Guide to applying for an exchange

Each year we welcome over 200 exchange students onto our Birmingham campus. Taking part in an exchange at Aston is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in British culture, gain experiences to enhance your degree, travel around the United Kingdom and make new friends.

1. Check the entry requirements

View the entry requirements below

2. Be nominated by your home institution

Discover your next level with Aston University

3. Receive email confirmation

from one of our Academic Schools, and complete the Aston application form

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Entry Requirements

Aston has partnerships with over 100 institutions all around the world. In order to take part in a study exchange at Aston, there must be an exchange agreement in place. A full list of exchange partners can be found on our  partnerships webpage.

Your University then needs to nominate you using Moveon (your University will be aware of how to complete this). To be eligible you must:

  • Have completed a minimum of one or two years’ study in Higher Education
  • Fulfil our English Language Requirements, see the next drop down box for more information
global list of exchange partners
English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you must be able to satisfy the University's English language requirements. The level required will depend on the programme you are applying for.

If you require a visa in order to study within the UK then you must supply a Secure English Language Test (an IELTS) according to our English Language requirements. Please visit our Visa Advice pages for more information.

Please view our English language requirements.

What can I study?
Accommodation at Aston University
Aston Business School

All UG and PG programmes are available for exchange

Abs_exchange@aston.ac.uk

Engineering and Applied Sciences

Chemistry, Computing, Engineering, Disciplines (Chemical, Mechnical, Electrical and Electronic), Logistics, Mathematics, Product Design, Transport Management

Eas_pg@aston.ac.uk

Accommodation at Aston University
Languages and Social Sciences

English Language, International Relations, French, German, Spanish, Translation Studies, Politics, Sociology/Social Policy, History

Lss_exchange@aston.ac.uk

Life and Health Sciences

Biology*, Biomedical Sciences*, Neuroscience*, Psychology

b.koner@aston.ac.uk

Modules can be discussed directly with the Academic School using the emails provided above

*The School of Life & Health Sciences has a number of restrictions in place surrounding the selection of modules. Unfortunately, it is not possible to study any lab based modules due to a strict constraint on spacing and student numbers. Additionally it will only be possible to undertake modules from Year 1 and Year 2. Please note you will have to select your modules before completing an application form. Due to the nature of the courses offered it is also advised to take a full year exchange as opposed to studying for a single teaching period. This will be of greater benefit to you and will also mean fewer restrictions in terms of selecting modules. Please note that we are unable to offer any undergraduate exchange opportunities in Audiology, Pharmacy, or Optometry.

Workload and Assessments

Your workload will normally consist of 60 credits (30 ECTS) per teaching period. For students attending the whole year this is a total of 120 Aston (60 ECTS) credits.

Students are expected to complete all assessments required by the modules and must remain at Aston for the examinations. For modules assessed by examinations, these are held at the end of each teaching period, e.g. in January, for teaching period 1.

Transcripts will be sent directly in the post to students after their marks have been confirmed by the relevant exam board. Please note that mid-year transcripts cannot be produced for any student even if you are only studying for teaching period one, as all transcripts are produced at the end of the academic year.

The guidelines in the document below indicate the marks and classifications to be awarded for various standards of student work. The descriptions in the below document are generalised and may vary from individual pieces of work set by academic staff. Find out more about the marking guidelines.

Deadlines

There are two set deadlines by which you must submit your application to us. These depend on which intake you are applying for:

  • Students arriving in September: Nomination by 1st June, application by 20th June
  • Students arriving in January: Nomination by 1st October, application by 20th October