The University of Surrey is an international university with a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research. The University is one of the most culturally diverse universities in the UK; 35% of its more than 17,000 students are from outside of the UK. The University is situated in beautiful green surroundings, yet it is just 35 minutes by train from London. It offers students a commitment to the highest academic standards, an outstanding graduate employment rate, world class research, and an excellent quality of life in one of the safest towns in the UK. Learn more about the University of Surrey.
Thinking about studying abroad in Spring 2022? Current passport processing times are significantly delayed (18 weeks for routine service; 12 weeks for expedited). You need your passport months ahead of your actual departure date for many study abroad programs, and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months (in some cases, one year) after the end date of your intended program. If you need a new or renewed passport, APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE USING EXPEDITED PROCESSING. See the State Department for details and to apply.
The University of Surrey is located in the picturesque town of Guildford, which is about 35 minutes by train from London. Guildford is set in the Surrey countryside and is an ideal base for exploring the rest of the UK. Guildford has all the amenities you will require, including a cinema, two theatres, a range of pubs and bars, several nightclubs, many restaurants and cafes, a distinctive shopping district, several supermarkets, and excellent sports and leisure facilities. The University's state-of-the-art Surrey Sports Park opened in early 2010. Learn more about Guildford, Surrey, and London.
Semester 1: late September - late January
Semester 2: late January - mid June
Students can find information on areas of study on the online Course Catalogue. To find specific classes, search the Programme/Module Catalogue. Within each program/course, modules (classes) can be found in the Course Structure section. Students can take available classes in the following faculties: Arts and Social Sciences; Engineering and Physical Science, and Health and Medical Sciences.
Students must take 60 Surrey credits/30 ECTS (typically 4 classes) each semester. Students should aim to pick classes from an existing degree program structure and year to reduce scheduling conflicts. Only select courses that are offered in the semester you intend to study abroad, and pay attention to any prerequisites. Explore course options at an appropriate level of study. Students who plan to take electives outside of their major will normally only be allowed to take first-year classes in that area since they likely will not have the necessary background to take higher level classes in that subject.
Contact your Education Abroad Advisor with questions about course selections and course availability.
Exchange students are eligible to apply for University accommodation. Meal plans are not available. The University of Surrey’s accommodation is grouped into self-catered ‘Courts of Residence’ on three sites:
- Stag Hill (our main campus where most academic buildings are located)
- Manor Park (our residential village, 5 minutes by bus/15 minutes on foot)
- Hazel Farm (2 miles north/20-30 minutes by bus – all residents receive a free bus pass covering the whole of the Guildford area).
The University tries to allocate rooms to all exchange students, but it is not guaranteed and some exchange students may need to rent a room in the private sector. The University's Accommodation Office can assist students with finding a room to rent in the private sector nearby; students will receive links to the University's online student housing search where student houses and family homes are advertised. If you are coming for less than 6 months (the usual period for private sector rentals), it may be easiest to find a room in a private family home or at the Guildford YMCA, which is 10 minutes’ walk from the main campus.
For more information about housing, including pricing, see the Accommodation page.
Costs and Expected Expenses
There are a variety of associated costs and expenses when studying abroad. The information provided below is a guide to help you plan and budget. Additional resources are available on your host university’s website, including the "Money matters" section on the the Preparing for Your Exchange page
Tuition and Fees:
You will pay your regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term you are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to your SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals:
You are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. You will pay the host institution or make your own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.
To estimate and budget for Housing/Room and Dining/Board costs, you may find it helpful to review the Living Costs page
on the University of Surrey website. This page lists out estimated weekly costs for a variety of items including rent, bills (utilities), food, travel (local), etc. and also provides advice and further information about costs.
Travel and Travel Documents:
You are responsible for booking and paying for your own international airfare, as well as researching and obtaining any required visa(s) or residency permits. You should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
- Airline Ticket prices will vary based on where you are traveling from.
- Local Transportation costs will vary but a cost estimate is included on the University of Surrey's Living Costs page linked in the Housing and Meals section above.
- Luggage may be an additional cost if you need to purchase it for your travel.
- Passport/Visa/Immigration costs should also be factored into your expected expenses. Students can find information about passport costs on the State Department’s Passport Fees page. Information about visa requirements and associated costs can be found on gov.uk. Note that in some cases, students will have to pay an NHS healthcare surcharge along with their visa application.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on our insurance page
You should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Also budget for additional personal expenses, including laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
Books and Supplies and Personal Expenses will vary based on the classes you take and personal spending choices, however a cost estimate is included on the University of Surrey's Living Costs page linked in the Housing and Meals section above.
Education Abroad Expense Form:
If you are required to complete an Education Abroad Expense Form, you can use the links above to identify costs and expected expenses to complete the form. If you are studying abroad for a semester, to calculate costs, divide annual costs in half.
If you are not able to find cost information you need in order to prepare for your study abroad program, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.
You can find detailed information regarding financial aid and study abroad on the following websites:
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. All students must consult gov.uk for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.