Support for international students

Living and studying in a different country has its own, unique challenges. We have a network of professional services and advisors in place, to ensure that your studies are as productive and stress-free as possible.

General queries

Our International Office team travels overseas regularly to meet potential students in their home countries. We can advise you, for example, about the application process, English language and academic entry requirements and the choice of accommodation. We liaise with International Student Societies and we keep in contact with our Alumni in foreign countries.


The Students Services Centre is the first point of contact for enrolment, tuition fees, accommodation and registering for the graduation ceremonies. Trained staff are on hand daily to answer any questions you may have.

Health and support

As an international student, you are guaranteed free access to the UK's National Health Service (NHS) as long as your visit is longer than six months. Read more about accessing health services in the UK. You will normally register with a local doctor during the International Welcome, before the start of your course. Students are also encouraged to register at an NHS dental practice. Please check the National Health Service website to search for a dentist service in your local area.

The Students’ Union Advice Centre offers free and confidential advice regarding any matter affecting everyday student life. We also have a dedicated Counselling Service.

Our Enabling Services team can offer a variety of support to students with disabilities or other special needs.

Immigration and visas

Our Visa Guidance Team are trained to assist international students with their visas and other immigration related processes.


Current immigration rules allow international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week in part time employment. Our Temporary Job Agency, called the 'Temp Bank', offers part time temporary positions at the University.

The University Visa Guidance Team can advise students about the possibility of remaining in the UK after graduation, under the current immigration rules.

Our Career Destinations department has a full database of job vacancies, and can provide advice on CVs, interview techniques and career prospects. This service is available to all University of Southampton students.

Language Skills

The Centre for Language Study offers English language courses and assistance with academic skills. It is also a recognised IELTS Testing Centre and it teaches a wide range of other languages as well as English. The Students' Union also offers dedicated English support lessons for international students, University staff and their partners.

At Southampton, you have a wide choice of languages to learn and ways to learn them, using the University’s language learning resources. Languages at Southampton will link you to all you need to find out what’s going on in languages at Southampton.


Southampton is a multicultural and safe environment but, like in any big city, you should follow some general rules. You will find some useful information in the safety advice guidelines from the Students’ Union, our Community website and in the British Council publication "Comfort Zone" .

Enquiry Form for Prospective Students

Enquiry form for prospective international students
Relaxing in the sunshine

Relaxing in the sunshine

Whatever the time of day, you will always find someone to talk to.

"Biological Sciences at Southampton have a very well organised international student group, which organises regular meetings to discuss issues affecting international students, as well as regular social events, which are often funded by the department. Through these events I have made some great friends from different parts of the world."

Rui Zhang from China, BSc Biomedical Science
Highfield Campus

Highfield Campus

Plenty green space in the main campus