Incoming exchange students


We welcome incoming students through our exchange partnerships with universities across the world.


Study on exchange at DMU

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How to apply

In the first instance, please contact your home institution for details of how to apply to study on exchange at DMU. To apply to study on exchange with us, an active exchange agreement with your home institution must be in place prior to your application.

Your home institution will nominate you to study at DMU, and will send your details to us in the year prior to you starting your exchange at DMU. Once you have been nominated, you will receive instructions regarding the application process via email.

  • University nomination dates: 7 February - 8 April 2022
  • Student application deadline: 9 May 2022

Please note, it is only possible to study on exchange at DMU for the Fall/Autumn semester or the full academic year. 

Application Process

Nominated students will be required to submit the following documents to us via Zend, our secure file transfer service. Further information regarding this will be provided to all applicants via email. 

  • Online Application form 
  • Module choice form 
  • Proof of English-language proficiency 
  • Transcript of current studies 
  • Copy of passport 
  • Portfolio (if required, see application form) Supporting Statement 

Study options

As an exchange student at DMU you will belong to one of our four faculties, depending on your programme of study. See an overview of the subject areas on offer

Every course at DMU is carefully designed to equip you with the skills you need to enter today’s competitive jobs market and flourish in your chosen career. 170 of our courses are accredited by professional bodies at DMU, and you can find details of accredited courses here.

Please note study options can be limited depending on the exchange agreement. Please contact your exchange or study abroad office for specific details about the programmes of study available for you.

Term Dates

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Term One (teaching begins)

Monday 3 October 2022

 Friday 16 December 2022

Term Two (including Easter break)

Monday 9 January 2023

Friday 14 April 2023

 Term Three (revision and exam period)

 Monday 17 April 2023

Friday 27 May 2023

Please note, these dates are provisional and maybe subject to change. 



All exchange students coming to DMU for a semester are guaranteed accommodation at our Castle Court halls of residence (close to campus) if they complete their application before the given deadline. All of our halls are self-catered and fully furnished, offering shared kitchens, laundry facilities and internet access. With on-site or on-call security, halls also have on-site managers, CCTV and/or electronic door entry systems. The price of accommodation is likely to range from £118 to £130 per week for an en-suite room.

Students coming for the full academic year also have the option to apply for accommodation in our other halls of residence. Rooms will be subject to availability and prices may vary.


For any queries regarding studying on exchange at DMU, please contact or call the Global Mobility Office on +44 (0) 116 257 7613.


  1. English language requirements

    All modules are delivered in English.

    Students coming for the fall semester only are able to provide a signed letter from the home institution indicating proficiency according to a minimum level of CEFR B2.

    Students coming on exchange for the full academic year will need to demonstrate proficiency through an approved provider as per UK Visas and Immigration standards. The full list of accepted tests can be found here.

    We also accept the following as evidence of English Language Proficiency:

    • Pearson English Language Test (PTE Academic) - with a minimum of 59 or above in each component.

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) IBT – score of 60-78 for all subjects, 79 or above for Law

    • Cambridge English and Cambridge ESOL Levels 1 and 2 – equivalent to CEFR B2

    • IELTS – minimum score 6 with at least 5.5 in each component. For Law students, an overall score of 6.5.

    DMU also offer an English language test for incoming students to determine their language level. This can only be requested at the application stage. This is currently free of charge due to the pandemic but maybe chargeable in future. Further details are available here.

    A list of those exempt from demonstrating this evidence can be found here.

  2. Visa information

    Students can stay in the UK without a visa if studying for 6 months or less with the new visitor rules. This replaces the short-term study visa. However, it is recommended to travel with the documents confirming the reason for your travel to present at the UK border if required.

    Individuals who are visa nationals or have previously been refused entry into the UK will need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa.

    All students coming to study on exchange at DMU, for the full academic year are required to apply for a Student Visa in order to enter the UK. For further information, please see the UK Visas and Immigration website.

  3. Student support

    Exchange students can benefit from services such as international welcome week, airport pick-ups and a ‘buddies’ scheme which matches students with a current DMU student. The Global Mobility Office also arranges events for students during the Fall semester, this includes a special welcome event to allow you to learn more about British values and culture, raising your intercultural awareness and meeting fellow exchange students. Other events include Bonfire Night, sporting events and more.

    Disability & Mental Health Support

    Our Disability Advice and Support (DAS) Team and Mental Health Inclusion Team are to help all students before and during their time at DMU. If you are applying to study on exchange with us, we recommend you let us know of any reasonable adjustments you may require as far in advance as possible so we can work with you to make necessary arrangements.