International student support

We offer a variety of services for international student support. These services provide advice and guidance for non-academic related queries, and also opportunities for those looking to improve their academic skills through our English Language Teaching and Support Unit (ELTSU).

We are proud to be a University with an international outlook and remain committed to supporting you during this time of uncertainty as Britain withdraws from the EU. Please click here to read the latest Brexit guidance.

For further information on departures and arrivals during these uncertain times, please see below.

International Student Support and Success

Geoff Titchener is the University's International Student Adviser. Geoff is available to help students with non-academic issues and enquiries such as arrival enquiries, orientation, travelling to Europe, visa applications and extensions, and opening bank accounts. He will also direct students to the appropriate support elsewhere in Student Services or the University as appropriate.


The International Student Handbook, which is sent to you with your welcome pack, contains information to help you prepare for coming to the United Kingdom and starting your studies at Winchester. The University offers a bookable airport coach pick on arrivals weekend from London Heathrow Airport, see departure and arrival below.

If you would like information about study abroad opportunities such as Erasmus exchange programmes and American Exchange/Visiting programmes, you can contact


In advance of you leaving your home country we will be in touch by email to give you essential information about arrival, travel from the airport and settling into University.  

The international handbook includes information on:

  • Visas
  • Culture Shock
  • Academic Life
  • Saftey & Support
  • Luggage
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Socials
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Health
  • Work

For UK Government information on travel from red, amber and green list countries see: 

If you intend to use our airport transfer service, which operates from Heathrow airport only, you need to book this in advance.

Complete this online aiport transport form.

During the COVID pandemic we are operating a COVID aware campus and have put in measures to ensure you and others stay safe. 

This may be your first time travelling alone, or your first time out of your home country. Please don't worry if you have questions or feel apprehensive, please just ask for help.

Travel, Transport and Arrival

Below are a range of ways to get to the University if you are arriving at Heathrow airport:


A taxi from Heathrow to Winchester costs approximately £90-£110 if pre booked. There are lots of different companies providing services, one example is WinTax.


If arriving at Heathrow airport you will need to get the Underground from Hatton Cross (Terminal 2) to Piccadilly Circus, then Bakerloo line to Waterloo, then the mainline overground train from Waterloo to Winchester. You can plan and cost your journey via the Transport For London.

National Express Coach

There is a National Express coach that runs from Terminals 2 and 3 to Winchester. Please make sure to select Winchester, not Winchester (Festivals).


Megabus currently runs twice a day (12:15 and 15:15) from Heathrow to Southampton Airport form there it’s a short train journey to Winchester then walk/taxi to the University, or a taxi directly from Southampton Airport.

University Transfer Service

The University offers a free transfer service to new students arriving at Heathrow Airport on Saturday 11th September 2021, please see the pre-departure section above to book a place.

Orientation and Socials

Our Support teams are here to help students find their way around the University and settle in. This includes from arrivals and the airport pickup, to enrolment and orientation sessions in welcome week and throughout your first year.

We also work with the International Society helping to organise tourism trips and social events, see the facebook group.

We will post the international welcome programme on the page below as soon as it is available, usually from July time each year. 

US Federal Loans

We administer U.S. Federal aid to American students attending the University of Winchester who meet the relevant policy requirements. This page holds links to key information and policies which apply.

The University of Winchester participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Federal Direct Loans).These provide funding to Students from the USA to cover tuition fees and living expenses, subject to approval by Student Services. The courses we offer are listed here.

The University of Winchester is only authorised to provide Federal Student Aid for full Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programmes with study entirely at the University of Winchester or shared between the University and another higher education institution that is also authorised to provide Federal Student Aid. No part of a student’s programme can take place in the United States or it will terminate their Federal Aid. Certificates of Higher Education, Foundation Degrees/Associate Degrees, Graduate Certificates, and Graduate Diplomas, are not eligible for Federal Student Aid. Programmes studied in part at another higher education institution that is not authorised to provide Federal Student Aid are not eligible for Federal Student Aid for any part of the programme, including the part studied at University of Winchester. Programmes that are self-directed, distance learning or by correspondence, in whole or in part are not eligible for Federal Student Aid.

We calculate and approve the level of federal student loans available to you as a U.S. national, through the U.S. Dept of Education. This is calculated in line with regulations using a cost of attendance calculation, in advance of you arriving at the University of Winchester.

Once you have arrived and enrolled this is drawn down from the U.S. Government through the COD system in stages and disbursed to you, subject to satisfactory attendance and academic progress. 

Winchester University's Federal School Code is  G021497

OPE-ID:  02149700

Origination fee

The origination fee is a charge made by the US Department of Education (USDE) to cover the administrative charges related to your loan. For information on origination fees charged by the USDE please see Student Aid.

Please note: the loan origination fee is subject to change by the USDE.

The University of Winchester does not charge any loan fees. The USDE funds received by the University are converted into the equivalent GBP according to the daily exchange rate. Fluctuations in exchange rates cannot be used to increase the Cost of Attendance.

Interest rates

Please visit the Federal Student Aid website for details on current interest rates for direct loans.


Students on any program based in the US, any unit of a program based in the US, on study leave based in the US, are not eligible for Direct Loans. This is non-negotiable and is a regulation set by the US Department of Education not the University of Winchester.

Not all University of Winchester programmes are eligible for US Loans e.g. diploma courses, courses funded by the National Health Service (NHS) and students studying their course through distance learning.

In addition students undertaking a study-abroad or work placement year for any programme type would not be eligible for US Federal Aid on their placement year.

For further help

If you have any queries regarding the above process please contact our international student advisor using the related links.

If you need to contact the US Dept of Education call

  • 1-800-557-7394
  • 1-800-4-FED-AID (800 433-3243)

Vaccination Advice

Information from Public Health England for international students can be found on the NHS website.


You can contact us by emailing or telephoning +44(0)1962 827482.

If you would like information about study abroad opportunities such as Erasmus exchange programmes and American Exchange/Visiting programmes, you can contact

Academic support for international students

This is provided through the Student Academic Support section of Student Services, in the English Language Teaching and Support Unit (ELTSU). ELTSU provides high-quality programmes to prepare and equip international students with the necessary skills to enable them to study at higher education.  For international students already studying at the University, it also offers additional academic guidance and skills to help every student reach their potential and achieve their academic and language goals.

ELTSU’s taught programmes have been designed with students in mind; we take on board the feedback we receive and continually update our programmes.

The ELTSU experience

In-sessional academic English support

Academic English support is available for students for whom English is a second language throughout the year.  Tutors are available to provide help with academic reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and discourse – longer texts, which are a feature of university reading.  One-to-one appointments of 30 minutes with an English language tutor allow sessions to be tailored to individual student needs. This could mean working on drafts for written assignments, developing strategies for reading academic texts effectively, preparing for presentations, or understanding assignment briefs or feedback from tutors.  The support is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Students can also join the University’s SMART Buddy (Academic Skills Student Mentoring) scheme.  As part of the scheme, students have weekly meetings with a specially selected and trained student mentor who can help with the challenges of university study, and give practical advice on developing the written and spoken English skills that are important for academic study.

Meet the team

Mandy Jones

International Foundation Programme Leader and English Language Tutor

Telephone +44 (0)1962 827328


Mandy Jones is the International Foundation Programme Coordinator and Business tutor in the English Language Teaching and Support Unit. She has worked at the University of Winchester since 1998.

Mandy studied Human Centred Computing at The University of Winchester and subsequently trained as a computing and business teacher at Basingstoke College of Technology. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate of Teaching at Portsmouth University, and her Masters in Managing Contemporary Global Issues here at Winchester.

Mandy then moved on to studying a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) at The Institute of Education, London. She is currently studying for her Doctorate in Education with a specific interest in Second Language Learner Motivation at the University of Winchester.

Mandy has taught in further and higher education in the UK. At the University of Winchester, Mandy has taught on the International Foundation Programme, the Certificate of English for International Students and coordinates the Summer School Programmes, as well as providing one-to-one in-sessional academic support to international students already studying on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. 

Marija Davis

Pre-sessional Programme Leader and English Language Tutor

Telephone +44 (0)1962 827343


Marija Davis is the Pre-sessional programme leader and language tutor on all ELTSU programmes. She started working at the University of Winchester in 2012 after completing her Cambridge CELTA PTLLS course. She has previously worked in Macedonia and Serbia in media and international organisations as an interpreter, curriculum designer and trainer of trainers.

Her background is in language teaching and international studies, and she is currently studying on the MA Learning and Teaching in higher education. At the University of Winchester, Marija teaches on the Pre-sessional courses, International Foundation Programme, Certificate in English for International Students, Summer Schools, in-sessional programme for international students, and different bespoke programmes for the University’s international partners. She has been the English for academic purposes module leader for a number of years and has a special interest in technology enhanced learning and teaching, and helping international students become efficient learners.

Peter Boniface

Certificate in English for International Students  Programme Leader and English Language Tutor

Telephone +44 (0)1962 624867


Peter Boniface is the CEIS programme coordinator and language tutor on all ELTSU programmes. He has worked at the University of Winchester since 2012.

In addition to his experience in various institutions in the UK, including University of Birmingham and University of Southampton, Peter has worked in China, South Korea and Uganda.  Since completing his PGCE, and teaching secondary science, he has obtained an MSc in Managing Global Contemporary Issues where he specialised in cross-cultural learning. He enjoys working with students from different cultural and learning backgrounds and helping them to integrate and profit from their time at Winchester.

At the University of Winchester, Peter teaches on the CEIS, IFP and pre-sessional courses as well as working with various bespoke programmes aimed at enhancing internationalisation.

Howard Giles 

English Language Tutor

Telephone +44 (0)1962 827389


Howard Giles is an English Language Tutor in the English Language Teaching and Support Unit. He has worked at The University of Winchester since 2008.

Howard studied Fine Art at The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and subsequently trained as an art teacher at Goldsmiths College in London.  He completed the Royal Society of Arts Certificate for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language at International House in London and the Cambridge ESOL Delta at University College London.  He is currently studying for a Masters in English Language Teaching at the University of Southampton.

Howard has taught in secondary, special needs, further and adult education in the UK.  He taught English as a foreign language in Luxembourg and Spain, where he worked for the British Council, International House and Hyland Language Centre in Madrid. More recently he has taught international students at the University of Southampton, including Winchester School of Arts.

At the University of Winchester, Howard has taught on the International Foundation Programme, the Certificate of English for International Students and the Pre-sessional Programme, as well as providing one-to-one in-sessional academic support to international students already studying on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.


"We get a lot of support and feedback on our work and there are a lot of useful speaking, reading, listening and writing practices" - Michelle Hukins, Japanese/British National

"The IFP was very helpful. Everyone was supportive, and teachers were always there to help" - Saja Atoom, Jordan

"I could learn how to write an essay and do a presentation from the very first step" - Aoi Kubo, Japan

"We could also learn about the University and our course for future study and met our future lecturers" - Chikae Nakajima, Japan

Health and safety requirements

It is a condition of registration that students cooperate with the University with respect to health and safety.

All students have the right not to proceed with any activity if they feel it poses a danger to their health and safety or that of others and raise their concerns with an appropriate member of staff.

Students must:

  • not interfere with or misuse anything provided for health and safety
  • comply with the University Health and Safety Policy, processes, regulations, codes of practice, guidelines and relevant legislation
  • report any accident, injury, near miss, unsafe conditions or suspected faults in the buildings or equipment as soon as possible to a member of staff
  • assist to the best of their abilities any visitors who may not be familiar with the University Health and Safety Policy, processes, regulations, codes of practice, guidelines and relevant legislation.
  • notify their academic tutor if they have a condition affecting health which may be caused by or made worse by study activities (this information will be treated with appropriate confidentiality)
  • undertake any health and safety training and induction required by the University.

Contact ELTSU

Academic English Support tutorials and appointments can be booked on Canvas

For course enquiries, email

If you require a student visa, please see our Visa information page

Tel: +44 (0)1962 841515