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Southampton Solent University welcomes incoming exchange students from our partner universities, and short-term fee paying students into our study abroad programme. Here, you'll find everything you need know about how to apply and what to expect.

Study abroad programme

The study abroad programme at Southampton Solent University is a fantastic opportunity for you to further your education while immersing yourself in British culture. Southampton is located on Britain’s south coast and is the largest major city in the South East outside of London.

Why Southampton Solent University?

  • Located in a modern and developing city which is built around a rich history.
  • Southampton is located just over an hour away from London.
  • Students enjoy easy access to the New Forest National Park and the Solent, a top yachting destination.
  • Southampton Solent University is the Times Higher award winner for Most Improved Student Experience, 2015.
  • Solent was also voted as one of the most creative universities in the UK by Which? University.
  • Career-focused courses ensure students learn relevant workplace skills.
  • Learning is supported by strong links with industry partners like Premier League football team Southampton FC.

What can I do?

Students can choose from a menu of academic units that cover the many disciplines taught here at the University. We recommend that you apply for six choices per semester.

You can also experience some exciting cultural opportunities. Whether you’re visiting London to take in a show on the West End, or exploring nearby Winchester’s rich medieval history, our central location and excellent transport links mean you can easily access other UK and European destinations.

View available units

When can I come?

You are welcome to come and study with us for either a semester or a full year. Semester one (as well as the year-long programme) starts in September and semester two starts in January.

How much does this cost?

Academic fees are discounted for study abroad students:

Duration EU student International student 
One semester  £3,500  £4,500 
Full year  £7,000  £9,000 

How do I find out more?

The study abroad and exchange team are very happy to answer any questions you might have about this exciting opportunity.

Contact us

Telephone: +44 23 8201 3893

How to apply

Entry requirements

  • You need to have completed at least one year of higher education in a relevant discipline.
  • Your application needs to be endorsed by your home university.
  • You need to meet our English language requirements if English is not your first language.

The application process

To apply for a place as a study abroad student at Southampton Solent University you will need to fill in an application form. Please also read the accompanying notes on how to complete the form  

Once you have completed the form, you must get it signed by your academic tutor and the study abroad coordinator at your home university. The forms should then be sent together with the requested documentation to the academic partnerships office, preferably by email to application will be assessed on the normal course entry requirements.

If you wish to take units in visual arts you should also send us a portfolio. If you wish to study performance units you should send us a DVD of one classical and one modern piece. 

Deadlines for applications for study abroad students are normally:

  • 31 July for semester one/full year
  • 15 November for semester two 

Late applications may be considered by special arrangement.

If you do not hold an EU/EEA passport, you may be required to obtain a visa to enter the UK. Please refer to the UK Border Agency website and our visa information pages.

Student testimonials

This film has been produced by Felien Bergman, a business student from the Netherlands who studied at Solent for one semester during the 2015/16 academic year.

Lesley Herm, a TV and journalism student from the Netherlands, also visited the UK through the study abroad programme:

“My time at Solent was amazing, it’s a great school with a lot of opportunities and enough teachers with a lot of experiences within the working field. I followed the Digital Music Production course.

"I’m an international student from the Netherlands and I can say that it was definitely worth it.”

Erasmus+ programme

The Erasmus+ is the new European Union-funded programme from 2014-2020. It aims to enhance the European dimension of higher education and promote mobility within the EU.

Erasmus+ aims to boost skills and employability as well as modernise education, training, and youth work across Europe. It has a budget of approximately 14.7 billion euros across Europe and will, over the next seven years, provide opportunities for over four million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. It will also support transnational partnerships between education, training and youth organisations, as well as developing grassroots sport projects.

Southampton Solent University has been awarded an Erasmus University Charter (Extended) for the period 2014-2020. This means that the University is able to participate in European programmes, send students and staff members to, and receive students and staff from, higher education institutions across Europe on study, training, teaching or work shadowing visits (provided that the institution is also in receipt of the Erasmus University Charter). Universities in 33 European countries participate in this flagship educational programme for higher education.

View the University's Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020

View the University's Erasmus Policy Statement

Find out more about Erasmus+

Exchange opportunities

Study periods abroad allow you to experience a different culture and add an international dimension to your curriculum vitae. Support and induction programmes are available for all students going out on exchange and for students coming to study here with us.

If you're a Solent University student, and depending upon your course and its structure and requirements, you may be able to spend a semester or a year studying at one of our partner institutions which have an Erasmus University Charter in other European countries.

Southampton Solent University welcomes incoming students on an exchange basis. Studying and living in England is an excellent opportunity and experience and these students bring their cultural background and contribute to the student experience. This enhances the richness and diversity of the experience of studying at Southampton Solent University for all our students. For further information visit the British Council website.

View our partner institutions

English requirements

All incoming Erasmus students are required to possess sufficient language skills to participate in lectures and seminars, and complete examinations and assessments, so we are unable to consider applications without proof of English language ability.

All the English as a Foreign (EFL) units taught at Southampton Solent University are credit rated. Erasmus students can take these units either as an integral or additional module on their learning agreement, depending upon the requirements of their home university. They may take one 10 ECTS (20 Cats) EFL unit free of charge.

See the University's English requirements

Visa requirements for non-EEA students

If you don't hold a European Union passport you will be required to obtain a visa to enter the UK.

How to apply

The academic partnerships office looks after exchange students and is your first point of contact as a prospective student. Unfortunately we can only consider applications for an Erasmus placement if there is a signed bilateral agreement in place. If you are not sure, please check to see if your institution is one of our partners. We are sorry but unfortunately we are unable to accept freemovers (such as fee-paying visiting, independent or contract students).

In order to apply for a place as an exchange student at Southampton Solent University you will first need to be formally nominated by your home university. On receipt of your nomination the academic partnerships office will email you with details of the application process, including the application form.

Once you have completed the form, you must get it signed by your academic tutor and the exchange coordinator at your home university. The forms should then be sent together with the requested documentation including your most recent academic transcript to the academic partnerships office, preferably by  

Your transcript will assist academic staff to advise you on your choice of subjects and ascertain that you have the necessary prerequisites for the units. Students wishing to take units in visual arts should send a portfolio; students wishing to study performance units are asked to send a DVD of one classical and one modern piece.

Application deadlines

All completed applications should be submitted no later than:

  • 31 May for semester one or full year study.
  • 15 November for semester two study.

Visiting the University

If you want to come to Southampton over the summer to look for accommodation, see the city or visit the University, please contact us first by email at:

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