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This prestigious university on England’s southern coast (a little more than an hour from London) is one of the top 100 universities in the world. Southampton is an excellent choice for students who want to study in an English-speaking country with access to travel throughout Europe. 

The University of Southampton program is the first Global Exchange Program that is exclusively with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). 

Click HERE for the flyer with more information on UC San Diego's exchange with the University of Southampton. 

Click HERE for the University of Southampton's International Students website.

Click HERE for the 2022-2023 Fact Sheet from the University of Southampton.*

*Please disregard the section on "Tuition Fees for Study Abroad Students" as fees do not apply to UC San Diego students.

Program Deadlines | 2022-2023

If you want to participate in any of the Global Exchange Programs during the 2022-2023 academic year, you must submit your application in TritonsAbroad by the following dates:

  • For Fall 2022 Programs - Tuesday, March 1, 2022
  • For Winter/ Spring 2023 Programs - Saturday, October 1, 2022

For more information, visit and contact a Study Abroad advisor. 

VIDEO: University of Southampton- UC San Diego Student Exchange Information Session

Basic Information

Exchange Details:

  • Academic Level: Undergraduate
  • Academic Years: Sophomore, Junior and Senior
  • Eligible Major(s): Scripps Institution of Oceanography Majors (Earth Sciences, Environmental Systems, Marine Biology and Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences)

2022-23 Academic Calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September 29, 2022 - January 8, 2023
  • Spring Semester: January 30, 2023 - June 10, 2023

Students should arrive in the United Kingdom in time to attend orientation sessions prior to each semester.

For a detailed academic calendar, click HERE.

Course Information

  • Full Time Enrollment: Thirty (30) ECTS credits per semester. Courses are categorized into modules that can be worth 10, 15 or 20 ECTS points (the standard is 7.5 ECTS). Contact hours are three hours per module per week.

  • Course Catalogue: Click HERE. For the module catalog, click HERE. Faculty from Scripps and the University of Southampton have already identified courses that might fulfill major requirements at UC San Diego. For more information on these courses, consult your academic advisor or a Study Abroad advisor.
  • Language of Instruction: English 
  • Restricted Courses: Medicine, Health Sciences, and some modules within Engineering disciplines are unavailable to exchange students.

Housing and Dining

Southampton is able to guarantee University accommodation (subject to yearly review) to International Exchange/Study Abroad students.

Information on the application process can be found HERE. The contact email is

Deadlines for applying to University accommodation:

  • Semester 1 entry: 1st August
  • Semester 2 entry: 1st December

Students who do not want to apply for university accommodation or are unsuccessful in their application will need to find private rented accommodation.
Cost of Living
Approximately £1,000 per month, depending

Dining Options: Kitchens in Residences, Cafeterias and Dining Halls.

Cost of Living

£1,000 per month depending on accommodation type and living expenses. More information on cost of living and incidental expenses can be found HERE.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

For information on financial aid, scholarships and additional funding, speak to a Study Abroad advisor or click HERE.

Immigration and Visas

U.S. citizens must obtain a student visa to study in the United Kingdom. For other citizenships, visit the website of the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in your country of citizenship for visa requirements and processes.

  • Visa Processing Time: If you are applying for Entry Clearance as a Tier 4 student visa holder from overseas, you are permitted to apply for your visa three months in advance of your course start date The earliest start date for a visa is 1 month before the course starts. Due to the pandemic, students should visit the website of the British Embassy in the United States or nearest consulate for updated information.


Health and Wellness

  • Medical Facilities: Located on campus. Click HERE for more information.
  • Health Insurance: The University of Southampton does not provide any health care insurance for incoming exchange students. It is therefore imperative that all students take out travel insurance. Students staying for less than six months must also take out health/medical insurance. For more information, click HERE.
  • Access to Mental Health Resources: Click HERE for more information.
  • Support for Students with Disabilities: The Enabling Services team provide support for students with a wide range of specific learning differences, disabilities and health conditions. Click HERE for more information. 

Student Experience and Opportunities

  • Research Opportunities: Click HERE for more information. 
  • Buddy/ Mentor Program: Yes. Students are able to apply for a buddy through the student union (SUSU). For more information, click HERE
  • Excursions/ Sightseeing: There are various activities through SUSU. During freshers week at the start of the academic year there are particular welcome events which differ from year to year. Click HERE for the calendar of events.
  • Recreation/ Sporting Activities and Clubs: The student union has more than 300 clubs and societies for students. Click HERE for information on these activities and other social opportunities. 

Click HERE for video to hear from some international students at Southampton on their experiences.