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Solent University welcomes incoming exchange students from our partner universities, and short-term fee paying students into our study abroad programme. Here, you'll find everything you need know about how to apply and what to expect.

Study abroad programme

For students who would like to study with us outside of an exchange partnership, including Erasmus+, we offer a Study Abroad programme. This course allows EU and international students to study with us for either a semester or a year.

Erasmus+ programme

Incoming exchange opportunities

The Erasmus+ is the new European Union-funded programme from 2014-2020. It aims to enhance the European dimension of higher education and promote mobility within the EU.

Erasmus+ aims to boost skills and employability as well as modernise education, training, and youth work across Europe. It has a budget of approximately 14.7 billion euros across Europe and will, over the next seven years, provide opportunities for over four million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. It will also support transnational partnerships between education, training and youth organisations, as well as developing grassroots sport projects.

Solent University has been awarded an Erasmus University Charter (Extended) for the period 2014-2020. This means that the University is able to participate in European programmes, send students and staff members to, and receive students and staff from, higher education institutions across Europe on study, training, teaching or work shadowing visits (provided that the institution is also in receipt of the Erasmus University Charter). Universities in 33 European countries participate in this flagship educational programme for higher education.

View the University's Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020

View the University's Erasmus Policy Statement

Find out more about Erasmus+

Exchange opportunities

Study periods abroad allow you to experience a different culture and add an international dimension to your curriculum vitae. Support and induction programmes are available for all students going out on exchange and for students coming to study here with us.

Solent University welcomes incoming students on an exchange basis and through our study abroad programme. Studying and living in England is an excellent opportunity and experience and these students bring their cultural background and contribute to the student experience. Incoming exchange students enhance the richness and diversity of the experience of studying at Solent University for all our students.

View our partner institutions

Read more about our study abroad programme

English requirements

All exchange students need to demonstrate sufficient English language skills. Partners and nominated students will be informed of the required level during the nomination and application process. Students who require a visa will need to meet any additional requirements around English language set down by the University. 

All the English as a Foreign (EFL) units taught at Solent University are credit rated. Erasmus students can take these units either as an integral or additional module on their learning agreement, depending upon the requirements of their home university. They may take one 10 ECTS (20 Cats) EFL unit free of charge.

See the University's English requirements

Visa requirements for non-EEA students

If you don't hold a European Union passport you will be required to obtain a visa to enter the UK.

How to apply

In order to apply for a place as an exchange student at Solent University you will first need to be formally nominated by your home university. On receipt of your nomination the academic partnerships office will email you with details of the application process, including the online application form.

Please see the nomination and application deadlines below.

Application and nomination deadlines

All nominations should be sent to the Study Abroad and Exchange team no later than:

  • 15 March for all periods of study.

All completed online applications should be submitted no later than:

  • 15 April for semester one or full year study.
  • 15 October for semester two study.

Contact us

If you have any questions about our exchange programmes or partnerships, please contact the International Office on international.exchanges@solent.ac.uk.

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