Why Southampton?

Choosing the right university is an important decision. As an international student, you are also faced with the challenge of adapting to a new culture away from home. Southampton offers exceptional quality and choice in a fantastic location, with ample support for international students.

Ten reasons to study at the University of Southampton:

  1. International recognition: We are ranked 94th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2014/15) - putting us in the top 1% globally.
  2. One of the UK’s leading universities: We are ranked among the top research-intense UK universities - 16th in the Complete University Guide 2015 with 12 subjects in the top 10, 19th in the Guardian University Guide in 2015, 18th in the Times Good University Guide 2015.
  3. Research quality: Southampton is ranked 11th in the UK based on the volume and quality of its research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Over 97 per cent of the University’s research environment has been assessed as world-leading and internationally excellent. Nearly 90 per cent of its research has been assessed as having world-leading and internationally excellent impact.
  4. Student satisfaction: 86% of our students are satisfied with the quality of their course (National Students Survey 2014) with 100% satisfaction in acoustical engineering, audiology, language and international courses, and 90% and over satisfaction in 17 subject areas (National Student Survey 2013).
  5. Flexible learning and opportunities to study abroad or on exchange: Our Curriculum Innovation modules offer students more flexibility and choice in their studies beyond their selected discipline, preparing them for the complex challenges of the future. Students can also take advantage of our links with partner institutions to go on exchange or study abroad as part of their course.
  6. Prime location: Southampton is just over one hour from central London, on the south coast of England. We are surrounded by areas of natural beauty including the New Forest and the Isle of Wight, and connected to the rest of the UK and Europe through superb road, rail, air and sea links.
  7. International diversity: We have over 23,000 students including more than 6,500 students from from more than 135 different countries. Our departments have many international links and are active members of global partnerships like the World Universities Network, the Centre for Contemporary China and the Thai-UK Collaborative Research Network.
  8. Guaranteed accommodation: All our international (non-EU) students are offered guaranteed accommodation for two years in our Halls of Residence (conditions apply) - this is for their first year of study and one subsequent year.
  9. Employment prospects: The quality of our graduates is recognised by employers worldwide, who are often invited to our Careers Days on campus. Our Career Destinations Department offers free advice to all our students and graduates, and 94% of Southampton graduates enter into employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education).
  10. Support to international students: Our professional services offer free and confidential support for our international students.

International students' opinion

    You can listen to some of our international students participating in our video and explaining why they decided to study at the University of Southampton.

Enquiry Form for Prospective Students

Enquiry form for prospective international students

"I am really enjoying Southampton for several reasons, two of which were the greenness and the peacefullness of the city."

Khondaker Abdullah-Al-Mamun from Bangladesh, PhD in Sound and Vibration
A stimulating environment

A stimulating environment

We pride ourselves on our exceptional teaching quality, and the high achievements of our students.