Frequently asked questions

  • Most undergraduate students can apply to go on exchange with their academic department's approval.

    You will need to have an average of at least 55% in your studies that you have completed at the application deadline. If you have double modules during your first year we need written confirmation from your module leaders stating that you are likely to achieve this.

    Click here to read more about how to apply.

    Please visit our Exchange Partners pages for information on what each university has to offer. It is important to find out whether you can find the appropriate number of modules relevant to your Oxford Brookes degree.

    • Europe
      European institutions are linked with specific subjects areas at Brookes. Look up your subject of study to see which European exchanges are available for you.
    • Outside Europe
      Oxford Brookes has exchange agreements with institutions in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, New Zealand, Thailand, Uruguay and the United States and Vietnam. Institutions in these countries are open to all subjects unless specified. Most of the Japanese exchange partner universities are only open to students taking Japanese Studies at Oxford Brookes. There are some options for non-Japanese Studies students at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU).

    Yes! All exchange students gain credits (not grades/ marks) which will count towards their Brookes degree.

    Click here to learn more about modules and credits.

    Most students will go on exchange during Year 2 of their degree. The main application deadline is in February so you will need to start planning your exchange right from the beginning of your first year. It might be also possible to go on exchange for Semester 1 during your third year. Discuss this with the relevant member of staff in your faculty.

    Find out more about how to apply here.

    Before you leave, you will need to pay your tuition fees to Oxford Brookes or to confirm with Oxford Brookes that your Student Loans Company will contribute towards your fees as usual. You might be also entitled to a tuition fee waiver. You do not have to pay any tuition fees to the host university.

    For more information about money matters click here.

    You will be responsible for costs such as purchasing your airfares, travel and accommodation. Other costs you need to consider are health insurance and visas. You may qualify for a travel grant from Student Finance England that may reimburse you for some of the costs.

    Click here for more information about money matters.

    Usually. It is very common for students doing combined degrees to go on exchange to one or two of our partner institutions as long as your academic department(s) approve those choices. Discuss this with the relevant member of staff in your faculty.

    If the institution is in a country where English is not the official language you will need to check whether they teach in English. In some case it is essential to have a good knowledge of the language of the country. Find out more about Erasmus+ online language support.

    The Erasmus+ European programme offers intensive language courses outside the normal study programme. You can also take one language module during your 1st year at Brookes in addition to your degree modules.

    You will discuss this with the relevant member of staff in your faculty during the application process.

    Find out more about modules and credits on this link.

    If you do not get the required 2.5 GPA in time for the application process in January – don’t panic! You can apply once your Semester 2 results have been released in June as a late applicant, providing you have the GPA then. We will still have a number of places left at partner universities for second year, semester 2 only, so email us to see if you could be eligible as a late applicant.