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Erasmus+ Incoming Students

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport, and aims to promote student mobility through Europe. It is funded by the European Commission and is managed in the United Kingdom by the British Council, the national agency of the United Kingdom. Find out more information about what Salford offers for Erasmus students by clicking through the tabs below.

Erasmus at Salford

The University of Salford is an active organisation in the Erasmus+ mobility scheme, and can facilitate mobility between Programme Countries. The University of Salford has over 100 agreements with institutions all across Europe, and accepts over 20 nationalities from across the world through the Erasmus+ programme.

Under the Erasmus+ programme, you may come to study at the University of Salford for either a semester or a full academic year. You may also be funded in the forms of grants from your home institution which support your living costs here in Salford.

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education

You can view the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, as well as the Erasmus Student Charter, in the link below.

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education

Further Information

The The British Council is the National Agency for the United Kingdom.

Erasmus+ is run by the European Commission.

Courses Close to Industry

Our courses open doors to rewarding and challenging careers in health, science, engineering, the arts, the built environment, media, music, law and business.You'll benefit from the expertise of our academics who have a strong track record of delivering high-quality teaching, leading influential research projects and are highly respected in their fields.

At Salford you'll be joining an Undergraduate community of over 13,000 students from around the world and you'll be located in Greater Manchester which is home to the largest student population in Europe.

Experience student life in the UK

It’s your chance to continue your course, or partake in a sandwich year, in a new environment and experience British culture in Greater Manchester, the borough that is home to the second city of England - Manchester. Salford is one of the fastest growing areas in the United Kingdom, with exciting projects such as MediaCityUK showing how much investment and opportunity there is here.

The University of Salford has over 3,000 international students from more than 100 countries, so you will be sharing accommodation and classes with a vibrant and multicultural student population.

As an Erasmus+ exchange student - you will benefit from the best of both worlds, as you take modules, share classes and assessments with regular University of Salford students, and have access to the same online systems, student support, and facility availability as regular students.

Furthermore, you are still registered as a student at your home institution, and will still receive support from home also.

Connected

The University of Salford has fantastic connections being in an area of Salford close to the city centre of Manchester. The University is a 5 minute bus journey from Manchester City Centre, 15 minutes to MediaCityUK, 30 mins journey to the home of Manchester United - Old Trafford, and with a dedicated train station right beside campus, you are only 2 and a half hours away from London. Salford has plenty of great cities nearby also - the cultural city of Liverpool is also only 30 minutes by train, and there are links to Leeds, Sheffield and the historic city of York. There is also a direct train line from Salford Crescent to Manchester Airport, which is connected to international destinations all over the world.

Dedicated Support

At Salford, we have staff members from central support, Schools and the Students' Union dedicated to enhancing and maximising your experience, and can offer support and guidance on anything from finance to academic guidance.

I’m interested. What next?

Take a look through the next pages to find out more information on if you can apply, and how to. More detailed information about the University, Salford, and academic matters is on the ‘More Information’ tab.

Before you apply you must ensure that you are eligible to study at the University of Salford.

To be eligible for an Erasmus+ exchange you must be a citizen of one of the EU Member states or citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway, or be a registered student at a participating Erasmus institution.

Your University which you are a registered student at also needs to be a partner of Salford.

  1. Check the Partner List to see if we have an Erasmus+ Agreement with your University in your subject of study
  2. The table is ordered alphabetically by country, so find your country first, then find your institution. Once you have found your institution, then you can see the School and Subject Area which has an agreement with your institution.

The University of Salford can only accept applications from partner universities which have complete and valid inter-institutional agreements.

We cannot accept students from universities where the agreements are not fully signed and completed, or when the agreement is not expanded to your subject area.

We do not accept ‘pre-agreements’, where we receive an application based upon an agreement being signed at a later date.

If you do not see your university in the above list you will need to speak to your home university about alternative destinations as it will not be possible to come to Salford.

University of Salford Modules

For the majority of situations, you will be allowed to study the same modules that are available to regular Salford students. However, some Schools may have restrictions in place.

Please go on to the Course List A-Z on the main website, and click on the course that either matches or closely matches what you currently study at your home institution. Then click on course details and view what modules we offer in the year that you are studying in.

Please note that the majority of Schools update their courses annually, and some modules may even change or get removed. Furthermore, timetables and class schedules are not released until close to the start of the semester.

It is important to ensure that you are studying at an appropriate level of study. Most of our undergraduate degrees consist of three years, and most Erasmus students pick year 2 modules. Year 3 is the highest level of study, so if you are picking a year 3 module, please ensure that you are at the level required for these modules.

Make sure that the University of Salford’s academic calendar aligns with your home university’s calendar.

If you have any questions about the modules, please email erasmus@salford.ac.uk and we will direct you to the contact for the subject area you are interested in.

Language Modules

If you would like to study a language during your time at Salford, we offer the University Wide Language Programme. Through this programme, you can choose to learn Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

If you would like to know more, or book on to a course, please go to the Salford Languages website, or contact salfordlanguages@salford.ac.uk

A nomination is your home university 'approving' you to come to study at Salford. At the same time, nominations allow the two universities to manage the number of students going in both directions and keep the numbers to a specified amount.

You must be selected and nominated by your home institution before you apply - this process should be completed before the start of the application window or as early as possible during the window.

Nominations must be submitted by your home university's International Office using our online form.

The deadline for Full Year or Trimester 1 Nominations is April 1st.

The deadline for Trimester 2 Nominations is October 15th.

Once you receive formal notification that your nomination has been accepted by the relevant School here at Salford, you will be able to complete our online application form - please see Step 2.

Please note: your application will not be considered if we have not received a valid nomination from your home university's International Office.

Application Form

The application window for Spring semester applications is now open.

Please apply through the application form.

Application Reviewing Procedure

Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by the International Exchanges and Study Abroad Assistant along with a chosen academic in the School who will review your application on the following basis:

  • if a valid and completed Erasmus+ Inter-Institutional Agreement exists between Salford and your home institution;
  • if the agreement facilities the course you want to study; 
  • if you are doing a creative course then the tutors will review your portfolio;
  • if there is an agreeable balance of outgoing and incoming students - Salford reserves the right to reject your application if there is a potential significant imbalance of students coming from your institution and Salford students going to your institution;
  • if the academic tutor in the department approves based upon the subject areas you want to study.

We generally accept the vast majority of applications with our partners, so we only reject in very rare circumstances.

This can sometimes be a lengthy process as we can get a high volume of applications – so it doesn’t harm to speak to the tutor well ahead of time and make yourself known to them, and apply early.

Deadline

The deadline for Full Year or Semester 1 Applications is May 1st.

The deadline for Semester 2 only applications is November 1st.

Please note: once the deadline has passed we will be unable to accept any more applications – they will be rejected immediately.

Application Results

If you are accepted then you will be sent an acceptance letter, and your tutor will be in touch to confirm your module selections.

Please allow up to one month after the deadline closes before a decision is made. If it has been longer than this then please contact us, otherwise please be patient as we recieve a large volume of applications.

At this stage, please complete and sign your learning agreement. This is important as it ensures that you understand our module system and that you know what modules you are doing here, and that you do not have any problems when you register and start classes.

International (non-EU citizen) students

If you are a non-EU student studying at one of our Erasmus+ partner institutions, and want to study at Salford, then you must send us certain documents and pass minimum requirements in order to study here. This is because of United Kingdom Immigration policy, and you will not be able to come and study here without these requriements.

  1. If you are applying for a Tier 4 Visa, then please send us a United Kingdom Visas and Immigration IELTS Certificate (UKVI IELTS). No other form of English certification will be accepted. If you are applying for a Short-Term Study Visa, a state English qualification will suffice.
  2. A scanned copy of the photograph page of a valid/current passport
  3. Highest qualification certificate/transcript

All documents must be in English.

If you are an EU/EEA citizen then you do not have to pass these requirements.

For more information regarding Tier 4 Visas and the CAS process, please see the Immigration and Visas website.

All information about Visas are on our AskUS website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/askus/immigration-visas/other-types-of-visa

  • EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who are participating in the Erasmus+ exchange programme will require a full passport or valid national ID card in order to enter the UK. This will enable you to reside in the United Kingdom for up to one year.
  • All other students (non-EU/EEA/Swiss) will need a visa to study in the United Kingdom. If you are studying in Salford for 6 months you have to apply for a Short-term study visa. Non-EU students coming on exchange for the full academic year must apply for the Tier 4 Student Visa.

If you are a non-EU student, you must adhere to the University's international document requirements, which are as follows:

  1. If you are applying for a Tier 4 Visa, then you must send us the International English Language Testing System for United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (IELTS for UKVI) Certificate. Please note: No other form of English certification will be accepted. Find out more information here: http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/ielts-ukvi. If you are applying for a Short-Term Study Visa, then you do not need to send UKVI IELTS, but please send us a valid English language certification.  
  2. Scanned copy of the photograph page of your passport. Passport must be in date and valid for the duration of your stay
  3. Highest qualification or transcript

All documents must be in English and be send digitally to erasmus@salford.ac.uk, in the highest quality possible.  

Full visa information can be founded on the UK Government website at www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/student-visas.

There is an NHS surcharge which applies to all non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who have required a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK. The surcharge is £150 per year of study, and NHS treatment will remain free at the point of use thereafter. Students who require a Short-Term Student Visa are exempt from the surcharge, but are not entitled to free NHS treatment.

Studying in the UK is quite different to what you are used to in your home country. This is because the UK operates under different education systems and cultures, even within the different nations in the UK.

Throughout your studies you will experience a variety of teaching methods which can vary depending upon your course of study:

Lectures often involve your tutor/lecturer delivering a presentation or talk to a large group of students who are studying the same module/course.

Seminars and tutorials are usually delivered in a more informal manner to smaller classrooms of students. Whilst your tutor will often lead the discussion, you will usually be expected to contribute to the lesson. You will likely have opportunities to discuss key issues with your tutor or classmates. On occasion your tutors may ask you to lead the discussion by delivering a short presentation or chairing a debate between your classmates.

Practical work enables you to apply the skills and concepts you have learned about in a lecture/seminar/tutorial to a real-world situation. Practical work could include laboratory sessions, field trips, design work, clinical skills or performance.

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will meet with you regularly to discuss your academic progress and give you advice and support if you are struggling with the demands of your course.

Salford uses the Blackboard Learning system which is commonly used in universities throughout the world, chances are that you will have had experience at it!

At Salford you will be expected to undertake lots of independent learning outside of your scheduled teaching hours. Although you may only have a few hours of lectures each week, the expectation is that you will use the remainder of the working day to read around your subject, reflect on a recent lecture or get to work on an essay or practical task you have been assigned.

Thankfully, there are lots of resources available to help you make the most of your independent study time, such as our Library Services and Blackboard!

The way you are assessed at Salford will depend on what your study. Your courses may be assed either by coursework or examination, or by a combination of both. It will include essays, written examinations, presentations, coursework projects, etc. Most students will be asked to submit their assignments online using Turnitin, an e-submission tool available through Blackboard.

The University has strict guidelines around the late submission of work. It is important that you submit your assignments on time or you will lose marks for that assessment.

Assignments must be submitted by 4.00pm on the deadline given to you by your tutors. Anything submitted after 4.00pm on the same day will be regarded as late and receive a five mark penalty.

You will be penalised by an additional five marks for every working day (Monday-Friday) that work is handed in late. Anything handed in more than four working days late will not be marked and receives a mark of zero.

In your assignments you must ensure that any quotes, ideas, research or designs taken from other sources gives proper credit to the original author and/or publication. To do this you need to reference your work properly. Most courses require that you use the Harvard (APA 6th) referencing standard (there are some exceptions). This will reduce the likelihood of you being accused of academic misconduct.

You will find out more about how we expect you to submit and reference your assignments when you attend your school’s induction programme before the start of term.

www.salford.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/534360/programme-handbook-b.pdf

British Undergraduate students take a maximum of 120 credits, which is considered a full workload for one year. Most modules or course units at undergraduate level are worth 20 or 10 credits. Thus, Erasmus+ students could choose six 20-credit modules or twelve 10-credit modules to make 120 credits.

  • 120 UK credits equals 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits.

You can catch up with friends at the stylish and relaxing Atmosphere Bar, run by the Students’ Union and based on campus. Sports fans will love the sports bar which features three pool tables, plasma screen TVs showing Sky Sports and a large projection screen for sports matches. The bar also hosts regular comedy nights, quizzes and other social events for you to take part in.

Those who want a quieter option can head to the comfy lounge bar which also offers a galleried area where you can people watch to your heart’s content! If you’re looking to email friends, access the internet or even get a bit of studying done in a relaxing environment, you can make use of the free wifi access.

Or try the coffee shop next door, an alcohol-free internet café with a great range of food and drinks, even “Starbucks” coffee - you can relax, surf, read and chat in a comfortable environment.

There are plenty of other cafés and restaurants on campus where you can relax with anything from a genuine “Costa” to enjoying a full range of tasty hot and cold meals, including a range of vegetarian, halal and healthy options.

Aside from our bars, cafes and restaurants, Salford Museum and Art Gallery is located on our main campus, featuring a programme of exhibitions offering an insight into the history of Salford, and the International Life Centre is perfect for socialising with colourful chill out spaces, a kitchen and an exciting programme of events with an International theme.

We have an eclectic programme of on campus Music and Arts events throughout the year which include art and design exhibitions and drama and music performances showcasing the work of our students and staff as well as professional artists.

Read more about Life at Salford

Salford is a stone throw away from Manchester, the second city of the United Kingdom. It’s reputation speaks for itself and has everything you could possibly want in a city, apart from a beach. There’s lots of opportunities for cultural and social activities including museums, theatres, cinemas, eating, and our world-famous sports teams. There are a very large number of bars and restaurants and more are popping up all around the city.

Manchester has an internationally renowned music scene and some of the best bars and clubs in the country. There are venues to suit all tastes, styles and trends – and it's all happening 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Mingle with celebrities at Deansgate Locks and Spinningfields, see live gigs in the Northern Quarter, chill out by the canal at Castlefield, go cheap and cheerful on Oxford Road and party hard in Manchester’s gay village, the Warehouse Project and the annual Parklife Festival.

Manchester's range of great venues means that you can catch shows from some of the biggest names in the business. Catch live music in every genre at Manchester Arena, Europe’s biggest indoor concert venue, the O2 Ritz, the O2 Apollo and Manchester Academy.

The Lowry Theatre, Opera House, Palace Theatre and Bridgewater Hall are busy all year round and there is a range of cinemas including HOME Manchester, an international centre for contemporary visual arts and film and comedy clubs to keep you entertained any night of the week.

For fashionistas you can find stores from high street chains, to Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, to the eclectic Afflecks Palace emporium and a multitude of vintage boutiques in the Northern Quarter. Or hop on a bus from the University and spend some time shopping at the famous Trafford Centre.

Manchester is also close to the Pennines which is a huge and beautiful national park. Hire a car and take a trip out there and you won’t regret it.

The University of Salford can provide on-campus accommodation for Erasmus students, and can offer assistance with finding accommodation off-campus.

Campus Living Villages provides our student accommodation, called 'Salford Student Village'. They offer flexible contracts and have rooms available for international students. Go to: www.salfordstudentvillage.com for more information or contact them on 0161 669 5750 or email salford@clvuk.com. You will only be able to apply to our student accommodation once you have been approved and have been issued a student ID.

Please note that accommodation on campus is not guaranteed for Erasmus students, and availability is usually very low.

The largest student population in Europe lives in Manchester – so you won’t be short of places to rent if you cannot live in our University accommodation. If you wish to make your own arrangements for private accommodation, please visit www.manchesterstudenthomes.com or call 0161 275 7680 for details of accredited properties in Salford and Manchester.

Studying or working abroad is a guaranteed way to completely change your time at University. It’s a life-changing experience that will prepare you for life like nothing else. Study abroad isn’t the same as a ‘gap year’ or a ‘year out’, but an integral part of your student experience at University, and any employer or industry you go in to, will value your time abroad very highly, and you will too.

This section is concerned with Erasmus, the exchange programme under the governance of the European Commission.

The University of Salford offers the Semester Study Abroad scheme where you can study here for a semester on a fee-paying basis. For more information go here:

We also offer bilateral international exchanges by department, so please contact the programme administrator in the department you wish to study in to see if there is an agreement.

The University of Salford follows a term system that consists of three semesters per academic year.

Erasmus students can study at Salford either in semester 1 or semester 2, lasting from September to January or February to May, respectively.

Incoming Erasmus students can take the majority of modules offered in their department of choice.

There may be some restrictions in terms of class size. If in doubt, email the departmental co-ordinator to find out more.

The University of Salford is proud to boast a multicultural mix of students, and is in in the Times Higher Education Top 200 Most International Universities 2016. More than 3,000 international students from over 100 countries are currently studying at the University.

Erasmus students who are an EU national are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS, but are asked for a language certificate form as part of the online application.

On the Common European Framework (CEF), we require a minimum level of B1. However, we encourage a B2 level, to fully enjoy your experience in the UK.

If you are an Erasmus applicant from outside the EU, you will need to provide a UKVI IELTS certificate.

Please see the ‘How do I apply’ tab on this page.

For semester 1 applications the deadline is May 1st.

For semester 2 applications the deadline is November 1st.

Depending on the time within the application window that you apply and the volume of applications we may receive, the time of your result may vary. We endeavour to try and notify applicants of their success as soon as possible. The application decision process is lengthy and requires liaising with other departments which can have varying levels of response times.

Erasmus students are not required to pay tuition fees to the University of Salford, however you may be still required to pay tuition fees to your home institutions.

Although not the most expensive place to live in the UK, Manchester is still a large city so room renting prices are still going to be fairly high. However, going out, groceries and transport are relatively cheap, and there are a lot of free activities to do around the city. For advice on living costs, please see the following page:

http://www.askus.salford.ac.uk/page/livingcosts

EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who are participating in the Erasmus exchange programme will require a full passport or valid national ID card in order to enter the UK. This will enable you to reside in the United Kingdom for up to one year.

All other students (non-EU/EEA/Swiss) will need a visa to study in the United Kingdom. If you are studying in Salford for 6 months you have to apply for a Short-term study visa.

Students coming on exchange for the full academic year must apply for the Tier 4 Student Visa.

Full visa information can be founded on the UK Government website at www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/student-visas.

There is a new NHS surcharge which applies to all non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who have required a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK. The surcharge is £150 per year of study, and NHS treatment will remain free at the point of use thereafter. Students who require a Short-Term Student Visa are exempt from the surcharge, but are not entitled to free NHS treatment.

The University of Salford can provide on-campus accommodation for Erasmus students, and can offer assistance with finding accommodation off-campus.

Campus Living Villages provides our student accommodation, called 'Salford Student Village'. They offer flexible contracts and have rooms available for international students. Go to: www.salfordstudentvillage.com for more information or contact them on 0161 669 5750 or email salford@clvuk.com. You will only be able to apply to our student accommodation once you have been approved and have been issued a student ID.

Please note that accommodation on campus is not guaranteed for Erasmus students, and availability is usually very low.

The largest student population in Europe lives in Manchester – so you won’t be short of places to rent if you cannot live in our University accommodation. If you wish to make your own arrangements for private accommodation, please visit www.manchesterstudenthomes.com or call 0161 275 7680 for details of accredited properties in Salford and Manchester.

When you complete your studies you will be required by your home university to fill in a Certificate of Attendance. Come to the Erasmus office and the team will be happy to fill that in for you.

All Erasmus students will be issued with an official transcript detailing your courses, grades, and credits. The University of Salford is a fully accredited institution in the UK, so in the majority of cases your credits will be transferrable to your home university.

Your transcript will be sent to you and your university through email and in the post after your time at Salford. Our examination boards meet shortly after the end of the semester to confirm grades, and then after a period of around 7-10 working days they will send the transcript. These times are dependent on what school you have studied in.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Erasmus scheme, take a look at our frequently asked questions sections but if the answer isn’t there just email erasmus@salford.ac.uk and we will try to personally help.

Study Abroad and Exchanges Team
University of Salford
Salford M5 4WT
eerasmus@salford.ac.uk
t: +44 (0) 161 295 4642

Other useful contacts & information 

The Erasmus Team will respond to you as best as we can, however some of our academic and student support colleagues may be better suited to answering your question, so we may signpost you to the following teams.

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