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 (fee paying) and exchange students. 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.

Students from partner institutions where a Visiting agreement is in place may apply for a Visiting study abroad place. Spaces permitting, we will also consider applications from students from non-partner higher education institutions.

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, 2023/24 – applications must be received by 25 May 2023
  • For semester 2, 2023/24 – applications must be received by 26 October 2023

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 'Student' route visa 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: Faculty of Business and Digital Technologies, Faculty of Education and The Arts, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Crime and Criminal Justice. 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 International Student Success 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. In most years, students are expected to undertake a school placement (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 £38 (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 any placements are likely to take place towards the end of the semester.


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 

Our updated catalogues for 23/24 will be available in mid-April. Many of our 22/23 modules will continue to run in 23/24, so you may wish to provisionally choose modules from these catalogues:

Practical information

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

Semester dates

Fall Semester - Semester 1

Please contact studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk for any further details.

  • Arrival day    Saturday 9 September 2023
  • Welcome Week    Monday 11 September 2023 – Friday 15 September 2023
  • Semester 1, Part 1 (weeks 1-5)    Monday 18 September 2023 – Friday 20 October 2023
  • Semester 1, Reading week (week 6)    Monday 23 October 2023 – Friday 27 October 2023
  • Semester 1, Part 2 (week 7-13)    Monday 30 October 2023 – Friday 15 December 2023
  • Standard departure date    Saturday 16 December 2023

Please note that some programmes run an assessment week Monday 8 January to Friday 19 January 2024. Study Abroad students are not normally in attendance for this period.

Spring Semester - Semester 2

Please contact studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk for any further details.

  • Arrival day    Thursday 18 January 2024
  • Semester 2, Part 1- Monday 22 January to Friday 9 February 2024
  • Semester 2 – Reading Week - Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February 2024
  • Semester 2 – Part 2 - Monday 19 February to Thursday 28 March 2024
  • Spring break - Friday 29 March to Friday 19 April 2024
  • Semester 2 – Part 3 - Monday 22 April to Friday 10 May 2024
  • Standard departure date Saturday 11 May 2024*

*Standard departure date if opting to complete alternative assignments instead of attending examination weeks. Traditionally most students opt for completing alternative assignments in place of attending the May exams

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 have any questions regarding visas, please do contact us at studyabroad@winchester.ac.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 and have received your visa (if visa required). For students who have been accepted to Study Abroad at Winchester, please refer to the travel information provided below.

University pick-up service from Heathrow airport

The university will be offering a pick up service from Heathrow on set arrival dates, which must be booked in advance – please contact studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk for 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:

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).

September 23/24 Arrivals

Students arriving in September 2023/24 may find the following links helpful:

All students should ensure they complete the Arrival Notification Form, regardless of whether they require an airport pick up from Heathrow on our arrivals day - Saturday 9 September.


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)
  • 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
International Student Success Team
University of Winchester
Sparkford Road
England, UK
SO22 4NR

Tel: +44 (0)1962 827404
Email: studyabroad@winchester.ac.uk