Who can apply?
The exchange programme is open to students from our partner universities:
- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
- University of Southern Maine
- Southern Oregon University
- Alfred University
- Shenandoah University
- Georgia College State University
- Montana State University Billings
- Lander University
- Eastern Illinois University
- Westminster College
- High Point University
- King's University College, Ontario
- Sungkonghoe University
- Seinan Gakuin University
- Pearl Academy
The visiting programme is open to students from our partner universities and also any student registered on a recognised programme of study at an international university or higher education institution. Please note tuition fees are payable for this programme.
The Erasmus exchange is open to students from European institutions with which we have a bilateral agreement.
How and when to apply
Please complete the forms and return them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not need to send hard copies by post. Students must be nominated by their home university.
- For Semester 1 2016/2017 - applications or nominations must be received by 16th May 2016
- For Semester 2 2016/2017 - applications or nominations must be received by 24th October 2016
All applications must be 2.8 minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent.
If English is not your first language, you must provide one form of evidence of your English language competence from the list below and enclose it with your application:
- IELTS: minimum overall score of 6, including 6 in academic writing or TOEF IBT 80 (19 in writing).
- an overseas GCE O level in English language at Grade A – C or equivalent qualification
- an academic reference to validate your English language skill.
Please note: students from American partner universities (including visiting students from these universities) do not need to complete a housing request form.
Semester 1, 2016/2017 (September - December)
Semester 2, 2016/2017 (January - April)
Modules for exchange, Erasmus and visiting students
Please make sure that you read the guide prior to completing your module selection form.
Students visiting for one semester: USA visiting students
An invoice will be posted to you or your home university (if they pay on your behalf) a few months before your arrival date. Please ensure payment is received before your arrival date. Payment can be paid in two instalments if this is helpful; the first instalment before you arrive and the second at enrolment.
Students staying for one semester: Erasmus
No tuition fees are payable.
Students staying for one semester: EU or other overseas visiting students
You will be invoiced at the beginning of October (for semester one) or February (for semester two). Please ensure payment is received before your arrival date. Payment can be paid in two instalments if this is helpful; the first instalment before you arrive and the second at enrolment.
Students staying for whole academic year: EU, US and other overseas visiting students
You will be invoiced at the beginning of October. If you wish to pay in two instalments you will need to have a UK bank account and set up a direct debit by completing a direct debit form.
Visit our website for more information on fees and other costs: Students and Money
Students visiting for one semester
An invoice will be posted to you a few months before your arrival. Please ensure payment is received before your arrival date. Payment can be paid in two instalments if this is helpful; the first instalment before you arrive and the second at enrolment.
Students staying for whole academic year
You will be invoiced in mid-September. If you wish to pay in three instalments you will need to have a UK bank account and set up a direct debit by completing a direct debit form.
Students from our American partner universities are usually contracted to go into catered accommodation.
Accommodation rates: semester one
Accommodation rates: semester two
Visit our accommodation pages for more information: Student Accommodation
Do you need a visa?
Detailed information on the regulations around entry to the UK can be found on the UK Visas and Immigration website (part of the Home Office).
You can check whether you need a visa by clicking on this link.
Tier 4 Visa (Entry Clearance) for International students
Students coming to the UK for six months or less and not intending to work do not require a Tier 4 student visa. Instead they need a Student Visitor visa.
Non visa nationals can apply at the airport upon arrival. You will need to bring with you your acceptance letter from the University of Winchester, and tell the Immigration Officer that you wish to enter as a 'Student Visitor'.
Visa nationals should apply at the British Embassy nearest to them for a Student Visitor Visa.
Student Visitors are a different immigration category to Students and carry several restrictions:
- You must be at least 18 years old
- You cannot extend your time as a Student Visitor
- You are entirely prohibited from working
- You cannot 'switch' into the 'Student' category whilst here, e.g. to work
- You cannot bring a dependant.
There is no need to incur the expense and delay involved in obtaining entry clearance from the British diplomatic mission, and that there is no need to for the course to be full-time.
Non-EU students intending to work while here, and/or considering the possibility of extending their stay beyond six months, must apply to us for a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) form and then apply for a Tier 4 student visa from a British diplomatic mission in their home country before arrival in the UK.
Travelling from the airport to Winchester
University coach service from Heathrow airport
The University will run an airport pick-up service from Heathrow on 12 January 2016, with departures at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Please ensure that you read and complete the Airport Booking Form below and email it to Geoff.Titchener@winchester.ac.uk with AIRPORT BOOKING as the subject line, no later than 9 January 2016.
Arrivals to airports/ ferry terminals other than Heathrow
If you are travelling via another airport/ ferry terminal, you can either make your way to Heathrow and join the University's coach service, or travel independently to the University. You can use the following websites to plan your journey:
Arriving in Winchester city centre
The University is a short walk from the railway station, and a slightly longer walk from the coach stop. You may want to consider taking a taxi; here are some taxi firms: