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University of Southampton EXC
Highfield, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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University of Southampton
Location: Southampton
Year established: 1862
Student population: 23,500
The University of Southampton is a research-intensive public university ranked in the top 20 of UK universities and is a founding member of the Russell Group of elite British Universities ranked in the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide. It covers a broad range of study areas and aims to offer students flexibility and choice.
Highfield Campus is the main city campus offering the perfect mix of learning facilities and classical and modern architecture in a beautiful landscaped setting. Southampton has more than 300 clubs and societies supported and funded through the Students’ Union will help you make friends and learn new skills. From taekwondo to tap dance and skydiving, there are clubs to cater for all tastes.
Unique Characteristics
Spread over seven teaching campuses, the University has just opened an international campus in Malaysia! From biochemistry to criminology, fashion design, fine arts, textile design, web science and zoology, there’s something for everyone. The university has a large international student body.
Southampton is a bustling port city with plentiful green spaces and is considered one of the best cities to live and work in the UK. Combining a sense of history with excellent shopping and entertainment offerings, Southampton has a vibrant arts scene and is packed with galleries, museums, theatres and hosts two major music venues including the famous Guildhall, which has hosted some of the biggest pop and rock acts in the world including Pink Floyd, David Bowie, the Killers and Amy Winehouse.
Southampton is on the doorstep of the beautiful New Forest, but it is also just 75 miles from London, with excellent transport connections with the rest of the UK.


Academic Information

Units of Study 
Browse the University of Southampton's Module Catalogue for available units of study. 

Subject Area/s: 

Arts and Social Sciences



Information Technology



Visual Arts

Health Sciences





Exclusions may apply. 

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Exchange students can apply for the following semesters. 
Semester 1: September-January
Semester 2: January-June

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


60 credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
Class 1 – 70-100
Class 2i – 60-69
Class 2ii – 50-59
Class 3 – 40-49
Fail – 0-39

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English.
Language Requirements
Non-native speakers of English will need to demonstrate that they meet the language requirements. The University offers a range of options for English language support.

UK Southampton library


Host City
Find out more about life in Southampton

Southampton offers a wide variety of rooms in their halls of residence to suit every student's needs and budget. From self-catered rooms with a shared bathroom, to en suite rooms and studio flats, there's something for everyone and every budget. Take a look at Southampton's accommodation options

Cost of Living
Southampton is a less expensive city compared to others in the south of England. Living costs are around 20 per cent lower than in London. Use Southampton's student guide to living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.


Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Information specifically for exchange students provided by the University of Southampton.
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
A Welcome Programme will be held prior to the start of semester. Southampton also offers a free Meet and Greet service to take you from the airport straight to your university accommodation. A special programme of events and talks will help you find your way around and make new friends.

Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the University of Southampton. Including Disability Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Services and 24/7 Student Life support. 

Information from the host university.
Information from the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration.

UK Southampton accommodation

Student Experiences

Lisa Matthews
Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Semester 2, 2016
Host City Highlights
Christmas markets, Sea City Museum, Bonfire Night.
Uni Life
Amazing! Lots of clubs and societies that are all lots of fun. Huge social scene... activities on almost every night. Got to know the local students very well through participation in clubs and societies.
Smaller contact hours, smaller classes, less frequent assessments (but worth more), mostly just lectures... not many tutorials.
Accomodation and Cuisine
Stayed in halls. Very good but very expensive. Food was very cheap compared to home. 'The Bridge' at the university is delicious and 'Sprinkles' is a must.
Money Matters
Didn't work so had to budget well. Food and alcohol was less than home however, I spent more money than expected on appliances, furniture, etc. it was also quite expensive to travel. The clubs and societies were great but also came at a price to attend their trips and formal events. Most food shops & supermarkets have student discounts.
Getting Around
Bus pass was included in my halls fee. The bus system was great and very reliable. Central train station was located across the road and used that to travel to other UK locations, e.g. Bath, Bristol, Brighton, London.
Travelled almost every weekend. If you book in advance, you can get reasonably cheap flights out of Southampton to other UK destinations as well as Paris, Amsterdam, Switzerland. For other locations, I flew from Gatwick which was about 1.5 hour train/bus. For trips to London it was only £5 using the national express bus service so I used that a lot.
Top Tips
Join a society, they are loads of fun. Get involved in "Freshers" activities. Even if you don't feel like it... everyone is there to meet new people so it makes making friends quite easy.

Join the ESN Southampton Facebook group before you go. This is for Erasmus students (other European exchange) but they all got there early like I did and organised trips between themselves. This was a great way to meet people and travel.

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