International Exchange for incoming students

Student enjoying lunch in Home Sweet Home café

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and global health crisis, all incoming mobility (both physical and virtual) due to start throughout the 2020/21 academic year is cancelled. We hope that we are able to welcome you to Salford again in the 2021/22 academic year.

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, were 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.

Students holding a European passport should note that immigration rules, as well as working and studying regulations, are expected to remain the same for the whole duration of the Brexit transition period (ending 31 December 2020). For further information, please visit askUS.

Your eligibility to study with us

With the International Exchange programme, you can study with us for either a semester 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

We have an extensive module catalogue offering nearly 900 modules for you to choose from. 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. You’ll also need to complete a Learning Agreement, so that both institutions are aware of the modules you are intending to take and that they have been approved.

There may be some modules unavailable to you as an exchange student, depending on your existing knowledge. 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.

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 emailing 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

  • If you apply to study for a full academic year or trimester 1, you must submit your nomination information ahead of the 1 May 2020 application deadline.
  • If you apply to study for trimester 2, you must submit your nomination information ahead of the 1 October 2020 application deadline.


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).  If you are a non-EU student applying to study with us for a full academic year, you'll also need to submit a copy of your English language certification.

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 discuss module choices.

Please do not book accommodation or flights until you receive an official acceptance letter from us.

Application deadlines

  • If you apply to study for a full academic year or trimester 1: 1 May 2020
  • If you apply to study for trimester 2: 1 October 2020

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 receive an email from us with a link to our online 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 discuss 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.

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Need more information?

For more information about our International Exchange programme, contact our team by emailing or phone us on +44 (0) 161 295 4425. 


How many modules will I take?

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

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.