Incoming exchange students

If you are interested in studying abroad at the University of Winchester please see the information below.

Why study abroad at Winchester? 

Once the ancient capital of England and former seat of King Alfred the Great, Winchester is the quintessential English city with a rich heritage and vibrant contemporary culture - a truly inspiring place to both live and study. Not far from the coast, with its small friendly community and excellent transport connections (one hour from London), it is not surprising that Winchester is regularly voted one of the best places to live in England.

Our modern university campus is located just a short walk from the city centre and offers excellent facilities, including on campus accommodation.

The university has been successfully hosting Study Abroad students for over 40 years and has dedicated Study Abroad co-ordinators to support students throughout their experience. Our Study Abroad students can select modules from a wide range of high quality programmes across the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Business and Sport.

Our Study Abroad students have full access to our university support services as well as Winchester’s Student Union, which offers a variety of societies and sport teams. At Winchester, we offer a supportive and engaging learning community, where students studying abroad can make connections and feel a sense of belonging. 

Two Students having Coffee

Study Abroad testimonials 

"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" - (Magi and Emily, Lander University, USA)

"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" (Graeme, Westminster College, USA)

Making an application 

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.

Most of our Study Abroad applicants are from our Exchange and Visiting Partners in the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan. Spaces permitting, we will also consider applications from students from non-partner higher education institutions.

Applications should have a minimum GPA of 2.8 or equivalent.

If English is not your first language, you must provide one form of evidence of your English language competence from the following list:  IELTS – Minimum overall score of 6, including 5.5 in Academic Writing or equivalent (e.g. TOEF IBT 80 - 19 in writing) OR an Overseas GCE O level in English language at Grade A – C or equivalent qualification. If you require a ‘Student visa’ UKVI approved IELTS will be required.

If you have not already been nominated by your home university Exchange co-ordinator, please contact  to check whether a nomination is required.

If you have already been nominated, please complete the Study Abroad Application Form 24/25Study Abroad Application Form 24/25 and Module Selection Form for incoming Study Abroad students Module Selection Form for incoming Study Abroad students  and arrange for your home university Exchange co-ordinator to email them to 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

Please note that places on Study Abroad at Winchester are limited and students are advised to apply as early as possible.

Application deadlines:


Other information for incoming students

Student Support and Success

Study Abroad are proud to belong to the International Student Success Team within the Student Support and Success Department.

Student Support and Success offer a wide range of support, including Disability and Learning Diversity, Mental Wellbeing, International Student Support and Academic Skills, who also work closely with ELTSU, our English Language Support Team (for students who do not have English as a first language).

We strongly encourage all applicants to consider the support available at the University when making their Study Abroad application. For students who require support for a disability, learning difference, mental health condition or English Language study, we would encourage you to make contact with our teams at the point of application. Students are welcome to contact to be connected with the relevant teams. Further information and direct contacts are also provided below: 

Wellbeing, Disability and Learning Diversity Support -

Email: or

International Student Support - Student support - University of Winchester 

Email:  or English Language Support


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: 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

Practical information

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

Semester dates

Fall Semester - Semester 1

Please contact for any further details.

  • Arrival Date – Saturday 14 September 2024
  • Welcome Week - Monday 16 September to Friday 20 September 2024
  • Semester 1, Part 1 - Monday 23 September to Friday 18 October 2024
  • Semester 1 Reading Week - Monday 21 October to Friday 25 October 2024
  • Semester 2, Part 2 - Monday 28 October to Friday 20 December 2024
  • Departure Date – Saturday 21 December 2024*

*Students here for Fall semester only. Please note that some programmes may run assessments during January. Study Abroad students are not normally in attendance at Winchester for this period (alternative assesssments can be set in place on any in person exams). Please check dates with Study Abroad if you are staying for more than one semester.

Spring Semester - Semester 2

  • Arrival Date –TBC January – contact Study Abroad
  • Welcome Days – TBC January
  • Semester 2, Part 1 - Monday 27 January to Friday 14 February 2025
  • Semester 2, Reading Week - Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February 2025
  • Semester 2, Part 2 – Monday 24 February to Friday 4 April 2025
  • Spring Break - Monday 7 April to Friday 25 April 2025
  • Semester 2, Part 3 – Monday 28 April to Friday 16 May 2025
  • Departure Date – Saturday 17 May 2025**

*Standard departure date if opting to complete alternative assessments instead of attending assessment weeks.. Traditionally, most students opt for completing alternative assignments in place of attending the May exams. If you would prefer to stay for the assessment weeks, please contact

Do you need a visa?

Please check the website and to check whether you require a visa to study in the UK

If you have any questions regarding visas, please do contact us at

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 contact Study Abroad for transport advice.

Continuing students

Semester 1 students who wish to extend their study period to include semester 2 should contact as soon as possible (places are subject to availability and any visa restrictions).

Checklist for incoming students

Applying to Winchester

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Documents to bring with you

Contact us 

Study Abroad
International Student Success Team
University of Winchester
Sparkford Road
England, UK
SO22 4NR

Tel: +44 (0)1962 827404


Interested in our Study Abroad Programme?

Get in touch with our International Student Success Team to find out more

Tel: +44 (0)1962 827404