With major international events, many pubs, clubs, and restaurants, and the region's principal arts and entertainments venues, Southampton is southern England's leading leisure destination. Southampton's parks also make it the Greenest City in the UK. The city is home to 215,000 people.
The University of Southampton is a well-established university located on the southern shore of England with study options for Penn State students studying engineering or marine science.
This program is only open to students pursuing a minor in Marine Science.
For more information about the range of courses (modules), offered on this program, plesae see the list of module offerings through the School of Ocean and Earth Science (SOES).
Two courses for those studying Marine Science are compulsory:
Practical Techniques & Key Skills for Americans (SOES 1003/2019), including a one-week field course on the Southampton shore: 4 credits (there will be an additional fee for this field course)
Applied Oceanography & Fieldwork (SOES 3018), including a 14-day field course to Plymouth: 4 credits. During the 10-day fieldcourse, located in Falmouth, you will get at least four days seatime working from a variety of boats collecting samples and data that describe the marine chemistry, physics and biology of the estuarine and coastal environment around Falmouth. The course typically runs from the third week in June to the first week of July. You will need to pay additional fees for lodging and food.
Students will also choose two to three courses from the following options:
Phytoplankton & Primary Production (SOES 2006): 4 credits
Coastal and Estuarine Oceanography II (SOES 2027): 4 credits
Ecological Processes in the Marine Benthos (SOES 2017): 4 credits
Methods in OCeanography Two (Remote Sensing) (SOES 3016): 4 credits
Physical Oceanography One (SOES 1004): 4 credits
Physical Oceanography Two (SOES2010): 4 credits
Shelf Seas and shelf edge dynamics (SOES 3009): 4 credits
Seafloor exploration and surveying (SOES 3029 ): 4 credits
Your final course (4 credits) may be chosen from among a selection of geology or other SOES courses with approval of the program. You may include one module from among a selection of geology or non-SOES courses (e.g., archaeology, modern languages, philosophy, etc.) with approval of the program.
Marine science minors at Penn State are able to take coursework at the Southampton Oceanography Centre (SOC), which is a joint venture between the University of Southampton and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is one of a few world-class centers of excellence in ocean sciences, earth sciences and ocean technology.
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You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.
A full time course load at Southampton is 60 credits, which is equivalent to 16 credits at Penn State. Students must enroll in a minimum of 60 credits at Southampton. Students can enroll in a maximum of 75 credits per semester. Most courses are worth 10 or 15 credits at Southampton.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Southampton Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
- 3.0 minimum grade point average
- Junior class standing or higher at time of study
- Must be pursuing the Marine Science Minor
Housing and Meals
Students will their arrange housing directly with the University of Southampton. You will live in a dormitory, where either food may be provided or you may need to cook for yourself (depending upon what kind of placements are available).
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
For infomration about completing requirements for the Marine Science Minor please contact Dr. Iliana Baums. For more information about the program please contact Dr. Lee Kump.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
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