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Dept MARSC: Southampton
Southampton, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring
Fact Sheet:
Dormitory, Independent Housing
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Courses Offered:
Biology, Engineering, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Physics, Sciences, Statistics
Type of Program:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Strickler
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:
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.

University of Southampton classroom

Photo courtesy of the
University of Southampton.

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.

The University of Southampton's various Schools of Engineering are part of the Faculty (equivalent to College at Penn State) of Engineering, Science, and Mathematics. Courses are offered in areas that are related to Penn State's programs in civil, environmental, electrical, computer, aerospace, mechanical, industrial engineering, engineering science, computer science, bioengineering, and acoustics. The University also offers courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry that may be relevant to all engineering majors.
 The SOC opened in 1996 and is a purpose-built development creating a centre for some 450 research scientists, lecturing and support staff as well over 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students. 
(PLEASE NOTE: this program is only open to students pursuing a minor in Marine Science)

Oceanography Option
This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in engineering, marine science and other sciences. For more information about the range of courses, (called modules in Britain) offered on this program, visit the list of course offerings at the University of Southampton, or check out the School of Ocean and Earth Science website. 
To get a detail of module description, you can visit here.  
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

Marine Science 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
  • Oceanography From Space (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 2039 ): 4 credits


Your final course (4 credits) may be chosen from among a selection of geology or  or other SOES courses with approval of the program (contact Dr. Iliana Baums, ). 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.

Students must register for a minimum of 16 credits per semester, and students can enroll in a maximum of 20 credits.

 small boat in southampton


Education abroad credits
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 of a Pass/Fail basis.

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. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact

Housing and Meals

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).

Program Costs
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above 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 see Funding Study Abroad.

For More Information

For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.


To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Whitney Strickler,  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.


Penn State College of Engineering has resources to help students gain international experience.  The college’s international office is located in 205 Hammond Building, and international engineering envoys are available during fall and spring semesters to help answer your questions.  In addition, there is a study abroad advisor in each department in the college who can help to answer academic questions that you may have.  Please see for information about our office, programs for College of Engineering students, and the College of Engineering International Travel Grant.  In addition, it is strongly recommended that all College of Engineering students take ENGR 111: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication for Engineers, a 1 credit online course, before their semester abroad. 




Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.