Keele University Exchange
Study at the UK's favorite university, according to an online poll
Live and learn with British students
Experience England in the beautiful surrounds of The Potteries
The University and Program
With its location set outside of London, Keele University is an exciting academic institution and was named the UK's favorite university, according to a recent online poll.
Studying at Keele is a an affordable and enriching way for Loyola students to study in the UK. Not only is cost of living more affordable than other locations in the UK, but due to its North Highland location, Keele University offers a unique English experience set among a gorgeous countryside that many visitors to England do not experience. The Keele University campus is set within 617 acres of beautiful Staffordshire parkland. The surrounding North Staffordshire area, famous for the manufacture of fine china and pottery, is known, appropriately, as the Potteries.
Located just two hours outside of London, Keele University is the perfect location for travel all around the UK. Wales can easily be reached in two hours, and Scotland in five to six hours. The cities of Manchester, Chester, Shrewsbury, and Warwick are within one hour.
Located in an area of North Staffordshire, England, renowned for its beauty and natural resources, Keele also offers students easy access to cultural and historical sites, shopping, and entertainment. The university is located less than a half hour from the towns of Newcastle under Lyme and Hanley, towns that offer all of the aforementioned activities and more.
Study abroad students attending Keele University will enroll directly and are able to register across disciplines. Given the high level of academics offered at the university and the diverse academic programs, students have access to a wide array of options when choosing courses. The classes at Keele are called "Modules." Loyola students interested in Keele can review the academic programs in the Course Catalog (click on Module Catalogue). Typically, students take at least 30 ECTS credits per semester, which typically transfer to Loyola as 15 credits.
Academic programs include:
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Criminology, Education, Sociology & Social Work
Economic and Management Studies
Humanities, School of
Accounting and Business Finance
Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
Law, School of
Centre for International Exchange and Languages
English Language Unit
Media Communications and Culture
Music and Music Technology
Politics, International Relations and Philosophy, School of (SPIRE)
Centre for Professional Ethics
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Please, consult the Keele guidelines on searching for courses first. Courses are listed online in the module catalog.
Computing and Mathematics, School of
Life Sciences, School of
Physical and Geographical Sciences, School of
Earth Sciences and Geography
Physics and Astrophysics
Psychology, School of
The Academic Calendar
Fall program dates at Keele University typically run from late September through late January. Although fall enrollment is available for Loyola students, it is not encouraged; special arrangements may be made for final examinations.
The spring semester dates at Keele typically run early February through early June. There is a one month break for the Easter holidays and students must move out of the residence halls. This is a great opportunity to explore other parts of the UK and Europe, but you need to plan and budget for this.
Housing and Meals
Loyola students attending Keele University reside in university housing. Accommodation on campus is self-catering (you cook your own food) in one of the Halls of Residence. Keele is set on 630 acres of woods and parklands making it one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. Over 3,200 students plus staff live on campus, and there are five residence halls on the Keele campus.
Keele University hosts hundreds of student organizations including professional societies, internationally focused groups, and even student paintball and poker organizations.
For more information:
You will have to apply for a visa that allows you to study in the UK, and, typically, you will apply for a Student Visitor Visa, if you are going to study in Great Britain for one semester. In general, on a Student Visitor Visa you may only study up to six months in the UK and you cannot work at all during that time. On the other hand, for this type of visa the financial requirements are less rigid and you can normally apply for the Student Visitor Visa directly at the port of entry when entering the UK.
In case you choose a one-year exchange program or consider applying for an internship in Great Britain as well, you will have to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa in advance. The earliest you can submit your application is three months before your course starts, and you should try to submit your application as soon as possible. You can already start planning your visa application now - for example, making sure money is in your bank account and getting your documents together.
The following list contains the main types of documents that you will need to support your application. Please, check that you have the following original documents:
Proof that you have the amount of money required by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for immigration (see money requirements)
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies number (CAS) from Keele University (get a CAS number)
2 passport-sized photographs, which must meet the UKBA photo guidance
Your current passport
The fees for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa application, if you apply from outside the UK, can be found at the UK Border Agency website.
Visa requirements change regularly and you must check with the consular websites of the host country to ensure that you comply with the current regulations.
Non-U.S. students are responsible for verifying which additional Visa requirements they may have to meet (e.g. certified translations into English, additional documentation, etc.).
For more information and to begin the application process for the semester or yearlong exchange program, please make an appointment for advising with the Center for International Education.
Further detailed information on visa categories can be found on the following websites:
The UK Council for International Student Affairs site also gives clear and helpful explanations for the Visa application process:
ISEP Country Handbook, Visa Guidelines:
US State Department Travel Information for the UK:
General Study Abroad guidelines by the US State Department:
ISEP (international Student Exchange Programs) Country Handbook for the UK: