The University of Surrey is located in the picturesque town of Guildford, about 35 minutes by train from London. The busy town center of Guildford is a 10 minute walk or a short bus ride from the campus. Guildford has a population of around 250,000 and is one of South-East England's top shopping centers. Guildford is set in the Surrey countryside, and is an ideal base for exploring the rest of the UK.
A strategic partner for NC State, the University of Surrey is one of the top UK universities. Surrey is an international university with a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research, and is consistently voted by students as the most welcoming place to study. It is ranked in the top 10 among UK Universities by the Guardian, number one in employment 6 months after graduation, and offers world class research opportunities.
The beautiful, landscaped grounds of the University campus are an ideal place to study, relax and socialize. Safe and secure, the campus is home to 12,000 students from over 145 nationalities creating a friendly, close-knit and cosmopolitan community. In addition to a vast Sports Park, Surrey also offers a 120-station health and fitness center including an extensive strength and conditioning area. As an exchange student, you will be part of a very active student life, just like other degree seeking students. Additionally, you will have access to trips and events especially for exchange students. To learn more take a virtual tour of campus!
Students at Surrey will enroll in classes primarily within one degree area. Students are also able to enroll in additional classes within the same faculty (or college), and sometimes in an outside faculty, like Arts and Human Sciences. There are four faculties at the University of Surrey:
Students must enroll in four courses (modules) at 7.5 ECTS to be considered full-time.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at University of Surrey. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.
Exchange students are encouraged to apply early for University of Surrey accommodation as placement cannot always be guaranteed. Successful exchange applicants will be sent their student number and a link to Surrey's online accommodation application form once all of the applications have been received.
Manor Park accommodation village (5 minutes by bus)
Hazel Farm (2 miles north/20 minutes by bus – free Guildford area bus pass provided to all residents)
The Courts of Residence are divided into blocks containing a number of flats/apartments. Each flat shares a kitchen and some share a bathroom. Ensuite rooms have their own shower and toilet. Rent includes personal possessions insurance, broadband connection, gas, electricity and water. Bedding, towels, and kitchen utensils are not provided, nor are meal plans--as all accommodation is self-catered. University accommodation is divided into different price bands. Go here to see further descriptions and images of rooms in each price band, or take a virtual tour.
Students who enter the UK with a U.S. Passport will study under one of two visa categories. Students studying for a maximum of six months, and who WILL NOT be performing any kind of paid or unpaid work, work placement, or work experience during their studies will enter with the short-term student visa (most students fall into this category). Students who will study more than six months, or students who study less than six months but will work or intern in the UK are required to have a tier 4 visa. Your host institution will provide you with further visa instructions and procedures only after you have received their letter of official acceptance. Review the link below for further student visa information.
The estimated cost of attendance is shown in the budget sheets link at the top of this page. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad. Additionally, Surrey provides further information to help plan and budget cost of living expenses on their money matters page.
The fall and spring terms at the University of Surrey are not exactly aligned with the NC State academic calendar. Students should consult the Surrey academic calendar for exact dates.
Approximate start date | mid-September
Approximate end date | late January **Under specific circumstances, students may be eligible to study at Surrey during the fall semester only. See Fall Semester Only notes at top of pagefor further details and requirements.
Spring Term Approximate start date | late January
Approximate end date | early June
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.