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Incoming Exchange Students
A warm welcome from the Bournemouth University at BU to all our exchange students!
We hope you have a wonderful time studying with us and join the BU community taking full advantage of the range of opportunities that the University offers, from social events and trips to joining student societies or volunteering in the local community.
BU is a member of the Erasmus+ programme for exchange and we have inter–institutional agreements with a number of partners that participate in the programme. Our Erasmus+ Charter (PDF 2.2mb) and Policy Statement (PDF 21 kb) are available for view. We also have agreements with partner institutions outside the Erasmus+ programme across the world.
If you have not yet applied for an exchange at BU, please contact your International Exchange/Erasmus Coordinator at your home university to check if there is an exchange agreement in place between your university and BU. Please note that exchanges are only possible if there is currently an inter-institutional agreement between BU and your University, and normally only for specific courses previously agreed by both institutions.
Why study at BU?
Bournemouth University attracts students from all over the world due to its unique provision including:
- A vocational dimension – all programmes at BU are very practical, innovative, focused on developing marketable skills and taught by academics with industry links and experience. As such, our students gain a strong professional orientation and are aware of the reality of the industry before even undertaking employment.
- A vibrant community – the BU community is composed of over 17 000 students of which 1,500 are international students from around 130 countries. We have a very active Student’s Union and over 100 student clubs and societies to cater for all interest and cultural groups. The relative closeness of all buildings on both campuses allows for a tight-knit community feel and the high number of events organised really enables social integration of students from all backgrounds.
- Quality student support services – BU is nationally recognised as the number 1 university for the quality of student learning opportunities and the available support in terms of teaching, academic and technological resources, facilities and pastoral care. BUMusic, BUSports and our multi-faith Chaplaincy are only a few examples of the wide array of support services our university counts with.
If you have already confirmed your place on an exchange at BU, congratulations!!! You are set to have the time of your life. We strongly advise you to read the International Students Handbook before you arrive in the UK. You may also find some useful information on the Higher Education Academy's website.
Use these online learning activities to help you prepare for studying in the UK – visit the prepare for success website
The International Mobility Officer is your first point of contact for all questions during your study exchange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you.
Find out more
Length of exchange
- The study exchange will take place during either Semester 1 (September – January) or Semester 2 ( February – June)
- View BU's Term Dates
- International students benefit from dedicated orientation programmes taking place right before the beginning of each semester. Contact the International Mobility Officer for dates and further details, as these might change slightly from year to year.
- You must have successfully completed your first year of study
- You must have the appropriate subject underpinning for the degree you would like to study on
- Your exchange will take place in either your second or final year of study
- You must be nominated by your University for the exchange
- You must have the appropriate level of English
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can read, write, speak and understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements, for most undergraduate courses are normally a minimum of: IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. (View comparison scores between IELTS and other English language tests here.) For some programmes where communication is especially important, the English grades required will be higher.
Please see the information in the English Language Requirements document for further guidance on acceptable English language qualifications.
How many credits can you achieve?
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) allocates 60 credits for a year of full-time study at undergraduate level. This is equivalent to 120 Bournemouth University (BU) credits. One term of study is equivalent to 30 ECTS or 60 BU credits.
Find out about credit and grade information (Word 42kb)
While there is no guaranteed accommodation for exchange students, our Accommodation Service will try to help as much as possible with advice on renting accommodation in Bournemouth or details of any rooms which may be available through the University. Once your exchange has been confirmed you can email the Accommodation Service. Please advise them that you are an exchange student and the dates of your exchange.
What is it like to live in Bournemouth?
Famous for its 12 kilometres of sandy beaches, beautiful parks and gardens and a cosmopolitan atmosphere, Bournemouth blends a traditional British seaside resort with a busy and thriving town. Bournemouth is situated on the south coast of England and is less than 2 hours from London. With a population of just over 163,000, it is large enough to have all the facilities of a big town but small enough that you never feel lost.
The Language Centre
Whilst you are here in Bournemouth, you may wish to continue to develop your language skills through our Languages@BU programme which is a language programme for the independent learner. Once you have enrolled on the Community on MyBU (the University's VLE), you can choose from six languages at four different levels, working at your own pace and choosing when to study. Pathways have been designed so you can target language associated with your area of study and career. For further practice, you can join our Conversation Club sessions with native-speaker students.
Each year we employ students as Facilitators for the Conversation Clubs, so if you are interested in helping others learn your own language please email the Language Centre for further details - you may be able to "earn while you learn".
As an international student your School will provide support, but you may also be looking for additional help to improve your academic and professional English. The English LAB is another Community on MyBU which is designed to help you if English is not your first language. You have the opportunity to work on your English language accuracy and skills through a series of workshops which look at various aspects of the language, for example; grammar, punctuation and pronunciation. For further practice you can join the English Conversation and Culture Club.
How to apply
- Check with your study abroad coordinator at your university whether there is a bilateral agreement between your home institution and BU.
- If this is the case, ask your International Exchange or Erasmus Coordinator to nominate you to us on your behalf by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 30th April for an Autumn start or 31st of August for a Spring start.
- We will reply by sending your coordinator our application pack, which needs to be completed by you and submitted to us by your coordinator on your behalf before 30th June for an Autumn start or 31st October for a Spring start.
- Make sure you use the documents relevant to your study exchange programme. Erasmus+ exchanges apply to students from partner institutions in Europe taking in the Erasmus+ exchange programme. International exchanges apply to students from all other partner universities around the world.
- A complete application pack must include:
International (non-Erasmus) Applications
- If you need any information on courses, units, credits, etc. ask your coordinator to contact us at email@example.com. Please note that you are required to partake in a full semester’s workload (30ECTS) of your chosen course. Currently you cannot "mix and match" at BU. Please make sure you choose your modules from one course and level only. Please do seek academic advice at your home institution to ensure a good fit. Your coordinator must fully endorse your choice of units by providing a signature.
- Evidence of English Proficiency if applicable
Please make sure you meet the English language requirements (PDF - 305KB)
- Photocopy of Transcript
Your latest transcript of records up to date, including a grading scale relevant to your country
- Photocopy of Passport
|Summary of deadlines:||For an Autumn start||For a Spring start|
|To send nominations||30th April||31st August|
|To submit complete applications||30th June||31st October|