The University of Nottingham, one of the United Kingdom's top tier universities, has a student body of over 32,000, of whom 25% hail from countries outside the UK. The University frequently receives international accolades, and is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world. Nottingham offers over 200 student organizations, as well as 76 sports clubs and 11 student-run services (including Karnival, the biggest student fundraising group in Europe), student television and radio stations, and the New Theater, the only fully student-run theater in Europe.
Nottingham is regarded as one of the United Kingdom's most vibrant cities. Cultural life thrives, with everything from The Royal Concert Hall, second home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to the Nottingham Playhouse and its innovative dramas. The arts are alive at the Theater Royal, showcasing top-class theater, ballet, and opera, and the Broadway Cinema, which comes highly recommended by Quentin Tarantino. If you need a break from the rapid pace of city life, the Peak District National Park is just a short distance away. Sherwood Forest was once home to Nottingham's best-loved outlaw, Robin Hood. Nottingham is located very centrally, and is a two-hour train ride to London.
A Note on Exchange Programs:
Exchange programs require a balance of sending and receiving students, therefore exchange programs may not consistently be available in the semester you are seeking to study abroad. Please inquire with the GEO Advisor for the most up-to-date information on your program choice, and have some alternative programs in mind should the exchange program not be available or be competitive.
Terms: Academic Year: September - June Fall Semester: September - December*
Spring Semester: January - June
*Final exams for the fall semester are held in January. You may need to make arrangements to sit for those exams before you leave, or at the Global Education Office once you return to W&M. Final exams for the spring semester are mid- to late-June and students are expected to remain in Nottingham until the end of the semester.
Application Deadlines: Academic Year: March 11 Fall semester: March 11
Spring semester: October 2 or March 11 (preceding year for courses in certain departments; see below)
Beginning in the 2021-22 academic year, the majority of Schools at the University of Nottingham, including the Business School, will now consider nominations for the spring semester in October. The only Schools and Departments who require nominations and applications in May for an autumn or spring semester start are:
• School of English
• School of Physics
*Students must submit their applications to the University of Nottingham, once nominated by GEO, by October 14th for Spring 2024 term.
W&M student in good standing; minimum 3.0 GPA
Course Information: W&M's exchange with Nottingham is anchored in the two universities' excellent American Studies programs, but W&M students may enroll in courses in any of Nottingham's faculties: Arts, Education, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Business.
Many departments have extremely limited course offerings, especially for the Spring term. In recent years, this applies to courses in the following departments: Business, Chemistry, Film Studies, English, Physics, Politics, and International Relations. Once accepted, you will choose courses (modules) online during pre-enrollment.
10 UN points = 3 W&M credits
15 UN points = 4 W&M credits
20 UN points = 5 W&M credits
30 UN points = 8 W&M credits
Except for History, all courses must be pre- or post-approved. History courses will be automatically approved as HIST 299 once students submit a syllabus to the Global Education Office. Grades will not appear on transcripts or be included in GPA calculations.
While at Nottingham, students must study the following:
30 credits per semester from their host school (where a valid agreement must be in place)
minimum 50 credits and maximum of 70 credits overall per semester (minimum 100 and maximum 120 credits for a full year)
a normal credit load would be 60 per semester
As long as the 30 credits from the host school are accounted for per semester, students are then able to study courses from any other school if: they meet any pre-requisites, there is capacity, the courses are not year-long (if studying for a semester), and there are no timetable clashes.
Program Fees: The tuition exchange agreement between William & Mary and the University of Nottingham allows W&M students to pay their regular tuition and fees to W&M while taking classes at Nottingham. Students will pay for housing, meals, and other fees on site in Nottingham.
Students are also billed a $475 study abroad fee. International medical/evacuation insurance is required for all students who study abroad and a fee of $170 is applied to the students account prior to the start of the program. Students are responsible for airfare and visa costs.
Students participating in semester long study abroad programs must have a visa and/or required entry documents. Please familiarize yourself with the requirements prior to applying and begin the application process immediately after you are nominated for the program. As a reminder, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the program.
Housing and Meals:
Room and board paid to University of Nottingham. Full-year exchange students are guaranteed university housing if applied for by the deadline August 1 (fall) and January 15 (spring). There is limited spots for semester students, so students should apply as early as possible. Students apply online once they have been accepted and notified of their University of Nottingham student ID number. The majority of the rooms are single occupancy and the price varies depending on the type of accommodation you choose. The options are fully catered (19 meals each week included), semi-catered, or self-catered.
For more information on how to apply, please review the Apply/Register section of our website.