Overseas exchange

Overseas exchange

The University has a range of links with institutions overseas that allow you to spend part of your course in another country. Studying in a foreign country is a fantastic experience and is a wonderful addition to your CV.

We have exchange agreements with universities outside Europe, the majority of which are in the USA, as well as opportunities in Japan and the West Indies. 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. 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 if the University doesn't have an appropriate Erasmus link for your subject area, then you will not be able to study abroad.

The overseas exchange programme at London Metropolitan University is run by the Study Abroad Office:

Study Abroad Office
TS1-07 Tower Building
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
N7 8DB

For further information, please email us at studyabroad@londonmet.ac.uk

Who can apply?

Students who:

  • are on a full-time undergraduate degree programme
  • will be in their second year during the exchange period
  • have the option to take single-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, which are 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 page for information about each of the universities we work with.

The majority of our exchanges are in North America and are not subject specific. However, there are some exceptions. 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, although at a reduced rate if away for a year.

  • 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 with Student Finance England if necessary).
  • Students are responsible for the following costs:
  1. visa application and SEVIS fees: $100-$330 USD depending on visa status
  2. room and board: approximately $3,000-$5,500 USD
  3. books and supplies: $500-$600 USD
  4. travel to and from the host country
  5. personal expenditure: $3,350

All costs are estimated and may be greater or less than stated. You should budget for £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 Course Leader as to whether an exchange would be possible as part of your degree course
  • 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 with the Study Abroad team. Make sure you have done some preliminary research first!
  • If you have the support of your tutor - apply!

Finding the right course

All the possible study abroad links are listed on our Partner Universities tab below. If you have a particular university in mind but it isn't in the list, you won't be able to apply there.

Do your research when it comes to modules and courses

Find out what the requirements are for your London Met course, 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, etc. Make friends with your academic adviser!

Search the content of the courses at the partner universities and identify those classes 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. You'll find a lot of differences with foreign institutions. 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 keywords 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 as you carry out your research in order to have a better chance of finding something that fits.

Be flexible

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.

Partner universities

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

North America

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

West Indies

The University of the West Indies:
at Cave Hill, Barbados
at Mona, Jamaica
at St Augustine, Trinidad


Kansai Gaidai University – Osaka

The application process

You will need to complete an Exchange application form 2021 . 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 Study Abroad Office and should list a first and second choice of host university.

For autumn semester abroad: 1 March
For spring semester abroad: 15 September                

Where appropriate, students will be conditionally accepted (subject to meeting grade requirements) on the programme and then sent the partner application form to prepare. Conditional acceptance depends on the number of places available with each partner institution. This number varies and cannot be predicted in advance.

Grades are released in February for the autumn semester and June 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 endeavour to match them to their second choice.

We nominate our students to our partners. The application that you've prepared is checked by us and sent to our partner institution. 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.

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 page for further information.

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 your semester abroad

Re-enrol online for the academic year in which you will be abroad. You still need to be a registered student at London Met. Make sure your student loan is properly organised and, if possible, arrange early payment. Normally Studen Finance England (SFE) require confirmation from us that this exchange period is a part of your degree. We can provide this – just ask!

You must ask your Hub to register you for the module code ABROAD for the semester/s during which you're abroad. You must withdraw from any London Met modules taking place during the semester abroad.

You must also register on 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
SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee: $350


Immigration document: DS2019

Application fee: $160
SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee: $220

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 you to obtain student visas.

Please note that the Certificate of Eligibility is valid for only three months from the date of issue and it becomes invalid if the landing application is not filed within that period. This means that Kansai Gaidai University is unable to apply for it very far in advance. Therefore you should expect to receive your Certificate of Eligibility within the three-month period prior to the start of the semester.

Progress on immigration procedures can be retrieved from K-GENESYS which is the Kansai Gaidai application portal.

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.

West Indies

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 approximately $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 have 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 the partner institution

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 Study Abroad Office

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: Certificate of arrival and departure 2021

Set yourself a reminder to get the Departure section signed off before you leave your host university.

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 your Final Learning Agreement to us. If you don't your credit transfer may be compromised.

Download final learning agreement: Final Learning Agreement 2021  

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. You should receive an email to tell you when you can do this. 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 on modules with the University for the entire academic year (see the Accepted students tab above for more details) and have satisfactory fee status.

Stay in touch

We'll send you email reminders for tasks that need completing. Do stay in touch and let us know how things are going. 

Returning students


Whilst some host universities will send out your transcript automatically, at others you must request it before you return to London. Make sure you know how the process works at your host university. You can find out via the partner university's website or the international office at your host institution to confirm. 

Remember that your modules from the United States or the West Indies will be transferred as credits, and 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 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. Be sure to keep your Hub updated as you make these decisions.

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 Study Abroad 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.


The Fulbright Commission

The Fulbright Commission is 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 carry out research in the US. You'll find invaluable advice on the website about studying in the US, both on full degree programmes and short-term study abroad placements. The pre-departure pages are especially useful for outgoing exchange students!

Education USA

The Fulbright Commission is part of the Education USA partnership. Education USA is the US Government resource for higher education opportunities in the USA. Their website has useful resources about preparing for your visa, finances and more.


Each year BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to UK students studying abroad in the USA or Canada, whether that's for 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, the Japanese Student Services Organisation, offers scholarships to international students who have been 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.

Student perspectives

Anna Boos, autumn 2011/12 Roosevelt University, Chicago

Roosevelt University is conveniently located in the very centre of Chicago. Compared to London Met, it's a small university with only two buildings, which makes it easier to get around. The main building, the Auditorium, is a very elegant building from whose windows you can see the Buckingham Fountain and Lake Michigan. Within seven minutes you can walk to the Gage Building, where most of the Communications, 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 study 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 will 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 classes 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. It's 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's a holiday paradise. It's 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 can't enter any of the clubs. Sometimes even restaurants and renting a car are difficult too, so be aware of it.

Summers are very hot and winters are very cold. Generally, there is always wind blowing, which is why warm clothes are recommended.

People in Chicago are very friendly and welcoming and it's easy to feel at home quickly.

I would recommend that everyone who loves travelling and enjoys meeting new people go on an exchange semester. Any nervousness you may 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!


Whilst studying at Roosevelt, Anna won the Fulbright Commission Photo Contest.

You can read more about Anna's experience in America 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's 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.

The study abroad experience has given me an inner confidence and the opportunity to experience Caribbean culture first-hand. I hope to use the experience to enhance my degree and future projects.

Tips for students:

  • use the 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 going on an exchange to Canisius College, I could give you a ton 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.

1. Location

Buffalo is located in New York State, just one hour from New York city. 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. It's home to both the Sabres and the Buffalo Bills, two famous sports teams – watching a match is a breathtaking experience.

2. Shopping

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 tons of clubs, bars and theatres for every taste lining West Chippewa Street. My favourite 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.

4. Accommodation

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 its 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 a 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 every query and problem you might have. Their help starts with picking you up from the airport when 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 items 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 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 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'll 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 Oktoberfest.

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 men's and women's 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 me!

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, had only 16 students registered. 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 say that I had an amazing exchange experience at Canisius College and recommend it to anyone considering an 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.