Frequently Asked Questions
I want to study at Coventry University for my ERASMUS and Exchange Study Abroad Programme. What should I do?
Before the exchange of students can take place, a bilateral agreement for student exchange in the relevant subject area must be signed by your home university and Coventry University.
If you are interested in applying, you must check with the coordinator in your home university whether an agreement is in place. Please note that bilateral agreements cannot be signed at the request of individual students. Bilateral agreements limit the number of students who can be exchanged.
If your university does not have a bilateral agreement you can study with us through our Study Abroad (Fee-paying) option. You can sign up to find out more.
What is the application process for the ERASMUS and Exchange Study Abroad Programme?
All exchange students wishing to apply to Coventry University must have the support of their home university who must nominate them through our online nomination system. If you have any questions or queries about nominations, please contact your home coordinator at your home institution.
Once we have received your official nomination from your home university, you will receive an email with a link to an online application form.
As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide information such as following;
- Transcript of records detailing your previous university study and result
- Passport copy
- Language certificate (if required)
The detail of which information is required will depend on the faculty you are nominated to and will be clearly indicated in the email you receive.
Please note that your application will not be processed if any of the necessary information is not provided.
If you are from a Chinese University, your home university should contact the China team of the Academic Partnership Unit (APU) at Coventry University to find out about the application process: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the language requirement?
A minimum requirement is to have B2 level of English (equivalent of 6.5 IELTS Score with minimum 5.5 in every component).
Certain English modules may require a C1 level of English, equivalent to a 7.0 IELTS score. Students who do not have an adequate command of English will experience great difficulty in understanding lectures, producing written work and sitting examinations, as well as integrating into life in Coventry.
Students may be required to prove their language proficiency to apply for a visa unless you are from a country where English is the official language.
Can the credits be transferred back to my home university?
The course does not bear a university award, but credits earned might be transferable to your home university.
The normal pattern is to study three 20 CATS credit modules per semester (20 CATS = 10 ECTS). Students should take no more than 60 CATS (30 ECTS) per semester and 120 CATS (60 ECTS) credits per academic year.
You also have the opportunity to take an Add+vantage module (except for the Faculty of Business and Law)
You will receive the Add+vantage catalogue with the application link. If you are interested in taking any Add+vantage modules, please contact the Internationalisation Office in your chosen faculty.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee any places in the modules you will select.
What are the term dates?
For full term dates, please visit our term dates page.
Do I need a visa to study in the UK?
All non-UK students will require a visa to study in the UK, including EU and EEA students from 1st January 2021.
1. Standard Visitor Visa allows students to come to the UK for a short period of time (up to 6 months), such as to participate in an exchange programme.
2. Student visa allows the student to come to the UK for study lasting more than 6 months.
Students from the EEA or Switzerland - From 1st January 2021, if students do not have settled/pre settled status, you will need a visa to enter the UK.
Once your application for the ERASMUS and Exchange Study Abroad Programme is successfully completed, you will be contacted by our visa team with more details and the team will provide you with support for the visa application.
Accommodation and Arrival
What happens if I need accommodation?
If you require university accommodation, please look at our website which has information on how to apply online for accommodation www.coventry.ac.uk/accommodation.
When booking your accommodation online, you will need to enter your student ID number and email address you have provided in your application.
If you have any questions regarding accommodation, please contact FutureLets on email@example.com.
University accommodation is not guaranteed, so please ensure you apply as soon as possible.
Please note: you will only be able to apply for accommodation after you have completed your online application and received your offer letter, which contains your student ID. For this reason, it is best to complete your online application as soon as possible.
The faculty cannot assist you in looking for private accommodation. We advise you to search the internet and look at different websites. Remember to read everything very carefully and make sure you sign a contract with your landlord.
What is the support offered to disabled students?
The details of support offered to disabled students are available on our website.
What is the cost of living in Coventry?
The cost of living varies depending on your lifestyle. You can find further detail on our website.
When should I arrive?
You need to make your travel arrangements as soon as possible. It is a requirement for you to be present at enrolment, and we suggest that you arrive in time for the start of term.
Please let us know when you arrive so we can help you further. There are also free airport transfer services available to new students via the International Office. If you are interested in this, you can visit www.futurelets.co.uk/airport-transfers and reserve a spot.
If you are planning on making your way alone, please refer to the section below or visit www.coventry.ac.uk/travel-to-the-uk.
How do I get to the UK and then Coventry?
If you intend to fly, you can choose one of London’s international airports: Heathrow, Stansted, Luton or Gatwick. Alternatively, you can fly to Birmingham International Airport, which is a 15-minute journey from Coventry. The railway station is connected to the airport by a ‘Skytrain’, so this is a very convenient airport to use.
From Birmingham Airport: by train – the airport and railway station are connected by a free Skytrain, and there are signs to show you which way to go. The cost from Birmingham Airport to Coventry is approximately £2.60, with express trains taking 10 minutes and non-express around 20 minutes. The train station is approximately 10-15 minutes’ walk from the campus. A taxi from Coventry train station to the university could be expensive depending on the traffic and when you arrive.
By bus – the number X1 bus service links the airport to Pool Meadow Bus Station in Coventry. Pool Meadow is next to the campus. It costs approximately £2.40 and takes about 35 minutes.
By taxi – this is the easiest option and also the most expensive. It costs approximately £25-£35 and takes around 20-30 minutes.
From Heathrow Airport: by National Express coach – you can buy tickets at their desk in the arrivals hall, or you can book tickets online at www.nationalexpress.com. The cost of a single fare is approximately £34, and you will arrive at Coventry’s Pool Meadow Bus Station. The journey takes about two hours.
From Gatwick Airport: by National Express coach – you can buy tickets at their desk in the arrivals hall, or you can book tickets online at www.nationalexpress.com. The cost of a single fare is approximately £35, and you will arrive at Coventry’s Pool Meadow Bus Station. The journey takes about three hours and 20 minutes.
From Luton Airport: by National Express coach – you can buy tickets at their desk in the arrivals hall, or you can book tickets online at www.nationalexpress.com. The cost of a single fare is approximately £20, and you will arrive at Coventry’s Pool Meadow Bus Station. The journey takes around one hour and 50 minutes.
From Stansted Airport: by National Express coach – you can buy tickets at their desk in the arrivals hall, or you can book tickets online at www.nationalexpress.com. The cost of a single fare is approximately £30, and you will arrive at Coventry’s Pool Meadow Bus Station. The journey takes about three hours and 20 minutes.
The prices mentioned above are as correct as possible at this time but may also vary depending on the date and time of travel.
For more information, please download our Erasmus guide
Modules and Learning Agreement
How do I choose my course?
You will be assigned to the faculty and course, which relates to your study area at your home university. This information will be provided to us at the nomination stage.
Can I select more than one course?
Unfortunately, students are not allowed to select more than one course. Students are assigned to the most relevant course/faculty to their original interest of study at their home university.
For example, if you study Business Administration at your home institution, you will be assigned to the Faculty of Business and Law and your course will be ‘FBLU006 - Business and Law (Erasmus and Exchange)’.
Can I select modules from different faculties?
Unfortunately, students are not allowed to select modules from different faculties. Students need to select modules within the faculty/course they are assigned.
For example, students cannot select ‘International Relations’ and ‘Business Management’ as these belong to different faculties. (‘International Relations’ belongs to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and ‘Business Management’ belongs to the Faculty of Business and Law.)
To find out which modules are available within your designated faculty/course, please visit your faculty pages:
How long can I study at Coventry University for the ERASMUS and Exchange Study Abroad Programme?
You can either choose to study for one semester or full academic year. Semesters start either in September or January. The duration of stay is also subject to the Bilateral agreements; therefore, you must contact the Coordinator in your home university to confirm the option.
Can you sign my Learning Agreement?
Yes, Internationalisation Office in your chosen faculty can sign your Learning Agreement once your application is successfully completed. Each faculty Internationalisation Office will share more detail of how and when your Learning Agreement can be signed.
If your questions is not listed here, please feel free to contact the Internationalisation Office in the relevant faculty
Faculty of Business and Law firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing email@example.com
Faculty of Arts and Humanities firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences email@example.com