If you are interested in taking part in a semester or full year exchange or work placement, first check the Opportunities page and talk to your department's academic exchange coordinator to see if your college has an exchange opportunity available that suits you and fits with your course.

This notification relates only to exchanges the academic year 2020/21 – Semester 2 applicants

We appreciate that many students will have greater concerns right now, but as we are now receiving enquiries from students about next year's exchanges we wanted to give you some more information. Applications for exchanges for 2020/21 – Semester 2, will be continuing as normal for the time being.

We will be constantly reviewing the situation as this is clearly a very dynamic and changing situation and student safety will continue to be a paramount concern. We would currently advise students to consider applying for Semester 2 exchanges as normal until otherwise advised, in which case a notification will be sent – applications will open from 20 April 2020. If you are interested in applying for Semester 2 exchanges, please look out for the opening of the application window for this which will be sent to all students on 20 April.

This notification related to exchanges applicants for the academic year 2020/21 – Full Year and Semester 1

Full year and Semester 1 exchanges for the academic year 2020/21 will continue as normal for the time being – we are constantly reviewing the situation as this is clearly a very dynamic and changing situation and student safety will continue to be a paramount concern. We would currently advise students to continue applying for Full Year and Semester 1 exchanges as normal until otherwise advised, in which case a notification will be sent. Please await your conditional offers and further information on application from the Student Mobility Team or your exchange partner.

Applying for an exchange

Before you apply

  • Research the institution(s) or countries you are interested in by going on the ‘Global Opportunities’ section on Blackboard.
  • Select a first and second institution for exchange, if available we strongly recommend that you select two different choices of universities for exchange.
  • Look at module catalogues on Blackboard for the institutions you have selected and arrange a meeting with your academic exchange coordinator to discuss which modules you can take during your exchange.
  • Please contact the Disability Learning Support Team if you require any additional support or adjustment, the Student Mobility Team works with them to ensure that all students make the most of their exchange opportunity.
  • Prepare your personal statement of 300-500 words (in a Word document so that you can copy and paste into your application) explaining why you should be selected for the exchange programme.
  • Students are allocated their first or second choice where possible, however exchange places are subject to availability and cannot always be guaranteed.

How to apply

  • To check eligibility and apply, visit the Global Opportunities Blackboard 'how to apply for an exchange' page
  • Follow the link to Engage. If you are eligible, follow the instructions to complete your application

If you have any questions, contact your Student Mobility Officer.

Deadlines to apply for exchanges

  • 20 April – 14 June 2020 – Application window for those intending to apply for a semester two exchange in 2020/21

Eligibility

Selection for a semester/year study exchange will be based on:

Academic mark and academic standing

  • You must have an average grade of 55% or above. Marks lower than this threshold will not be considered. 
  • You must also be in good academic standing and not be subject to any student disciplinary proceedings. 
  • If you have referred assessment or failed modules you will not be eligible to take part in the exchange programme. 
  • Students with the highest grade average will be given the first choice of host university if there are more applications than places available. 

Personal statement

A strong personal statement should include:

  • How the exchange programme is relevant to your studies and how you would benefit academically from taking part

  • Why you have chosen the particular host institutions and how this will contribute to your academic and personal development
  • How you would benefit personally and/or culturally from taking part in the exchange programme
  • Which of the Westminster graduate attributes you would gain from the experience and how it would help with your future employability
  • Your statement needs to be well-written with a high standard of English, correct grammar and free of spelling mistakes.

Relevance to your degree programme 

  • Students who have to study in a specific country as part of their degree (for example, Language degree programmes) will be given priority for those destinations. 

Widening participation

Students from the following groups will be prioritised as part of the University’s pledge to UUKI’s Stand Out Campaign

  • Disability: those who are registered with the Disability Learning Support team
  • BME: those who are identified as black or minority ethnic group
  • Low socio-economic background: those who are in receipt of the full maintenance loan

First-time applicants

  • Students who have not previously taken part in an overseas study, work or volunteering programme at the University of Westminster will be given priority if there are not enough places available to meet demand.

If there are insufficient exchange places, students will be offered an alternative mobility opportunity (e.g. summer school).

If your application is unsuccessful, the Student Mobility Team will advise you of the reasons.

Students with additional needs

If you have additional needs and have found an exchange that fits with your degree, the first step is to discuss it with your course tutor or your academic exchange coordinator to find out what support they can give you.

You can also contact our Disability Learning Support team for confidential advice.

The Student Mobility Team would be happy to meet with you and help you prepare for your exchange.

If you are going on an Erasmus+ exchange, you can apply for additional funding on top of the standard Erasmus+ grant to help with additional needs. Contact the Student Mobility Team for more information.

Next steps

Once you have been confirmed to go abroad, have a look at our pages on what to do before, during and after your trip. These pages will provide you with helpful checklists and tips to ensure that you are fully prepared for your experience.