The University is the UK's leading business-facing university and an exemplar in the sector. It is innovative and enterprising and challenges individuals and organisations to excel. We are truly international - our student community of over 25,100 includes more than 2,900 overseas students from 120 different countries. From state-of-the-art Learning Resources Centres and specialist facilities including an astronomical teaching observatory, to the Forum Hertfordshire hosting events most week nights and our £15 million Sports Village, the University of Hertfordshire is an outstanding place to study, live and work.
The University is primarily based on two campuses, College Lane and de Havilland, in Hatfield a northern suburb of greater London. Hatfield is 20 miles (30 kilometres) north of London and is connected to the capital via the A1(M) motorway and direct trains to London King's Cross, Finsbury Park and Moorgate.
Exchange students can choose courses from across the University of Hertfordshire’s curriculum, including business, arts, communication, psychology, and a variety of fields within the humanities and sciences. This exchange is open to all majors.
The University of Hertfordshire offers over 360 bachelor's programmes, as well as a range of master's degrees and research opportunities. We can offer you an individually tailored programme for 1 or 2 semesters, including an orientation and induction at the start of the programme.
Film modules/classes are only available on a full academic year (fall and spring) placement.
All courses are taught in English with the exception of any foreign language modules.
Semester 1: Late September to Mid January
Semester 2: Late January to Mid May
See the Herfordshire Academic Calendar
for exact semester dates.
Hints for Researching Program and Available Courses
Our tutors will help you put together an individual programme of study to meet both your educational requirements and personal interests.
Be aware prerequisites for modules/classes in the UK are taken very seriously and students mostly enroll in Year 2 modules if they need upper-division credit. Look closely at when each module is offered, autumn (fall) versus spring. Single semester students cannot enroll in a full year module.
The list of modules/classes offered to exchange students at the University of Hertfordshire can be found in the attachments below. When searching for courses, please note:
- A means fall semester
- B means spring semester
- A/B means that the course is offered in both fall and spring semesters
- AB means that the course lasts all year and can only be taken by full-year exchange students
The course levels 4, 5, and 6 (the first digit of the course code) indicate the level of the course, similar to 100-level, 200-level at SDSU.
SDSU considers Level 5 (Year 2) and Level 6 (Year 3) at University of Hertfordshire as upper division.
2017-2018 module offerings:
Biological and Environmental Sciences.pdf
Early Childhood Education.pdf
Physics, Astronomy & Mathematics.pdf
?Course descriptions can be found in the University of Hertfordshire's course catalog. However, please note that not every course in the Module Catalogue
is offered every semester, and not every course in the course catalog is available to exchange students - please refer only to the course lists above to find out if a course is available to exchange students and offered in a particular semester.
You can select modules from across the University in a single subject area or from several subject areas. All modules are available, except for a few professionally related modules, principally in health and education. Some modules require prior study, and in this case, you need to have completed a similar module at your home university.
The normal workload of a student at Hertfordshire is four modules per semester, with modules rated at 15 UK credits, that is, 7.5 European credits (ECTS) or 3.7 SDSU credits. Therefore, SDSU students must enroll in 4 Hertfordshire modules to be full-time. Some modules, rated at 30 UK credits, span two semesters, and are only open to yearlong exchange students.
Note: At University of Hertfordshire, SDSU considers Level 5+ courses as upper division.
Housing and Meals
Exchange students at the University of Hertfordshire are encouraged to live in on-campus housing
. Accommodation is available on both of UH’s campuses, the College Lane campus and the de Havilland campus, which are a 20-minute walk from each other and connected by a free university shuttle service offered every 10 minutes daily. A variety of room types are available, including single and double rooms, private and shared bathrooms, and traditional or apartment-style residence halls.
On-campus accommodation may be limited, especially for single-semester applicants, so students should be prepared to search for private (off-campus) accommodation if needed.
As a campus university, we have a range of residential accommodation on both campuses, from traditional halls of residence to brand new apartments, en suite rooms and studios. We have over 3.000 study bedrooms, all of which are self-catering, and which are mostly single rooms, with a small number of doubles. The kitchens are fully equipped with refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, cookers and lockers.
Students may choose to purchase a “bedding pack” from UH or bring or purchase their own bedding.
UH does not have pre-paid “meal plans.” Shared kitchen facilities are available in all on-campus accommodation, and students may also choose to dine in on-campus cafeterias (on a pay-as-you-go basis) or off-campus eateries.
Check the Accommodation
website for up-to-date advice and guidance on application, prices, facilities and virtual tours. Students will apply for housing on the UH Accommodation webpage after being officially accepted by UH and receiving their UH student ID number.
You will find a wide range of places to eat and drink across the University. We operate high street coffee outlets such as Costa Coffee and Starbucks as well as restaurants open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will also find sandwich bars within many buildings offering a tasty selection of options to take away. There are also various restaurants around Hatfield and in the nearby shopping centre Galleria.
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
All U.S. citizens studying in the United Kingdom for one semester (less than six months)
required to apply for a visa; they receive a Short-Term Student Route visa stamp upon arrival. However, students going for a full academic year (more than six months)
are required to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa, which also allows U.S. citizens to legally work. Please see the UK Border Agency
website for more details and instructions.
For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State