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Reciprocal exchange programs between the University of Iowa and University of Hull in Kingston-upon-Hull, England, allows undergraduate students to spend a semester or academic fully integrated with their British peers in student housing and attending regular classes.
Under the reciprocal exchange agreement, University of Iowa students pay their regular UI tuition and fees to participate in this program. Room and board is comparable to Iowa costs in the Mayflower residence hall. Added expenses include airfare, a UI administrative fee, and similar costs as described in the 'Costs' section of our website.
The University of Hull offers a wide variety of courses (called 'modules') for exchange students. Depending on their level of experience, and length of time they plan to study abroad, students can choose from a huge variety of courses in humanities, social sciences, engineering, education, law, medicine, and fine arts. Unique courses in creative writing, coastal marine biology, environmental science & ecology, creative & digital technologies, and music & creative music technology are all open to exchange students as well.
University of Iowa students enroll in classes that are part of the regular curriculum at the University of Hull. This means participating in a system that is significantly different from the U.S. broad-based, liberal arts education, both in terms of calendar and specialization of studies. Students usually take between three and five courses each semester, earning between 15 and 18 semester hours of transfer credit for each semester.Take a look at the course options open to study abroad students by exploring the University of Hull's online 'Course Finder'.
Despite the fact that you are on exchange, you are required to undertake the same form of assessment as the local British students do in order to earn transfer credit at Iowa. This means that if you do not take the exam or turn in a required final paper, your British academic record will report a grade of 0.
The British grading system is significantly different from the US system. Grades are given as 'marks', and a score of 60% is typically considered a high mark. UI does not convert British marks into U.S. A-F grades. While you WILL receive credit for the courses you take in the UK, you will NOT receive a typical A-F grade. However, this does not mean that you are taking courses on a Pass/Fail basis. You will earn a final mark in terms of their system, and your British academic record will always report these. In order to receive credit for the course, you must receive a passing grade in the British system and, in the future, when official transcripts of your college work are requested, you will need to provide both an Iowa transcript and the British academic record – your British results will be highly visible.
Sport, health, and recreation at Hull are taken seriously at every level, from national sporting competition to supporting more than 45 well-establish sports clubs and intramural programs. Hull has a very active student body. The Hull University Union, run by students, is home to more than 80 clubs & societies, publishes its own magazine, runs its own radio station and operates its own award-winning night club.
The academic year begins in mid-September and runs through mid-June, with a month-long winter break and another generous break during the Easter holiday period.
Dates for the Spring 2015 session will be available in late fall 2014. The Spring 2015 calendar will closely match the Spring 2014 calendar below:
Orientation: dates variable
Spring semester begins: February 3, 2014
Easter break: April 7 - April 25, 2014
Exam period: May 19 - June 13, 2014
End of term: June 13, 2014
For More Information
Cory Petersen, Advisor and Program Coordinator
Study Abroad | International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242-1802
Hugging the undulating countryside of Yorkshire on one side and flanked by the beautiful northern coast on the other, the University Hull’s campuses in the vibrant city of Hull and the seaside resort of Scarborough have something to offer everyone. Students can choose to study on either campus, but not both. The majority of students are on the Hull campus, situated on the northern shore of the Humber Estuary and surrounded by beautiful countryside of rolling hills. Scarborough is a much smaller campus than the Hull campus, but features a variety of unique courses.
A dynamic waterfront city on the North Sea, Hull combines a strong maritime past with a cosmopolitan present to offer students a vibrant urban experience. Hull enjoys a well-deserved reputation for friendliness and a cost of living among the lowest in the UK. Scarborough has a spectacular setting on the North Yorkshire coast. The campus itself is located on a hill overlooking the South Bay, the castle and the harbor, with the North York Moors in the distance.
The 'United Kingdom' (UK) refers to the four countries of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This is in contrast to another common name, 'Great Britain', which excludes Northern Ireland. The UK Exchange program offers exchange with universities in England and Scotland. Life and culture in the UK is different from that in the US. Experiencing this rich tradition is what the UK Exchanges are all about!
• The UK uses the British Pound as its currency.
• Communication from the UK is easy. Cell phones are relatively inexpensive, the internet is easily accessible, and post offices are plentiful.
• British food is unique! Try fish and chips, bangers 'n mash, steak pie, Indian curry,'neeps and tatties, haggis and more!
• The UK is a relatively safe environment. Police are helpful and visible. Emergency services are reliable. Pharmacies, called 'Chemists', are common and carry a wide variety of medicine and other essentials.
• The UK has a temperate climate, influenced by the ocean that surrounds it. It is never too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. Rain is common most of the year. Make sure to take plenty of warm clothes and waterproof shoes.
The University of Hull offers accommodation in student housing. Student housing in the UK tends to resemble the style of Mayflower Residence hall, with 4-6 students sharing a 'flat' with common kitchen and bathroom facilities and individual rooms, however variations to this style do occur. Meal structure varies according to each student's preference and residence.
Students can find more information about housing options from the University of Hull's accommodation page.
Students will make their own travel arrangement with support from the Study Abroad office and the International Student office at Hull.
Kingston-upon-Hull offers a good public transportation system. Buses, trains, and taxis are easily accessible, and the campus, and much of the city, is pedestrian friendly.
In general, travel within the United Kingdom is very well organized. Busses, and taxis (and subway systems in larger cities) make getting around town quick and easy. Trains and busses also interconnect every city in Britain, making inter-city travel easy, fairly cheap and as quick as possible. You are never far from interesting places such as London or Ireland. Ferries and bargain airlines also allow you to reach many destinations in mainland Europe very inexpensively.
UI students should be in junior or senior standing and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale). Students should have a declared major and have a good understanding of requirements in their major.
The principle of reciprocal exchange is simple: students pay regular tuition and fees to their home university, and then trade places with a student overseas. All reciprocal exchanges in the UK operate on this principle. University of Iowa students pay their regular UI tuition and mandatory student fees, plus a $400 study abroad administrative fee, and then study at our partner university without further tuition payment.
Additional costs include round trip airfare (approximately $1350 from Cedar Rapids), passport (approx. $135), housing (approx. $3500), food (approx. $1900), textbooks (approx. $300), local transportation ($300+), immunizations (variable), CISI health insurance (approx. $120) or any personal expenses ($2500+). Students staying for longer than 6 months will also be responsible for visa fees totaling around $400.
A cost sheet detailing all estimated costs for the Spring 2015 session will be posted here during Fall 2014.
Preliminary application forms are due early in the semester prior to studying abroad. Applications are then sent to the host university for review, where final acceptance decisions are made. Applicants are notified of their acceptance status by the host university by November for the spring session, and by late March or early April for the following fall/academic year.
Students should make an appointment with Cory Petersen, the program coordinator for the University of Hull exchange, to obtain application materials.
Please call the Study Abroad office (1111 University Capitol Centre) at 319-335-0353 to set up an appointment, or email Cory with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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