The University of Winchester serves over 5,000 full-time and part-time students, so it is a little over half the size of EIU. Winchester has excellent programs in the Arts and Humanities as well as Education, Business, and Social Sciences. Winchester prides itself on being a very student-centered campus, and its small student body will help you feel at-home.
Winchester is a small city of 40,000 but is home to one of the oldest cathedrals (Winchester Cathedral) in the country. Winchester was once the capital of England and served as the site of Kings Castle and the mythical Round Table of King Arthur. Today, you will find plenty of activities in and around Winchester to keep you busy; Stonehenge is just a stones-throw away while the seaside resort towns of Bornemouth and Poole are just an hour away. London is also an hour by train.
"It was amazing. The professors were all very easy to talk to, meet with, and loved discussing pertinent and non-pertinent questions. They were involved with their work and the students. This made the whole experience very accessible and wonderful. I would suggest this program for anyone!"
—Ben Goeckner, past participant
"A great place to study abroad! I would do it again in a heartbeat."
—Patrick Doggett, past participant
Academic majors at Winchester are called "courses", and most full-time students at Winchester only take modules (what we think of as courses/classes) from their chosen course. Study abroad students can choose to follow this plan or take modules from a variety of courses.
The following courses
are offered at Winchester:
- American Literature
- American Studies
- Archaeological Practice
- Business Management
- Choreography and Dance
- Creative Industries
- Creative Writing
- Drama, Community Theatre and Media
- Education Studies
- Education Studies (Early Childhood)
- English Literature and Language
- Ethics and Spirituality
- Event Management
- Film and Cinema Technologies
- Film Studies
- Global Politics and International Relations
- Heritage Management
- Leisure Management
- Marketing and Public Relations Management
- Media Production
- Media Studies
- Performance Management
- Performing Arts
- Screen Production
- Social Care Studies
- Sports Development
- Sports Science
- Sports Studies
- Teaching: Initial Teacher Education
- Theology and Religious Studies
- Tourism and Heritage Management
- Tourism Management
- and more!
When choosing modules, pay special attention to the "Availability" section of each course description. "S1" indicates that the course is offered during Semester 1 or Fall. "S2" indicates Semester 2 or Spring.
After Your Trip:
at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar
There are only a small number of international students at Winchester, so you will receive plenty of personalized attention; about 150 international students studied at Winchester last year. As a study abroad student, you will have access to all campus facilities at Winchester including the Martial Rose Library, student computer lab facilities (over 500, networked computers for student use on campus!), the Student Union, Sports Facilities Department activities and resources, the West Downs Performing Arts Centre, and others. There are many social, sporting, and cultural activities throughout the year for student to attend and participate in.
Many students enjoy Winchester's quiet, small town lifestyle. The city has plenty of restaurants, cafes, and pubs as well as social and cultural activities throughout the year. It is also home to the U.K.'s largest dance festival - Homelands. Traveling to the seaside or London is just a short train ride away and affordable flights are available for travel to other areas of Europe.
Check out some photos from campus!
US Students: The Winchester Experience
Most study abroad students stay in one of Winchester's Halls of Residence as housing is guaranteed for international students; however, you must apply for housing at least 3 months before the start of the semester to ensure your place.
Winchester has two, on-campus housing options
- Halls of Residence - catered (partial meal-plan); closer to academic buildings; single rooms with your own sink
- West Downs Student Village - self-catered (you provide your own meals); single rooms with our own sink; apartment-style living with shared kitchen facilities and equipment; slightly further from the main area of campus
If you prefer to live off-campus, that can also be arranged.
**You are responsible for making all housing arrangements and payments directly to the University of Winchester.**
This is a two-part application: After students submit their Study Abroad application at EIU, they will also need to submit further application material to University of Winchester, including but not limited to : Application
form, Module Selection Form
, and Visiting Exchange Housing Application
To find out more about the program, visit Winchester's study abroad website, at https://www.winchester.ac.uk/study/further-study-options/study-abroad/.
The educational system in the United Kingdom differs considerably than the one in the United States. We strongly suggest you do independent research online regarding this, but here are some fast facts that you should keep in mind when applying:
- The fall semester usually starts in September and ends in January. The spring semester usually starts late January-early February and ends in June.
- The UK educational system does not require general education for students entering university. This means that all the courses (called modules) from freshman year are intensive and based on a major. In order to graduate from a UK university, a student needs 360 credits in total within 3 years, meaning that each semester, students are required to take 60 credits. These credits are reflected through 3 classes of 20 credits each. When you fill out your course approval form, make sure to reach out to the host institution to ensure the number of U.S. credits each of their courses is worth.
- The examination system in the United Kingdom is fairly different than the U.S. one too. Most of the times, there are no quizzes or small tests and each class has two, or even, one piece of assignment that holds 100% of the grade. For example, a module in the UK might be examined only through an essay. The UK places strong emphasis in academic writing rather than standardized testing, so any essays you will have to take will be of a significant length (ranging from 1500 to 4000 words). Some classes require one essay and one exam (50% weight of the final grade each) or just an exam, which usually includes essay questions. Make sure to research the teaching methods and assignments of each class you wish to register to!
- The grading scale also differs. A student can achieve any of these below grades: First class, 2:1, 2:2, 3rd class, fail.
- First class grade: 70-100
- 2:1 grade: 60-69
- 2:2 grade: 50-59
- 3rd class grade: 40-49
- fail grade: <40
If you see a 70, or a 60 on your transcripts, don't worry! There is a system to calculate equivalency. Most often, a First Class grade is an A, a 2:1 is a B, and so on.
Foreign Entry Requirements
To enter the United Kingdom, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site
for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.
Visa not required for stay of up to 6 months. For additional information, consult the visa-issuing Consulate General in Chicago (312/970-3800) or click here
Travel Document Systems (TDS)
can also provide you with helpful information on every country, including entry requirements, cultural information, travel conditions, economy, and more.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet
. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **
Please note that EIU does not own, operate, or sponsor this program.