as possible stating that you are withdrawing and your reason for doing so. 

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