- Overseas exchange
- Getting started
- Finding the right course
- Partner universities
- Application process
- Accepted students
- While you are away
- Returning students
- Student perspectives
The University has a range of links with institutions overseas that enable you to spend part of your course in another country. Studying in a foreign country gives you a fantastic experience and looks great on your CV when you graduate.
We have exchange agreements with universities outside Europe, the majority of which are in the USA but Japan and the West Indies are also possibilities. There are restrictions according to degree subject, although most links are not subject specific. Exchanges are usually only for one semester.
It is important to note that grades are not transferable from American institutions, only credits. Therefore, it is only possible to study for one semester in the United States. This can, however, be combined with a semester in Japan or Europe if your course allows this. If your core modules are year-long then you will have to combine placements abroad in order to stay away for a year. If there are no suitable modules available in Japan or there is no Erasmus link for your subject area, then you will not be able to go away to the States for one semester if your course includes year-long modules.
The overseas exchange programme at London Metropolitan University is run by the International Programmes Office:
International Programmes Office
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thinking of going on exchange? You may have the following questions; read on to find out more!
Who can apply?
- are on a full-time undergraduate degree programme
- will be in their second year during the exchange period
- have the option to take one semester modules as part of their degree
- maintain a B grade average
- can plan a flexible programme of study that covers the equivalent of their Intermediate Level core modules to a sufficient extent, so they can adequately rejoin their studies at London Met upon return
Please note that there are some restrictions by degree subject - usually host institution specific. More information can be seen on each partner information page.
Where can I go?
You can apply to go to any institution with which we have an exchange link - provided your degree is appropriate. Please see our partner universities section for information about each of our links.
The majority of our exchanges are in North America and are not subject specific. However, exceptions do apply. For example, our University of the West Indies exchange and Kansai Gaidai exchange are largely for students from specialised degree courses.
When can I go?
You can only study abroad in your second year:
- Autumn semester (semester 1) only for exchanges to the USA for students on most degree programmes.
- Spring semester is only possible if your course has no exams in January.
- Autumn semester or Spring semester may be possible for the University of the West Indies and Kansai Gaidai University.
- A full year may be possible to Kansai Gaidai provided there are sufficient modules available in your subject area.
For how long can I go?
American exchanges are available for one semester only, but a semester in the States can be combined with Japan or an Erasmus destination to fill an academic year.
Will my exchange grades count towards my degree?
For the majority of exchange partners, you will have credit recorded without marks for modules taken overseas. Provided you plan your programme carefully, this will not extend your degree or affect the class of degree gained.
The exception is Kansai Gaidai in Japan, where your marks are transferred back to London Met.
How do the finances work?
- Students continue to pay tuition fees to London Metropolitan University.
- No tuition fees are payable to the host university.
- Students should still receive any loans and grants as the exchange is a part of the degree (this can be confirmed to Student Finance England if necessary).
- Students are responsible for the following costs:
- visa application and SEVIS fees: $100 - $330 USD depending on visa status
- room & board: approx $3,000 - $5,500 USD
- books and supplies: $500-$600 USD
- travel to and from the host country
- personal expenditure: $3,350
All costs are estimated and may be greater or less than stated. You should budget for between £5,000 - £7,000. This may seem very expensive, but students generally find that the exchange semester is not much more expensive than a semester spent in London.
How do I get started?
- Check with your Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) or Course Leader as to whether an exchange would be possible as part of your degree course (you would usually study abroad for one semester of your second year).
- Research our partner universities - you must find one which offers courses suitable for your degree.
- Think about finances - will this work for you?
- If you wish, request an appointment via email. Make sure you have done some preliminary research first!
- Speak to your Course Leader and PAT about your possible choices and how your programme would work.
- If you have the support of your tutor - apply!
Finding the right course
Firstly it's worth repeating that all the possible study abroad links are listed on our partner universities tab above. So if it's not listed, we don't have a link.
Do your research when it comes to modules and courses
- Find out what the requirements are for your London Met course, ie what core modules you need to find matches for, what electives you can take, whether you can switch core modules around to take advantage of what's on offer at a partner university. Make friends with your academic adviser!
- Search the content of the courses at the partner universities (use the links on our partner universities tab to check for any restrictions) and identify those courses that you think match the modules you need to take for your degree. Then take these descriptions (as many as possible) to your academic advisor to discuss which of them is the best fit.
Will it match exactly?
All universities have slightly different courses with slightly different modules/classes and routes through the degrees. In another country, things will be different. Our links are very broad so we can't promise that all (or in some cases any) of our partners will have a perfect match for your course. You need to look for classes that are a good fit for London Met modules. Think about key words that describe what's covered in your modules, don't expect classes to have exactly the same title or even the department to have the same name. Be creative in your searches and you'll have more chance of finding something that fits.
The key to a successful exchange is flexibility. It might not be possible to get into your first choice modules so you need to have valid alternatives. If there's only one way to acheive your core modules, you might have problems. Many students try to take as many electives as possible during their semester abroad so that they can take advantage of the interesting classes on offer, but that will depend on when you can take your core modules in London.
Good luck, happy hunting!
This is a list of our overseas exchange partnerships. Note that there are some restrictions, particularly by subject, in place for some exchanges, so be sure to read the information carefully.
Don't just look at one university, research them all to find your best fit.
University and location
|Canisius College – Buffalo NY
Roosevelt University – Chicago IL
San Diego State University – San Diego CA
San Francisco State University – San Francisco CA
State University of New York at Cortland – Cortland NY
|The University of the West Indies:
at Cave Hill, Barbados
at Mona, Jamaica
at St Augustine, Trinidad
|Kansai Gaidai University – Osaka|
Step 1: Research the courses offered on your programme and approach your academic advisers for approval. Applicants will need to identify a suitable programme of study at the proposed host university.
To avoid extending your degree, you must obtain approval from your Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) that the semester abroad will fit into your degree structure.
While you're away, you must cover the equivalent of the intermediate level core modules to a sufficient extent to have the prerequisites for study on your return.
This stage is very important.If you don't have flexibility in what you can study at your proposed host, you will have difficulties further along the process, up to and including registration for classes at your host university.
Step 2: Complete the exchange application form
Students need to complete an Exchange application form for the London Met exchange programme. This should be filled in electronically then printed.
Only complete applications will be accepted and they need to be signed by the applicant and all relevant people, including the course tutor. Please complete all parts of the form in full.
Completed application forms should be submitted to the International Programmes Office (IPO) and should list at least first and second choice of host university.
For autumn semester abroad: 1 March
For spring semester abroad: 15 September
Step 3: Students who are conditionally accepted complete the application form for the host university
Where appropriate, students will be conditionally accepted (subject to meeting grade requirements) on the programme and sent the partner application form to prepare. Conditional acceptance depends upon the number of places available with each partner. This number varies and cannot be predicted in advance.
Step 4: London Met grades are published and students who meet the conditions are contacted by the IPO
Grades are released in March for the autumn semester and July for the spring semester. Students will be notified whether they have met the grade requirements and will be nominated to the host institution in March and September. Nomination is based on students meeting eligibility requirements and the number of places available with each partner.
If there are more suitable applicants than places available, places will be given according to date of receipt and academic strength. If we are unable to place eligible students with their first choice, we will try to make their second choice possible.
Step 5: Successful applicants are nominated to the host university
We nominate our students to our partners. The application that you've prepared is checked by us and sent to our partner insitution. Only complete applications will be sent. You must meet the deadline set by the partner institution. The host institution has the final decision regarding your exchange place.
Step 6: Students are notified if they have been accepted by the host
Once our partner has confirmed your offer, they will send your acceptance packet. You can start thinking about visas, flights and more. Go to our accepted students section for further information.
Once you have been accepted onto the programme by the International Programmes Office and we have nominated you to our partner University these are the next steps.
Prepare the application form for your host university
We will provide you with the application form for your host university either on paper or online. Do visit their website to read through the instructions.
You need to bring the completed application to the IPO. If you meet the grade requirement, we will send the form to our partner.
Usually you will need to include the following in your application:
- application form
- personal statement of motivation
- official transcript of results
- letter of recommendation
- proof of English language competency (see partner details, not all require this)
- photocopy of passport
- proof of funds (an amount usually named by the partner for immigration reasons)
Receive your acceptance packet from your host
You receive programme information and immigration documents from your host university.
NOTE: If you decide to withdraw from the programme at any stage, please let us know. Immigration documents must be returned to the host institution if you withdraw from the programme.
Update your student record to show semester abroad
Make sure your student loan is properly organised and, if possible, arrange early payment. Normally SFE require confirmation from us that this exchange period is a part of your degree. We can provide this - just ask!
For the semester you are abroad you must ask your Hub to register you for the module code ABROAD. This tells the system that you are abroad for the semester and must be done in addition to the IPO notifying Registry that you will be away. You must withdraw from any London Met modules for the semester abroad.
You must also register modules for the second semester of the year (if you are returning to London Met for spring) before you leave. You will get the chance to change these later but you must register a full time course load in advance.
Apply for a visa
You should always check the embassy websites for the most up to date information.
Check whether your host has F1 or J1 sponsor status. You must apply for the correct visa. You cannot apply until you have received your immigration document from your host. You will have to make an appointment with the US Embassy to have your visa interview.
You need to thoroughly read the information available to you online, including the information provided by your host institution.
Immigration document: I20
Application fee: $160
Immigration document: DS2019
Application fee: $160
Have a look at this helpful guide to the visa interview process on YouTube.
All students accepted onto the programme must apply for student visas in their home countries. To do so, it is necessary to obtain certificates of eligibility, which will enable them to obtain student visas.
Please note that because the Certificate of Eligibility is valid for only three months from the date of issuance and it becomes invalid if the landing application is not filed within that period, Kansai Gaidai is not able to apply for it very far in advance. Therefore you should expect to receive your Certificate of Eligibility within the three-month period before the beginning of the semester.
Progress on immigration procedures can be retrieved from K-GENESYS.
The best source of information on applying for your visa is on the Kansai Gaidai website.
Please also see the Embassy of Japan in London website for how to apply for your visa.
Students need to have passports valid for the length of the exchange programme. Students from Commonwealth countries do not need a visa to travel to Jamaica, Trinidad or Barbados. Once registered with the University, their International Office will apply for a study permit on your behalf. The fee for this is approx $100
Organise your accommodation, flights and insurance
Some programmes will offer accommodation and meal plans and some will have mandatory health insurance plans - details are on the partner pages.
You must get full health and travel insurance for the entire period of your exchange. This is VERY important!
You can apply for free cover under the university travel insurance.
Register for modules with partner
Many partners will require you to do online registration towards the end of the summer. They will send you information about this.
Keep in touch with the IPO
We'll be emailing you reminders and messages so keep in touch! If you need help, if your contact details change or if you decide not to take part any more - let us know!
While you are away
Arrival and departure certificates
Once you arrive at the university you must send us your completed arrival certificate as soon as possible. This should be signed and stamped by an officer at your host university and is to provide proof that you are fully enrolled overseas.
Download certificate now: Certificate of arrival and departure
Before leaving, you must also get the Departure section signed off.
Final learning agreement
Some universities allow you to preregister modules before you arrive, others register you during orientation week. Regardless, once you have finalised your class selection you must complete and return to us your Final Learning Agreement. If you do not, then your credit transfer may be compromised
Download final learning agreement now: Final Learning Agreement
London Metropolitan University re-enrolment
As you continue to be a student of the University during your exchange period abroad, you must re-enrol for the new academic year. We will email you to remind you exactly when re-enrolment becomes available online.
You access the re-enrolment via evision. After logging in, select 'My enrolment' from the navigation bar, then follow the links.
NOTE: to re-enrol successfully you must have registered modules with the University for the entire academic year (see Accepted students for more details) and have satisfactory fee status.
Stay in touch
We will send email reminders to you of tasks that need completing. Stay in touch and let us know how things are going. If you have problems or don't hear from us for a while, please do contact us.
Some host universities will send out your transcript automatically, in others you must request them before you go. Make sure you know how it works at your host university. See Partner Universities pages or the international office of your host to confirm.
Remember that your modules from the United States or the West Indies will be transferred as credits only, your grades will not be transferred. Grades from modules taken in Japan will be transferred. These modules will be listed separately on Evision, under the section 'Credit Awarded for Prior Learning.'
If you want extra copies of your transcript (we use the original in our University records) you must request these specially while you are still abroad.
Modules for your next semester
Make sure you have finalised the modules that you intend to take when you return for the next semester at London Metropolitan University. You should do this in conjunction with your PAT and your Hub.
After you are back - come and see us
Visit the IPO to discuss your experience - if there's anything we should do to improve or if you just want to tell us what a great time you had!
Check that we have received your transcript of results and that everything is going smoothly.
Impress all your friends with tall tales of your adventures overseas, and maybe volunteer to help us encourage more students to study abroad in the future.
Continuing the experience
If you have enjoyed your semester abroad and would like to continue the experience on your return to London Met, get in touch with the International Programmes Office. We would be happy to put you in contact with newly arrived exchange students from the States and Japan, who would be interested in meeting you and getting your advice as they settle into life in London and at London Met.
The Fulbright Commission
The Fulbright Commission offers the only bi-national transatlantic academic awards programme between the US and the UK.
It offers scholarship awards and summer programmes for UK citizens to study, lecture or research in the US. It also is a valuable source of information about Studying in the US, both on full degree programmes and short term study abroad. The pre-departure pages will be particularly useful for outgoing exchange students!
The Fulbright Commission is part of the Education USA partnership.
Education USA is the U.S. Government source on higher education opportunities in the USA. Their website has good resources about preparing for your visa, finances and more.
Each year BUTEX awards eight scholarships to UK students studying abroad in the USA or Canada, either a semester or for a whole academic year.
The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.
JASSO offers scholarship for qualified international students accepted by Japanese universities or graduate schools under the student exchange agreement on a short-term basis from about three months to one year.
If you fancy working or volunteering abroad over the summer, try BUNAC. They have a wide range of opportunities available.
Anna Boos, autumn 2011/12 Roosevelt University, Chicago
Roosevelt University is conveniently located in the very centre of Chicago. Compared to London Met, it is a small university with only two buildings, which makes it easier to get around. The main building, the Auditorium, is a very elegant architectural building from whose windows you can see the Buckingham Fountain and Lake Michigan. Within seven minutes you can walk to the newly renovated Gage Building, where most of the Communication, Tourism and Business classes are held. It's situated next to the Millennium Park, where a lot of open air concerts and parades take place.
The studying experience differs a lot in terms of assessments, as you'll have various small assessments per semester instead of two to three large ones. Therefore, it's crucial to attend your classes otherwise your grades suffer. The classes are pretty small in general (20 to 25 people), which makes it easy to get to know your fellow students. Another difference is that you can apply for four to six subjects and in the first two weeks of the semester you can decide which ones you want to take. I liked it a lot as you could meet your professor, see what the subject was really about and then decide if you want to take it or not.
Chicago is amazing. Many people don’t know that Chicago is directly located on Lake Michigan, an enormous lake which looks like the sea. There are various sandy beaches and the water is perfect for swimming. You can rent bikes, go running and play volleyball. It is literally a holiday paradise. It is really easy and cheap to get around by public transport, and the cultural life is fabulous too. There are a large number of museums available and, as a resident, you can visit all for free by either getting a library pass or by going on certain days of the week. In the summer there is a huge range of open air festivals like the Lollapalooza, the free Jazz Festival, free Cinema in the Park and a lot more.
Chicago is also a shopping paradise; there is a huge variety of all kinds of shops with great sales. There are various places for partying too. I really enjoyed the clubs in Wicker Park, Old Town and Roscoe Village. However, it can be a big problem if you are under 21, as you cannot enter almost any of the clubs. Sometimes even restaurants and renting a car are difficult too, so be aware of it.
In terms of weather, summers are very hot and winters are quite cold. Generally, there is always a wind blowing, which is why warm clothes are especially recommended for the winter months.
People in Chicago are very friendly and welcoming, which is why it is easy to feel at home quickly.
I would recommend everyone who loves travelling and enjoys meeting new people to go on an exchange semester! All the stress you will probably experience when applying, waiting to be accepted and then getting your visa is worth it. If I had the chance to do it again I definitely would do it!
Whilst studying at Roosevelt, Anna won the Fulbright Commission Photo Contest. See her winning entry and find out more about the contest.
You can read more about Anna's experience in American on her blog.
Cristina Grigore, autumn 10/11 Kansai Gaidai University, Japan
Read Cristina's blog to see what adventures she got up to while studying at Kansai Gaidai.
Sonia Brooks, spring 09/10 UWI Cave Hill, Barbados
The idea of studying abroad for one semester at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill, Barbados, conjured up images of long days spent on the beach reading under a big floppy hat. It was not until my arrival at Grantly Adams Airport that I realised I was thousands of miles away from home and I didn’t know anyone.
However, settling into university life was surprisingly smooth. My accommodation in student halls had already been sorted and the day after arrival my study programme was arranged. All my classes started after 4pm. This really helped as it took me a while to acclimatise to the daytime heat. Class interaction and presentations were a major part of the modules I took. Be under no illusion it is a lot of work and reading; you need to be able to back up your research.
UWI, Cave Hill encourages lifelong learning, is eco friendly and health focused, chickens wander around campus and the occasional monkey can be spotted in the trees. After-class activities vary from keep fit activities to socialising at the student guild or other weekend events. Barbados itself is very easy to travel around, with a flat fare of $1.50 (50p) on all buses.
My initial financial outlay was just under £2,000. That was for fares, accommodation, insurance and equipment needed (eg kettle and fan etc). The living costs on campus were lower than here.
Personally the study abroad experience has given me an inner confidence and the opportunity to experience first-hand Caribbean culture. I hope to use the experience to enhance my degree and future projects.
Tips for students:
- Use student card to maximum effect – get up to half price entry to most tourist sites.
- Find out student discount day at supermarkets.
- Use the free campus bus service to Bridgetown.
- Off-campus accommodation – go through the accommodation officer for much better rates.
Miriam Kuhn, autumn 08/09 Canisius College, New York state
I went on exchange to Canisius College in the autumn semester of 2008/2009 and loved every second of it. If you are thinking of exchanging to Canisius College, I could give you a tonne of reasons why you are about to make the best decision of your life so far, but that would probably be going a bit overboard. Instead, I've chosen my top 10 reasons to help convince you.
Buffalo is located in New York State, just one hour from New York. Buffalo Airport is located only 15 minutes' drive from your dorm at Canisius and low-cost airline Jet Blue operates several times a day, taking you directly to New York’s J F Kennedy Airport. If you want to enjoy some time in the “Big Apple”, Canisius really is the place to be. You'll also be a mere 20 minutes from Niagara Falls and the Canadian border, allowing a day trip to Toronto anytime. Buffalo itself has lots to offer too. It's home to both the Sabres and the Buffalo Bills, two world famous sports teams – watching a match is a breathtaking experience.
Buffalo has amazing shopping facilities nearby. For all shopping addicts, the Walden Galleria Mall is a must. It's situated on the outskirts of Buffalo and can be compared to London’s Westfield Shopping Centre. Better yet, the Niagara Fashion Outlet is also within close proximity. Canisius College staff will take you for a trip to the Niagara Fashion Outlet during your orientation week and there is a shuttle every week to the mall.
3. Parties, clubbing and nights out
Downtown Buffalo is only a few stops on the Metro. As a Canisius student, you will be provided with a free Metro Pass, which covers your journeys all through Buffalo and the surrounding areas on all public transport. Once downtown, there are tonnes of clubs, bars and theatres for every taste lining West Chippawa Street. My favourites clubs include Level, Subzero, Bayou and the Town Ballroom, but gay club Marcella is also a great place to hang out whether you are gay or straight. The theatre district is guaranteed to play something for everybody’s taste with the traditional Alleyway and Kavinoky Theatres, the more homely Irish Classical and the majestic Shea’s theatre, which runs big Broadway productions.
You'll not have to worry about finding your own accommodation. Canisius will provide you with a spacious room on campus in Campion Hall, the International Dorm. It's a great place to live. Each room has their own phone line and there's a massive fully fitted communal kitchen where every resident is provided with their own lockable cupboard and drawer. The dorm also has laundry facilities, a lounge with big TV, two computer labs with PCs, Apple Macs, a printer and its very own pool table. A cleaner comes in every day too – what luxury!
5. Dedicated, committed staff all round
Canisius College is much smaller than London Met. As a result, you can be guaranteed that all staff you deal with will know you by name. I found this tremendously valuable when being so far away from home. The International Student Program (ISP) staff are very engaged, dedicated and helpful. They'll deal with your every query and problem you might have. Their help starts with picking you up from the airport as soon as you arrive in Buffalo and continues with every aspect of life.
6. Terrific orientation week
Your first week at Canisius College will be your orientation week. You and all other international students will be guided through life at Canisius. Members of all different departments of the college will come and talk to you about their functions, how to make optimal use of them and answer all your questions. In addition, the ISP staff will take you on trips – including Niagara Falls! Meals are laid on, and you go and eat out for dinner in various restaurants. You get to know the other international students and, cheesy as this might sound, you will feel like a family by the end of this week.
This week will help you get set up at Canisius for the semester to come. Canisius staff will give you a tour of the campus and Buffalo, help you set up a bank account, take you shopping for stuff you need and make an appointment for you with the dean in charge of your department. The dean will talk to you in detail and will help you sign up for exactly the right classes.
7. Stunning campus
The campus at Canisius is one of my favourite features. Not only is the campus stunningly beautiful, well maintained and has terrific architecture, it also has everything that you might possibly need. There are five eateries on campus, some of which are open until midnight, that serve a variety of food, with something for every taste.
Canisius also has a bookstore on campus, selling everything from clothing to mobile phones. Canisius boasts a library that makes London Met’s learning centre pale in comparison, and runs an on-campus rental place where you can hire DVDs, board games and even cleaning materials for free. Canisius also operates its own mail room and health centre, is home to the beautiful Christ the King Chapel, Montante and the Marie Maday Theatre as well as a superb gym and pool available for free to students. There is also a cash machine on campus.
All the main buildings are connected through underground tunnels, meaning that you don’t have to freeze in the winter when changing classes and rooms. There is also a shuttle operating around campus from 5pm to 2am free of charge. In addition, the campus is very secure. Blue emergency phones connect you directly to the campus police, who patrol all over campus.
8. Activities, clubs, societies and events
You will be spoilt for choice when trying to decide what to do, the many clubs and societies at Canisius are free to join. There are also events happening year round at Canisius: an international festival, diversity day, winter fest, midnight breakfast, Halloween events, sleeping in the quad and the Octoberfest.
Canisius also has 16 NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I athletic teams – the Golden Griffs, and all home games at the Koessler Athletic Centre are free for students. Season openers for the mens' and womens' basketball are especially big, with free food and goodies for all Canisius students. It is worth seeing at least one of these games to get an insight into the American sports culture, even for people who are really not into sports - like myself!
9. Teaching, departments and classes
The teaching style at Canisius is a lot different from the teaching style at London Met. My biggest class, for instance, was 16 people. Classes are a lot more hands-on and less theoretical, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. Classes meet two to three times a week rather than once weekly, but only ever for one hour 15 minutes at a time.
All professors that I was taught by were not only very passionate about their field, but also very experienced and knowledgeable; they engaged with me on a personal level, approached me on a regular basis to ask how I was coping with their classes and showered me with tips and helpful reading material. I felt taken by the hand and well guided throughout my entire stay at Canisius. It was a wonderful feeling.
10. International students' perks!
As an international student, you automatically become part of Global Horizons, an international students’ club at Canisius. They offer lots of events and excursions which you can join for reduced prices. Also, living in Campion comes with its own set of activities. We had crepe parties, Sundae Sundays and a trip to the Haunted Houses for Halloween.
International students can also sign up for a host family, though none of this is mandatory. Your host family will regularly invite you for dinner or take you on trips and just generally show you their way of American life. I spent Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Christmas with my host family and also went for a traditional “Trick or treat” spree at Halloween with them.
In addition, international students can sign up for peer mentoring, where American Canisius students and international students are paired up and get to know each others’ way of life. Your peer mentor will show you around Buffalo, take you to clubs and bars or to the cinema.
Well done you for having read this far without falling asleep! If you haven’t lost interest by now and you are still reading, Canisius is definitely the place you should apply for. I can only say that I had an amazing exchange experience at Canisius College and recommend it to anyone considering to exchange. I promise you hand on heart you won’t regret your choice having gone to Canisius! I wish I could go back and do it time and time again