So you've been accepted onto the programme by the International Programmes Office and we have nominated you to our partner University. What happens next?
- Prepare the application packet for your host University
- Receive your acceptance packet from your host
- Update student record to show semester abroad
- Apply for a visa
- Organise your accommodation, flights and insurance
- Register modules with partner
- Keep in touch with the IPO
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 yourself - take responsibility for your own knowledge!
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 (see partner details, not all require this)
- photocopy of passport
- proof of funds (an amount usually named by the partner for immigration reasons)
You receive programme information and immigration documents from your host university and start to get excited!
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.
Make sure your student loan is properly organised and, if possible, arrange early payment. Some LEAs 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 UG office to register you for the module code ABROADN, if you study at North, or ABROADC, if you study at City. 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 term before you leave. You will get the chance to change these later but you must register a full time course load in advance.
Please note that we compile this information to the best of our ability and update it as often as possible. However, you should always check the country 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
Download our summary of where to find information about the visas, application process, embassy links and what you can expect arriving in the USA.
A lot of this is links to websites - please read them thoroughly yourself!
It can be difficult to find the right website you need which is why we have collated them here but we have not reproduced all the content as the website will contain the most up-to-date information.
Please see here for a useful guide to preparing for the student visa is available from Education USA. http://www.educationusa.info/pages/students/visa.php
Questions about the visa interview itself? Check out this helpful guide 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 click here for further information
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, the International Office will apply for a study permit on your behalf. The fee for this is approx $100
Some programmes will offer accommodation and meal plans and some will have mandatory health insurance plans - details 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 usually purchase health insurance via your host university.
You can apply for personal belongings cover under the university travel insurance but may wish to supplement this with your own cover.
Many partners will require you to do online registraton towards the end of the summer. They will send you information about this - FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN!
We'll be emailing you reminders and messages so keep in touch! If you need help, if you don't hear from us for a while, if your contact details change or if you decide not to take part any more - let us know!