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Immerse yourself in British culture while studying at the University of Southampton! You will enroll in university classes offered in the School of Social Sciences or the School of Humanities. You will live and study alongside fellow British students: the perfect opportunity to experience British culture firsthand!
As a leading university with an international reputation for the quality of teaching and research, the University of Southampton is home to nearly 20,000 students; 2,000 of whom are international students. Southampton is a vibrant and lively city, ideally situated at the heart of the southern coast of England. William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Henry V were all drawn to Southampton. The medieval walled city has played a significant role in maritime history, from the sailing of the Mayflower to the fateful voyage of the Titanic.
Nestled on the southern coast of England, Southampton is an active port city centered between two rivers. The city plays host to a wide range of entertainment and leisure activities and is renowned for its abundance of parks, making it an attractive and pleasant place to live.
Southampton is set amidst some of Britain's most ancient places of interest; the cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester are close by, as is the prehistoric site of Stonehenge and the beaches of Bournemouth. Spreading out across an area of 145 square miles, the New Forest is one of the most beautiful and oldest woodlands in Europe. The city itself has many historical museums and art galleries, as well as theaters and a thriving music scene. Southampton is the main regional center for the arts and has one of the finest 20th century British art collections outside London.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging your own transportation to Southampton, but you are given arrival dates and guidelines.
When you apply, you should have a passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program.
A visa is required to study abroad in the UK. There are two different types of visas for studying in the UK: the Tier 4 General Student visa OR the Student Visitor Visa. IAP will provide you with information and guidance regarding this process, but you are ultimately responsible for applying and obtaining the visa.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
Southampton also provides a week-long onsite orientation upon arrival in England. The onsite orientation allows you to meet other international students, become familiar with the university, and receive an introduction to life in the United Kingdom.
Visiting students at Southampton (those who study for one semester or the full academic year) do not typically live on campus. Students that live on campus are typically those completing their full degree at the university. As a visiting student you will most likely need to find accommodation in the private sector for the duration of your stay. Southampton has a thriving property market, which means that you will have a wide variety of choice and locations of where to stay. The Accommodation Office is available to offer help and advice - you will find a great deal more information on their website
Some students, especially those studying at Southampton during the spring semester, may be able to find housing on campus. For more info about the likelihood of finding on-campus accommodation, contact the Accommodation Office: email@example.com
Excursions and Activities
During the year, the university's student union offers a wide range of activities, including 200 clubs and societies, nightclubs, films, music, restaurants, cafes, and bars. If you are interested in sports, you will find a selection of facilities and over 80 sports clubs to play socially, learn a new sport, or join competition.
In addition to the university, the city of Southampton provides a wide variety of entertainment and leisure activities, including first-class venues for theater, opera, music and film. A wide range of sporting activities is available, such as sailing, windsurfing, diving, and swimming. Skiing (dry-slope), horse-riding, golf, and walking in the New Forest are also popular.
All participants in IAP programs are enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Staff from the University of Southampton International Office and School of Social Sciences.
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.University of Southampton - International Office
(Fall - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
to see testimonials from students abroad or to contact a returned student.
"Southampton is a great city, lots of green but also lots to do. Housing is great and there is always something to do on campus!"
UW-Madison's partnership with the University of Southampton allows you to choose classes from the School of Social Sciences OR the School of Humanities.
Through the School of Social Sciences, you can directly enroll in a variety of courses in anthropology, criminology, economics, international relations, politics, population studies, psychology, social policy, social work, sociology, and statistics.
Through the School of Humanities you will have the opportunity to take classes in geography, mathematics, English literature (with specializations in British literature), philosophy, history (with specializations in Jewish and non-Jewish relations), film, and archaeology (with a wide range of sections, particularly with a maritime focus).
University of Southampton International Office
Program Web Page(s)
University of Southampton School of Social Sciences
University of Southampton School of Humanities
Courses Available: Humanities
Courses Available: Social Sciences
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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