Exchange students (non-ERASMUS)


To apply to study abroad at Reading as an exchange student:

  • There must be a valid exchange agreement between the University of Reading and your home university.
  • Your home university must officially nominate you and receive confirmation from Reading that you can apply to join our Study Abroad programme.
  • You must meet all entry requirements stipulated in the information you receive.


You will need to:

  • Complete the online application form (including provisional module choices) – The Erasmus & Study Abroad Office will provide you with the links and details.
  • Email a scanned copy of the full application form, signed by you and signed / stamped by your home university, to the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office (
  • Provide a detailed transcript (in English), of your studies so far, confirming that you have achieved a cumulative GPA 3.0 (on a 4 point system) or the equivalent of 60% in the UK system. Please note: your transcript must be an official English language transcript produced by your home university. A document you have translated into English yourself is not acceptable.
  • Provide evidence of your levels of English language competence, if required (see ‘Language requirements’ section).

NB – Art and Typography & Graphic Design students: you will be required to submit a selection of your most recent work (approximately 15 images) on a PowerPoint, PDF, or online cloud drive).

Application Deadlines

1 June 2022 for September 2022 start 

1 November 2022 for January 2023 start

Module selections

In principle, students can select any module advertised on our Study Abroad Programme module pages, if approved by your home university and permissible under the terms and conditions of the exchange agreement between the University of Reading and your home institution.

Language requirements

Non-native English speakers (as defined by UKVI) will need to demonstrate the following levels of competence in reading, writing, speaking and comprehension of English as part of your application. The qualification should normally have been awarded within 2 years of joining the Study Abroad Programme. Please note that certificates produced by your home university cannot be accepted.

Qualification Full TitleQualification Short NameScore Required
International English Language Test ScoreIELTS6.5 (with no element scoring less than 6.0)
 Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT (internet-based version)TOEFL (internet-based)88 (with no less than 17 in Listening & Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking)
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in EnglishCPEC
Test of English for Educational PurposesTEEP6.5

If you do not meet the necessary language requirement it is possible to register for the Pre-sessional English Language programme before you join our Study Abroad programme (please note however that TOEFL scores will not be acceptable for entry onto the Pre-sessional English Language programme). You will though need to factor in the time and cost of attending this programme before the Study Abroad Programme.

Visa requirements

Please note: you must not apply for any visa until you have received and accepted your offer of a place on the Study Abroad Programme from the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office.

The type of immigration permission / visa you will require depends on how long you are going to study in the UK.

If you are going to join the Study Abroad Programme for 6 months or less (i.e. semester only students) you can obtain a visa / immigration permission as a Standard Visitor or as a Student.

However, if you are going to join us for longer than 6 months (i.e. full academic year students), you will need to apply for and obtain a Student visa before travelling to the UK. This includes EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals who enter the UK after 31 December 2020 and are not eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme.

The University will provide you with the relevant documentation to support your immigration application. You can use the UK Visas and Immigration online tool to check if you need a UK visa: “Check if you need a visa?”

If you need more information, guidance, advice, and support with immigration matters, you can contact the University’s International Student Advisory Team. The Erasmus & Study Abroad Office works closely with colleagues in this team to support students in this area.