Semester or Year at Aberystwyth University


You can study at Aberystwyth for a semester or full year if you're a student at one of our partner universities, or if you are studying at a non-partner university and applying for direct enrolment.

You can read the most frequently asked initial questions about studying at Aberystwyth University for a semester or year below.

To find out more, you can email us, or book an appointment with a Global Opportunities adviser. Just send a message to and we will be happy to help you.

Don't forget to speak to your home university's study abroad team too!

How do I apply?

If you wish to study at Aberystwyth University for a semester or year and are a student at one of our Partner universities, you must be nominated by your study abroad team. We will then contact you with information on how to apply.

If you are a student from a non-partner institution and want to apply for direct enrolment, please contact us for more information at

Please make sure you check our entry requirements, as you will need to supply these documents to support your application.

Details for nomination and application deadlines can be found below:

Nomination deadline

Semester 1 & Full Year

Semester 2


1 April

1 September

Application deadline

Semester 1 & Full Year

Semester 2


1 May

1 October

It is also important to check any visa or immigrations requirements before applying to study with us. Depending on your length of study, you will either need a Visitor visa or a Student visa.

What courses are available?

If you are going to be studying with us as part of a partner programme, there may be specific courses your university would like you to take, or specific departments you need to choose from. Your home study abroad team will be able to advise you.

Generally speaking, we advise students to take 60 Aberystwyth (AU) credits per semester which is the equivalent of 30 ECTS and the full list of modules (courses) is available here:

Module credits are indicated in the last two digits of the module code. For example, AB051'20' is worth 20 AU credits (10 ECTS). Incoming students are advised to consider Part 2 Modules as these are likely to be of an appropriate level.

What are the entry requirements?

The basic entry requirements are:

 *If your nationality is listed in the Appendix Visitor: Visa National List, or if you are planning to study at Aberystwyth University for a full academic year, you will need to provide specific tests or qualifications to prove that you meet Aberystwyth University’s English language requirements.

In addition to the English language tests and qualifications detailed in the above link, a range of Country-Specific Qualifications are also acceptable.

How do the semesters work?

Aberystwyth University follows a two semester system.

Semester One runs from the end of September until the end of January of the following calendar year, with examinations held in January.

Semester Two runs from the last week of January until the end of May, with examinations held in May.

Detailed information on the exact dates is available here

Where will I live?

Aberystwyth University is able to offer a place in University accommodation for all study abroad students.

You will be contacted about how to apply for accommodation after your student account has been created. This may take some time, but don't worry, we guarantee you a place in one of our residences. 

Visit the Accommodation Office website to find out more about the types and cost of accommodation at Aberystwyth.

What will it cost?

If you are a direct enrol student you will need to pay international tuition fees for the semester or year you plan to study at Aberystwyth.

If you are a student at one of our exchange partners, you will not need to pay tuition fees but you will need to budget for living costs. 

Here is an outline of what you could expect to spend