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Study options

Teaching methods at City may differ from your home institution. Here are some of the types of study sessions you will be expected to participate in whilst on exchange at City.

Make the most out of your exchange at City

For a successful exchange, you are required to ensure that the classes you wish to take at City fulfil the requirements of your degree programme at your current institution. You should also check that you have the necessary pre-requisites to take the classes and that they are within the subject areas outlined within the student exchange agreement between City, University of London and your home institution.

If you are unsure please contact your home institution international office to clarify before completing your learning agreement. After completing your exams, you will receive a transcript from City, University of London detailing the modules you took and grades you received.

Modules available

Modules varies for incoming students. It is recommended to contact the relevant School at City for specific information. Please note that module availability changes annually and are also subject to change due to timetabling and unforeseen changes.

Different types of study sessions

Teaching methods at City may also differ from your home institution. Please see below a general overview of the types of study sessions you will be expected to participate in whilst on exchange at City.


Normally delivered by academic staff, lectures involve presenting to a large number of students. Students are expected to take their own notes during a lecture. Academic staff will direct students to use online learning resources connected to the topic of the lecture.

The lecture will often introduce you to a certain topic which might then be discussed in more detail in a seminar. Lectures require compulsory attendance.

In addition to the lecture, you will be given a list of books at the beginning of the semester and you are expected to complete the required and recommended reading on certain topics.


A seminar involves a smaller number of students compared to a lecture. During a seminar, students discuss a lecture or specific topic. All students in the group are expected to participate in the seminar. Preparation and reading beforehand are essential aspect of seminars.

Working in groups and private study

In some cases students are required to work in groups,on projects and assignments together. Some of your group work will be given marks as part of the class assessment so it is important that you participate fully in the task required. Private study involves independently working, you will need to spend time reading, researching, revising and making notes outside of lectures and seminars.

Teaching times

Depending on your subject area you can expect a variety of combinations of lectures, seminars and private study time. The smaller the number of lecture and seminar hours, the more intense the contents discussed and the more weight is put on private study.

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