Study across the pond in the UK!
Keele University is situated on an estate with extensive woods, lakes and parkland, formerly owned by the Sneyd family. The Sneyds came into possession of the Keele estate in the mid-16th century. Before the Sneyds, the area was owned by the Knights Templar, a medieval Military Order. The first Keele Hall was built in 1580 and it was rebuilt in 1860. The Hall is a major conference, wedding and banqueting venue and has Grade II listing from English Heritage for its architectural importance. The University itself was founded as the University College of North Staffordshire in 1949 and received its charter as the University of Keele in 1962.
Keele is in North Staffordshire halfway between Manchester and Birmingham. 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. Keele’s central location means it is easy to get anywhere in the country, with the M6 and rail links close at hand. Manchester and Birmingham are each an hour’s drive away, while London is 90 minutes by train.
- Fall Semester: Mid September to Mid December
- Spring Semester: Mid January to Early June
For more information about the academic calendar please visit the Keele website
As an international student coming to Keele for the first time, you’ll benefit from the opportunity to live and study alongside British students, in a safe and welcoming environment. Keele has over 3,000 rooms and offers a variety of types and costs within their five halls of residence.
Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options. Students will submit their housing payment directly to Keele or their housing provider.
For more information about housing please visit Keele’s accommodation web page.
Paid to Appalachian State
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
*If no exchange spots are available students will be able to attend Keele as a fee-paying study abroad student and Tuition and Fees will be charged at the Keele rate.
Estimated Additional Costs
||Semester Fee Paying
|Basic Exchange (App Tuition & Fees)
||based on your residency
|1OIED Program Development Fee
|Intl Health Development Fee
|Worldwide Health Insurance
1Housing costs will vary by housing type.
||$1000 - $1500
||$1000 - $1500
||$1200 - $1500
||$1800 - $3300
||$2200 - $4000
||$5800 - $9900
||$800 - $1500
||$1000 - $1800
||$2500 - $3500
||$1200 - $2000
||$1800 - $2600
||$3200 - $4200
|Books and Materials
||$400 - $600
||$400 - $600
||$600 - $1200
||$100 - $200
||$150 - $280
||$250 - $500
|Visa (for US Citizens)
||$400 - $500
|4US Based Health Insurance
|5Personal Travel and Spending
||$800 - $1200
||$1000 - $1800
||$2000 - $4000
2Keele offers a catering package.
3Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
4Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
5Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see the estimated total costs of this program please visit the program budget sheets: Fall, Spring, Academic Year.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
To locate specific course offerings please visit Keele’s module catalog. Clicking on each program name will take you to a list of courses regularly offered at the university.
Please be aware that in the United Kingdom use the following terminology:
- Courses (UK) refer to Majors/Departments (AppState)
- Modules (UK) refer to Classes/Courses (Appstate)
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Keele program will be required to enroll in 30 ECTS credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page