- Arrivals on site - Saturday 16 September 2017
- Enrolment / Orientation – week beginning Monday 18 January 2017
- First day of teaching – Monday 25 September 2017
- Last day of teaching - Friday 15 December 2017
- Move out day - Saturday 16 December 2017
- Arrivals on site - Thursday 11 January 2018
- Enrolment / Orientation - Friday 12 January 2018 (semester two starters only)
- First day of teaching - Monday 15 January 2018
- Last day of teaching - Friday 6 April 2018
- Move out day - Saturday 7 April 2018*
*unless you have applied to stay on for spring break and the May 2018 assessment period. Please check with Studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk if you are unsure.
Do you need a visa?
Detailed information on the regulations around entry to the UK can be found on the UK Visas and Immigration website (part of the Home Office).
You can check whether you need a visa by clicking on this link.
Tier 4 Visa (Entry Clearance) for International students
Students coming to the UK for six months or less and not intending to work (or do work experience) do not require a Tier 4 student visa. Instead they need a Short Term Study Visa.
Non visa nationals can apply at the airport upon arrival. You will need to bring with you your acceptance letter from the University of Winchester, and tell the Immigration Officer that you wish to enter as a 'Student Visitor'. Please ensure the Immigration Officer gives you the Short Term Study Visa entry stamp. Without this endorsement your entry clearance will be that of a General Visitor.
Visa nationals should apply at the British Embassy nearest to them for a Short Term Study Visa.
Student Visitors are a different immigration category to Tier 4 Visa Students and carry several restrictions:
- You must be at least 18 years old
- You cannot extend your time as a Student Visitor
- You are entirely prohibited from working
- You cannot 'switch' into the 'Student' category whilst here, e.g. to work
- You cannot bring a dependent.
Please note that you can study part-time or full-time under the Short Term Study Visa route.
Students who require visas are advised to travel directly to England and not via the CTA*, as it causes immigration complications.
*The Common Travel Area (CTA) comprises the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the Bailiwick of Guernsey, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Isle of Man
American and other Non-EU nationals intending to work whilst they are here (including work experience), and/or considering the possibility of extending their stay beyond six months, MUST contact Studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk for further advice regarding visas. Non-EU students will normally be advised to contact us to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) form so that they may apply for a Tier 4 student visa from a British diplomatic mission in their home country, which must be done before arrival in the UK.
Travelling from the airport to Winchester
Please do not book your transport until you have received notification of your acceptance from The University of Winchester. For students who have been accepted to Study Abroad at Winchester, please refer to the travel information provided below. Airport booking forms and maps are available at the end of this section of information.
University coach service from Heathrow airport - Arrivals day only
Arrivals day for semester one is Saturday 16 September 2017. Please note the university coach service picks up from Heathrow ONLY. Please refer to the Airport Booking Form on this webpage.
Arrivals day for semester two is Thursday 11 January 2018. Please contact Studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk for further details.
Arrivals to airports/ ferry terminals other than Heathrow
If you are travelling via another airport/ ferry terminal, you can either make your way to Heathrow and join the University's coach service, or travel independently to the University. You can use the following websites to plan your journey:
Arriving in Winchester city centre
The University is a short walk from the railway station, and a slightly longer walk from the coach stop. You may want to consider taking a taxi; here are some local taxi firms:
For Maps and Directions to The University of Winchester, please go to http://www.winchester.ac.uk/contactusandmaps/Pages/contactusandmaps.aspx
Before arriving in the U.K.
Please ensure you complete the checklist of the detail you will need to complete before arriving at the University of Winchester. You can find this at: Forms and Checklist
Upon arrival, if you wish to stay on for semester 2 please contact Studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk to find out whether this is possible. If we are able to accept you for semester 2, your housing contract will be renewed until the end of the semester 2 teaching period.
Please note that you will be required to pay for accommodation during the Christmas break between semesters and if you wish to stay beyond the end of the semester 2 teaching period.