How to apply as an Exchange/Study Abroad Student

Learn more about how to apply as a Study Abroad or Exchange Student

Before you submit an online application, you will need to confirm that your home university has a student exchange/study abroad agreement with us.

Important update for EEA nationals (excluding the Republic of Ireland)

For EEA nationals who entered the UK on or after 01/01/21:

For EEA nationals who entered the UK on or before 31/12/20:

  • entitled to stay in the UK until 30/06/21
  • if you wish to remain in the UK beyond 30/06/21, you must submit an application to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) on or before 30/06/21.

The status of EEA nationals who are already inside the UK and have submitted applications to the EU Settlement Scheme, is unaffected by this change to the immigration rules.


Your home institution must send an email nomination on your behalf to

Nominations must include the following:

  • Applicant's full name
  • E-mail address
  • Proposed length of stay (Semester 1, 2 or both)
  • Subject area
  • Level (Undergraduate or Postgraduate)
  • Transcript


In order to assess your application your latest transcript is required from your home institution, this must include your current Grade Point Average (GPA) and modules (classes) completed to date.

We can accept official or unofficial transcripts; unofficial transcripts must have clear evidence that they have been formally issued by your home institution, such as through a watermark or logo/crest.

Our GPA requirement is 3.0 or equivalent.

ALL transcripts submitted must include:

  • Name of your home institution/university
  • Name of your programme of study, course or major
  • List of all completed modules (courses) to date
  • GPA or equivalent
Please note: we only accept transcripts in English. If your original transcript is not in English, you must provide an official translation.

English Language requirements

Any students requiring a Student Visa (EU nationals included) will have to meet the minimum English language requirements of CEFR B2 (in all four components) for degree level study.

They must also meet the university’s English language requirements if these are higher.  They can demonstrate that they meet the requirements using tests/qualifications that have been approved by the university.

Students coming for one semester only will not need a Student visa ad therefore must meet the university’s English language requirements only.

Invitation to Apply

Once we receive your nomination e-mail and transcript you will be invited you will be invited to apply.

Submit your application

Go to the online application portal

1.  Create a log in ID and password

  • the login ID must be unique to you and up to 9 characters
  • the PIN must be six numeric characters
  • remember these details as you will be able to save and return to your application as many times as you like before finally submitting it.

2.  From the drop-down menu select the application type: Exchange/Study Abroad.

3.  In the programme choice drop down menu select Erasmus or Study Abroad.

4. Enter your campus, subject and semester of study. If you are an Erasmus student, you will need your home institution Erasmus code.

Application Received

Once your application is received you may be asked to provide evidence of your English Language.

You will receive an e-mail once your application has been accepted.

Module information

For information regarding modules you can contact the study adviser for your subject area or refer to our module section.

Certain modules within the Belfast School of Art and Belfast School of Architecture require a portfolio.

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