Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Swansea, Wales
- Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
- Homepage: Click to visit
This picturesque city has over 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 is an important commercial center and also a growing tourist destination. Swansea was named 6th safest city in the UK, and 2nd nicest in the UK.
Swansea has excellent shopping centers; the city market dates back to the Middle Ages, while the Quadrant Shopping Center is among the most modern in the country. Dozens of shops are housed in attractive undercover malls and arcades. Swansea’s splendid Maritime Quarter has been the role model for other national maritime developments. A variety of shops, restaurants, and museums are located here in a picturesque setting.
Swansea University lies on the wide sweep of Swansea Bay with the Gower Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty, extending fifteen miles to its west. The Gower consists of a string of secluded and dramatic bays, cliffs, valleys, and sandy coves and is a natural playground for hiking, horseback riding, hang gliding, surfing, fishing, and rock climbing.
Swansea University has approximately 15,000 full-time students. The university is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Students come from all parts of the United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales – as well as many other countries. With more than 2,000 students coming from outside the U.K., the campus enjoys an international flavor, yet unique Welsh cultural influences are also evident.
The university has an attractive campus setting, situated in acres of parkland along the seacoast just to the west of the city of Swansea. Academic and recreational facilities are first class. The Taliesin Arts Centre, Sports Centre, and University Students’ Union offer a wide array of leisure activities.
2016-17 Course/Module Search: Courses denoted TB1 are for Fall, TB2 are for Spring.
Fall (Autumn) Program
After the optional pre-sessional module, program participants begin their university studies and take a full load of regular courses with British students. Students typically take 3 additional classes (modules) which award approximately 3 credits each. The Fall program ends in mid-December. Students who go to Swansea in the Fall will find that they have sufficient free time to travel around the U.K. and to visit many European cities. Please note that Semester 1 modules (TB1) in Biological Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Economica, Business and Geography are assessed by exam in January and students must stay in Swansea for these.
In addition to all things offered in the fall program, students on the Spring program will have a one-month spring break from mid-March to mid-April. Most students decide to travel during the break; but students have the option of staying in Swansea in university housing. It may be possible to arrange a full-time internship for 4 additional credits during this time for students who wish to stay. In April, students resume classes, which will remain in session until mid-May. Students must sit for examinations. The examination period usually ends around the 10th of June.
The pre-sessional AMX 315/316, British Politics and Culture since 1945 is being offered in Swansea. This pre-sessional course is taught over three weeks by the Foundation of International Education and is based in Swansea. The course is worth 10 credits (3 US credits). Please note that classes and excursions are subject to change.
Students will live in the Hendrefoelan Student Village, which consists of university houses and apartments.
• Largest residence site of 1,600 students
• Self-catered standard rooms with kitchens equipped with cooker, hob, microwave, kettle and fridge / freezer and plenty of storage
• Properties vary, housing between 4 and 10 students with shared bathrooms and kitchens
• Bathroom ratio on average 1:4 but varies between properties
• A frequent bus service to the campus, City centre and Gower
• A Spar shop on site
• Local shops, Post Office, banks, pubs and takeaways within a ten minute walk
• Students' Union run launderette and bar called the Wonky Sheep!
• 2 1/2 miles from the main University campus: 10/15 minute bus ride / 45 minute walk / 15 minute cycle