Sitting an exam overseas

What you need to know about sitting an exam overseas.

Before you apply

Please make sure that you’ve read through the criteria for taking exams off campus, and Part E20 and Appendix E3 of our Academic Regulations and Procedures before you apply.

How to apply to sit an exam overseas

Costs and invoices

How much will it cost?

There’s a standard university fee of £350 per module for any exam taken off campus. On top of this, you’re also responsible for paying the costs of the local institution for staging the exam on our behalf.

The local costs will vary depending on the institution and the country involved, so please contact them directly once you’ve been informed of the location for your exam.

Why are there two different charges?

The UWE Bristol standard fee covers the cost of the extra administration required to organise exams overseas and also includes send exam materials by courier to the respective venues.

The local charge covers the room hire, invigilation, administration and returning  the completed exam papers to us by courier. Due to the varying rates and currencies involved, this is collected locally by the venue and not by us.

How do I pay the charges?

The Exams Team will raise an invoice on your student account sometime after you’ve been notified of the final arrangements. You should pay your invoice online through the Payments tab in MyUWE.

There's no invoice on MyUWE yet. Can I still sit my exam?

It’s possible that the invoice may not be raised in time for your exam, but you should still attend your exam as per the arrangements sent to you. You can pay your invoice later, once it’s been raised.

What happens if I don’t or can’t pay the invoice before the exam?

You should still attend your exams but pay the invoice as soon as you can afterwards. If you don’t pay your invoice, you’ll be flagged as a debtor on the system and you won’t be able to obtain any official results, certificates or references until the debt is cleared.

Exam location and arrangements

Do I contact the British Council to make the arrangements?

No, the Exams Team will make all the arrangements, but they may offer you a choice if there is more than one British Council Office available to you.

Once the arrangements have been finalised, the Exams Team will write to you and inform you of the location and give you a contact name and number so that you can register with the local institution and arrange payment of the local fees.

When will the exam take place?

The exam will take place on the same day as the UK sitting, but the time will be different to allow for the local time difference to the UK. You’ll be emailed your overseas timetable once the arrangements have been finalised.

Reasonable adjustments like extra time

If you are allowed any reasonable adjustments, such as extra time, then please inform the Exams Team when you apply so that these can be taken into consideration when making the arrangements overseas.

If you need to cancel your request

If you cancel at least two weeks before the exam due date, you won’t be charged. However, after that the full invoice will be cancelled and replaced with a £100 cancellation fee.

Exam marking and results

Will I sit the same question paper as the other students on my course, and will it be marked the same?

Generally, you’ll sit the same exam paper as the other students on your course but sometimes, when the time difference between your country and the UK is too great, we may have to have a separate paper written especially for your sitting. Your completed answers will be marked and moderated with all the other students’ papers.

When will I know the result?

Your marks will go to the same Field and Award Boards as your fellow students. Your results publication date will be the same as the rest of your cohort.

Contact us

If you question is not answered by any of the above then please contact the Exams Team on Exams@uwe.ac.uk or read through the rest of our exam section.

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