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Applying to study at Bath as an Erasmus+ or exchange student

How to apply for an Erasmus+ or exchange programme, the deadlines you need to know, and your visa and English language requirements.

Exchange programmes for incoming students

You can apply to study at Bath for one semester or a full academic year if:

  • you are at a university outside the UK
  • your home institution has an exchange agreement with us in the appropriate subject area

Erasmus+

The Erasmus+ programme is the European Union's funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. It governs study exchange agreements in European countries. Students who study abroad on this programme are known as Erasmus+ students.

The University of Bath has been awarded an Erasmus charter to take part in the programme.

To be eligible, there must be an Erasmus+ Inter-Institutional Agreement between your home institution and Bath. The agreements can change on a yearly basis. We recommend you to check the list of our Erasmus+ partners and ask the Erasmus+ co-ordinator at your university.

Exchange programme

You can also apply to Bath as an exchange student if you are from one of our international exchange partners.

Tuition fees

You continue to pay tuition fees to your home institution (if applicable) but do not pay tuition fees at Bath.

How to apply

  1. Check with your university if they have a valid Erasmus+ or exchange agreement with Bath.

  2. Your university needs to nominate you to Bath. Find out the process at your home institution.

  3. We will invite you to complete the application form after we receive your nomination.

  4. The academic department will assess your application. We will email you within eight weeks of the application deadline to tell you if your nomination has been successful or not.

  5. Your offer letter will tell you if you have been allocated a place in our University accommodation and, if so, how to apply for it. Remember that university accommodation is limited. You may be required to find private sector accommodation.

  6. We will send you information about how to apply for a study visa to the UK after you have accepted your offer of admission.

Application deadlines for students starting in 2022/23 academic year

  • 1st April for semester 1/full academic year
  • 15th October for semester 2

Document requirements

You will need to have the following documents, in electronic format, ready to send together with your application form:

  • Official academic transcript
  • Valid passport
  • Proof of English

Please note that if documents are not issued in English, we require both the original and an official English translation.

Your study programme

Bath uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). You must take between 24-30 ECTS credits each semester.

At least 12 credits per semester must be from your host department. You must include your unit choices in your application in order of preference. The new module lists for 2022/23 will be available in the Programme & Unit Catalogues.

You can then choose a maximum of 12 credits from outside your host department.

English language requirements

All of our programmes are taught in English. You will need to show that you have a satisfactory level of spoken and written English before you come here.

The usual minimum entry requirement for entry as an Erasmus, Exchange or Visiting student at undergraduate level is B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in the four components – reading, writing, speaking and listening.

All non-native speakers are required to demonstrate that they have achieved this level. If you require a Student Visa: your English qualification must be from the UK Visas and Immigration list of approved English language tests and has to be taken within two years of the start date of your studies here at Bath.

If you do not require a Student Visa: you can either submit an English qualification from the list of approved English language tests or a formal letter from your home university attesting to your English language level. This letter must state the following information:

  • Your overall CEFR level
  • Your CEFR level in each of the four components – reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • The method of assessment/test taken to confirm your CEFR level
  • The date when you took the assessment/test (this must be within the last 12 months from the date of your application)

You will then also need to send a sample of your academic written work and take part in a language interview with a member of staff from the University of Bath.

We offer both pre-sessional and in-sessional courses for improving English language skills.

Visa requirements

All prospective international students coming to study in the UK for a course lasting more than 6 months, including those from the EU, EEA (except Ireland) and Switzerland who have not secured other immigration status on or after 1 January 2021, will need to apply for a Student visa and receive a decision, before they arrive. Students who are intending to enrol on a Pharmacy programme of any length that includes rotations must also apply for this visa.

Students intending to come to the UK to study a course lasting less than 6 months may be eligible for a Standard Visitor visa.

More information can be found on our Student Visa Page.

Enquiries

If you have any questions, please contact us.