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Information for students from Oceania

The University of Southampton has links with universities in Australia and New Zealand.

The tertiary education systems in Australia and New Zealand are more similar to United Kingdom system than any other part of the world. They possess the same elements and produce broadly similar outputs in leaning and research however the United Kingdom has a much stronger environment to help translate research ideas into action, with our much larger economy and regional position close to Europe and North America, as well as our relatively low cost of living compared to Australia and New Zealand.

The University of Southampton has welcomed nearly 60 students from Australia and New Zealand over the last five years to study here, a number we are very keen to grow (in the past we have also welcomed students from Tonga and New Caledonia).

We have also been delighted to welcome just under 30 students on exchange from our partners in Australia and New Zealand over the past three years.

We have a significant number of academic and professional staff from Australia and New Zealand highlighting our shared history and cultural links and maintain close relationships with many major universities in the region.

Learn more about Study Abroad and Exchange opportunities

Incoming students

Students applying from Australia, New Zealand and the other Pacific Island Commonwealth countries should consider applying for the Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarship programs. 

New Zealand

Applicants who hold an Australian or New Zealand Bachelor degree with good grades can be considered for admission to a Masters degree, and should apply online.

Please also consider contacting the British Council Offices in Australia and New Zealand in you are thinking of studying in United Kingdom.


In the Oceania region we are particularly close to our World University Network (WUN) Partners: the University of Western Australia, the University of Sydney and the University of Auckland. We also have active exchange agreements with the Universities of Adelaide, Tasmania, James Cook (Ocean & Earth Science specific) and Canterbury. We have formal and informal research collaborations with most major universities in the region in a full range of subjects including Medicine, Social Sciences, History, Environmental Science, Engineering, Business and Law.

Contact the International Office

If you have any queries about studying at Southampton or our partnerships in the Oceania region, please get in touch with the International Office.

Fill in the online enquiry form.

Email us at

Telephone us on +44 (0)23 8059 9699.

Meet us in your country – see our timetable of country visits.

Key Contact for students from Oceania:

Keith Johnstone

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