What you need to know

Click on the drop-down menus below to find out all the essential information about exchanges at Aston.

Important Term Dates

The academic year is divided into two teaching periods. Students can either attend for the whole year (September to June) or for one teaching period (either September to January or January to June). 

Please note that these dates are for Undergraduate students only, Postgraduate students should refer to the school they are applying for.


Teaching Period 1

Fresher’s Week

16 September 2017

Teaching Period One ends - Christmas Break

16 December 2017 – 7 January 2018

Teaching Period One Exams

8 January 2018 – 20 January 2018

Teaching Period 2

Welcome Week for January Starters

16 January 2018

Teaching Period Two starts

22 January 2018

Easter Break

24 March 2018 – 15 April 2018

Teaching Period Two

16 April 2018 – 4 May 2018

Teaching Period Two Exams

7 May 2018 – 9 June 2018


Teaching Period 1

 Fresher's Week

17 September 2018
 Teaching Period One ends - Christmas Break

15 December 2018 - 12 January 2019
 Teaching Period One Exams

 7 January 2019 - 19 January 2019

Teaching Period 2

 Teaching Period Two                        
 13 January 2019 - 29 March 2019
 Easter break

 30 March - 23 April 2019
 Teaching Period Three

 24 April - 15 June 2019

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Welcome Weeks

International Orientation Week & Freshers’ Week

Prior to the start of your studies Aston University runs activities to help you settle into your new environment, this is referred to as ‘International Orientation’ – it is essential that you attend! The orientation is planned with you in mind and provides valuable information and guidance in preparation for your studies and life in the UK.

After International Orientation, the University runs a week of welcome activities for all new students, including those who live in the UK, before teaching starts. This week is called Freshers’ Week. It includes School, academic and social activities and is a brilliant opportunity to meet UK students.

For those students only attending Teaching Period 2 there is also a Welcome Week in January. Although on a smaller scale it is aimed at helping you settle into life at Aston and providing you with important information and guidance. It is also, of course, your chance to meet other students already on campus and make friends!

Birmingham is bursting with bars, pubs and clubs. There's something for everyone, and many places have student nights with special offers and discounts.
Students Union

Aston Students’ Union exists for one reason...

...to positively impact on the life of every student. 

Whether it is through representing your views to the University, coordinating the many clubs and societies on offer, solving welfare issues, organising BIG events on and off campus or campaigning for the changes you need, we are here to support you!

The organisation is run for students by students, with four full-time Executive Officers elected annually to direct it and represent its students. The Students' Union offers the opportunity for students to get involved and make their issues and suggestions heard – a collective voice of over 10,000 people.


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Services & Facilities

- Union shop

- John Smith Book Shop

- Student CopyShop

- Student Jobshop

- The ARC (Advice & Representation Centre)

- Student Activities

- The Strand Hair Salon

- B4 Bar


Clubs & Societies

There are over 30 clubs and 70 societies on campus you can join, giving you plenty of opportunity to try something different and meet new people.

Visit their website here.

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Food & Drink

As part of Aston Student Village there is an on-campus supermarket, Tesco, where you can buy all your food and other essentials. Additionally there are two pubs on campus which serve both food and drink, or alternatively there is a Subway located in the Students Union.

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MLK - Multi Faith Centre

The Martin Luther King Multi-Faith Centre (MLK) is a welcoming place for students and staff of any faith or background. The MLK centre is used by a variety of groups and hosts a number of events and activities throughout the years. We are situated at the heart of the campus opposite the library. Please feel free to pop in and see us, browse our webpages for more information.

The Martin Luther King Multi Faith Chaplaincy Team are a support service for staff and students and seek to serve people of all Faiths and none offering pastoral care and support to all regardless of their background. We are particularly concerned with issues that are religious, international, social and political. We seek to help people explore life's great themes of Justice, peace, mutual understanding and the search for the meaning of life.



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Health Services

Aston takes the health of its students very seriously and provides an on-campus health centre. In the centre you will find a dentist surgery, opticians and a health drop-in centre.

There is also a doctors surgery just off-campus in the city centre. It offers a confidential student health service and welcomes Aston students who live in Birmingham.

Sport Aston 

Aston University students have excellent sports facilities right on their doorstep. Whether you want to train, compete, keep fit or just have fun with friends, Aston can provide you with a great range of opportunities. Our facilities are staffed by trained first-aiders and lifeguards.

Sport at Aston is for everyone (not just the elite performers), whether you want to try something new, or continue with a sport you already enjoy. We can provide a range of opportunities, whatever your motivation - training towards an event, keeping fit, competing or just have fun with friends.

For further information, please visit the Sport Aston website: www.aston.ac.uk/sport

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Student Support

Aston University offers a range of services to support students with both academic and personal issues. These include personal tutors for each student and many other services provided by the Aston Schools, central University departments and the Students’ Union.

Further information can be found at: www.aston.ac.uk/current-students/

The Disability Team (formerly DANU) offers a totally confidential service and can give advice on disability related issues, including disclosure. We help students to access support for a variety of disabilities and additional needs such as dyslexia, sensory loss, mental health, mobility and unseen health conditions. Contact with the Team is welcome from early application right through to graduation.

Further information can be found at: www1.aston.ac.uk/current-students/hub/danu/

Employment and Careers Services

Aston University’s Careers Service is available to all students offering careers guidance, careers information and advice. www1.aston.ac.uk/careers/

The Students’ Union provides advice and guidance on gaining part-time work in the UK. For further information please see the Job Shop website: www.astonunion.com/jobshop/

Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentoring

Further to the support facilities Aston is delighted to be able to offer all our exchange students a mentor during their time at Aston. This is a support scheme run by students for students and provides a great source of support from someone who has experience of being an Aston student. For more information please visit:


It is recommended that you budget £1015 per month, which includes accommodation, food, books, clothes, local travel and spending money.

Aston, however, is a self-contained University based in the City Centre of Birmingham, therefore students living on campus will not require any transportation and any other travel is entirely the student’s own choice.

For more information about finance please click here.

Students from outside the EU will need to make sure that they have the necessary visa to enable them to study in the UK.

For visa advice, please click here.

Healthcare treatment in the UK is generally provided by the National Health Service (NHS). Some treatment is free for everyone, such as accident and emergency services at a hospital, but others you will have to pay for or have adequate medical insurance for, such as follow-up treatment or if you need to be admitted into hospital.

For information on how healthcare in the UK works and any fees you may have to pay, visit UKCISA: https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Studying--living-in-the-UK/Health-and-healthcare

EU students should obtain a European Health Insurance card. International students should click here for detailed information relating to healthcare.

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