One of the United Kingdom’s leading universities, The University of Southampton is well-known for conducting cutting-edge research in the fields of marine and earth sciences. The School of Ocean and Earth Science’s (SOES) waterfront campus at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is listed as one of the top five oceanographic research institutions in the world. The NOC provides SOES students with state-of-the-art laboratories, access to the National Oceanographic Library and the opportunity to network with 520 leading research scientists.
The Surrounding Area
Only 75 miles from London, Southampton is ideally located for rail and ferry travel within the UK, Ireland, and continental Europe. Southampton International Airport offers service throughout the UK and major European destinations, while the nearby port of Portsmouth offers convenient, daily crossings to continental Europe.
Location.......................................... Southampton, England, UK
City Population ..............................................................228,600
Southampton provides a wealth of on-campus facilities to their students, including banks, theaters, concert halls, sporting facilities, cinema and bars. The Travel Centre, Southampton’s leading specialist in student and youth travel, is also located on campus. Rich in cultural heritage, Southampton is a south coast tourist destination. The city offers fine dining, high-end shopping, museums and a lively nightlife. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy miles of woodlands and coastlines, plus access to numerous marinas and wildlife facilities.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 3.0+ GPA at time of application
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Areas of study available include marine biology, marine chemistry, physical oceanography and marine geology. The University of Southampton’s program focuses on hands-on learning opportunities through extensive laboratory and field work. It is highly encouraged that applicants have completed courses in statistics and ecology prior to participation. Some courses available include: Phytoplankton and primary production, Ecological processes in the marine benthos, Introduction to marine molecular biology, Coastal and Estuarine Oceanography II, Tropical Marine Biology, and a 10 day field course in Bermuda, which takes places in June.
The University offers ten residence halls that provide a friendly environment where you can easily mix with fellow students. Set in pleasant, landscaped surroundings, all the halls have their own distinctive character and are either walking distance or a short bus journey from campus. Most rooms are single study bedrooms with voicemail and high speed internet access. All halls include on-site amenities that can include common rooms with TVs, gyms, pool tables, gardens, and barbeque areas.
Spring Semester Dates
Spring - Late January to Early June
Spring w/ Bermuda field course - Late January to Mid-June
This is a one-for-one student exchange program, which means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, and your room and board abroad (approximately 3,000 USD per semester at the Mayflower residence). There will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, health insurance, the Bermuda course, and local transportation.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at http://www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.