University of Surrey

The University of Surrey was established in 1966 but its roots go back to the nineteenth century and a concern to help educate the working poor. A well regarded public university, it has around 14,000 students and a highly international campus.

Academic highlights

The University of Surrey specialises in science, engineering, medicine and business. One of its most important developments was the opening of the Surrey Research Park in 1985, which currently accommodates more than 100 companies engaged in research and development activities, many of which relate closely to the work of the University's own faculties.


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. Guildford is an affluent English town just over half an hour from London by train.

Did you know?

Led Zeppelin were among the very first visitors to the campus and performed their very first gig at the university in 1968.


The following modules are not available to exchange students:

  • Guildford School of Acting units with codes starting ACT, AMT, CPD, MUT, POV, PRO or TDL
  • Liberal Arts degree units – codes starting ‘LAS
  • Some Music & Digital Media units ie. Creative Music Technology, Sound Recording (codes: CMT, FVP, TON)
  • Short, intensive Masters-level professional development units (eg. PHMM..., PHAM…)
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Criminology

Other Academic conditions

As the ‘MAN’ route code is used by two separate departments (Business and Hospitality & Tourism), please make sure you only choose units from your own department by selecting from the ‘View Modules by Department and Level’ section of the catalogue.

Global Graduate Award languages units are only available to students coming for the full academic year and cannot be taken as one of your 4 units for the semester.

Engineering timetables are complex due to the laboratory sessions, so students are advised, if possible, to select units from just one degree programme to avoid timetable clashes.

Disciplines available


Banking and finance

Biological sciences

Biomedical sciences

Business law and taxation


Communications and media studies


Econometrics and business statistics


Engineering - chemical

Engineering - civil

Engineering - electrical and computer systems

Engineering - materials science

Engineering - mechanical and aerospace

French languages & culture studies

German languages & culture studies


Literary studies



Mathematical sciences

Music performance and composition

Physics and astronomy

Politics and international relations

Psychological sciences


Theatre and performance

Translation studies

  • The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the university.
  • Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisers in your managing faculty(ies) and subject to available places at the host campus

See Surrey's unit catalogue here.

If you cannot find any unit guides after having done your own research, you can follow the process as outlined here.

Exchange students must undertake full-time study at Surrey, which is normally 4 modules per semester. Modules are typically worth 15 Surrey credits each.

Full time equivalents

  Semester Year
  Minimum 18 Monash Points Maximum 24 Monash points Minimum 36 Monash points Maximum 48 Monash points
Standard 45 Surrey credits 60 Surrey credits 90 Surrey credits 120 Surrey credits

Exchange program terms

Surrey 'Spring' Semester (Monash Semester One): early February– mid June
Surrey 'Autumn' Semester (Monash Semester Two): mid-September – early February

See Surrey's academic calendar here.


Various types of on-campus accommodation are available, but cannot be guaranteed.

The University of Surrey offers advice on accommodation here.


Non-UK or European Union citizens must have a valid student visa to undertake an exchange period.  To apply, you will need a visa support letter - Confirmation of Acceptance - from your host university.

If studying for more than six months, then a Tier 4 (general) student visa may be required. If going for less than six months, a Tier 4 (general) student visa or a short-term study visa may be required. 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.

If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you may need to meet UK Border Agency language requirements. Be sure to check.

Monash Abroad can only provide general information - always check with the relevant Consulate/Embassy and consider advice that is right for you.

For more information on visas, please refer to the British Consulate-General here.

The University of Surrey also provide some advice on visas, which can be found here.

Health and insurance

Tier 4 Student visa applicants may have to pay a healthcare surcharge (Immigration Health Surcharge) which gives visa holders access to UK’s National Healthcare service. Find out more here.

When travelling on a Monash Abroad approved program, you are automatically covered under the Monash University Student Travel Insurance policy.

Orientation and extra-curricular 

Orientation is compulsory for all exchange students. A buddy system is also run by the university. Find out more here.

Find out more about Surrey's student societies and sport clubs here.


Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.

Cost of living

One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards.

As part of visa requirements, if you are a non-EEA student you must ensure that you have sufficient funds for fees and maintenance for your whole period of study.

The University of Surrey provides some advice on cost of living here.

Monash funding

Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.

Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.

Australian government funding

Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.

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University of Surrey

  • Program type: Semester exchange
  • Location:
    • Stag Hill (main)
    • Manor Park
  • Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Study level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

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