Inbound Exchange Students

We welcome inbound applications from students enrolled at our European and international partner institutions. We are delighted that you are considering Falmouth as your study abroad destination. 

Why Falmouth?

Our unspoilt coastal location and impressive reputation within the creative industries sets Falmouth apart from other universities across the country. Falmouth is alive with creative thinkers, state-of-the-art facilities and connections to the best in the business. It is the perfect destination for an exchange. 

Here are some of the ways we can support you in making the most of your time at Falmouth:

  • Our student mentor scheme - you will be matched with a student on your course who will help you settle in to Falmouth life.
  • Free English language courses - with additional support in academic essay writing, UK working culture, and personal wellbeing.
  • A welcome orientation - which provides a fantastic introduction to your new university and town.
  • September airport pick-ups for Semester 1 students. See the Airport Collection service for further information. 
  • Over one hundred student societies you can join to explore a new hobby or sport and meet like-minded individuals.

Where can I study?

Falmouth University is made up of two campuses: Falmouth (Woodlane) and Penryn (Tremough). The two campuses connect via cycle paths, frequent bus services and a train line. Take yourself on a virtual tour of our campuses. 

Falmouth campus is nestled within a sprawling sub-tropical garden five minutes walk from Gylly beach. 

Penryn campus is home to Glasney Student Village and The Stannary, one of the county's largest live event venues.

What can I study?

You have the opportunity to complete one or two semesters at Falmouth on one of our exciting undergraduate or postgraduate courses. 

Choosing Modules

If you wish to apply for an exchange at BA level, you will be placed in Year 2 (Level 2). 

Our specialist course framework means that you can only study modules within your chosen subject, which is usually part of the attraction for incoming students.

UK credits

Our courses award ECTS credits, although you may encounter the term CATS on the Falmouth website or university award maps. In the UK, CATS are the equivalent of ECTS and their value is twice that of ECTS (eg. 60 CATS = 30 ECTS).

The UK grading/assessment system might also differ from that of your home country; if you would like to find out more, please see here.

Semester dates

For semester dates, take a look at our Academic Calendar.

How do I apply?

Application Deadlines: 

  • May 1 - First semester (September - January) 
  • October 1 - Second semester (January - June) 

To apply for a place on any of our BA or MA programmes, please send the following (in one document as attachments) before the deadline to

  • Falmouth Application Form - include your personal statement, tutor's reference, and student declaration.
  • Learning Agreement Form - signed by both your course leader and international co-ordinator.
  • Academic Transcript of Records
  • Proof of Knowledge of English - a language certificate from internationally recognised tests such as CAE, FCE, TOEFL, or an official statement from your English teacher confirming that you have sufficient knowledge of English to follow lectures.
  • Photocopy of your ID or passport
  • Portfolio - a URL documenting recent work or a single PDF (max 20 MB). Please note that we do not accept physical portfolios

What happens after I've been accepted?

If you have been officially accepted onto a Falmouth programme, congratulations! We look forward to welcoming you! Here are a few things you will want to prepare for your upcoming exchange.


We will put you in touch with our accommodation team to support you in your search for a home in Falmouth or Penryn. Unfortunately, we are not currently in a position to guarantee on-campus housing for incoming exchange students, although there are still plenty of options within the private sector. Find further accommodation information here

Student mentors & welcome orientation

Look out for an email from your student mentor, as they will get in touch with you a few weeks before your arrival. For dates of your welcome orientation, please refer to your acceptance email. 


For details on student ID cards, enrolling and accessing your online portal, see our How to Enrol page. 


If you wish to apply for a transfer to finish your degree at Falmouth, please note that there is a minimum admissions requirement of 120 CATS / 60 ECTS achieved during your first year at your home university. 

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact Study Abroad within the Employability Service:

Tel: 01326 259375

Employability, Falmouth University, Falmouth Campus, Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4RH, UK