Depending on your Study Abroad programme, the University prepares students for Study Abroad through pre-departure meetings. These sessions will prepare you for:
- Application to host institution
- Visa application
- Module selections at host university
These sessions are vital to prepare you for your Study Abroad programme Please check with the Study Abroad Coordinators when these sessions are run.
Please check with your host university the relevant semester information. You will normally be expected to arrive before traditional induction for international induction sessions. Please refer to the information provided from your host institution for more information.
You will not pay any tuition fees to your host institution. As an exchange you will continue to pay fees to the University of Winchester.
Accommodation fees vary depending on the programme. Please see information from your host institution. In most cases you will be placed in University Halls.
The University of Winchester will provide you with full travel insurance for the duration of your Study Abroad programme.
Please read the insurance documents to ensure that you are sufficiently covered.
There are a few partner institutions who require students to be protected by additional host university insurance. If this is the case then you should take out the insurance required at your host institution. You will remain protected under the University of Winchester policy but cannot claim on both policies. Please refer to documents from your host institution for more information.
If you are studying outside of the EEA (European Economic Area) you will normally be required to get a visa. Please refer to the information regarding the visa you should apply for, and keep informed about costs. You will be required to arrange your own interview and pay for travel to/from the embassy.
- UK students with a household income of less that £25,000 per year are eligible to receive Access Fund support from the University
- If you are eligible for the above Access fund you might also be eligible for the Student Finance England Travel Grant to assist with your flights
- American Exchange students with an income of less that £42,000 per year are eligible to receive a bursary in the region of £300 from the University for taking part
- Student's taking part in Erasmus will receive funding from the British Council. Full details are available on their website.
You should ensure you complete the following actions:
- Confirm with your current bank your intentions to Study Abroad
- Ensure you are aware of emergency contact details for your bank (lost/stolen cards, money transfer, problems accessing online/mobile banking)
- Have a 'safety net' of funds which you can access easily if required
- Any money that is used as evidence to support your application to Study Abroad should be accessible to you should you require it (if it is in your parents/ guardians bank account then ensure that you have their contact details and they have your bank details to transfer money)
- Be aware of current exchange rate - and consider whether it is better to transfer money in sterling or using a 3rd party (outside of your bank) to exchange the money.
- Be aware of charges for wiring/ transferring cash
Opening a bank account
You should be able to open a bank account as a student in your country of study. You might require documentation proving your students status which your host university can provide you with. As an international student you should require more than one form of I.D. so think about what you can provide before you arrive.
Using your bank account abroad
Alternatively there are various forms of online and mobile banking which could be used abroad. Ensure your bank knows you will be abroad during this period. Please check with you bank account charges that might occur should you complete transactions abroad.