International Exchange for outgoing students

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Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and global health crisis, as confirmed by senior management (who are meeting regularly to discuss the University of Salford operations in light of the current situation), it is with great sadness that we inform you that ALL mobilities (short-term, summer schools, Erasmus+ for studies and/or training and International Exchanges) due to start this summer/September 2020 and for the remainder of 2020 are cancelled. As always, we strongly recognise the importance that all students benefit from an international experience, however our priority will always be the safety and security of the community.

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 are eligible for an 85% reduction of their tuition fees for the year; non-EU students undertaking a full year study placement are eligible for a 50% reduction of their tuition fees for the 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 GrantIn addition to the Travel Grant, there are various scholarships and funding opportunities you may be eligible for.

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 also need to get confirmation from your exchange coordinator 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 also have an agreement already set up in order for you to study at the host institution on an exchange.

How do I apply?

Once you’ve done your research and decided, together with your exchange coordinator, on a country and institution, you'll need to get in touch with the International Opportunities Team.

  1. Ensure that you have a permission form signed by your Exchange Coordinator.

  2. Complete the Student Planning Document.

  3. Send your permission form, Student Planning Document and passport to

  4. Fill in your online application form with all of the required information. This should take around 30 minutes to complete.

  5. Your application will then be reviewed and either approved or rejected, based on whether there is an agreement in the area of study, and that the agreement has capacity for your level and duration of study.

  6. You will be informed of the outcome of your application via email.

  7. If your application is successful, 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 semester of their second year are nominated around October.

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 information on health and safety while you’re abroad.