Keele University, located in the heart of England, provides world-class teaching and research for over 9,000 students. As one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK, Keele was recently listed as one of the top 100 young universities in the world. Developing a University that is environmentally aware, and has a sustainable outward-facing campus community, is one of Keele University’s core strategic aims and is at the heart of our Strategic Plan.
We successively rank at the very top of student satisfaction surveys. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. Whether it’s Health, Humanities and Social Sciences or Natural Sciences, whatever your area of study, we deliver a unique and international learning experience. We teach in small groups, provide one-to-one access to our academics and value the quality of our teaching as highly as our research.
Visit the Keele University YouTube channel
for videos of the campus and student experience.
Keele can be reached from central London via train in less than two hours. The campus is located about 5 miles from the town of Stoke-On-Trent where students can take the train. This site and situation offers an ideal "best of both worlds" feel, both the urban and rural experience of England. Keele is in North Staffordshire halfway between Manchester and Birmingham, so big city life can be reached even closer than London.
Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, many of our students and a number of our staff live, as well as study and work here. It’s a big campus, but a small and cosmopolitan community. We operate on a human scale, providing people the space to think and plenty to do, with a vast array of clubs, societies, activities and volunteering opportunities. The University is on a hill overlooking the town of Newcastle-under-Lyme (two miles from Keele) with Stoke-on-Trent (and its main shopping area Hanley) just a couple of miles further. There is a thriving student life around the campus and a wide range of café-bars, restaurants and pubs in Newcastle and clubs in Hanley.
The University makes available the whole range of its introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses to visiting students with appropriate preparation. As is normal in England, all degrees are three year degrees, so SDSU considers upper-division to be Year 2 (Level 5) and beyond.
All courses are taught in English with the exception of any foreign language courses.
Semester 1: Late September to Late December
Semester 2: Late January to Early June
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Access the Course (Module) Catalogue
for incoming study abroad students.
One 15 credit (7.5 ECTS) Keele University module is equivalent to 3.7 SDSU semester units. Four modules is a full semester load. Students are required to take 4 modules per semester for a total of 60 Keele credits or 30 ECTS.
Note: At Keele University, SDSU considers Level 5+ (Year 2) or 2000+ courses as upper division.
All students should discuss module descriptions with their SDSU academic advisors. Check under the ‘Prerequisites' section of each module description to determine if you meet the entry criteria.
Housing and Meals
Students have access to the Keele residence halls. As a campus university, Keele has over 3,000 bedrooms on site with a range of accommodation available and all within a short walk of the centre of campus. See the Keele Accommodation
pages for more details.
Other practical information for exchange students is available on the Keele Study Abroad Office
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)
are not required to apply for a visa. However, students going for a full academic year (more than six months)
are required to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. 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