Studying abroad as part of your degree
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Why Study Abroad?
Study abroad allows you to spend part of your university course studying overseas at one of our partner universities in the USA, Europe or Japan.
Althernatively, there is the opportunity for shorter term study trips organised by your course at Winchester.
An exchange means that you spend an extended period studying at a partner university. At Winchester this is for a full semester in your 2nd year.
A full semester immerses you in the culture of the country and the life of the overseas university.
Taking part in an exchange has many benefits:
- Broaden your cultural awareness and understanding of others.
- Learn from a different style of studying.
- Meet new people and form lifelong friendships.
- Embrace the opportunity for further travel.
- Enhance your CV, study abroad shows future employers your independence and self-reliance.
- New or improved language skill.
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)
Go International is a campaign organised by Universities UK to encourage study abroad. Find out more information on the positive benefits to your employability, earnings and academic performance of studying abroad.
Short term trips
Short term visits - or Field Trips - are an intensive overseas experience for students and staff lasting up to two weeks. This could be visiting a partner university or organisation, or a trip that travels around.
Recent examples of trips include the American Studies Field Trip to the South Western United States and National Parks, the US Civil Rights Pilgrimage which follows the tracks of the Freedom Riders; the Choreography and Dance performance trip to partner universities in the USA; Film Production students have visited the Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals; Education students have taken part in a student conference in Latvia and a Children's Book Project in Belgium.
Where can I go?
North America Exchange
We currently have 10 partner Universities across the USA and 2 in Canada.
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.
- Eastern Illinois University , Charleston, Illinois
- Georgia College State University , Milledgeville, Georgia
- Highpoint University, North Carolina
- King's University College, London Ontario, Canada
- Lander University, Greenwood , South Carolina
- Montana State University Billings , Billings, Montana
- Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia
- Southern Oregon University , Ashland, Oregon
- St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada
- University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
- University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine
- Westminster College, Fulton Missouri
Who can apply?
All Winchester programmes can apply, excluding Journalism, Physiotherapy, Law, Social Work and Sports Psychology.
What will it cost?
Estimated additional costs of £3,500 on top of what it would normally cost to live in Winchester for a semester (including airfare, visa, accommodation and other expenses at the host University).
All students with a household income of less that £42,875 will receive an award of £500 to assist with expenses in America.
If you're household income in less than £25,000, additional 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 Primary Education are eligible to study abroad during Semester 2.
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.
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 or BSc Psychology student.
You cannot take part if you are studying any of the following programmes:
- Single or Combined Honours Law
- Social Work
- Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Students going into their second year of Accounting
- Any strand or offshoot of Psychology (only BSc Psychology single honours students are permitted in semester 1 of their third year)
- Archaeology/ Archaeological Practise students are eligible to Study Abroad during Semester 2 only
- Dance students are eligible to study abroad during either Semester in Year 2 or in Semester 1 of Year 3.
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).
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.
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.
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
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
These sessions are vital to prepare you for your Study Abroad programme Please check with the Study Abroad Coordinators when these sessions are run.
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.
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 fees vary depending on the programme . Please see information from your host institution. In most cases you will be placed in University Halls.
The University of Winchester will provide you with full Travel Cover for the duration of your Study Abroad programme.
Please read the Travel Cover documents to ensure that you are aware of the coverage.
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 Travel Cover but cannot claim on both. Please refer to documents from your host institution for more 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.
- Students exchanging to America or Canada we provide financial support from our Access Fund for students with a lower household income. We base this support on the SFE thresholds of £25,000 p.a. and £42,875 p.a.
- Students who study abroad may also be eligible to apply for a Student Finance England Travel Grant, you can find out more on the government website for study abroad grants.
- At this point in time we are unsure of Erasmus+ funding, please see the Erasmus website for more details.
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
Using your bank account abroad
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.
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