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“It was probably one of the greatest experiences of my life thus far. It expanded my worldview on matters and opened my eyes to a different way of living. The people and the culture of Wales were nothing but welcoming from the moment I arrived. The natural scenery in Wales is nothing short of amazing too.” 
Kate McGovern, 2003 participant   

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Enjoy inspirational scenery and immerse yourself in the unique languge and culture of Wales with a semester or academic year on exchange at Swansea University. The University is set in rolling parklands overlooking the Swansea Bay with fresh sea air, gorgeous beaches and a safe environment.

SU welcomes students form 100 countries every year and has a long international tradition.  The staff are supportive and accustomed to working with international exchange students. At SU you are able to choose a variety of courses to fulfill major, minor and general education requirements.

Program dates

  • Fall Semester: mid September – mid December
  • Spring Semester: mid January – late June
  • Academic Year: mid September – late June

Eligibility and selection process  

This program is open to undergraduate students of all majors. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

All suitable applicants will be invited for interview before a final decision is made on which students will be nominated to the program.

This program is not open to non-Ohio University students. 

Apply online

Application deadline 

Courses and credit  

Courses are available in computer sciences, development studies, economics, English, geography, history, languages, literature, math, media studies, music, physics, political science, psychology, and social policy. 

Swansea modules (courses) are listed as credit points. A typical semester load is worth 60 credit points (15 OHIO semester credits) and an academic year is worth 110-120 credit points (27-20 OHIO semester credits). 

Courses in Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy, Health Science and Sports Science may have limited access for or be unavable to Ohio University students.

For more information on modules (courses) available, visit the  Swansea University website.

Recommended Pre-Departure Course: INST 1001
All students participating in an OHIO Exchange Program are encouraged to take INST 1001 "Cross-Cultural Preparation for Study Abroad" the semester prior to departure. Read more about  INST 1001 here

Living arrangements  

Students will live in university accommodations or shared flats (apartments) located close to campus. 


Swansea Exchange: Academic Year 2019-2020 student budget worksheet
Swansea Exchange: Spring 2020 student budget worksheet
Swansea Exchange: Academic Year 2020-2021 student budget worksheet
Swansea Exchange: Fall 2020 student budget worksheet
Swansea Exchange: Spring 2021 student budget worksheet

Financial aid may be applied to program costs; further information available at  Funding for education abroad.

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Students participating in the Swansea Exchange program are eligible to apply for a  BUTEX Scholarship.

Additional Information on the United Kingdom 

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook

Health and safety 

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete a Global Opportunities  Disability Accommodation Request Form . We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and exit requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States.  If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now.

Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country.   Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found at here.  

US citizens may need a visa to enter the UK for the length of this  program (Please note if you participate for more than one semester, you will need a visa).  You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country.  Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program.  Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's   Visa Information Page.  

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here

For more information, contact: 

Kirsten Dabelko
Swansea exchange program coordinator 
Office of Global Opportunities 
Tel: (740) 597-9039





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