City, University of London offers a wide range of international exchange opportunities to students from our partner institutions.
Exchanges at City will help you to:
- Experience living, studying and working in another culture and gain an inter-cultural perspective
- Enhance your employability and CV and develop desirable and transferable skills
- Challenge yourself and improve your confidence and independence
- Develop your professional network and develop long lasting friendships in London
- Have an experience of a lifetime!
Each year City, University of London welcomes exchange students from around the world.
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 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.
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.
Eligibility and how to apply
Students officially nominated from one of City, University of London's partner universities are eligible to apply for the Partnership Exchange programme. Applications from non-partner universities will not be considered.
If you are eligible and have been nominated, complete the following sections within the online application and upload the relevant documents:
- Personal Details
- Academic Reference
- Learning agreement (Study Options link)
- Statement of Results/ Transcript of Results
- Personal Statement
- Evidence of English Language Proficiency.
Step by step guideline for incoming students
Step 1 - Change Agreement
If you are intending on studying at City, University of London as part of an exchange, you must be a student at one of City, University of London's partner institutions and have an exchange agreement for your subject area.
Step 2 - Obtain application form
Contact your home institution International Office to request the City Exchange application materials and to confirm your eligibility.
Step 3 - Provide academic reference
Obtain an Academic Reference from one of your Tutors/ Professors.
Step 4 - Provide transcript or statement of results
All exchange applicants are required to provide with their application a transcript / statement of results for all institutions level studies.
Step 5 - Research and Select Modules
It is your responsibility to ensure that the classes you wish to take at City fulfil the requirements of your degree programme and you have the necessary pre-requisites to take them.
Step 6 - Write a personal statement
You must write a short essay (1-2 pages) outlining why you wish to come to City for your exchange programme. It can be useful to include details of the modules you would like to take during your semester with us.
Step 7 - Provide evidence of English language proficiency
All exchange students must meet the standard language requirements for entry to City, University of London. Generally this is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (IELTS 7 for Journalism and Business).
Step 8 - Be nominated by your home institution
You must be officially nominated by your home institution's Exchange Office.
Step 9 - Submit your application
You will be notified of the application deadline when you receive the application form.
Step 10 - Apply for accommodation
Accommodation within City Halls of Residence is very limited for students who are studying with us for one semester. For more information about accommodation during your time at City please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support with your application process
Whether you are looking for temporary accommodation for the next academic year, need a new flatmate, a local hotel for a relative's visit or you need somewhere to stay for a night.
Standard Visitor visa
Find out more about how to apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you are coming to the UK for 6 months or less.