On this program, UNC students directly enroll at the University of Nottingham for a semester or academic year for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life at Nottingham. You may apply as an exchange student or as a non-exchange/study abroad student . No matter your classification, you will take courses alongside degree-seeking students, have access to student housing, and participate in all aspects of student life.
The University of Nottingham was founded in 1881 and relocated to its present campus location after it outgrew the city centre in 1928. The University of Nottingham boasts the largest academic department of American Studies in the UK - the School of American and Canadian Studies - which includes the Institute for Film and TV Studies. The University of Nottingham hosts approx. 21,000 undergraduate and 13,000 postgraduate students, 7,500 of which are international students from more than 150 different countries.
Though the university has multiple campuses in Nottingham, UNC students will be based predominantly at the University Park campus, but may occasionally need to visit the nearby Jubilee Campus where the International Office is located. Conveniently, a free “Hopper Bus” runs between the different campuses throughout the day.
The city of Nottingham hosts not only the University of Nottingham, but also Nottingham Trent University and is very student-friendly as a result. With a population of just over 300,000, Nottingham provides a mix of city life and traditional English culture. Nottingham Castle hints back to the city's historical importance, the legend of Robin Hood fascinates visitors, and thriving sporting, theatre and restaurant scenes mean you will never run out of things to do.
UNC students at Nottingham are fully integrated into the university and have virtually the same range of classes to choose from as British students.
UNC students make select modules from the following three Nottingham faculties:
Sciences and Engineering
** Students are permitted to select modules from a maximum of two academic Schools/Departments**
**Courses in Business, Culture, Film and Media, and English are available for fall or Academic Year study only**
In particular, Nottingham may be a good fit for students interested in studying American Studies, Political Science, History, and Global Studies. View the Catalogue of Modules and overview of academic expectations.
The British Education System
The British educational system positions students to be more independent and pro-active in their learning. Rather than multiple assessments throughout the semester, students may be graded only on a final essay and/or exam. Students may find that they are spending less time inside the classroom, but the expectation is that they will spend increased amounts of time engaged in independent study. While this system may prove challenging for U.S. students, many students thrive on the freedom to direct their education and welcome the exposure to a Graduate School-style approach.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit. Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
International students are guaranteed on-campus housing provided they apply before the housing deadline. Options include catered halls of residence and self-catering student villages. The halls of residence at the University are hubs of social activity, and all halls have Junior Common Rooms (JCRs) where students gather to meet and socialize. Each hall has a JCR Committee and President who organize regular social events.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.