The University of Winchester has been noted by the Times Higher Education for “Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development” and “Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.” Each term the University of Winchester welcomes 5,800+ full and part-time students with 350+ international students from 30 countries. The University has been subject to regular quality audits from the Quality Assurance Agency which has again affirmed its confidence in their standards and the quality of their academic provision. The auditors praised the quality of the international student experience at Winchester. In 2011 Winchester achieved a five-star rating for “Excellence” from the British Quality Foundation. Five stars is the highest level of achievement and the University of Winchester was the first university in the UK to win this rating.
The city of Winchester is one of the most beautiful cathedral cities in the UK. It is located at the center of southern England and is just one hour away from London by train.
Winchester was the ancient capital chosen by King Alfred the Great as the seat of power for his Kingdom of Wessex. William the Conqueror later commissioned the monks of Winchester to write his famous Domesday Book which was housed in the King’s castle. Now only the Great Hall remains of the Castle and in it is the Round Table of the mythical King Arthur. Winchester is also the resting place of novelist Jane Austen, who is buried in the Cathedral. The Cathedral makes an impressive venue for University graduation ceremonies. Today, Winchester is a small and bustling city, with a population of around 45,000. It is a safe environment and an ideal place to study. All local amenities are easily accessible on foot from University.
Winchester has a number of theatres, including the beautifully refurbished Theatre Royal. The Guildhall is a venue for frequent concerts, recitals, and shows. A full calendar of social events includes the famous Hat Fair and Folk Festival.
Winchester boasts a wide selection of pubs and restaurants, with something to suit all tastes and budgets. The River Park Leisure Centre, which includes a swimming pool and health suite, is close at hand and offers student discounts.
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Location: Winchester, England (population: 116,000)
University: University of Winchester (students: 5,800)
Minimum Application Requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status
Visa Information: See the Visa Information: United Kingdom page for detailed information.
The University of Winchester’s academic departments, centers, and institutes offer a range of study options within the arts and humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, computing, and entrepreneurial business and management.
Students can choose across disciplines for their module selection but should enroll in a total of 60 CATS (equivalent to 15 US credits). Students interested in applying to the University of Winchester should obtain equivalency approvals for a minimum of 120 CATS.
To view the module selection, visit the University of Winchester course catalog.
More information about module selection can be found in the Winchester Guide to Module Selections.
|University of Winchester Credit Conversion|
|Credit System||Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)|
|Conversion Multiplier||CATS Credits * 0.25
For quotients ending in .5 or higher, round up.
For quotients ending in .499 or lower, round down.
|General Conversion||4 CATS Credits = 1 HPU Credit|
|Standard Enrollment||60 CATS Credits per term|
|UOW Grade Scale||U.S. Grade Equivalent|
|70 – 100||A|
|65 – 69||A-|
|60 – 64||B+|
|50 – 59||B|
|45 – 49||C+|
|40 – 44||C|
|0 – 39||F|
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn at least a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the international transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
The University of Winchester offers stunning living options for students to choose from, all just a short walk to downtown Winchester, libraries, restaurants, shopping, public transportation, and nightlife.
The 2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey ranked their accommodations 15th out of 116 universities. The catered and self-catered halls have en-suite rooms, excellent WIFI connectivity, and plenty of communal spaces. The accommodations provide students with a comfortable and safe home so they can succeed in their studies and enjoy life at Winchester.
For those who prefer to live off campus, the University of Winchester offers a range of University managed houses around Winchester’s beautiful tree-lined streets.
For more information, visit the University’s Accommodations page.
Meals are self-catered.
Winchester has a thriving scene of independent cafes, restaurants, and bars – including celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen in Abbey Mills Garden, Rick Stein’s seafood-focused restaurant, and cozy heritage pubs like the Wykeham Arms.
Arts and culture lovers are spoiled for choice in Winchester, a city that inspired literary giants such as Jane Austen and John Keats. The city is home to a wealth of accomplished artists, designers, and craftspeople and hosts a growing number of festivals. You can enjoy an eclectic mix of comedy, music, and drama as well as a vibrant mix of live performances, street art, exhibitions, talks, catwalk shows, concerts, and theatre.
The author and TV historian Dan Snow says ‘Winchester is history’s HQ.’ It’s a top billing that the city more than lives up to. Winchester was indeed the Westminster of Anglo-Saxon England and is one of the leading archaeological cities of the world and home to some of the greatest medieval buildings in Europe.
From Jack Wills and vintage clothing to a three-storied second-hand bookshop and British artisan chocolate store, Winchester offers an array of unique, independent shops and boutiques as well as traditional and well-known national stores.
The Union provides leisure and recreation activities for students. Sport is organized by the Vice President (Activities) and the Student Union Sports coordinator. The range of sports clubs is wide and includes football, rugby, cricket, hockey, basketball, netball, as well as ultimate frisbee, volleyball, skiing, and many more.
There is a variety of clubs and societies which meet regularly, such as performing arts, film, radio, LGBT, archaeology, history, and role-playing. New clubs and societies are always emerging as students form groups to carry out the activities they want to undertake.
Winchester has excellent transport links including a direct train service to London Waterloo which takes just over an hour and runs every 20 minutes during peak times. The station is also well served by trains running to and from Southampton, Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Brighton, the New Forest, and the north of England.
The University of Winchester is located close to the M3 which provides easy road access to the M25 and M27. Traveling to and from Heathrow and Gatwick airports is convenient by both road and train and takes between one and two hours depending on your choice of transport and the time of day. Southampton Airport is located just 15 minutes away by train and offers flights within the UK, the Channel Islands, and mainland Europe.
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At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$17,559.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, and HPU fees.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||Varies. Check with your Host University||Host university, housing office, or landlord abroad||Check with your Host University|
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.