The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s top professional, scientific and technological universities. Surrey is home to over 14,000 students from over 120 countries. Based on a beautiful lakeside campus, Surrey is a ten minute walk to the Guildford Town Center and just 34 minutes by train into central London so you can get the best of the UK - rolling countryside and exciting city life. The leafy campus has modern, first-rate facilities for learning and research, sports, arts, and a vibrant social life. The carefully tended gardens and parkland blend seamlessly with playing fields, a picturesque lake, striking architecture and public art, making the landscaping a unique and much-loved feature of the university. There is a shop, bank, laundrette, post office, and doctor's surgery found on campus. There are also plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or meet friends for coffee on campus. When it comes to evening entertainment, the Students' Union is home to bars and a nightclub. In addition, the Students' Union offers over 200 clubs and societies and 46 sports clubs for you to get involved with during your time there.
As the county town of Surrey, Guildford is consistently viewed as one of the best places to live in Britain, offering a blend of entertainment, history, and culture. Home to some of the best shopping in the region, it has a wealth options lining its beautiful cobbled high street. Guildford offers over 100 places to eat and drink with a variety of restaurants and cafes. A frequent bus service links the town with the University campus.
If you fancy a day on the beach, head to Brighton in less than 90 minutes (the coast is just a 50 minute drive away) or explore some of the historic landmarks and stately homes in the countryside and beyond.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
Click through the tabs to learn more information about this program.
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program officer and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester at Mason.
Mason students are able to take courses in the following programs:
- Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Microbiology (BMS)
- Business (MAN)
- Chemical and Process Engineering (ENG)
- Chemistry (CHE)
- Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENG)
- Computer Science (COM)
- Dance (DAN) & Theatre (THE)
- Guildford School of Acting modules with codes starting ACT, AMT, CPD, MUT, POV, PRO or TDL are not available to exchange students. Theatre Studies applicants will be invited to do a 15-minute Skype interview with the Admissions Tutor as part of the application process.
- Economics (ECO)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)
- English Literature (ELA)
- Film Studies (MFC)
- Foreign Languages
- French (FRE)
- German (GER)
- Spanish (SPA)
- Translation Studies (TRA)
*Global Graduate Award languages modules are only available to students coming for the full academic year.
- Hospitality and Tourism Management (MAN)
- Law (LAW) & Politics (POL)
- Mathematics (MAT)
- Mechanical Engineering Sciences (ENG)
- Music (MUS) & Digital Media (DMBA)
- Some Music & Digital Media modules ie. Creative Music Technology, Sound Recording (codes: CMT,FVP, TON) are not available to exchange students. For music Performance modules, students must submit a 5-minute YouTube recording; for Composition modules, scores or recordings are required; for music theory modules, evidence of proficiency is required ie. music theory certificate/transcript.
- Nutrition and Food Science (BMS)
- Physics (PHY)
- Psychology (PSY)
- Criminology modules within this program are not available to exchange programs. Some third year undergraduate modules have limited spaces.
- Sociology, Criminology, and Media (SOC)
Note: Liberal Arts degree modules (LAS) are not available to exchange students.
Students must select one main subject area in which to take at least two courses.
To see available courses, click the modules tab under the list of degrees
Students must take at least 30 ECTS per semester, or 4 modules.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
The academic calendar at Surrey is a bit different from Mason. The Autumn (1st) semester starts in late September and goes through the end of January and the Spring (2nd) semester starts in late January and goes through mid-June. As the exam period for the fall semester goes through the first week of classes of Mason's spring semester, students can only attend Surrey for fall only if they enroll in assignment-based modules. Please contact the Program Administrator to discuss this option and seek permission to enroll in fall only.
15 Surrey Credits = 4 Mason Credits
Transfer between 12-16 credits per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at Surrey.
|First Class Honours (70 – 100%)
|Second Class Honours, Upper Division (60-69%)
|Second Class Honours, Lower Division (50-59%)
|Third Class Honours (40-49%)
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Surrey has university accommodation at three main sites in Guilford - the main Stag Hill campus, Manor Park, and Hazel Farm. There are different types of rooms to suit different budgets. Students share kitchens and there are various food retail outlets on campus (meal plans are not available).
University of Surrey is a Bilateral Exchange Program - Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Academic Year: Early-Mid April*
Spring: Mid-Late September*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the UK Border Agency's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.