Guide to applying for an exchange 

Each year we welcome over 200 exchange students onto our Birmingham campus. Taking part in an exchange at Aston is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in British culture, gain experiences to enhance your degree, travel around the United Kingdom and make new friends.

To apply for an exchange:

  • Check the entry requirements

  • Be nominated by your home institution

  • Receive an email confirmation and complete the Aston application form

Entry Requirements 

Aston has partnerships with over 100 institutions all around the world. To take part in a study exchange at Aston, there must be an exchange agreement in place. A full list of exchange partners is available on our partnerships webpage. 

Your University then needs to nominate you using Moveon (your University will be aware of how to complete this). To be eligible, you must: 

  • Have completed a minimum of one or two years' study in Higher Education 

  • Fulfill our English Language Requirements; see the next drop-down box for more information 

English Language Requirements 

If English is not your first language, you must be able to satisfy the University's English language requirements. The level required will depend on the programme you are applying for. 

If you require a visa to study within the UK, you must supply a Secure English Language Test (an IELTS) according to our English Language requirements. Please visit our Visa Advice pages for more information. 

Please view our English language requirements.

Workload and Assessments 

Your workload will normally consist of 60 credits (30 ECTS) per teaching period. For students attending the whole year, this is a total of 120 Aston (60 ECTS) credits. 

Students are expected to complete all assessments required by the modules and must remain at Aston for the examinations. For modules assessed by examinations, these are held at the end of each teaching period, e.g. in January, for teaching period 1. 

Transcripts will be sent directly in the post to students after the relevant exam board has confirmed their marks. Please note that mid-year transcripts cannot be produced for any student even if you are only studying for teaching period one, as all transcripts are produced at the end of the academic year. 

The guidelines in the document below indicate the marks and classifications to be awarded for various standards of student work. The descriptions in the below document are generalised and may vary from individual pieces of work set by academic staff. Find out more about the marking guidelines.

Deadlines

There are two set deadlines by which you must submit your application to us.

These depend on which intake you are applying for: Students arriving in September: Nomination by 1st June, application by 20th June 

Students arriving in January: Nomination by 1st October, application by 20th October 

Contact Us 

Aston Business School: abs_exchange@aston.ac.uk 

Languages and Social Sciences: lss_exchange@aston.ac.uk 

Engineering and Applied Sciences: eas_exchange@aston.ac.uk 

Life and Health Sciences: b.koner@aston.ac.uk 

Erasmus specific: erasmus@aston.ac.uk

Restrictions on Modules

The School of Life & Health Sciences has several restrictions in place surrounding the selection of modules.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to study any lab-based modules due to a strict constraint on spacing and student numbers. Additionally, it will only be possible to undertake modules from Year 1 and Year 2. Please note you will have to select your modules before completing an application form. Due to the nature of the courses offered, it is also advised to take a full year exchange instead of studying for a single teaching period. This will be of greater benefit to you and mean fewer restrictions in selecting modules.

Please note that we cannot offer any undergraduate exchange opportunities in Audiology, Pharmacy, or Optometry. 

Incoming Undergraduate Exchange Students 2020/2021 Fact Sheet

Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led University known for itsworld-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce.

Aston’s four Schools offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Aston promotes and supports academic excellence in everything that we do. You will be taught by academic staff with international reputations in their fields. Access to quality library, learning resources and information technology is an essential part of any university experience and at Aston this is given a high priority. Our learning and teaching facilities are modern, easy to access and user-friendly.

Aston University is located on a well-equipped and friendly campus in the heart of the vibrant city of Birmingham. All of our social, support and academic facilities are based on campus, so you will never have to go far.

Each year Aston welcomes students from over 120 countries, providing a fantastic opportunity for exchange students to study abroad, whilst also having the chance to experience new cultures, meet new people and improve their language skills.

Birmingham

Birmingham is Britain’s second largest city and is internationally recognised as a leader in leisure, entertainment, shopping and sport. Birmingham is an international centre for business, commerce and industry and attracts over 25million visitors each year and the city is a member of the renowned Délice network, certifying our position on the global cuisine map. Aston’s location in the centre of the UK means that Birmingham is easily accessible by road, rail or air. Birmingham Airport is located ten minutes from Birmingham City Centre by train, and London is less than ninety minutes. The central location of the campus means that shopping, restaurants and nightlife are all within a safe and easy walking distance.

What can you study?

Aston University is divided into 4 Academic Schools. You will only be able to study within the School your University has an agreement with, therefore when choosing modules please pick modules from one School and not across each one.
 

Below are the 4 Academic Schools and the subject areas which are available for exchange students:
Engineering & Applied Science (EAS)Life & Health Sciences (LHS) Aston Business School (ABS)Language and Social Sciences (LSS) 
Chemistry
Computer Science
Engineering disciplines (Chemical, Mechanical, and Electronic)
Logistics
Mathematics
Product Design
Biology
Biomedical Sciences
Psychology
Neuroscience
Biomedical Engineering
 
All undergraduate programmes in the Aston Business School - excluding first year modules



 
English Language
English Literature
French
German
International Relations
Politics
Sociology / Social Policy
Spanish
Translation Studies
History 

Applications to Aston Business School, Engineering & Applied Science, Languages & Social Sciences (Undergraduate)

Entry Requirements

The exchange programme allows students to study at Aston for either a full year or one teaching period. Before applying there are a few requirements that you must meet:

be nominated by one of our European partner institutions via Moveon, as part of the Erasmus+ scheme,

 

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. For further information, please visit Sport Aston website.

Support Facilities

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 on the Current Students page.

The Hub, Student Support Services offer disability support, counselling, funding advice and international student support. Further information can be found online at the Aston Hub.

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 our Peer Mentoring page.

Employment and Careers Services

Aston University’s Careers Service is available to all students offering careers guidance, careers information and advice.

The Students’ Union provides advice and guidance on gaining part-time work in the UK. For further information please see the Job Shop website: www2.aston.ac.uk/careers/jobshop

Visas and Health Insurance

Students from outside the EU will need to make sure that they have the necessary visa to enable them to study in the UK. We will issue a ‘short term study visa letter’ for those studying for less than 6 months. Students studying for a full year will need a Tier 4 visa.

For visa advice, please visit www2.aston.ac.uk/current-students/hub/iss/visas/index%20-%20old

EU students should obtain a European Health Insurance card. International students should click on the link below for detailed information relating to healthcare: www.ukcisa.org.uk/International-Students/Study-work--more/Health-andhealthcare/National-Health-Service-NHS-who-is-entitled/

Please see www.astonsu.com/housing/astonstudenthomes/exchange

We recommend that you search for your accommodation in advance, in particular, if you are looking for shared/privatehousing. We recommend that you arrive in the UK early so that you can view properties and make arrangements in person.

If you look outside AstonStudentHomes for accommodation, please be careful which accommodation agencies you use in your search. It is against the law in the UK for an accommodation agency to take fees in advance from prospective tenants in return for details of properties. For tips on how to avoid rental scams please check out Action Fraud: Rental Scams.

Please remember that the University cannot recommend off-campus accommodation properties. It is your responsibility to secure accommodation and find out what options may be available to you.

Term Dates

The academic year is divided into two teaching periods and three terms. Students can either attend for the whole year (Terms one, two and three) or for one teaching period (either Term one and two or Term two and three).

 
Teaching Period 1  Teaching Period 2 
Term One21 September 2020
19 December 2020 
Term Two10 January 2021
1 April 2021
Winter break20 December 2020
9 January 2021 
Easter Break2 April 2021
24 April 2021
Term Two10 January 2021
1 April 2021 
Term Three25 April 2021
12 June 2021


Welcome Week

Aston Welcome Week
At the beginning of your studies, Aston University runs a series of activities to help you settle into your new environment, this is referred to as ‘Freshers’ Week’– itis 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. It also includes School, academic and social activities andis a brilliant opportunity to meet other students.For those students only attending Teaching Period 2 thereis also an Aston Welcome Week in January. Although ona 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!

Cost of Living

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 close to the campus will not require any transportation and any other travel is entirely the student’s own choice.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available to you as an exchange student. If you are a full-time student between September - June. Or if you are a semester only student between September -January, or January- June.

Full Year Exchange Students

We guarantee Aston University campus accommodation to the first 40 full year (September – June) Erasmus and Exchange student applicants, on a first-come-first-served basis. Undergraduate applicants can apply for a 45 weeks and 3 days accommodation contract. Further details can be found on our website.

One Teaching Period Only Exchange Students

On-campus accommodation is also guaranteed for the first 20 Erasmus or Exchange students who are registering for Teaching period 1 (September – January). These 20 rooms will then be available for the first 20 students who are registering for Teaching period 2 (January – June). Please visit www.aston.ac.uk/accommodation for accommodation application and queries.

We also provide support for those seeking alternative accommodation in Birmingham. Students can find out about available off-campus accommodation options available here: www.astonsu.com/housing/astonstudenthomes/exchange.

General Advice

Birmingham is fortunate in that it boasts a wide variety of alternative accommodation for students that are well connected by bus and rail links. However, there are still a number of things to take into consideration when seeking off-campus accommodation. Short term lets are not as easy to find as long term lets. Please seek advice and start your search early.

Alternative off-campus accommodation types:

Private student halls Shared house Flats/Studios Homestay Landlords

Module Choices

There are a number of restrictions in place for selecting LHS modules. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to study any lab-based modules due to the strict constraints surrounding lab spaces, so therefore only class-based modules will be on offer.

Additionally, students will be required to undertake modules from Years 1and 2 only. There might be the option of some final year modules, but this will be indicated on the list provided by LHS at the time of your application. Entry to these final year modules will be assessed on an individual basis following a review of the academic transcripts submitted, as most final year modules have set pre-requisites.

Aston will not be able to process your application without receiving your modules choices and a confirmed learning agreement.

Please note that we are unable to offer any undergraduate exchange opportunities in audiology, pharmacy or optometry.

Workload

Your workload will normally consist of 60 credits (30 ECTS) per teaching period. For students attending the whole year, this is a total of 120 Aston (60 ECTS) credits.

Examinations & Assessments

Modules assessed by examinations are held at the end of each teaching period, e.g. in January for Teaching Period 1 and in May/June for Teaching Period 2. These are compulsory and you must remain at Aston for the examinations.

Transcripts will be sent directly in the post to students after their marks have been confirmed by the relevant exam board.

Application Deadlines

Students coming in September (Full academic Year or Teaching Period 1) - 20th June 2020  Students coming in January (Teaching Period 2) - 20th October 2020

Application

Once Aston has received the student nominations, LHS will be in touch directly with you and your advisor. The International Partnership Coordinator for the School will send a list of module choices available for the subject you wish to study, along with an LHS information sheet and our application form.

You are then required to select your choice of modules and return the completed application form along with the following documents:

Academic transcripts in English or officially translated. English Language Certificate Scanned copy of passport

You must also:

have completed a minimum of one or two years’ study in HigherEducation. Fulfil our English Language requirements -www.aston.ac.uk/international-students/admissions-advice/englishlanguage-requirements

OR

be nominated by one of our international partner institutions. When making a nomination via Moveon, partners must specify which school of study the student wishes to join and their level of English language.

It is important that you write your personal details as they appear in your passport and also provide us with an accurate email address, as we will need to contact you on a regular basis. You will also receive information about accommodation, module selections and welcome/induction events taking place once we have received your completed application form.

Applications to the School of Life and Health Sciences (Undergraduate)

The application process and module selection differs slightly for the School of Life & Health Sciences due to the structure of the programmes on offer.

Entry Requirements

Important information to consider:
The exchange programme allows students to study at Aston for a full academic year, and teaching period exchanges will only be considered on a case by case basis. There is also the possibility of a research/internship for one teaching period under agreed partnership arrangements.Before applying there are a few requirements that you must meet:

be nominated by one of our European partner institutions, as part of the ERASMUS Scheme,

Applications

Once we receive the nomination details from your home institution the relevant School will send you a link to the online application form which you must complete and upload the following documents to:

Scanned copy of your passport Official nomination letter Your academic transcript submitted in English or officially translated English language certificate

You must also:

have completed a minimum of one or two years’ study in Higher Education. Fulfil our English Language requirements -www.aston.ac.uk/international-students/admissions-advice/english-language-requirements/

OR

be nominated by one of our International partner institutions via Moveon.

What Can I Study?