If you are interested in studying abroad at the University of Winchester please see the information below.

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Who can apply?

The University welcomes applications from all study abroad students who wish to study at the University of Winchester for a period of one semester or a study abroad year. Study Abroad students include Visiting, Exchange and Erasmus. Normally students must be at least 18 years of age on 31 December of the year of admission. Students should be registered on a recognised programme of study at a university or higher education institution.

The Exchange programme is open to students from our 'exchange partner' American and Canadian Universities. Our exchange partners in the US include: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; University of Southern Maine; Southern Oregon University; Shenandoah University; Georgia College State University; Montana State University Billings; Lander University; Eastern Illinois University; Westminster College. In Canada, our exchange partners include University of Kings College and St.Francis Xavier University.

Magi and Emily came to Winchester from Lander University, South Carolina. 

Two female incoming exchange students

Making the choice to study abroad was both exciting and terrifying, but the University of Winchester welcomed us with open arms. They accommodated our needs and made us feel very comfortable. We grew both as students and as people and we would never trade this experience for anything.

How and when to apply?

If you have not already been nominated by your home university exchange co-ordinator, please contact studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk  to check whether a nomination is required.

If you have already been nominated, please complete the Winchester Application Form and Module Selection Form for Incoming Study Abroad Students and arrange for your home university exchange co-ordinator to email them to studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk These forms do not have to be posted separately.

Students wishing to apply for University Managed Housing must also complete a Housing Form, which is available from Studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk.

Please note that places on Study Abroad at Winchester are limited and students are advised to apply as early as possible.

Application deadlines:

  • For semester 1, 2020/21 – applications must be received by 26 May 2020
  • For semester 2, 2020/21 – applications must be received by 27 October 2020

All applications must be 2.8 minimum Grade Point Average (GPA). 

If English is not your first language, you must provide one form of evidence of your English language competence from the list below and enclose with your application:

IELTS – Minimum overall score of 6, with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas*

An Overseas GCE O level in English language at Grade A – C or equivalent qualification

*students requiring Tier 4 visas must supply UKVI approved IELTS.

Other information for incoming students

Academic information

Studying Abroad offers students a chance to study in a new academic culture and possibly study new topics

Academic Culture

We have five faculties: ARTS, BLDT (Business, Law and Digital Technologies), HSS (Humanities and Social Sciences), HWB (Health and Wellbeing) and EDN (Education). Upon arrival at the University of Winchester you will be placed in the faculty which best fits your area of study. Your faculty will handle the modules you take and support your academic study.

Admission and module changes are handled by the Study Abroad Co-ordinator, who is located in the Registry department. This allows the University to have a centrally organised Study Abroad system.

Modules and credits

A full-time student would be expected to take 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year. Each module is usually worth 15 credits. This usually means that you will take 4 modules per semester or 8 per academic year. One credit translates to 10 hours worth of work.

At the University of Winchester, Home students usually follow a strict structure to their programme. However, as an exchange student your home institution will define which level is best suited to your current level of study. Year 1 classes are defined at Level 4 (or level 1) with a module code starting with a 1. Year 2 classes are defined at Level 5 (or level 2) with a module code starting with a 2. Year 3 classes are defined at Level 6 (or level 3) with a module code starting with a 3. For postgraduate programmes each level is increased depending of the level of study.

Information for students eligible to select BA Primary Education Teaching modules

Eligible students are from partner institutions with whom we have a specific Teacher Education subject agreement. All students are expected to undertake a school placement as part of the programme (maximum of 8-10 days), which would normally be in a Primary School. Please note that students undertaking Primary Education modules are required to provide a Criminal Record Certificate from their home country. Please see the following link for guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants The certificate should be no more than 6 months old at the time of submission to Study Abroad. Students will also be asked to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check. The current cost of the DBS check is £40 (this cost set by the DBS and may be subject to change). Please be aware that the DBS can take a few weeks to process the records so your placement is likely to occur towards the end of your semester with us.


Pay here for your DBS

Module information

Please read the Guide to Making Module Selections carefully before completing your Module Selection Form for Incoming Study Abroad Students. When fully completed submit with your application documents.

Modules and Credits

A full-time student would be expected to take 60 CATS credits (equivalent to 30 ECTS credits) per semester. Each module is usually worth 15 CATS credits (7.5 ECTS credits), so this means that you will normally take 4 modules per semester.

  • 1 CATS credit translates to 10 hour 's worth of work.

Module Catalogues

The Semester 1 (Fall) Module Catalogue for 20/21 is available below.
The Semester 2 (Spring) Module Catalogue for 20/21 is availble from studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk

Practical information

For the practical information regarding studying at the University of Winchester please read below.

Semester dates

Semester one 2020/21

  • Arrivals on site - Saturday 12 September 2020
  • Enrolment/Orientation - week beginning Monday 14 September 2020
  • Classes start - Monday 21 September 2020
  • Classes end - Friday 11 December 2020
  • Move out day - Saturday 12 December 2020

Semester two 2020/21  

  • Arrivals on site - Thursday 7 January 2021
  • Enrolment/Orientation - Friday 8 January 2021
  • Classes start - Monday 11 January
  • Classes end - Thursday 1 April 2021
  • Move out day - Saturday 3 April 2021*

*our standard move out day is at the end of term in April. If you wish to apply to stay on for the Spring Break and May exam period, please contact Studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk for further information.

Do you need a visa?

Please check the website https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration and https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa to check whether you require a visa to study in the UK

If you are a national of the EU/EEA/Switzerland then you do not need to apply for a visa and you may use an e-gate (self-service entry gate) facility to enter the UK.

Short-Term Study Visas – One semester only, Visa Nationals and Non-Visa Nationals

Short-Term Study Visas (Student Visitors) carry several restrictions:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You will be required to leave the UK within 30 days of your course end date

·  You cannot extend your time as a Student Visitor

·  You are entirely prohibited from working (this includes unpaid placements)

·  You cannot switch to another visa category whilst here

·  You cannot bring a dependent

Visa Nationals studying for one semester should apply at the British Embassy nearest to them for a Short Term Study Visa. 

Non Visa Nationals (e.g. American/Canadian Nationals) studying for one semester can apply at the airport upon arrival. However, the following steps must followed: 

  • Travel directly to England and not via the Common Travel Area (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
  • Bring your documents (Acceptance to Study Letter, accommodation details, proof of funds, e.g. bank statement or sponsorship letter) and ensure that you see an Immigration Officer and advise them that you wish to enter as a 'Student Visitor'. Please ensure the Immigration Officer gives you the Short Term Study Visa entry stamp (otherwise your entry will be that of a General Visitor and you will be required to leave within 30 days). 
  • Do NOT use the E- Gate facility (self-service entry gate). If you are coming from outside the EU/EEA (e.g. American/Canadian Nationals) on a study abroad program for just one semester, you must NOT use the e-Gates (the e-Gate will only give you General Visitor leave for 30 days)
  • Note that if you apply for your visa upon arrival, your visa will NOT be multiple entry so you must meet the requirements for the Short-Term Student Visa every time you re-enter the UK

Students studying for more than one semester OR undertaking paid or unpaid work placements

Non-EU/EEA nationals staying for more than one semester OR intending to work or undertake work/ work experience whilst they are here MUST contact Studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk for further advice regarding visas. Non-EU/EEA 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. If you have a Tier 4 student visa, you should keep a copy of your boarding card in your passport to help us confirm your date of travel during enrolment.

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.

University coach service from Heathrow airport - Arrivals day only

Arrivals day for semester one is Saturday 12 September 2020. Please note that the University coach service picks up from Heathrow ONLY.

The Airport Booking Form is available from Studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk

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:

Continuing students

Semester 1 students who wish to extend their study period to include semester 2 should contact Studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk as soon as possible (places are subject to availability and any visa restrictions).


Graeme Cave came to Winchester from Westminster College, Missouri
smiling male exchange student

Coming to Winchester was one of the best decisions I’ve made so far. For one thing, Winchester provided me with a safe, friendly and diverse learning environment that helped me grow intellectually and personally. Winchester also gave me an edge in my post-graduation plans. As a recent graduate I’ve learned quickly that employers are looking for people with a distinctive background and a world perspective. Coming to the UK and Winchester and travelling elsewhere shows them just that.

Checklist for incoming students

Applying to Winchester

Have you....

  • Applied for accommodation?
  • Applied for a VISA (if required)?
  • Found out how and when to pay?
  • Let us know if you require student support?
  • Completed online registration (step one of enrolment at the University of Winchester)?
  • Booked a place on the airport pickup coach?

Documents to bring with you

  • Your University Acceptance letter
  • Your accommodation contract/ confirmation email
  • Proof of funds (e.g. bank statement or sponsorship letter)
  • If you are a non-visa national applying for entry clearance as a Student Visitor at the airport, please ensure that the Immigration officer writer 'VST' or 'STV' over your immigration stamp. Without this written endorsement, your entry clearance will be that of a General Visitor
  • Your passport
  • Proof of travel into the UK if you enter through a Common Travel Area port/airport to show it was less than 90 days earlier (if you are on a Student Visitor visa).

*The Common Travel Area (CTA) comprises the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Isle of Man

Upon your arrival

You will undoubtedly be bombarded with lots of information during your arrival and orientation. Please don't worry as you'll find things fit into place once you become more familiar with your surroundings.

Do make sure you attend all the orientation sessions as you will find them very helpful.

Contact us 

Study Abroad
Registry (Winton Building 122b)
University of Winchester
Sparkford Road
England, UK
SO22 4NR

Tel: +44 (0)1962 827210 or 7404
Email: studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk