The University has a range of links with institutions overseas that may 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:
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 or can combine overseas exchange with an Erasmus link
- 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 to have the prerequisites for study on their 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 a bilateral 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 certain degree courses.
When can I go?
- In your second year you have the option of going to the USA, West Indies and Japan
- In the first semester of your third year Japan may be a possibility depending on your course
- Spring semester is only possible in the USA and West Indies if your course has no examinations in January, you must have coursework only due to term dates
For how long can I go?
- Overseas exchanges to the USA and West Indies are for one semester only
- Full year may be possible to Kansai Gaidai as the grades are returned, provided there are sufficient modules available in your subject area
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 as your grades are returned.
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:
- English test fees (if TOEFL or IELTS requirements apply, see partner information)
- visa application and SEVIS fees - $340 - $360 USD depending on visa status
- room & board - approx $3,000 - $5,500 USD
- books and supplies - $500-$600 USD
- travel to and from host country
- travel, health and medical insurance - $400 - $450
- personal expenditure - $3,000
All costs are estimated and may be greater or less than stated. You should budget for between £5k-£7k. 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 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 via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Make sure you have done some preliminary research first.
- If you have the support of your tutor - apply!
Finding the right course
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 is on offer at a partner university. Make friends with your academic advisor!
- Search the content of the courses at the partner universities 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 cannot 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 is covered in your modules, do not expect classes to have exactly the same title or even the department to have the same name. Be creative in your searches and you will 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 is 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.
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.
Canisius College - Buffalo, New York
Roosevelt University - Chicago, Illinois
San Diego State University - San Diego, California
San Francisco State University - San Francisco, California
State University of New York at Cortland - Cortland, New York
The University of the West Indies:
Cave Hill, Barbados
St Augustine, Trinidad
Kansai Gaidai University - Osaka
To avoid extending your degree, you must obtain approval from your academic advsior that the semester abroad will fit into your degree structure.
While you are 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.
Complete the Exchange application form 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. Completed application forms should be submitted to the International Programmes Office (IPO) and should list 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 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.
London Met grades are published and students who meet the conditions are contacted by the IPO
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.
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.
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.
You will 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.
Application fee: $160
SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee: $200
US DEPARTMENT OF STATE WEBSITE - J1
Application fee: $160
SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee: $180
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 / country of domicile. To do so, it is necessary to obtain certificates of eligibility, which will enable them to apply for 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 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 the 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 let us know how everything is going. 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.
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 learning agreement. If you do not, then your credit transfer may be compromised
Download 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.
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. Look at the partner website 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 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.
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