International Exchange for outgoing students

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Nominations for the 2021/22 academic year are subject to COVID-19 developments. Nominations and applications are expected by 5 March 2021 for all students wishing to go out in either September 2021 or January 2022. 

The International Opportunities Team is unable to approve or manage any overseas mobilities if the UK government has not lifted travel restrictions. Your health and safety is our top priority. In addition to the Student Planning Document, all students must attend a pre-departure session with the International Opportunities Team.

Studying abroad through the International Exchange programme is a great opportunity to learn new skills while experiencing student life in another country. The options for where you could travel are endless: from Australia to Canada, Hong Kong to South Korea. Wherever you travel, research your options before you apply and make sure it's the right choice for you.

Where can I go?

We have many international partners and agreements with institutions across the globe, so browse our list of universities and consider the location, university and subject area available for study. If you are interested in studying at an institution not listed, get in touch with us. We cannot guarantee that you can study with a non-partner university, but we are constantly reviewing and expanding our offering.

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Fees and funding

As a student on the International Exchange programme, you will not receive any extra funding from our University. However, you will not be required to pay any additional tuition fees to your chosen university, and will instead continue paying your fees to Salford as normal. UK/EU students undertaking a full-year study placement may be eligible for an 85% reduction of their tuition fees for the year if confirmed by the UK government for 2021-22 academic year.

There may also be registration fees that you will be required to pay.

We recommend that you consider the financial side of your trip, such as flights, a visa (where required), accommodation and living costs.

You are still entitled to your regular Student Finance loan if you currently receive it and you may also be able to claim back some of your travel expenses through the Travel Grant.

Various scholarships may be available and crowdfunding is also an option. 

Before you apply


Do your research: attend the events organised by your school and the International Opportunities Team throughout the year, and do as much research as possible to make your experience the best it can be while you’re away.


Talk to your school: your programme leader and exchange coordinator will be able to tell you if you’re eligible to study abroad, where you could go and for how long. You’ll need to get confirmation from your school before you apply.


Decide where you want to go: thoroughly research your options and make sure it’s the right choice for you. We must have an agreement already set up with your chosen institution in order for you to study there.

How do I apply?

You can raise your interest by submitting an enquiry form. We will follow up within 5 working days.

In the meantime, do your research and decide, together with your Exchange Coordinator, on a country and a partner institution where you'd like to study.

  1. Ensure you complete your Student Planning Document and this is signed by yourself and your Exchange Coordinator

  2. Send your Student Planning Document and passport to by 5 March 2021

  3. We will nominate you to your chosen institution. This cannot be done by you. The deadlines for this are set by our partner universities: usually, students due to go abroad in September are nominated around April, and those going abroad in the second trimester of their second year are nominated around October

  4. If you are accepted by your chosen institution, we will ask you to fill in an online application form with all of the required information

  5. You’ll be provided with more information and guidelines, including a Pre-Departure Booklet that you will need to complete before leaving

  6. Once we receive all of the documentation we need, you will be ready to go

Need more information?

If you have any questions or queries about the International Exchange programme, you can email us at or call us on +44 (0) 161 295 4425.

You may also want to read our 'Things to know before you go' and have a look at the Outgoing Student Handbook.