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Study at Southampton as an exchange student

If you're an overseas student you can come to study with us for a semester or a full year. This could be as an exchange student, or as part of the Study Abroad at Southampton scheme.

Exchange students come from our partner universities and do not pay tuition fees.

Study Abroad students come from non-partner universities and pay tuition fees (with a 5% discount).

You can also study with us for a shorter period as part of our International Summer School.

What you can study

You'll have the same study options whether you come to us on an exchange or through Study Abroad at Southampton.

You can choose modules from our undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research degree courses, depending on your current level of study.

Find the modules that interest you by exploring our course catalogue.

Apply to study at Southampton

The application process is different depending on whether you're coming to us as an exchange student or on the Study Abroad programme.

As an exchange student

  1. Discuss exchanges with your tutor and exchange coordinator at your university. They can nominate you.
  2. We'll invite you to apply after receiving your nomination. 

As a student on the Study Abroad at Southampton programme

  1. Download the application form (PDF, 112KB).
  2. Fill in the application form with your module or subject choice.
  3. Email the form, with supporting documents, to

Supporting documents

You'll need to include the following with your application:

Application deadlines

Study periodNomination deadline (exchange students only)Application deadline
Full year: September to June 15 March 15 May
Semester 1: September to January 15 March 15 May
Semester 2: January to June 15 September 15 October

After you've applied

  1. We'll assess your application.
  2. If successful, we'll send you an offer letter with your student identification (ID). This will allow you to set up an email address and apply for University accommodation.
  3. Once you've accepted the offer, we'll send you details about your next steps.

Tuition fees

You won't need to pay tuition fees if you're an exchange student.

You'll get a 5% discount on tuition fees if you're coming here on the Study Abroad at Southampton scheme.

Other discounts may apply if your institution has an arrangement with us. Check with your institution.


We guarantee accommodation for all of our exchange and Study Abroad at Southampton students.

Coming to the UK

There are a few things you'll need to think about before you come to the UK to study. These will include visas, funding and what to do when you arrive.

Our incoming students' guide (PDF, 309KB) contains useful information for both exchange and Study Abroad at Southampton students.

Contact us

Exchange and Study Abroad students:

International Summer School students:

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