Four international students posing for a photograph at the Interfaith Dinner

Study abroadInternational exchange

Worldwide programmes

The University of Strathclyde has student exchange agreements with a range of Universities around the world which enable students to spend one or two semesters at Strathclyde on a visiting, exchange basis.  Check our current list of partners here.  If your University does not have an exchange agreement with the University of Strathclyde you may wish to consider applying on an independent visiting basis for one or two semesters.

Tan, exchange student

Tan is an engineering student at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He recently chose Strathclyde as his study abroad option and loved every minute of it. Hear his story!

How to apply

All exchange nominations and applications must be made through the Mobility Online system.  We are unable to accept nominations by email.  The Recruitment & International Office has emailed all partner institutions with login details and a User Guide explaining how to make their nominations.  If you haven't received this please contact the Exchange Team to request these details.

Log on to our nomination portal Mobility Online.

Once a nomination is submitted and approved by Strathclyde, the applicant student will receive an automatic email from the system inviting them to register to enable them to submit a full exchange application.  This will include uploading the following documents in support of their application :-

  • current academic transcript
  • academic reference (letter from a tutor, lecturer or member of Faculty at your home University stating that they support your application to study abroad from an academic perspective)
  • copy of applicant's passport information page

Partner institutions can track the status of their student's application by logging on to Mobility and clicking on the student's name.

Nomination/application deadlines

Semester 1

Nomination deadline - 1 May 

Application deadline - 15 May


Semester 2

Nomination deadline - 1 October

Application deadline - 15 October 


Guide to Selecting Classes

Exchange students usually take classes/courses amounting to 60 Strathclyde credits (30 ECTS credits) per semester. This is considered a regular full-time load.

You should list all the classes you are interested in taking in order of preference in your online application (no more than 6 per semester). 60% of them should be from the same department or subject area. (For students applying under ERASMUS, at least 60% of the classes should be from the department which owns the agreement.) This will be your primary host department at Strathclyde during your exchange.

International Exchange students should identify their main subject area/host department at the application stage and select most of their classes/courses from that Strathclyde department.

It may be possible to take one or two classes from another department if you meet the prerequisites, if the other department approves them, and if the classes timetable effectively around your main classes.

You can only select classes from a maximum of two departments to provide the best chance of them timetabling effectively. In some cases, it may not be possible to confirm your secondary classes until you arrive.

It is highly recommended that all applicants have some flexibility around their classes in case any of them need to be changed on arrival.

For details of available classes/courses, please refer to the Guide to Selecting Classes

Accommodation/housing applications

As part of the application process, applicants will be invited to complete a campus housing application outlining their preferences.  You can find the accommodation options for exchange students online here.  All applicants who apply by the above deadlines will normally be guaranteed campus housing.