Solent University

Solent University


Brief information

According to AbbreviationFinder, the origins of Solent University lie in the private School of Art founded in 1856. It can now look back on more than 160 years of history. In 1951 the institution was renamed the College of Art. Over the years this merged first with the College of Technology and later with the School of Navigation at Warsash to become the Southampton Institute of Higher Learning. This grew rapidly over the next few years, both in terms of the range of courses on offer and in terms of increasing student numbers and the construction of new buildings. 2005 received that Southampton Institute of Higher Learning eventually university status. It is the youngest university in the UK and continues to grow. In the last five years alone the Solent has invested millions of pounds in new buildings and facilities.

Solent University is known for its innovative courses ; the selection of programs is special but versatile. Its bachelor’s and master’s programs in the creative fields as well as in cultural industries and media production are particularly well-known . According to rankings, the courses of the Warsash Maritime Academy, such as Yacht and Powercraft Design or Maritime Business, are among the best in the world. Also worth mentioning are the courses in the field of sports science such as football studies. Applied research operates the Solent in design and media, shipbuilding, fine arts and business, among others.

Practical relevance plays an important role in all bachelor’s and master’s programs and the university has a broad network with industry and various research institutions. We can place international students at Solent University for a full bachelor’s or master’s degree, as well as for an undergraduate semester abroad.

The everyday student life is also very lively beyond the courses and the university offers a lot here. There are many clubs and societies for very different areas of interest and various events on campus such as the annual Summer Festival. Solent University students also run their own radio station, TV station, magazine and cinema called Sonar Media. University sports tooplays an important role on the Solent. In addition to football, it is above all sailing that people in Southampton are enthusiastic about. The Solent’s sailing team has won many titles and often consisted of Olympic athletes and later world champions.

  • Southampton Solent University website

University facts

Year of foundation: 1856

Type of university: State university

Number of students: total 10048, undergraduate: 9807; Postgraduate: 241, international 1507


Academic year:

The academic year at Solent University is divided into three terms.

Study programs

  • semester abroad
  • bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree

Spend a semester or two on England’s mild south coast? Solent University’s semester program makes it possible! International bachelor students can choose from a wide range of courses from a number of specific subject areas, such as psychology, criminology, art and design, hotel and tourism, business, sports and media.

On request, we will be happy to tell you which courses are offered in the current semester.

  • Semester program at Solent University


  • Autumn Term 2022



The fees include the assignment of 60 CATS points, which corresponds to 30 ECTS. Usually these are 3 or 4 modules.

The fees for the postgraduate courses are calculated individually.

  • Tuition Fees at Solent University

Financing options

If you want to spend a semester or two at Solent University, you have various financing options. Anyone who is entitled to foreign BAföG will receive a subsidy for tuition fees (maximum 4,600 euros) as well as subsidies for travel, living and insurance costs.


If you want to take part in the Study Abroad program at the Solent, you must have been enrolled at a German university for at least one year.

In addition, applicants must prove that they have a sufficiently good knowledge of English by means of a language test such as the DAAD language certificate, the Doulingo test or the IELTS.

The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:

DAAD language test B2 level
Duolingo English Test (DET) possible
IELTS 6.0 (no range below 5.5)
TOEFL (internet based) 80 (19 in all areas)

Proof of language proficiency can be submitted later.

  • Solent University Application Requirements


Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fashion Management with Marketing
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Film Visual Effects
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Media Production
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Yacht Design and Production
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Digital Design and Web Development
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Accountancy & Finance
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Maritime Business
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Music Business
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Shipping & Port Management


Solent University has two different campuses in the southern English port city of Southampton. The main campus is located on East Park Terrace right in the heart of the city. Its location is ideal as it is surrounded by vast parkland, which is a great place to relax between lectures. There are many different bars, cafés, restaurants and shops both on the campus and in the immediate vicinity.

The university has invested several million pounds in the construction of new buildings and facilities in recent years. From 3D printers to Apple computers to eye-tracking devices – the equipment is all state-of-the-art. Among other things, the students have access to recording studios, their own 3D cinema, equipment for television and radio and of course to the excellently equipped Mountbatten Library. Particularly impressive is the Spark Building, which only opened in 2016, with the futuristic “pod” in the middle of the inner courtyard, a lecture hall of a special kind. Additional buildings are to be completed by 2020, including a new sports center.

Another Solent University campus consists of the Warsash Maritime Academy. It is about half an hour’s drive from East Park Terrace and is situated on the east bank of the Hamble River, directly overlooking Southampton Water. The particularly renowned courses in the field of shipping and ship technology are offered here.

  • Solent University campus description


Solent University itself has six student residences, all located in Southampton city centre. The East Park Terrace campus is within walking distance. The University and the Southampton Accreditation Scheme for Student Housing (SASSH) also assist students in finding private accommodation.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • student residence
  • Private apartments / hotels

The college town of Southampton

Southampton is a southern English port city in the county of Hampshire with almost 237,000 inhabitants and around 42,000 students. It is 120 kilometers southwest of London at the northernmost point of Southampton Water, an arm of the English Channel. Opposite is the Isle of Wight, which is extremely scenic. Both the island and Southampton itself attract with a pleasantly mild sea climate and the country’s most hours of sunshine a year.

The city of Southampton is considered an important economic and cultural center of the south, not least because of its historical importance with regard to the shipbuilding and later the aircraft industry. Shipbuilding became the most important economic factor in Southampton in the 19th century; World-renowned shipping companies such as the “White Star Line” built huge passenger ships in Southampton. Two historic overseas voyages had their port of departure in Southampton: that of the “Mayflower” and three centuries later that of the “Titanic”. The impressive port of Southampton is still the heart of the city and home to many of the world’s largest cruise ships. The maritime heritage can be felt everywhere and a trip to the “SeaCity Museum” with a permanent exhibition about the “Titanic” is worthwhile.

Airplane fans associate Southampton with the former manufacturer of seaplanes and fighter planes “Supermarine”, because it had its main factory there. With its unique exhibits, the Solent Sky Museum is rightly considered one of Southampton’s top attractions.

Not only those interested in technology but also history will get their money’s worth in Southampton, because the history of the city goes back to the years of the occupation of Britain by the Romans. They built the first settlement called “Clausentum” here in 70 AD. Due to its military importance, the city was severely damaged by German bombs during World War II. Nevertheless, some very impressive historical buildings have been preserved, such as the longest medieval city wall in England with the “God’s House Tower”, the listed “Tudor House and Garden” or the Victorian “Old Court House”. The city offers all kinds of other cultural highlights with its many art galleries, its Ocean Village marina and its lively theater scene.

But Southampton also offers an ideal environment for nature lovers, after all, the city with its more than 50 parks and green spaces is one of the greenest cities in the country. Southampton has benefited from growing tourism since the 1990s, which is not only due to the great shopping opportunities and the many bars and restaurants, but also to the “New Forest” national park, which is only 15 minutes away, with its old coniferous and oak forests, moors and heathland. Southampton is also a great base for visiting southern England’s many other attractions.

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