The Semester in Wales is an exciting opportunity to study for a semester or year at Swansea University (SU). All students studying at SU are required to participate in a three-credit, pre-semester orientation class, British Politics and Culture, at the beginning of the semester. Students then take classes totaling up to 60 Swansea credit points (18 U.S. credit hours) during the regular term.
Students studying at SU during the spring semester will have three weeks off for spring break. Many students take advantage of this opportunity and spend time traveling in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and/or other parts of Europe.
Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life.
Set in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the breathtaking Gower Peninsula, the University's location is captivating. With 15,421 students (inc. 2286 post graduates) and 2,510 staff, Swansea's multicultural campus community provides a global perspective and opportunities to gain skills that last a lifetime.
As of September 2015, Swansea University will establish itself as a dual campus university, when the brand new Bay Campus opens. The Bay Campus is an impressive site which will be home to the College of Engineering and the School of Management, central support services for students studying on that campus, a state of the art library and resource centre, the students’ union, facilities and meeting rooms and an impressive great hall will house an auditorium for 800, lecture theatres and a cafe offering magnificent views across the Swansea bay towards Gower and Baglan Bay. There will be extensive catering provision throughout the campus to include cafes, bars and a restaurant, retail units include a mini market, laundrette and cash points. All of this will be in addition to recreational sporting facilities and a beach, for all to enjoy.
All classes for engineering and management will be taught at the Bay Campus for new and continuing students. All classes for our other Colleges (Arts & Humanities, Human & Health, Medicine, Science, and Law) will be taught on the existing Singleton Park campus. The study abroad team in the International Development Office will be based on the Singleton Park Campus, but will also have a regular presence at the Bay Campus.
Please note that students who choose to study classes within the College of Engineering or the School of Management will be studying at the Bay Campus. If students choose these modules along with modules from other academic departments, then they will have to travel between the two sites. Therefore, students should be aware that travel time is an important factor to think about when choosing modules, as they will need to give themselves plenty of time to travel between the sites. Classes start on the hour at both campuses so students need to understand that it is not possible to attend a 10am lecture on the Singleton Park campus followed by an 11 am lecture on the Bay Campus as travel time will need to be allowed for.
500 undergraduate and 130 postgraduate courses are offered in a wide range of subject areas. A full range of social, cultural, and sporting amenities complement the campus lifestyle and contribute to the strong sense of community that the University embraces.
Swansea is a modern city of approximately 200,000 inhabitants. It enjoys excellent road and rail connections to all parts of Britain. London is only three hours away by train, and Stratford-Upon-Avon and Oxford are similar distances. The city offers fine shopping centers and is home to the Swansea Market, one of the oldest markets in the country.
The university lies on the wide sweep of Swansea Bay and is ideally situated in a large area of landscaped parkland two miles to the west of the city, with the Gower Peninsula extending some fifteen miles to its west. The Gower provides a wealth of natural leisure facilities. The Gower's south coast is a succession of broad bays and less-accessible, sheltered sandy coves divided by rugged limestone cliffs.
SU has a wide variety of disciplines and course offerings: Arts, Business and Economics, Engineering, Environment and Society, Human Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Physical Sciences. All credit earned at Swansea may be applied toward your degree. Students earn three SIU credits for the orientation class and typically earn 12 more credits throughout the semester.
For more information on SU's courses:
**Please note: The module level descriptions have been changed in the course catalogue. Exchange and visiting students have traditionally been advised to select level/year 1 or level/year 2 modules. The module level descriptors in the catalogue have been updated and refer to HE Levels 4, 5, 6, etc. We advise exchange and visiting students to select HE level 4 or HE Level 5 modules.
For 2017/18 the accommodation rates for a 20 week Spring Semester are confirmed as:
- Hendrefoelan Student Village: £1,900 (£95/week)
- Singleton Park Campus: £2,420 (£121/week)
- Bay Campus: £2,800 (£140/week)
For 2017/18 the tuition fees for one semester studying 60 credits are:
- STEM £8,200 (£16,400 for full year)
- Non-STEM £7,275 (£14,550 for full year)
The fee does not include airfare, one SIU credit per semester, food, books and supplies, and personal travel expenses.
SIU students may apply their regular federal and most state and private aid to study abroad. In addition, there are institutional scholarships particularly for the Swansea program.
New Bursary Award from SU:
We are delighted to tell you that from 2017/18 we will be offering a bursary for each of your students coming to us through Direct Enrollment in recognition of our long-standing partnership and we hope that this will also encourage more students to participate.
BUTEX is now accepting applications for its UK Scholarship Programme 2019!
The Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students who are affiliated to a BUTEX institution. You may be affiliated as an incoming or an outgoing study abroad student. To be eligible to apply:
• You must have been offered a study abroad or exchange place which is not eligible for an ERASMUS grant.
• Your study abroad or exchange placement must be for the UK academic year 2019 / 2020 (i.e. your studies should fall between July 2019 and August 2020).
• Your place must be for a minimum of one semester.
If you are not sure whether your home or institution is BUTEX-affiliated, please see our website for our list of members http://www.butex.ac.uk/scholarships/
The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. The deadline for all applications is 15 June 2019.
Host university links:
United Kingdom visa links: Please note, not all students are required to get a visa; refer to the content at the top of the "UK Visa Process" link below:
UK Visa Process
Travel and media links:
Prospective applicants need to consult with SIU Study Abroad Programs before applying for Swansea. Please click Apply Now at the top of the page to create an advising application.
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