by Inés Teresa-Palacio
The University of Southampton is one of the top 15 research universities in the UK and is ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world (2012 QS World University Rankings). It is a founder member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading research universities in the UK and is part of the Worldwide Universities Network, engaging in collaboration and exchange agreements with some of the world’s leading universities. The University of Southampton has around 22,000 students of which over 5,000 are international from more than 130 different countries. It has eight faculties covering a wide range of subject areas: from humanities, art and social sciences, to biology, chemistry, electronics and computer science, engineering, health sciences, medicine, mathematics, oceanography, environmental sciences, optoelectronics, physics and astronomy.