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International Exchanges

Our International Exchange programme is open to students either coming from or going to one of our International Exchange partner institutions. Students partaking in this programme can study for either a semester or a full year, depending on their course of study.

Incoming Students

Are you thinking of joining Salford through our International Exchanges programme? If so, it 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. Our agreement should be valid for the duration of your study period at Salford.

Please note that in order to be considered for our International Exchange, your home institution will likely have a selection process of their own.

Your home institution will send your details through to us, so that we can pass on the enquiry to the relevant School - please check the 'application' section below.

Nominations

Before you apply, you must be selected and nominated by your home institution. A nomination is your home university 'approving' you to come to study at Salford. At the same time, nominations allow the universities to manage the number of students being exchanged in both directions and keep the numbers to the specified amount.

Nominations must be submitted by your home university's International Office by emailing studyabroad@salford.ac.uk. At this stage, we will only require some basic information about you, what you are studying and what you would like to do here at Salford. This 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, your chosen course does not match your previous education, etc.

Deadlines:

Full Year or Trimester 1 - 1st April

Trimester 2 - 15th October

Please note that a successful nomination does not automatically mean that your application will be accepted.

Applications

If your nomination is accepted, you will be asked to fill out an application form. This must be submitted using our online form. While completing the application, you will also be asked to provide us with a copy of your passport or identity card and an official transcript of records (i.e. an official certificate issued by your university and listing of all the courses you have taken and relevant grades). If you are a non-EU student staying for the whole academic year, you will also be asked 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 all parties are satisfied with your application and documentation, we will provide you with an acceptance letter and further information on the next steps. Your Link Tutor will then be in touch to discuss module choices.

Deadlines:

Full Year or Trimester 1 - 1st May

Trimester 2 - 1st November

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

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 will inform you of the outcome of your nomination.
  4. If your nomination is accepted, you will receive an email from us with a link to our online application form.
  5. Your application is forwarded to the relevant Link Tutor for approval/rejection.
  6. We will inform you of the outcome of your application.
  7. If your application has been accepted by the Link Tutor, we will pass on your details and documentation to the admissions team.
  8. If the admissions team is 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.
  9. We will generate an official acceptance letter for you, including your student ID number.
  10. You can now book your flights and accommodation.
  11. Your Link Tutor will contact you a few weeks before the start of the trimester to discuss module choices.

You are able to study at Salford for either a single semester or a full year, this is often up to you and your homet institution. The exchange agreements we have either cover one School, or multiple Schools and are mainly for undergraduate students.

In order to study at Salford, you will have to choose modules similar to those which you would be studying at your home institution. There may be some modules unavailable to you as an exchange student, depending on your pre-requisite knowledge of the subject area. It is important you try and make sure that the modules you choose will be transferable to your studies when you return home, so we recommend you check the courses and modules we offer on our course finder.

Specific module options are discussed between yourselves, your Link Tutor, and your tutor at your home institution. If your application is accepted, you will either be provided with your Link Tutor's contact details, or they will get in touch with you. It is important that these discussions take place in order to transfer the credits from the modules you study at Salford to your studies back home. You will often be asked 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.

Students at Salford study a single course i.e. Drama, Biology or Business. If your course comprises of multiple areas of study, and spans more than one University of Salford School, it will be more difficult to gain approval for your modules and fit them in to a timetable.

How many modules will I take?

A regular undergraduate course would require 3 modules to be studied per semester.

What if I need to take a fourth module?

You may be required to study an extra module from your home institution to satisfy your course, if this is the case let us know so that we can try and make the necessary arrangements.

Outgoing Students

Studying abroad through the International Exchange programme is a fantastic opportunity for any student. You have the chance to immerse yourself in the culture of a new continent, country, city and University. There are many options available to you, and it is the perfect time to expand on your international awareness and experience.

Our agreements with our partners have limited numbers, and we therefore make sure we send those who will best represent the University. Your tutors have to grant you permission to study abroad, and there is then an application process for you to go through both at Salford and your host institution.

It is important to note before applying that as a student on the International Exchange programme, you do not receive any extra funding from the University. You will not be charged for any tuition fees at your chosen University and will continue with your fees to Salford, but there may be some registration fees.

As your host institution will be a long distance away, we recommend you consider the financial side of your trip, including but not limited to:

  • Flights
  • Visa (where required)
  • Accommodation
  • Living costs

You are still eligible for your regular Student Finance if you receive it, and you may also be able to claim back some travel expenses through the Travel Grant. You can find out more about this on the gov.uk website.

Before you apply 

Do your research! Both the Study Abroad and Exchanges Team and your School will organise events and information sessions throughout the academic year. These can be in the form of a pop-up stand in various buildings across campus or presentations for your class. You will find out about these events and sessions either via email or the Student Communications channel, so keep your eyes peeled! Do not worry if you cannot attend these, you can contact us directly and arrange a one-to-one sessions with one of the team. 

Talk to your School. Your Programme Leader and Link Tutor should be your first point of contact for all academic matters. They will be able to provide you with some information on whether you are eligible to study abroad, where you could go and how long for. You are required to get confirmation from your Link Tutor before you apply, and we will check they are happy for you to go abroad.

Decide where you want to go. This is one of the most important parts of the process, and we recommend you thoroughly research your options. We must have an agreement already set up in order for you to be able to study at the host institution on an exchange. Take a look at our International Exchange partners

Apply

1. Ensure that you have a permission form signed by your Link Tutor.

2. Complete your online application form with all the required information. Leave yourself around 30 minutes to finish the application.

3. Your application is reviewed and either approved or rejected based on whether there is an agreement in the area of study, and the agreement has capacity for your mobility (level and duration of study). If you are from the School of Arts & Media, you will be invited to an interview to confirm your eligibility for going abroad.

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

5. If your application is successful, we will nominate you to your chosen institution. Please note this cannot be done by you.

6. We will be informed of the institutions decision. If you are accepted, they will email you further instructions to complete their application process (this varies for every institution). If your application is rejected, we will let you know and inform you of the reasons.

It is essential that before you go, you are completely prepared for all possibilities. 

A few points for you to follow:

  • Follow the application process and complete and required paperwork;
  • Attend any pre-departure sessions offered;
  • Research your destination city and University;
  • Check that you passport is valid, and you can comply with any visa requirements;
  • Ensure you have accommodation prepared for your arrival;
  • Know the details for your orientation including how, when and where to register with the University;
  • Inform your bank that you will be going abroad;
  • Make and book the necessary travel arrangements;
  • Have copies of important documents that you may need such as your passport, visa, driving license, bank cards, acceptance letter etc.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have provided your host institution with all of the information and documents they have asked for, and that you have done this within the allotted time frame. We would advise you to keep copies of anything you may have sent them for your own records.

It is important that you remember to get a transcript from your host institution, so that on your return to Salford we can transfer the credits you have received while abroad. If you are unable to get this before you leave, you should be able to request one upon your return.

Studying abroad provides you with such an incredible opportunity, and we want to make sure that you understand how it can be beneficial for you in the future. We would suggest that you organise to meet with our Work & Careers team who will be able to provide support on transferring everything you have learnt and achieved onto your CV.

You can also stay international when you return, as Manchester has its own International Society where you can meet other students, attend events and go on trips. There are also international groups you can meet with at the University, and you could even become friends with incoming exchange students.

Contact the Study Abroad and Exchanges Team