UK: Wales: Swansea University- Wales, UK
“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
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.
- 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.
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.
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 information, contact:
Swansea exchange program coordinator
Office of Global Opportunities
Tel: (740) 597-9039