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Study Abroad at Southampton

You can study at Southampton for a semester or a year as a visiting student. Join our world-class academic staff and students on a wide range of our research-led academic subjects. Take home a transcript with ECTS credits that could count towards your degree programme.


At Southampton it is possible to join us for one or two semesters of study, choosing from a wide range of modules drawn from across our undergraduate curriculum. Studying alongside our full-time degree students, you can choose from a range of suggested themes, or carefully select modules that fit with your academic goals. You can choose to study across a range of subjects in Humanities including Archaeology, Ancient History, English Literature, Film Studies, History, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Music and Philosophy. It is also possible to select modules from Social and Human Sciences.

You will usually take four modules per semester. Some modules may count as two choices. Our study abroad module catalogue is available at the bottom of this page; click the links for full module descriptions. You might also consider choosing one of our themed pathways, offering a carefully created programme of academic experience. You can also join us to study on one of our intensive English language courses before your academic modules, improving your English language capability as part of your experience.

Start dates

Themed pathways

How to apply

It is simple to apply for our study abroad programme. Complete the form and return it using the contact details it provides. Applicants will usually be in good standing at a recognised national University and have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent English language qualification. Some course combinations with start dates in February, June and July may allow entry with IELTS 6.0 or 5.5

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for the study abroad programme, you may be able to apply to one of the University’s pre-sessional English language programmes.

Fees information

Students who join our study abroad programme benefit from a 5% reduction on the University’s standard undergraduate classroom fee. Fees for one semester are 50% of that for two semesters. Our English Language courses have additional fees. Students at our partner universities should enquire with their international office, as specific fee reductions, scholarships or exchange opportunities may be available.

Application Deadline

Semester 1 start: 15 May 2018

Semester 2 start: 15 October 2018

Other start times: Usually 6 weeks before course commences

Module Availability

Many of our modules are very popular and so places are competitive. We cannot necessarily guarantee registration on a particular module or modules. You should make a decision to study with us based on a view that our curriculum offers broadly appropriate learning opportunities for your studies. We will endeavour to meet module preferences as closely as possible, though applicants should not expect to be registered onto a full range of first preferences and should make ample reserve suggestions.

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Some Notes on Language Modules

Language Stage modules may be available to international students. Please note that:

- Language Stages Part A are not offered starting in semester 2

- Stages 1, 2 and 3 may be taken in semester 1

- All language modules from Stage 4 onwards are double-semester modules, meaning that only students coming for the entire year will be able to take them. 

For availability of language modules see our full language module catalogue.

- English Language Stage modules are for non-native speakers of English. You will be tested at Southampton to place you in the correct level Stage between stage 3 and stage 7. Modules may be taken either in S1 or S2 or across both semesters.

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