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How to apply for an exchange

As an exchange student, you can join us for either a semester or for a whole year and you can choose from a range of modules across our Academic Schools. You’ll find application advice and entry requirements on this page, including English language requirements.

Exchange partnerships

We welcome applications from students who:

  • are nominated by one of our European partner universities
  • are nominated by one of our International partner universities for a place on the exchange programme
  • are applying via the International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP)
  • will pay the NTU tuition fee themselves, applying either independently or through an agent.

You should discuss your application fully with advisers at your home university before you apply. They will help you ensure we have an agreement in place, you can meet our requirements and they will provide advice about your module selection and credit transfer.

Erasmus+

The UK government has confirmed that the UK will not be part of the next Erasmus+ programme (2021 to 2027). However, the European Commission has granted the extension of the 2020 Grant Agreement to allow UK and EU universities to spend their remaining Erasmus+ budgets from the 2020 call up until May 2023.

Please check with your home university the availability of Erasmus+ funding for your exchange programme at NTU.

Home university partnership with NTU

Many students study with us through a direct partnership arrangement between NTU and the home university. Please contact the International or Study Abroad Office in your home institution to check whether they have a partnership arrangement with NTU or contact NTU Global at ntuglobal@ntu.ac.uk.

ISEP

You can also apply to our study abroad programme for 1 or 2 semesters via the International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP) network. Please contact ISEP for more information on the options available to you.

Postgraduate exchange

You can study with us on exchange as a postgraduate level taught student only if your home institutions has an exchange agreement with NTU in the relevant field of study.

Options are available in Nottingham Business School and School of Science and Technology.

Please contact the International or Study Abroad Office in your home institution for more details.

Fee paying students

NTU welcomes applications from students who want to spend a period of time studying in the UK, earning credits to transfer back to their home institution.

Fee-paying students are able to apply from any university. An agreement between NTU and your home university is not necessary.

Students can choose to study for one semester or the full academic year. Modules are available across most disciplines and are part of the regular undergraduate curriculum enabling study abroad students to study alongside UK-based home students.

Please see the ‘Modules by School’ information below for more details and contact information.

Application advice and entry requirements

The academic year runs from September to June and is divided into three terms or two semesters, depending on your choice of study. You can choose to do an exchange for one term, either semester one or two, or you can study with us for a full year.

  • Semester One - October to February
  • Semester Two - February to June
  • Full Year - October to June

It’s really important to plan your application carefully and give yourself plenty of time, especially if you need a visa to study here. The application process depends on whether you are joining us through a partnership or as a fee paying student. You can find out what steps you need to take below.

Remember we do have nomination and application deadlines for our study abroad exchange so make sure not to miss them!

Nomination deadlines

  • Semester 1 and full year: 30 April
  • Semester 2: 30 October

Application deadlines

  • Semester 1 and full year: 31 May
  • Semester 2: 15 November

Here is some useful information about entry requirements, tuition fees and how to apply to get you started.

Entry requirements

To enrol on our exchange or study abroad programme you must have completed at least one year of study and be in good academic standing at your home university. Some subject areas, for example art and design, will expect to see a portfolio of work as part of the application process onto particular modules.

English language entry requirements

If you are applying from an EU partner university to spend a semester or year studying abroad at NTU you must demonstrate that your English Language level is CEFR level B2 or higher overall and in each of the four components of language learning (i.e. Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing). Language requirements vary according to which teaching school you wish to take modules in.

If you are applying from any other international partner university to spend a semester or year studying abroad at NTU you must ensure you meet our standard English language requirements. Language requirements vary according to which teaching school you wish to take modules in.

Tuition fees

If you're an exchange student coming from one of our international exchange partners you will not pay any tuition fees to NTU in most cases. If you are required to pay fees you can find full details below.

If you're from a university that does not have a formal exchange agreement with us you are still welcome to do a period of study abroad with NTU. In this case, you'd be responsible for paying your own tuition fees which are listed below:

2022 entry full year study abroad

  • £15,600, or
    £16,200 (for courses in the School of Art and Design and Nottingham Business School)
    Please check your undergraduate course page for confirmation of your fee.

2022 entry half year / semester

  • International students: £7,800 or £8,100. You'll need to pay these fees in full before you start your course.

Applications from partner universities or ISEP

  1. Nomination sent to us by your home university or ISEP
  2. You will receive an email with an application form and further application guidance
  3. You submit your application form and required supporting documents, including your module choices
  4. If successful, confirmation of acceptance is sent by email with advice about applying for accommodation, visas, etc.

Applications as a fee-paying student

  1. Contact us by email with the following details: You full name, home university, course, year, which subject area you are interested in, when you would like to begin your studies at NTU and duration of your stay.
  2. You will receive an email with an application form and further application guidance
  3. You submit your application form and required supporting documents, including your module choices
  4. If successful, confirmation of acceptance is sent by email with advice about applying for accommodation, visas, etc.