Incoming exchange students
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Study abroad at the University of Winchester
Who can apply?
The Exchange programme is open to students from our ten 'exchange partner' American Universities: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; University of Southern Maine; Southern Oregon University, Alfred University, Shenandoah University, Georgia College State University, Montana State University Billings, Lander University, Eastern Illinois University and Westminster College.
The Visiting programme is open to students from our partner universities and also any student registered on a recognised programme of study at an international university or higher education institution. Please note tuition fees are payable for this programme.
The Erasmus exchange is open to students from European institutions with which we have a bilateral agreement.
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 student at a university of higher education institution
How and when to apply?
If you have not already been nominated by your home university exchange co-ordinator, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to check whether a nomination is required.
If you have already been nominated, please complete the 'Winchester Application Form' and 'Module Selection Form' (on the right-hand menu) and arrange for your home university exchange co-ordinator to email them to email@example.com These forms do not have to be posted separately.
All students, with the exception of exchange and visiting students from American partner universities, must also complete an 'Accommodation Application' (on the right-hand menu).
Please note that places on Study Abroad at Winchester are limited and students are advised to apply as early as possible.
- For Semester 1, 2017/2018 - Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information, as places for semester 1 are now limited.
- For Semester 2, 2016/2017 - applications must be received by 25th October 2017.
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, including 6 in Academic Writing or TOEF IBT 80 (19 in writing).
an Overseas GCE O level in English language at Grade A – C or equivalent qualification
Or an academic reference to validate your English language skill.
Other information for incoming students
Studying Abroad offers students a chance to study in a new academic culture and possibly study new topics
We have has four faculties: ARTS, BLS (Business, Law and Sport), HSS (History and Social Sciences) and EHSC (Education, Health and Social Care). 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 Education subject agreement.
Suitable modules for Teaching can be found below.
How do I request a placement?
We specialise in primary education so placements would normally be in a primary school. We can offer a maximum of 8 -10 days in school. Please ensure that you advise Study Abroad that you require a placement when you submit your application.
In order to apply for a placement, you must enclose a copy of your Police Certificate from your own country with your Study Abroad application. The Police Certificate should be no more than 6 months old at the time of submission. The copy should be certified by your home university co-ordinator. We will also ask to see the original document at arrivals week.
UK Police Checks for students who have requested placements
Please note that you will be asked to complete Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check during arrivals week. The current cost for this is £44, which you will be required to pay for. You will be provided with further information regarding the arrangements for the DBS check by the Study Abroad Co-ordinator. The DBS can take a few weeks to process the records so please be aware your placement is likely to occur towards the end of your semester with us.
Please read the 'Guide to Module Selections' carefully before completing your 'Module Selection Form' (on the right hand menu). 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.
17/18 Module Catalogues
- Accounting S1
- American Studies s1
- Archaeology S1
- Business Management S1
- Childhood Youth and Community Studies S1
- Choreography and Dance S1
- Classical Studies S1
- Creative and Professional Writing S1
- Criminology S1
- Digital Media Design and Development S1
- Drama S1
- Education Studies S1
- English Language S1
- English Literature S1
- Event Management S1
- Fashion Media and Marketing S1
- Film Production
- Film Studies S1
- Forensic Studies S1
- Geography S1
- Health Community and Social Care S1
- History S1
- Initial Teacher Education (Erasmus Partnership Students only)
- Journalism S1
- Mass Communication S1
- Media Production
- Media Studies S1
- Modern Liberal Arts S1
- Performing Arts
- Philosophy Politics Economics S1
- Politics and Global Studies S1
- Psychology S1
- Social Work
- Sociology S1
- Sports S1
- Theatre Production
- Theology Religion and Ethics S1
- American Studies S2
- Archaeology S2
- Business Management S2
- Childhood Youth and Community Studies S2
- Choreography and Dance S2
- Classical Studies S2
- Creative and Professional Writing S2
- Digital Media Design/ Digital Media Development
- Drama S2
- Education Studies S2
- English Language S2
- English Literature S2
- Event Management S2
- Fashion Media and Marketing S2
- Film Studies S2
- Forensics S2
- Geography S2
- Health Community and Social Care Studies S2
- History S2
- Initial Teacher Education (partner Education Erasmus students only)
- Journalism S2
- Mass Communication S2
- Media Production
- Media Studies S2
- Modern Liberal Arts S2
- Performing Arts
- Philosophy Politics and Economics S2
- Politics and Global Studies
- Psychology S2
- Social Work
- Theatre Production
- Theology Religion and Ethics S2
Please see the Value Studies catalogues for modules offered by our Institute for Value Studies.
For the practical information regarding studying at the University of Winchester please read below.
- 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).
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.
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 Pick-up Form Jan2018
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:
- National Rail is the website for all of the UK's train operating companies
- National Express is the UK's main coach company
- National Express also runs coaches between UK airports
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:
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.
Checklist for incoming students
Applying to Winchester
- Applied for accommodation (Erasmus students only)?
- 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)?
- Received your email confirming your registered modules?
- Booked a place on the airport pickup coach?
Documents to bring with you
- Your University Acceptance letter
- Your accommodation contract/ confirmation email
- 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.
Registry (Main Building 122b)
University of Winchester
Tel: +44 (0)1962 827210