Exchange opportunities for international students

The University of Plymouth welcomes Exchange and Freemover students from all over the world who want to spend part of their degree with us. The team at Plymouth Global is here to help guide you through the opportunities that may be available to you.

  • Broaden your mind and your horizons.
  • Adapt to different cultures and work patterns.
  • Improve your job prospects (employers like multi-cultural employees).
  • Improve your language skills.

Nomination and application

The University of Plymouth accepts Exchange students for either the whole academic year or for one semester through our Bilateral agreements and ISEP. We also consider self-funding students, known as Freemovers, who wish to study at the University of Plymouth for one or two semesters outside of any agreement.

To study abroad with the University of Plymouth you must be nominated by your home institution. Once your nomination has been accepted we will send you a link to our application form for completion and submission. 

We will only accept applications from nominated students.


Semester one   Semester two  
Nomination Application Nomination Application
30 April 31 May 18 October 18 November
You will be notified of the outcome of your application within four weeks of the application deadlines.

Details of all available study abroad modules and our academic advisors can be found by following the link at the bottom of this page.

Semester 1 exam provision 

We communicate routinely with incoming students and their coordinators about semester 1 exams and advise that students should choose classes without exams if they cannot attend our exam period in January. Where students are genuinely unable to do this, (e.g. the University of Plymouth module with the exam is a core module in their home programme), as part of our commitment to internationalisation, our Exams and Awards team will make our system of alternative exam provision available under specific conditions:

1. There must be a genuine clash of semester dates. Simply not wanting to come back after Christmas and/or the cost of coming back is not a good enough reason to request exam provision;

2. Our exchange partner must agree to administer the exam according to our exam rules and regulations (e.g. that the exam begins at the home institution within the UK time window that the exam is taking place at the University of Plymouth). It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their home institution is willing and able to administer the exam under University of Plymouth exam rules and regulations;

3. The Exams and Awards team must be notified in good time so as to be able to make the provision. The notification deadline is 31 October.

We offer two types of exchange

Bilateral exchange

A bilateral exchange is a swap between two students under the terms of special partnership agreements with individual overseas universities, agreed by our faculties, departments and courses. They are usually subject area specific – for example a swap between two history students. Student exchange is tuition fee-free at your host.

Bilateral exchanges take place with partner universities that know us well and we know them well. This means our courses are complimentary making for productive exchange opportunities for you.


If you are a student from one of our partners in the EU, you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant to help you with the costs of your mobility. Erasmus+ is a mobility programme that provides EU-funded grants to students to study or work abroad for up to a year in any of the member states of the EU. Find out more from your Study Abroad office and on the European Commission's website.

ISEP exchange

ISEP is a non-profit educational community dedicated to helping students overcome the financial and academic barriers to overseas study. The University of Plymouth is one of 300 member universities worldwide and has been a member of ISEP since 1984, exchanging an average of 11 students per year through ISEP during this time.

To find out more and to make an application you will need to contact your home university's designated ISEP coordinator and register your account on the ISEP website.

General University of Plymouth entry requirements

Academic requirements

Applicants for our study abroad programmes must to meet the academic standards required of our full-degree entrants. You can apply to be a fee-free exchange student if we have an exchange agreement with your university in your subject area. You should speak to your home university's exchanges department to find out what is available. 

The University of Plymouth requires exchange students to have completed a minimum of one year of a university degree, and the majority of exchange students join us during year two of a three-year degree programme.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English you must have a standard level of English that will enable you to benefit fully from your course of study. We accept your nomination as confirmation that you meet the minimum English language requirement specified in the agreement with your university. Non-EEA nationals requiring a visa to study in the UK may be required to submit an English language certificate.

Our English Language Centre offers a range of courses to help you develop your academic English language skills – both before (pre-sessional courses) and during (term-time workshops) your studies.