Non-European exchange

Studying abroad at Ulster University is all about variety, flexibility and trying new things.

You can join us for one semester or the full academic year, and transfer the credit for work successfully completed to your home institution.

If you study with us through an exchange programme you will continue to pay the tuition fee of your home institution but if you study with us through a study abroad programme you will be required to pay a tuition fee to Ulster University.

Am I eligible?

We welcome applications from students:

  • Who have completed at least one year in full-time higher education by the point of intended entry to Ulster University.
  • Who have been nominated by one of our non-European partner universities to study through an exchange or study abroad programme.
  • Whose home institution does not have an agreement with Ulster University and are applying independently*.

* Students wishing to study abroad at Ulster University independently are also referred to as occasional students. If you fall into this category you should contact the International Department for details on applying and tuition fees.

Please consult with your home institution or refer to our list of study abroad and exchange partner universities to check if your university has a study abroad or student exchange agreement with Ulster University.

We also work with a number of study abroad providers who offer a complete study abroad package for students. If you would prefer to apply through one of the providers listed below, please contact them directly:

Academic requirements

You should be in good academic standing with your home institution, with an accumulative US GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier four visa purposes.

Ulster University recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

How to apply

Students who are applying to study abroad through an existing study abroad or exchange agreement must be nominated by their home institution. Nominations should be emailed to our Study Abroad Team. Once you have been nominated we will be in touch directly.

If you are applying independently, as an occasional student, please apply directly using our online application system. We do not charge an application fee and we will acknowledge receipt of all applications.

If you are applying through a study abroad provider you should use their application form and follow their procedures.

Key dates are provided below. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the application deadline. You may normally expect to hear from us within four weeks of submitting a completed application.

Semester One (Fall) or full academic year

Nomination Deadline: 31 May
Application Deadline: 30 June

Semester Two (Spring)

Nomination Deadline: 31 October
Application Deadline: 30 November

Completed applications

An application is only considered complete when we have received the following information:

  • nomination from a partner institution, where appropriate
  • completed Ulster University application form
  • an up-to-date and official academic transcript (in English)
  • one academic reference
  • personal details page of your passport
  • evidence of your English proficiency, where appropriate

Applicants who are not in good standing with their home institution will not be offered a study abroad place at Ulster University. Nomination by a partner institution or study abroad provider does not guarantee a place with us. All decisions on admissions are made by Ulster University.