United Kingdom

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UK visa rules stipulate that all non-UK or European Union citizens must have a valid student visa to undertake an exchange period. Depending on your nationality you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival at a UK airport, however many nationalities require applying for a visa in advance. Regardless of how you obtain a visa you will need a visa support letter from your host university.

Students going to the UK for programs of more than six months must apply for a Tier 4 (general) student visa. You will be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies statement by your host university to apply for your visa. Australian and New Zealand citizens applying for the Tier 4 must pay a £200 Immigration Health Surcharge as part of their visa application.

Students going to the UK for programs of less than six months can apply for a Tier 4 (general) student visa or a short-term study visa.  The short-term study visa is the simpler and cheaper option for entering the UK however the visa cannot be extended and no work can be undertaken (paid or unpaid) while in the UK.

Students who are not nationals of a majority English-speaking country must meet the UK Border Agency language requirements. Be sure to read general information about studying in the UK.

Understanding UK semesters

The academic year in the UK starts in September/October. Students wanting to exchange for two semesters must commence in Monash semester 2.
Monash semester 2 is equivalent to semester 1, term 1 or Autumn in the UK. Monash semester 1 is equivalent to semester 2, term 2, term 2 and 3, winter, spring or spring/summer in the UK.

Minimum grade requirements

Partner universities in the UK require students to meet minimum grade requirements to be eligible for nomination. Some partner universities require a WAM average, others require a GPA - both of which can be found at the bottom of your study statement available on WES.  Please note that the grade requirements listed for the universities below are the minimum, and due to competition, students may need higher than what is stated to receive a nomination. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, please select another partner university or host country.

University of Warwick

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate only
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Autumn term: late September – mid December
  • Spring term: early January – late March
  • Summer term: mid-April – early July

Full time study load: 120 CATS points per year or 48 for autumn term or 72 for Autumn/Spring or Spring/Summer double terms. Individual modules range from six – 30 CATS, with full year module being 30 CATS.
Other: Monash students can go to Warwick for one term only Autumn or Spring term, or a full year commencing in September only. Students cannot go for Summer term alone. Monash students can select modules from a maximum of two departments (not faculties) at Warwick.
Monash higher travel grant partner: Students going to University of Warwick on exchange will receive a higher travel grant.

About the University of Warwick

Situated on 700 acres of lakes and woodland which straddles the boundary between the City of Coventry and the County of Warwickshire, the University of Warwick is located on the outskirts of Coventry, 5.5 km southwest of the city centre. The university has three campuses, all within walking distance of each other.

The Warwick Arts Centre, a significant part of the University of Warwick includes an art gallery, a theatre, a concert hall and a cinema, which comprised make it the second largest arts centre in the UK. Bill Clinton chose Warwick as the venue for his last major foreign policy address as US President in December 2000.

In February 2012 Warwick and Monash announced the establishment of a strategic partnership, including the creation of 10 joint senior academic posts, new dual master's and joint doctoral degrees, and co-ordination of research programmes. This partnership benefits students by increased funding opportunities and student ambassador programs.

The specifics

Study Abroad at Warwick is a comprehensive introduction to the world of Warwick, as well as an overview of each of the departments in the four schools. For more detailed information on individual modules, use the Module Browser. For any further information or advice, contact the relevant International Student Supports.

In addition to the orientation week, there are several international student events and trips that take place throughout the year.

Accommodation options in Warwick are both on and off campus, and students can choose which best serves their needs. There are many options for on campus accommodation, and most are within close proximity to all the university facilities. Off campus accommodation is available in nearby Coventry, Leamington Spa and Kenilworth. Read up on the handbooks, regulations and application procedures.

One semester only exchanges

Warwick operates on a term basis, with offerings changing each term and per department. Not all departments offer one semester exchanges (part-year study) as modules are often taught for a full year commencing Monash semester 2 (Autumn term).

Once you have determined if your department(s) offer part-year exchanges check each department's specific module offerings for the term(s) you are attending.

  • Global Sustainable Development modules available in Monash semester 1 (Spring term) are GD107, GD204-15, GD304-15, GD303. Further information can be found here
  • Mathematics students can only attend in Monash semester 1 (Spring & Summer terms) or full year
  • Politics and international studies students will have a greater number of module options if they attend in Monash semester 2 (Autumn term) or full year however the following options may be available in Monash semester 1 (Spring term): PO132, PO133, PO240, PO241, QS106.
  • Engineering students can only attend in Monash semester 1 (Spring & Summer terms) or full year
  • IT students can only attend in Monash semester 1 (Spring & Summer terms) or full year
  • Life Sciences students can only attend in Monash semester 1 (Spring & Summer terms) or full year
  • Science students should exchange for the full year for best study options.

Glasgow School of Art

Faculties: Art, Design and Architecture only
Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.0
Semester dates:

  • Term one: late September – mid December
  • Term two: early January – late March
  • Term three: late April – mid June

Full time study load: 20 ECTS in studio/departmental work and five ECTS in FoCI (Forum for Critical Inquiry). 60 ECTS for full year.
Other: Entry to GSA is highly competitive. Monash students can commence in Monash semester two only for term one or the full year.

About the Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) has since its establishment in 1845, become an internationally respected name in arts and design, having produced three Turner Prize recipients, among scores of renowned and respected creative minds. The university is spread across three campuses – Mackintosh building, Sky Park, in Finnieston and Garnethill campuses, which house the GSA's architecture, fine art and design faculties.

Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde in Scotland's West Central Lowlands, and is one of the country's largest and most important seaports. Unsurprisingly, Glasgow has been dubbed European City of Culture – and is home to some of Europe's largest and most prestigious theatres, galleries, museums and libraries, as well as a bustling nightlife, with many live music venues.

The specifics

Art, Design and Architecture students wishing to do their study abroad at the GSA should consult the courses available for visiting students, within their respective fields of specialisation. Study at the GSA is done through one of three Schools: Fine Art, Design, and the Mackintosh School of Architecture. The focus of all courses is studio practice, and individual tuition.

The international student guide is a great way to familiarise yourself with the introductory details to Glaswegian life, such as arrivals and location, transport, living costs and the various student support services available to you.

It is highly advised that you have some form of accommodation (no matter how temporary) arranged prior to arriving in Glasgow. GSA does not own any student residences; however there are some student halls run by UNITE. Alternatively, as part of the orientation program, GSA also runs two flat-renting workshops, which will assist you in renting privately.

King's College London

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement:
GPA 3.5
Semester dates:

  • Fall semester: mid September – mid December
  • Spring semester: early January – early June

Full time study load:

  • 60 King's college London credits per semester (usually four x 15 credits)
  • 120 credits per year (usually eight x 15, four x 30 or a combination)
  • The equivalent of a 15 King's College London credit module at Monash is a six-credit module.

Other: Law students must study for a full year, commencing in Monash semester two. Most other students can start in either Monash semester one but King's departments offer some modules as year-long modules only. Monash students cannot study in the summer term only. Due to the limited number of spots only students taking Law modules may study for a full year.

About King's College London

In the very heart of London, is King's College, the third-oldest university in England, which was founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington in 1829. The campus is located across four Thames-side campuses in central London and another in Denmark Hill, South London. You can take a virtual tour throughout each of the campuses and see all the facilities Kings has to offer. As such, King's location places you within close proximity to all of London's historical and cultural offerings such as the Tate Modern, the National Gallery, Wimbledon, and the Thames River.

Times Higher Education has ranked King's consistently within the top 100 universities in the world, and in both 2011 and 2012, it was placed 56th and 57th respectively. King's is internationally renowned for its healthcare education faculties, as well as humanities and law.

The specifics

For courses listings available to incoming exchange students, browse through your respective program and search under the Module Catalogue. Exchange students are offered a fully integrated program in which they will partake in normal King's classes with local students.

All exchange students are eligible for King's student housing, however depending on levels of demand, there may be limited options. International students will mostly likely be placed within one of the Intercollegiate Halls. Most are self-catered, furnished and vary between single and double rooms. Most accommodation options are within relative proximity to the university grounds. Other options include student halls owned by housing company UNITE, or renting privately. For those interested in renting, King's staff can assist you in securing rentals, but you should consult the sources as listed in the 'My Housing' brochure.

For all other information, students should consult the FAQs or the Study Abroad handbook.

Lancaster University

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate only
Minimum grade requirement:
WAM 65 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Michaelmas term: early October – mid December
  • Lent term: mid January – mid March
  • Summer term: mid April – late June

Full time study load:

  • 60-64 ECTS credits per year.
  • Michaelmas term – 24 ECTS credits.
  • Lent and summer terms 32 – 40 ECTS credits.

About Lancaster University

Lancaster University is located just outside of Lancaster city in, Lancashire, in the far north-eastern corner of England. Established after the Second World War, as higher education became an important concern of government, coping with an expanding population and technological advancements. Lancaster was one of seven new 'plateglass' universities established between 1958 and 1961 with modern technological designs.

The Bailrigg campus buildings are located within parkland settings, upon a hilltop, and the lower slopes contain the Carter Lake duck pond and sports fields. All the campus buildings are arranged around a central footpath known as 'the Spine', which runs from the north to south. You can walk the Spine on a virtual tour of the campus or peruse through on the 3D campus map.

Lancaster is a historic city and offers a wealth of contemporary cultural activity. The city has managed to preserve many models of Georgian architecture, and Lancaster Castle, the Priory Church of St. Mary and the Edwardian Ashton Memorial are all significant historical sites around the city. Lancaster is one hour's train ride from Manchester, two hours from Edinburgh and three hours from London.

The specifics

The university has published a Study Abroad Handbook, which lists all the courses available to international students, across all faculties. Lancaster prides itself on its focus on independent research and learning, as well as feedback and assessment procedures.

Lancaster is a collegiate university, and has undergraduate colleges of which all undergraduate students are members. Colleges are essentially halls of residence; however they are each distinctive individual communities with independent administration, student executives, social scene and facilities.

The Accommodation Office looks after the registration of incoming exchange students, who are guaranteed a single study bedroom on campus provided all deadlines are met. The Resident's Handbook details the rights and responsibilities of students, and you can browse through the photo gallery to see inside the colleges.

Nottingham Trent University

Faculties: Arts and Business and Economics only
Level: Undergraduate – limited units available for some postgraduate students
Minimum grade requirement:
WAM 65 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Semester one: early October – early February
  • Semester two: mid February – early June

Full time study load: 60 credits per semester (usually two to three modules)
Other: Monash students can undertake units from one faculty or the other but not both. Monash students can commence in Monash semester two only – see Nottingham Trent term dates. Third year units are often difficult to gain faculty approval, so please keep this in mind when selecting units.

About Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom with around 24,000 students split over three different campuses, the City campus, Clifton and Brackenhurst. The university is a relatively new institution, having been founded in 1992 from the existing Nottingham Polytechnic. NTU has established links with a number of UK and multinational companies including Microsoft, Toyota, Boots, Experian and Rolls Royce.

Nottingham is renowned for its associations with the mythical Robin Hood, as well as its pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution. Located in the East Midlands of England, Nottingham has gained itself a reputation as a sporting destination, housing the National Ice Centre, the National Water Sports Centre, a world-famous Test cricket ground and two professional football teams.

The specifics

The NTU Virtual Open Day is the best way to figure your way around the university and its campus. Here you can take a tour around Nottingham and all three campus grounds, seek student advice, finances, as well as browse the facilities and accommodation options.

Student exchanges are run through the Arts and Humanities Faculty and they have published a Handbook for exchange students detailing available unit descriptions and electives.

NTU guarantees international students on campus accommodation so long as all application deadlines are met. You can browse through your accommodation options across the three campuses, or alternatively, you can rent privately in Nottingham.

Outside of study time, NTU also advocates student involvement in sports and fitness, volunteering and community services as well as a range of student run societies.

Queen Mary University of London

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 65 per cent
Semester dates:

  • First Semester: mid September – mid December
  • Second Semester: early January – late March

Full time study load: Usually four x 15 credit point units per semester

About Queen Mary University of London
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) attracts some of the brightest minds from across the country and the world. Recent successes in many important league tables confirm our place amongst the global elite. Queen Mary is proud of its rich history in academic research. The work of their academics is recognised as world-leading and makes a genuine impact on society. This means students work alongside experts in their fields. The university is located in central London, and just one tube stop away from Stratford - home to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Westfield Stratford City, Europe’s largest urban shopping complex. Students also get to enjoy the delights of trendy east London. Whether you’re heading to the fashionable bars of Shoreditch, browsing independent designer stalls at Spitalfields Market, relaxing in the tranquillity of Victoria Park or enjoying a curry on the world-famous Brick Lane, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

The specifics
Units on offer can be found through QMUL’s course finder engine. On-campus accommodation is available in the student village at the Mile End campus, and further off-campus options are also on offer. A comprehensive guide on what to expect when arriving at Queen Mary University of London provides answers to commonly asked questions about the university. Please note: students must obtain health insurance prior to commencing studies.

University of Bradford

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement:
WAM 65 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Semester one: late September – mid January
  • Semester two: mid January – late May

Full time study load: 60 credits per semester (usually six modules)

About the University of Bradford

The University of Bradford sits in West Yorkshire, in Northern England, situated in the foothills of the Pennines low-lying mountain range. Bradford is an innovative institution dedicated to environmental sustainability and the pioneering of Peace Studies. In 2005, Bradford committed £84 million to the development of the world's first 'Ecoversity' – a move to markedly reduce its environmental footprint by reducing waste, using sustainable materials, and making sustainability a core value in every facet of the university's operations. Unsurprisingly, the university has won the 'Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development' in The Times Higher Education Awards in 2009 and 2010, as well as the International Sustainable Campus Network Awards for Impact Category. The Green is an accommodation student village on-campus and has the highest ever BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating for any building. Take a virtual tour of the campus grounds.

Bradford was also the first British University to establish a Department of Peace Studies, which is currently the world's largest university centre for the study of peace and conflict. The Department has an internationally recognised reputation as a centre of excellence in peace research, international relations, security studies, conflict resolution and development and peace studies.

The specifics

The International Student Guide will take you through all the know-hows of living in Bradford, accommodation, living costs, student supports, as well as an introduction to each of the six faculties. You can also browse through the units offered to exchange students, which will give you an overview of what you can study each semester.

To aid you in finding housing, a Temporary Accommodation Desk is run from The Hub during orientation and can answer any questions or help you seek private rental accommodation. Accommodation on campus for exchange students is guaranteed provided that their accommodation application form is received by the deadlines. The Green is the university's flagship in sustainable living and the main residence for undergraduate students, while Vernon Barnby Hall as part of the School of Management is reserved for postgraduates.

University of East Anglia

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate students – limited units available for postgraduate students
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Semester one: late September – mid December
  • Semester two: mid January – late May

Full time study load: 60 UCUs per semester (usually three units)
Other: Law and Management offers only full year units, commencing only in Monash semester two. Monash students are unable to study Physical Education or Education modules.

About the University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia (UEA) sits on the outskirts of Norwich. The UEA adopted the city's motto of independence – 'do different' and is has gained an international reputation for its Master's creative writing programme; founded by Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson, and whose graduates include Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan.

The campus has also hosted a range of other big names, as the Student Union run LCR venue on campus, and the Waterfront venue in the city have seen Lily Allen, Calvin Harris, The Killers, The Ting Tings, The Enemy, The Streets, Primal Scream, Jack Penate, Maximo Park, MGMT, Noah and the Whale, Foals and the Futureheads all perform live.

The UEA has a virtual campus tour, where you can peruse around the university grounds, lecture theatres and libraries, as well as through the streets of Norwich itself.

The specifics

Incoming exchange students are welcomed to study almost all the UEA's of 23 schools of study, with the exception of Physical Education and Education, and you can read unit descriptions in the course catalogue.

UEA guarantees campus accommodation to all exchange students in a study abroad programme, so long as all applications are received by the Accommodation Office before the listed deadlines. You can have a look through the accommodation options across the many on campus residence houses, as well as some in the city itself.

University of Essex

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate students
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 65 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Autumn Term: early October – mid December
  • Spring and summer Terms: mid January – late June

Full time study load: 60 credits per semester (usually four modules)
Other: Exchange students can go for either autumn term or spring and summer terms together but not for spring or summer terms alone. All exams, even for half year modules, are held in Summer term only so Monash students who to go for Monash Semester two (i.e. Essex Autumn term) only will have to complete special assessment tasks to receive grades for their modules.

About the University of Essex

Across three campuses in Wivanhoe Park, Southend-on-Sea and Loughten, the University of Essex was one of the many universities established post-war in the 1960s around England. Located just outside of Colchester, which was been suggested to be England's oldest town, students enjoy a learning environment surrounded by 200 acres of beautiful parkland, just an hour outside London.

You can take a virtual tour of the Colchester university grounds, facilities and accommodation options, as well as those at Southend-on-Sea, the campus located in the seaside resort town.

The specifics

The Study Abroad Office has been admitting international exchange students since the late 1970s, and now welcomes upwards of 300 students per year.

A search into the module directory will determine what classes are available for your course. The university also allows for students to take optional modules outside of their faculty, within certain limits. Students should consult Academic Information before selecting units.

All exchange students studying for an entire academic year will be allocated university accommodation. Most rooms will be in single bedroom and on campus. The majority of the accommodation provided is in flats or houses and kitchen facilities are shared. Over half of university accommodation has en-suite facilities. See Accommodation Essex for more details on the range of housing options available.

University of Exeter

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate only
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Semester one: late September/early October – January
  • Semester two: January – mid June

Full time study load: 60 credits per semester (usually four modules)

About the University of Exeter

The University of Exeter enjoys an internationally renowned reputation, having been named the Sunday Times University of the Year 2013 and was the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2007. Since 2010, the university has consistently been named within the top 200 universities in the world by Times Higher Education's World University Rankings.

Located in Exeter, Devon, the main campus is situated in Streatham and sits on a hillside looking down across Exeter city centre. The campus has been renowned for its beautiful landscaping and excellent views, as well as its investments into the arts. There are several galleries on campus, including the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture. A sculpture walk, which spans the campus grounds, includes pieces by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. St. Luke's Campus is just two kilometres from the larger Streatham campus, and a ten-minute walk from the centre of Exeter.

The specifics

Exchange students are able to choose any of the modules from across Exeter's five colleges, provided that prerequisite requirements have been fulfilled. The International Office can assist you in planning your study program for your time abroad. Further information can be found within the FAQs.

Both catered and self catered accommodation options are available to students, but accommodation is not guaranteed. There is a range of different halls and you can make an informed decision by taking a virtual tour of the residences. Read the FAQs or information on private renting for more information about housing in Exeter.

University of Leeds

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate only Minimum grade requirement: WAM 75 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Semester one: mid September – mid January
  • Semester two: mid January – mid June

Full time study load: 60 credits per semester (usually three modules)
Other: Art and Design students who want to do studio work in the Leeds School of Fine Art must go for a full year commencing in September (Monash semester two) and limited places are available. Theoretical units and most units in the School of Design are available for one semester only. Carefully read the module guidance for all students which outlines general and specific restrictions and module availability. Monash students should note when selecting modules: Semester 1 means that semester only (September-January), Semester 1&2 means the full Leeds academic year (September-June), Semester 2 means that semester only (January-June), Semester 1, 2 means taught for one semester in either semester (so taught September-January, and January-June). Search catalogue of modules, select "incoming study abroad" to find applicable units for exchange students. Students need to click on each of the modules to find out when it is taught as you cannot search by specific semesters. Students can choose modules in a maximum of two subjects (not schools). University of Leeds has a page that covers specific guidance and restrictions for a number of our schools which might be of help to students when they are selecting their modules.

About the University of Leeds

The Yorkshire College of Science in the late 19th century, forerunner of the University of Leeds, had been established to challenge the Anglican aristocracy and gentry of Oxford and Cambridge universities, welcoming all religions, including Dissenters, Catholics, Jews and agnostics. The University of Leeds has continued this tradition of acceptance and diversity, hosting students from all over the United Kingdom and the rest of the world, making it multi-cultural and international institution. The University of Leeds sits within top 100 universities in the world as ranked by QS University Rankings 2012.

The campus grounds occupy almost 500 hectares of land that you can see on an interactive campus map. It is located within walking distance, just north of the Leeds city centre. The campus compromises of a mixture of Gothic revival, art deco, brutalist and postmodern buildings. However, since 2008, the university has engaged in a wave of modern expansion, committing more than £300 million in transforming its campus.

Leeds is very much a student town, sharing its streets with Leeds Beckett University and several higher learning colleges, Leeds Trinity University College, Leeds College of Art, Leeds College of Music and Northern School of Contemporary Dance. There are an estimated 250,000 students who call Leeds home, all contributing to the bustling cultural scene and vibrant musical nightlife in the city.

The specifics

The Incoming Student Guide will welcome you to the University of Leeds, and outline the entry requirements, courses available and other details you might need to know. Students are welcome to take most of the classes offered in the module catalogue, and are integrated into classes with local and other international students. If you are unsure about what you can study, consult with the Coordinator for your subject of interest.

The Leeds University Union is one of the biggest and most active in the UK, and organises a range of parties, live music performances, societies and associations, volunteering opportunities and many more events throughout the semester.

Accommodation at the University of Leeds come both catered and self-catered, and all international students are assured a place, so long as all application deadlines are met. UniPol, a UK student housing company, runs House Hunting Mixing Events, where incoming students can learn about renting privately in Leeds, as well as meet other students who are seeking similar housing options.

University of Liverpool

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate only
Semester dates:

  • Semester one: late September – late January
  • Semester two: late January – mid June

Full time study load: 60 CATS per semester (= 30 ECTS, usually four modules)
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70 per cent
Other: Exchange students are expected to select modules from one or, at most, two Liverpool departments. Monash students need to check the Liverpool modules carefully when preparing study plans as Liverpool departments do not align with Monash faculties.

About the University of Liverpool

Established in 1881, the University of Liverpool has long held a vision and reputation for innovation, as the world's first university to establish departments in Oceanography, Civic Design, Architecture and Biochemistry. Historically, in1894 Oliver Lodge, a Liverpool professor, made the world's first public radio transmission and in 1896 took the first surgical X-ray in the UK.

The University of Liverpool is an urban campus, occupying 100 acres, just a five minute walk from the city centre of Liverpool, and sits at the top of Brownlow Hill and Mount Pleasant. Liverpool is a vibrant and bustling city, with a musical scene that began with the Beatles and the Beat Movement, and continues on today with many international names calling the city home.

The specifics

The International Team has put together Handbook for Incoming Exchange Students explains all the important pre-departure information you might need to know, as well as a list of FAQs. Exchange students studying at Liverpool are allowed to study from up to two subject areas, and a full list of the units (modules) can be found in the Guide to Choosing Modules.

Students can choose to live in either catered or self-catered halls, all within close proximity to the university as well as the city. Students who wish to find their own private rental accommodation are directed to Liverpool Student Homes, who can assist you in finding rental properties around town.

The Liverpool Guild of Students does the majority of organising and hosting of events on campus, including workshops, music performances, excursions as well as volunteering events.

University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate only
Minimum grade requirement:
WAM 70 per cent
Semester dates:

  • First semester: mid September – mid January
  • Second semester: late January – mid June

Full time study load: 60 credits per semester

About the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

Based in the north eastern corner of England, the borough of Newcastle upon Tyne played an important economic role in the country's Industrial Revolution. The commitment to civic contribution continues into the 21st century, as the University of the Newcastle upon Tyne's biomedical school furthers its research and training facilities. Newcastle's medical school gained 143 out of a possible 144 points in all of its six subject areas in the Teaching Quality Assessment, and was also the first institution in Europe to receive permission to pursue stem-cell research in human embryos.

The University of Newcastle upon Tyne occupies a north-western site close to Haymarket in central Newcastle upon Tyne, and sits between the open spaces of Leazes Park and the Town Moor. The Biomedical School is located within the newly refurbished Medical Building. The city of Newcastle has newly developed the UK's first biotechnology village; called the "Centre for Life" - it is located in the city, near Central Station, and is one of the first step in the City Council's plans to develop Newcastle into a national science city.

The specifics

Students interested in studying abroad at Newcastle on Tyne, should consult the International Student's Handbook, which will supply you with all the basic information you need to understand how the exchange program works, and how to settle into Newcastle life.

There are many accommodation options on campus, and most exchange students are guaranteed housing so long as they are enrolled for the duration of a whole academic year and all deadlines are met in a timely manner. For those who wish to rent privately in Newcastle, the university can also provide assistance and guidance.

University of Nottingham

Faculties: Arts, Business and Economics, Engineering, IT, Science
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate students Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Autumn Semester: mid September – mid January
  • Spring Semester: mid January – mid June

Full time study load: 60 credits per semester (usually three to six modules)
Other: Students can take Biological Sciences and some Psychology modules. Restrictions may apply to English and Business modules due to local demand. Monash students taking Business, English, Architecture and Culture/Film/Media (Communication Studies) must commence in Monash semester 2. Chemical Engineering major students are advised to select a different host university due to the different course structures at Monash and Nottingham.

About the University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham has a history that extends into the late 19th century, and has played a pivotal and important role in the industrialisation of East Midlands and its subsequent urban development.

The main university campus, University Park Campus, is located just outside of the city, and occupies 330 acres of picturesque parkland and lakes. The university has won several awards for its campus, and has been praised over the years for its commitment to environmental sustainability. The university has in total, five campuses in England, all which share the same garden style designs.

Nottingham ranks consistently within the top 100 universities in the world, as ranked by QS University Rankings, and within the top 150 according the Times Higher Education rankings.

The specifics

The International Office is the liaison and support for all exchange students, and is located in the Jubilee campus, just two kilometres from University Park. Here you'll find all the information you need about the International Exchange Program.

Exchange students are invited to participate in the full academic program, as offered by the relevant schools; however this is conditional on local demand and may vary per semester. You can search the module catalogue to see what is being taught in your semester abroad, and for more information regarding the module codes, consult the Quality Manual or Module FAQs.

Accommodation on campus at Nottingham is guaranteed for all exchange students, on the condition that all application deadlines are met. Students can opt for catered or self-catered halls, all within or within close proximity to the University Park Campus. Those who wish to rent privately in Nottingham are invited to do so, and the accommodation office can help you do so.

University of Reading

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate – limited units available for postgraduate students Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Autumn (Semester 1): late September - mid December
  • Spring & Summer (Semester 2): mid January - mid June

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester, 60 ECTS for Autumn, Spring & Summer
Other: Monash students can go Autumn semester, or Spring & Summer semester, or a full year commencing in September only.

About the University of Reading

The University of Reading was established in 1892 as an affiliate of Oxford University, and received its Royal Charter in 1926. The University of Reading was the only university created between the two world wars. It is now based on several campuses in, and around, the town of Reading and has become one of the UK's top universities, having received the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 1998, 2006 and 2009.

The university is set in the picturesque southern counties of England, with excellent transport links to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports, as well as train connections to London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Manchester.

The Reading Music Festival has been held every Saturday since 1971. The town also provides live entertainment throughout the year at the Hexagon Theatre, Reading Concert Hall, South Street Arts Centre. Reading is also home to many the Reading Football team, as well as a host of other football codes including the Reading Kangaroos, the local AFL team.

The specifics

The Study Abroad team at Reading looks after all incoming international exchange students and can advise you when choose your modules for the semester. Students can also apply for the Peer Support program with a fellow student, which can help you settle into your new home at Reading.

The university offers a range of on-campus housing options in proximity to the Whiteknights campus. Students can choose to halls that are catered, or those with self-catering facilities. Exchange students are also eligible for a host family stay, in which they are offered housing and meals from a local family. Students who wish to live off campus in private rental accommodation in Reading are also welcome to do so, and the university can provide advice and guidance.

University of Sheffield

Faculties: All except Law, which is run through Sheffield School of Law
Level: Undergraduate only
Semester dates:

  • Autumn semester: late September – early February
  • Spring semester: early February – mid June

Full time study load: 40 – 60 credits per semester (usually three to six modules)
Law students: 60 credits per semester (usually three modules)
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70 per cent
Other: Students applying for two semesters must commence in Monash semester 2.

About the University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield was established the early 1900s, and has grown from hosting 200 full time students to now, just over a century later, having a student population of over 25,000. The University of Sheffield is not a campus university, though most of its buildings are within close proximity to each other. The centre of the university is located just outside of the city centre, along a mile-long avenue of buildings that belong almost entirely to the university. The University of Sheffield was named UK University of the Year 2011 in the Times Higher Education Awards, and has won the Queen's Anniversary Awards four times (1998, 2000, 2002, 2007).

Sheffield is a popular destination of touring bands, and was a significant historical home to many synth-pop and electronic musicians in the 1980s. There are many live music venues throughout the city, and hosts many annual festivals such as the Grin Up North Sheffield Comedy Festival, the Sensoria Music and Film Festival and the Tramlines Festival.

The specifics

Each year, an International Student Officer is elected to represent the voices of the international student cohort at Sheffield. The duties of the officer also include heading the International Student Committee who host a range of events for students around campus.

For exchange students, modules are available across most disciplines, and students partake in a regular UK curriculum alongside local students. A list of available module is listed in the Study Abroad Handbook. For further information or guidance, consult one of the many support services for students.

The Endcliffe and Ranmoor Villages are the two student housing options for students, which each contain catered and self-catered residential halls. There are also housing options in the closer to the city and the central campus. You can also take a virtual tour of the villages. Alternatively, there is also a range of private rental options in Sheffield, and the university can assist incoming students with securing shared accommodation in the city.

University of Sheffield - School of Law

Faculties: Law
Level: Undergraduate only
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70 per cent
Semester dates:
Autumn semester: late September - early February
Spring semester: early February - mid June

Full time study load: 60 credits per semester
Other: Monash students can commence in either semester if exchanging for one semester only, but for full-year exchanges students must commence in Monash semester 2.
Specifics: Students must take a full-time load of Law modules and select modules from the School of Law which is updated each May.

University of Surrey

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement:
GPA 3.0
Semester dates:

  • Semester one: early October – early February
  • Semester two: early February – mid June

Full time study load: 60 credits per semester (usually four modules)

About the University of Surrey

The University of Surrey's picturesque main campus is located on Stag Hill close to the centre of Guildford, a county just south west of London. A second campus, at Manor Park, is located a short distance away and has been under recent developments to expand upon existing accommodation, academic buildings and sporting facilities. The university moved to Guildford in 1965, acquiring the tranquil greenfield site in Guildford from Guildford Cathedral, Guildford Borough Council and the Onslow Village Trust, and the university was established the next year. Led Zeppelin were among the very first visitors to the campus and performed their very first gig at the university in 1968.

Guildford is an affluent English town, with a bustling High Street cobblestone, and is one of the most expensive places to buy property in the UK outside of London. Stoke Park is the largest park in Surrey, and hosts the Guilfest music festival each summer.

The specifics

The Exchange Student Guide is your first stop for all information about studying abroad at Surrey. It details immigration procedures, financial advice, what to bring as well as a list of support services for students. This will be your aid throughout Welcome Week, which is the orientation for all new students coming in to study, and includes registration as well as many social events.

Students can select their modules for study from the module catalogue, and most subjects are available to exchange students provided that they have completed equivalent pre-requisites. Students should note that some modules continue for the duration of the whole academic year.

Student accommodation is run by the Accommodation Office. Almost all halls of residence are self-catering with shared kitchen facilities, with the exception of the studio flats (band F) at Manor Park. Most are single rooms, and some are available with en suite facilities Accommodation is generally only offered to students staying for the full year. While the university will endeavour to allocate accommodation to semester two students (Spring), it is not guaranteed and you may need to find accommodation in the private sector. They are generally unable to allocate accommodation to students coming for semester one only (Autumn). If you are coming for semester one only, you will need to find accommodation in the private sector. Those seeking private rental off campus, can do so with the assistance of the Accommodation Office who have both internal and external resources.

'GO' is the student union run publication, which will give you all kinds of information about campus happenings, events, societies and clubs as well as how to get involved in the campus community.

University of Sussex

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate only
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Autumn term: mid September – mid January
  • Spring term: mid-late January – mid June

Full time study load: 60 credits per term for autumn or spring terms, 120 credits for full year
Other: University-managed accommodation is very limited and students may find difficulty finding housing. Monash students can go to Sussex for one or two terms. All Law modules are full year. Monash Law students can go to Sussex for one or two terms and do part of the modules but must commence in the autumn term. For those studying in the autumn term only an early exam period applies in the five days directly after term ends.

About the University of Sussex

The University of Sussex is situated next to the East Sussex village of Falmer, within the city of Brighton and Hove. The Sussex campus, designed by architect Sir Basil Spence, is right next to the Falmer railway station. Despite tracing its roots back to the early 1900s, Sussex came to be in the mid-1960s, a turbulent era for civil rights, and the university soon came to be identified with post-war social change and student radicalism.

Brighton and Hove, is home to England's most populous seaside resort. The city has been long famed for its history as a seaside town, and recent decades, for its large gay community and nightlife and arts culture. The seafront is teeming with bars, restaurants, nightclubs and amusement arcades, and on the seafront between Brighton's two piers is the Artists Quarter, a row of Victorian fishermen's workshops converted to small artist's galleries and studio spaces. Each summer, the Brighton Festival and the Brighton Festival Fringe are held in town and are the second largest arts festival in the UK. Travel is to London is just one hour away by train.

The specifics

The Study Abroad Guide gives you all the know-how you need to navigate your way into your exchange year at Sussex.

Exchange students are welcome to choose from a range of modules from all across the university. For the course listings, see the module directory, as well as a subject specific guide on how to select your modules.

The university offers on campus housing to all incoming international students, which is guaranteed for students who have applied to study for a full year and all your application deadlines have been met. Most exchange students will stay at the Brighthelm. Students wishing to seek private rental housing can enquire at the Residential Services, as they have an online database of properties in the Brighton area.