International Exchange for incoming students

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Studying in another country is a great way to broaden your knowledge, enrich your experiences and gain new skills to help you succeed beyond the classroom. At Salford, we are proud of our global connections and welcome students from across the world to study at our institution.

The International Exchange programme is for international students studying at one of our partner institutions outside of the EU. If you're an EU student, you may want to consider Erasmus+ or our Study Abroad Programme.

Your eligibility to study with us

With the International Exchange programme, you can study with us for either a trimester or a full academic year, depending on your course of study. The programme is only available to students from our non-EU partners, who are currently studying in the school that is specified in our agreement. In order to be eligible for the exchange, you must have completed at least one full year at your home institution by the time of your start date with us. Our agreement should be valid for the duration of your study period at Salford.

If your institution is included on our partnerships page, then you will be eligible to take part in this programme in the school(s) listed. Otherwise, you may want to consider applying for our Study Abroad Programme.

Choosing your modules

As a visiting student joining us for a short term, you will mostly be allowed to study the same modules that are available to our current students. However, some schools may have restrictions in place due to the nature, duration and size of certain classes.

We advise that you fully research our range of courses, to find a programme and modules that best match those you are currently studying at your home institution.

Have a look at the modules available in each school:

Please note that some modules are subject to change. Timetables and class schedules are not released until a few weeks before the start of the trimester.

Students here study a single course, i.e Drama, Biology or Business. If your course involves multiple areas of study and fits into more than one school at Salford, it may be more difficult to gain approval for your modules and fit them into a timetable.

Your module choices are discussed between yourself, your exchange coordinator at Salford and your tutor at your home institution. You will need to confirm that the credits from modules you study with us can be transferred to your studies back home. 

How to apply

Before you apply, you must be selected and nominated by your home institution. Nominations must be submitted by your home university’s International Office by completing our nomination form. If successful, you will be asked to complete an application form. See below for more information about applying to study with us.

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

Application information


At this stage, we will only require your home institution to provide us with some basic information about you, including what you are currently studying and what you would like to study with usThis information will be passed on to the relevant school and a decision will be made on whether your nomination is accepted or rejected. If your nomination is rejected, you will not be invited to complete an application form. Your nomination may be rejected for the following reasons: your chosen course is already fully booked, or your chosen course does not match your previous education.

Nomination deadlines

  • Winter semester (Trimester 1): 15 April
  • Spring semester (Trimester 2): 15 September


If your nomination is accepted, you will be asked to fill out an application form. You will also need to provide us with a copy of your passport or ID card, and an official transcript of records (a certificate issued by your university listing your course(s) and grades). An English language qualification might also be required - see Studying with us.

Your application, together with your transcript, will be reviewed by the relevant school. Our Admissions team will also check your documentation. If your application is successful, we will provide you with an acceptance letter and further information on the next steps. Your exchange coordinator will then be in touch to finalise module choices.

Please do not apply for a visa and/or book accommodation or flights until you receive an official acceptance letter from us.

Application deadlines

  • Winter semester (Trimester 1): 15 April - 2 May
  • Spring semester (Trimester 2): 26 September - 3 October

Status of your application

  1. We receive your nomination from the International Office at your home institution
  2. Your nomination is forwarded to the relevant school for approval/rejection
  3. We'll inform you of the outcome of your nomination. If your nomination is accepted, you will start discussing module choices with your Exchange Coordinator and invited to complete an application form
  4. Your application is forwarded to the relevant exchange coordinator for approval/rejection
  5. If your application has been accepted by the exchange coordinator, we will pass on your details and documentation to the Admissions team
  6. If the Admissions team are satisfied with all the information and documentation provided, your details will be logged onto our system and you will be assigned a student ID number
  7. We will generate an official acceptance letter for you, including your student ID number
  8. You can now book your flights and accommodation
  9. Your Exchange Coordinator will contact you a few weeks before the start of the trimester to finalise module choices

While we endeavour to process all the applications as soon as possible, please note that due to the high volume of submissions, the process may take up to 6 weeks.


How many modules will I take?

A regular undergraduate course requires three modules to be studied per trimester.

What if I need to take an additional module?

You may need to study an extra module to meet the requirements of your course at your home institution. If this is the case, let us know so that we can try and make the necessary arrangements.

How do I find accommodation?

Our accommodation is managed by our accommodation partners Campus Living Villages (CLV), and there are two options for you to choose from: Peel Park Quarter, or John Lester and Eddie Colman Courts. Please note that accommodation on campus is not guaranteed for all visiting students due to very high demand. You will only be able to apply for student accommodation once you have been officially accepted and provided with an acceptance letter containing your student ID.

For more information about our accommodation, as well as living off-campus, visit our accommodation page.

We strongly advise that you do not sign a contract or pay any money until you have viewed any private accommodation in person.

Where I can find more information about pre-arrival arrangements?

Please have a look at our Welcome Guide.

Need more information?

For more information about our International Exchange programme, contact our team.