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* Swansea University - Swansea, Wales, UK
Swansea, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Restrictions: CSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/20/2018 06/15/2018
CSU acceptance decisions announced on rolling basis beginning September 23. Contact Derek.Smallwood@colostate.edu if applying after October 1. Late applicants have access until October 14. CSU must nominate participants by October 14. When nominated, you will promptly submit forms and documents to Swansea online not later than Oct 28, preferably sooner. Pre-departure meeting in late-October (announced by email). Please verify dates with Swansea study abroad office before arranging travel. Pre-sessional participants estimated to arrive mid-January while the other exchange and visiting students estimated to arrive near end of January. Classes begin early February. You can depart Swansea after last scheduled exam during mid-May to mid-June (exam schedule finalized in April). Student residences remain available until end of grading period in mid-June.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students applying to CSU-sponsored programs will be notified of decision within two weeks of application submission. Students applying to non-CSU sponsored programs need to contact their program provider for decision dates.
Fact Sheet:
Grade Point Average:
2.5 (2.8+ perferred)
Language(s) of Instruction:
English
Program Coordinator:
Derek Smallwood Program Type: CSU Exchange Program, CSU Study Abroad Program
Areas of Study:
Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Natural Resources, Natural Sciences Recommended Programs: Sociology
Program Description:

Swansea University
in Swansea, Wales, U.K.

Rhossili Bay, WalesView of Swansea from Kilvey Swansea University

Introduction

Swansea University was founded in 1920 and is located in Wales on the west cost of Great Britain. Courses are offered in many disciplines. A truly international institution, with 14,000 students, Swansea University provides the opportunity to meet students from around the world. The contacts and experiences that are gained from living in Britain and studying in Wales can greatly impact personal, academic, and professional growth.

Swansea is an energetic city of approximately 250,000 people.  The city center is about a 20 minute walk or five minute bus ride from the campus. It is more modern than the surrounding areas, providing an interesting contrast of old and new.

Campus facilities include the Leisure Center, which offers many recreational and cultural activities. For music lovers, there is a jazz festival in the springtime, and Wales is known for its voice choirs. Virtually every form of popular music may be heard at local pubs, music clubs, and occasional concerts. For the nature lover, the nearby Gower Peninsula is an area of great scenic interest. It is still populated by wild ponies and numerous species of birds and waterfowl.

Swansea is two hours from central London by train. There is inexpensive bus/coach service to London. The rest of Europe is affordably accessed via airports near Cardiff, Bristol, and London and by the Eurostar train under the English Channel from London.


Academics

Swansea University is especially suitable for CSU students focusing on engineering, history, politics, medieval studies, classics, and English literature.  It is rarely suitable for biosciences and not suitable for social work or health and exercise science.  It offers choices for communications, media studies,  journalism, criminology, education, psychology, business, economics, math, some sciences, etc. 

CSU students are normally enrolled in 60 Swansea credits per semester comprised of courses (called modules). Typically the CSU registrar evaluates 4 Swansea credits = 2 European ETCS credits = 1 CSU credit. Some Swansea modules are valued at 10 credits = 2.5 CSU transfer credits. Transfer credit planning can involve approval to use 2.5 transfer credits to fulfill a 3-credit degree requirement, still counting as 2.5 towards 120 to graduate.  Alternatively, transfer credit for two Swansea modules can be combined to fulfill a degree requirement. 

  • Swansea University Module Catalogue Please read the following guidance before using the catalogue!
  • Check whether or not each module of interest is open to visiting students within the "Notes" section of the module description (by clicking on the module code).   
  • The term ERASMUS pertains to European students only, so the ERASMUS restriction for Business and Economics does not apply to CSU students.  
  • See also the fact sheets linked under Resources below.

Accommodations

Swansea University Accommodations

Students can only apply for accommodation once they have been formally accepted to study at Swansea University. All exchange & visiting students will receive help in finding accommodation from Residential Services. Places are available in University residences as well as University managed flats & houses in the local area. 
 

Costs

Please see Budget Sheets linked above for fall semester or spring semester.  

CSU in-state students normally attend Swansea on exchange student basis. (Out-of-state students should consult with derek.smallwood@colostate.edu regarding other enrollment options.)  The exchange option allows CSU students to attend Swansea University for one or two semesters while Swansea students attend CSU.  An on-site orientation program is included. Optionally, exchange students may participate in a two-week pre-sessional program, earning 10 additional Swansea credits (2.5 CSU credits). This British Culture and Politics course (AMX 315) includes field trips to places of interest in Wales and England and charts the social and economic progress of the UK since 1945.  CSU tuition for exchange students covers 60 Swansea term-time credits per semester (maximum 70 credits with optional pre-sessional at additional cost).  

BUTEX Scholarship : Learn how to apply for a BUTEX Scholarship worth £500 British pounds (about $800) for study in UK. See their website for eligibility and deadline information. 


Dates 

Please visit Swansea's website for the most comprehensive and up-to-date calendar. You can ignore the Michaelmas/Lent/Summer dates and use Term 1, 2 and 3. 

Important note regarding required exams:  Fall semester participants must return to Swansea for examinations in January if they study these subjects: Business, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Geography, and Mathematics. Contact Swansea International for clarification. Otherwise, fall semester students can depart in mid-December upon completion of alternative assessments.  Academic year participants return for January exams.  Spring semester and academic year participants must take scheduled exams at Swansea during mid-May to mid-June, no exceptions. Students may depart after their last scheduled exam.  Housing remains available through the June grading period.


Resources

Swansea Fact Sheet for Visiting and Exchange Students 
Swansea Fact Sheet for Partners   
Frequently Asked Questions
Swansea International
Swansea contact (Internationalization Officer) regarding Education and other College of Human and Health Sciences modules:  Mr. Gareth Davey, e.m.davey@swansea.ac.uk
United Kingdom Student Visa & Travel Information
Resources for Students Traveling Abroad