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.
PLEASE NOTE: this program is only open to students pursuing a minor in Marine Science.
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
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 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. Please contact Dr. Iliana Baums for more information.
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.
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.
Students must register for a minimum of 16 credits per semester, and students can enroll in a maximum of 20 credits.
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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
*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 email@example.com.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
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).
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.
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:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.