Why Study Abroad?
Alasdair Spark, Director of Internationalisation:
“You can spend an extended period living and studying overseas. It’s a very different experience from a holiday or a short visit. You will become immersed in the culture of the United States and the life of the university at which you study. You will learn that things are done differently in a different culture and this will broaden your cultural awareness and
understanding of others. Often students find the different styles and patterns of study in the USA stimulating, and they bring good habits back to their studies when they return. You will meet people and make friends, forming friendships which often continue long after the exchange. Usually students also do some travelling while they are in the US. Without doubt, one of the most important benefits is to your self-reliance and independence. A semester overseas can be daunting, as can the process of immigration and coping with a very different system of study. But if you take part, you will come out of it stronger, with something Extra with a capital E to add to your CV. The evidence shows that employers consider distinctive, challenging activities like exchanges to be the mark of a superior student.”
- This is a valuable experience that can enhance your self-reliance
- Makes you much more attractive to employers
- New or improved language skills
- You will take classes at the overseas university that count towards your degree, gaining the benefit of studying in a different enviroment and working with students from a different culture
- We offer financial support to eligible students. You will continue to pay tuition fees to Winchester and no tuition fees are paid to your host (which is often much cheaper than if you were to study there independently)
- Interactive with people from across the world, making valuable contacts and new friends
- The opportunity to travel
What does exchange mean?
An Exchange means that the University has an agreement with the partner University where we can send students to their University and in return they send students to Winchester. The exchange is typically over one semester where you would study in a different Higher Education system, developing your intellect and academic abilities. Your semester will involve you living in a different culture with an immersion into that culture experiencing a different way of life. You will have the opportunity to meet new people, make friends and travel.