We offer students many opportunities to study abroad in Europe and America

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Why Study Abroad?

“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.”

Alasdair Spark
Director of Internationalisation

In addition: 

  • 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 environment 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.

Where can I go?

America Exchange

We currently have 10 partner Universities across the USA

Where can I study?

If you decide to take part in the American Exchange you can study at any of the following institutions:

The links will take you to the University website where you can find more information. It might be worth looking at their international pages and information on courses close to your area of study.


Who can apply?

All Winchester programmes can apply, excluding Single Honours Journalism and Single or Combined Law and Social Work.

However, students taking the following programmes will receive priority allocation to the corresponding University in the chart below:

Faculty

Winchester BA Programmes

Host University

ARTS

Preferential Allocations

Drama

Alfred University

Performing Arts (Contemporary Performance)

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American Studies

Montana State University Billings

Creative Writing

Choreography and Dance

Shenandoah University

Drama

BLS

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Accounting and Finance 

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Westminster College

Sports

Eastern Illinois University

EHSC

 

Education

Lander University

HSS

Criminology

Southern Oregon University

Politics and Global Studies

Westminster College

Global History and Politics


What will it cost?

Estimated additional costs of £3,500 (including airfare, visa, accommodation and other expenses at the host University).

All students with a household income of less that £42,000 will receive an award of £300 to assist with expenses in America.

If you're household income in less than £25,000 bursaries of currently £500 are available for eligible Home and EU fee paying students and you may also be eligible to apply for a SFE travel grant.

When can I go?

Normally in Semester 1 of Year 2.

Students studying Archaeology/Archaeological Practise, Sports and Education are eligible to study abroad during Semester 2 only.

Choreography and Dance students are eligible to study abroad during either Semester.

Where will I stay?

When studying abroad you will rent a room in a residence hall at your American University.

You do have the option to be accommodated within University Halls in Winchester. It is not a requirement but if you wish to, prior to studying abroad you may apply for accommodation in our halls and our Housing office will be likely to accommodate you.

Europe: Erasmus exchange

We have a number of partner institutions across Europe

Where can I study?

We hold over 20 Erasmus partnerships. The most popular universities are:

Who can apply?

Erasmus works as a direct programme exchange.Only the following programmes are eligible to apply:

Faculty

Winchester BA Programmes

Host University

ARTS

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American Studies 
American Literature
English

Charles V University, Prague, Czech Republic

 

Heinrich Heine University of Dusseldorf, Germany

 

Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland

 

English Language

Charles V University, Prague, Czech Republic

 

Heinrich Heine University of Dusseldorf, Germany

 

Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland

 

Performing Arts/ Contemporary Performance

Jan áček Academy of Music and Performing Arts Brno, Czech Republic

 

Vocal and Choral Studies

Conservatorio di Musica di Avellino, Italy

 

Yazar University, Turkey

 

Stret Arts

University of Western Brittany, France

Business, Law and Sport

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Business Management 

Ecole de Management de Normandie, France

 

ESC Pau, Pau, France

 

Event Manager

Ecole de Management de Normandie, France

 

ESC Pau, Pau, France

Education, Health and Social Care

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Health, Community and Social Care

Catholic Univerisity of Applied Sciences, Westphalia, Germany

 

Education

Viktor Frankl Hochjshule, Klagenfurt, Austria

 

University of Tampere, Finland

 

University of Tallinn, Tallinn, Estonia

 

University College Syddanmark, Denmark

 

Haapsula College (associate of University of Tallin), Estonia

 

University of Leida, Catalonia, Spain

 

University of Zaragoza, Spain

 

University of Barcelona, Spain

 

University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

 

Jan Kochanowski University, Poland

 

Pädagogische Hochschule, Klagenfurt, Austria

Humanities and Social Sciences

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History

American University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

 

Psychology

University of Limerick, Ireland

 

Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland

 

Sociology

University of Helsinki, Finland

 

Theology, Religion and Ethics

University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany


What will it cost?

Estimated costs of £2000 (including the cost of airfare, visa, accommodation and other expenses.)

You will be in receipt of a monthly allowance (between € 275 - 375) and may also be eligible to apply for an SFE travel grant.

When can I go?

Either semester during Year 2 or Year 3.

Where will I stay?

When studying abroad you will rent a room with your European university. You have the option to be accommodated within University Halls in Winchester. It is not a requirement but if you wish to, prior to studying abroad you may apply for accommodation in our halls and our Housing Office may be able to accommodate you.

Asia

We have recently developed partnerships with a number of Study Abroad opportunities in Asia

Where can I study?

Each Faculty has a number of established partnerships throughout Asia. It is worth contacting your faculty for specific allocations.


Who can apply?

The following programmes only, are eligible to apply:

Faculty

Winchester BA programmes

Host University

ARTS


English

Seinan- Jo Gaukin University

 

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

 


English Language

Seinan- Jo Gaukin University

 

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

 

Film Studies

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

 

Media Studies

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

 

Media Production

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

BLS

 

Fashion, Media and Marketing

Pearl Academy

EHSC

 

Education

Seinan - Jo Gaukin University

HSS

 

History

Seinan- Jo Gaukin University

 

Sociology


SungKongHoe University
 

 

Theology, Religion and Ethics

What will it cost?

Estimated additional costs of £2500 (including airfare, visa, accommodation and other expenses).

There may available scholarships to assist with airfare (in exchange you will mentor visiting Japanese students.) You may also be eligible to apply for a SFE travel grant.

When can I go?

Either Semester during Year 2.

Where will I stay?

When studying abroad you will rent a room with your Host Institution.

You do have the option to be accommodated within University Halls in Winchester. It is not a requirement but if you wish to, prior to studying abroad you may apply for accommodation in our halls and our Housing office may be able to accommodate you.

 

Other opportunities

Our students have a variety of other opportunities available to them, including opportunities to work, travel or volunteer abroad

Opportunities at the University of Winchester

Some courses such as American Studies, History, Politics and Archaeology provide short study abroad opportunities via special modules such as field trips and fieldwork.

The University has links with a number of charities, and students can take part in overseas visits as part of their studies; for example, the University supports a schools project in The Gambia.

The University encourages students to consider individual ventures, for instance, internships or by taking advantage of our Volunteering module during the summer vacation.

Opportunities outside the University of Winchester

Information for outgoing students

The Study Abroad programmes offer you the opportunity to Study Abroad for a semester at one of our partner Universities. You can apply for the exchange programme if you are currently a full-time first year student, or, if you are a second year Accounting and Finance student.

You cannot take part if you are studying any of the three following programmes:

  • Single Honours Journalism
  • Single or Combined Honours Law
  • Single or Combined Honours Social Work

Please note:

  • Archaeology/ Archaeological Practise, Sports and Primary Education students are eligible to Study Abroad during Semester 2 only
  • Choreography and Dance students are eligible to study abroad during either Semester

If you are offered a place on the exchange during Semester 1, you will be expected to stay at your host. University for the Fall Semester between late August and mid-December (dates vary), before returning to the UK in time for the start of the second Semester of Year 2 in early January.

If you are offered a place on the exchange during Semester 2, you will attend as normal here in Winchester for Semester 1 and then you will be expected to stay at your host University for the Spring Semester between January - May (dates vary).

Other information

Conditions for participation

  • Satisfactory completion of all modules for Year 1
  • You must be aware of the financial implications of the visa and exchange programme
  • You must understand that the exchange programme is for the period of one semester only and will not be extended beyond this under any circumstances
  • You must demonstrate that you have researched the institution to which you have applied, and must show an appreciation for the cultural, economical and social differences and understanding what this would mean to you as an individual
  • You have been accepted at your host institution
  • An understanding of the modules you will take whilst abroad
  • If you need to change your modules for any reason you must inform the Study Abroad Coordinators of your intention and the details of the replacement module - before making the change
  • The University of Winchester is not obliged to accept any marks, grades or credits obtained in any assessment, essay or examination for modules studied other than those agreed with your Programme Leader and confirmed by the Study Abroad Coordinator.
  • Any unapproved deviation from the list of modules given above may seriously jeopardise your progression onto the final year of your programme here and the final award of your degree. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are taking the correct number of approved credits at the correct level
  • The University retains the right to withdraw its support for any student who fails to meet requirements for the exchange at any stage or any student guilty of misconduct prior to or during the exchange

Academia at host institution

Studying in a different country is a challenge and a joy. You should be aware of the difference in teaching style, assessment types, class sizes, contact with teachers and expectations.

Learning agreement

If you have a learning agreement at the University of Winchester please inform the Study Abroad Coordinators right away. We can help you set up a learning agreement in your host institution.

Credits abroad

You will be marked and graded at your host university. Depending on your institution these marks will be returned and we will convert them to Winchester credits. All your modules (and module changes) must be approved with your programme leader in order to be eligible for credits at Winchester

Pre-departure meetings

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
  • Homesickness

These sessions are vital to prepare you for your Study Abroad programme Please check with the Study Abroad Coordinators when these sessions are run.

Semester dates

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.

Tuition fees

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

Accommodation fees vary depending on the programme . Please see information from your host institution. In most cases you will be placed in University Halls.

Insurance

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.

Visa 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.​ 

Finance support

  • 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.

Finance abroad

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 the 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 your bank, account charges that might occur should you complete transactions abroad.

Contact us 

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

Tel: +44 (0)1962 827210​​

Email: studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk