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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). This includes undergraduates studying Earth Sciences, Marine Biology and Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. 

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 2021-2022 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.

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): Earth Sciences, Environmental Systems, Marine Biology and Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

2021-22 Academic Calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September 30, 2021 - January 29, 2022
  • Spring Semester: January 31, 2022 - June 18, 2022

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. Contact hours are three hours per module per week.

  • Course Catalogue: 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

Housing can be pre-arranged for exchange students. Housing options and resources can be found HERE.

  • Housing Types: Campus Housing. Off-campus is available within 10-20 minutes via bus. There are buses that run regularly to campus.
  • Deadline to Apply for Housing: August 1, 2021 for Fall and December 1, 2021 for Spring. 
  • Dining Options: Kitchens in Residences, Cafeterias and Dining Halls.

To apply for campus housing, students use an online system. 

Cost of Living

£7,200 to £8,800 per year for accommodation, food, books, stationary and other items. 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.