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* Swansea University - Swansea, Wales, UK
Swansea, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Restrictions: CSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 03/26/2017
Rolling Admission 09/22/2017 01/28/2018
NOTE: CSU acceptance decisions announced on rolling basis beginning February 15. Please verify dates with Swansea's study abroad office before arranging travel. Pre-sessional course in September (arriving two weeks earlier), if offered, is optional for extra fee. Semester classes begin late September. See program description. Classes end mid-December, while exams, if required, are mid to late January. Students can depart Swansea then if not required to take exams in January; otherwise, must return for scheduled exams in mid-January for Engineering, Math, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Business, Economics, and Geography. Exam period predicted to be second and third weeks or third in January plus one week marking period. This includes first week of CSU spring semester classes beginning day after MLK Day, requiring arrangements to join classes in progress at CSU if required to take exam(s) at Swansea during third week in January. Confirm exam period prior to committing to remaining at Swansea for exams and making travel arrangements.
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/26/2017
Rolling Admission 09/22/2017 06/15/2018
NOTE: CSU acceptance announced on rolling basis beginning February 15. Please verify dates with Swansea's study abroad office before arranging travel. Pre-sessional course in September, if offered, is optional. Semester classes begin late September. Exams occur during mid to late January and end of May to mid June. Student residences remain accessible until end of grading period in mid-June. See program description below.
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/20/2018 06/15/2018
NOTE: CSU acceptance decisions announced on rolling basis beginning September 23. Contact 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Accommodation Options:
Apartment, Residence Hall
Grade Point Average:
2.5 (2.8+ perferred)
Language(s) of Instruction:
Program Coordinator:
Robert Booker
Areas of Study:
Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Natural Resources, Natural Sciences
Program Description:

Swansea University
in Swansea, Wales, U.K.

Rhossili Bay, WalesView of Swansea from Kilvey Swansea University


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.


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 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) valued at 10, 15, or 20 credits.  Maximum enrollment is 60 term-time credits plus 10 for the optional pre-sessional course. Minimum enrollment is 50 with or without the pre-sessional.  4 Swansea credits = 2 European ETCS credits = 1 CSU credit.  [Please ignore Swansea's claim on their website and application form that 3.33 Swansea credits = 1 US credit.  That is, 10 Swansea = 5 ETCS = 2.5 CSU (not 3).]  Typically, CSU awards transfer credit at the 100/200 level for first year Swansea modules (HE level 4) and 300/400 level for second and third year modules (HE levels 5 and 6), but the relevant CSU department has flexibility in assigning the level of transfer credit.  

Some Swansea modules are valued at 10 credits, yielding 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. 

Link:  Swansea University Module Catalogue Please read the following guidance before using the catalogue!

Classes at Swansea are called modules.  Fall semester is Term Block 1 (TB1), and spring semester is Term Block 2 (TB2). TB 1+2 means it is a full year module, which cannot be taken for one semester.  Focus on HE levels 4, 5 and 6 only; and scroll down each list, because the levels might repeat as the subject area changes going down the list.  [Hint: Use key word searches in addition to department/subject area searches.]  Also, importantly, notice 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).  Recently, first year (level 4) Education modules as well as PME100 have been opened to visiting and exchange students (even though Notes might not say so).  Some modules are restricted.  Availability is very limited for Biosciences.  Sports Science is closed.  Heath Science is not available either.  [Note: The term ERASMUS pertains to European students only, so the ERASMUS restriction for Business and Economics does not apply to CSU students.  The restriction for Biosciences applies to all visiting and exchange students.  See also the fact sheets linked under Resources below.

IMPORTANT: CSU students attending Swansea for the academic year take scheduled exams at Swansea during mid-January plus mid-May to early June. Likewise, those attending Swansea for the spring semester take scheduled exams during mid-May to early June.  CSU students attending Swansea for fall semester only are advised to enroll in modules that allow completion by special assessment in December, being careful to avoid modules in the sciences, engineering, math, computer science, economics, geography, and business, which have scheduled exams in January, unless able and willing to return to Swansea after winter break for exams during mid-January, which could be incompatible with returning to CSU for spring semester classes beginning day after MLK holiday.


  • Hendrefoilan Student Village (HSV):  This area reportedly has been sold for private development.  However, it reportedly is still available for visiting students during 2016-17.   HSV housing is likely to be the most affordable option.
  • Singleton Campus student residences: Some of these residences require vacating rooms during vacation periods (storage space provided upon request).  Part-catered and self-catered contracts offered on space available basis. 
  • Bay Campus student residences:  The new Bay Campus (just south of Swansea's city center) for College of Engineering and School of Management will offer student housing beginning in September 2015.  
  • Other optionsWhile Swansea housing is included in the composite fee for non-exchange visiting students (see below), exchange students have the flexibility to secure suitable accommodation elsewhere.  See relevant webpages for SAS and Private Sector accommodations.


Please see Budget Sheets linked above for  fall semester or spring semester.   The student budget for academic year is roughly the sum of the fall and spring semster budgets, but adding about $800 to obtain a Tier-4 student visa and pay for National Health Service coverage and deleting about $1200 for traveling transatlantic twice (unless going home for a visit during winter or spring break).

CSU in-state students normally attend Swansea on exchange student basis. (Out-of-state students should consult with 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 : Please see and about applying for a British scholarship worth £500 British pounds (about $800) for study in UK. You must apply by June 16 for fall, spring, or academic year. Contact Robert Booker in the CSU study abroad office for clarification and assistance.  (See for OIP and other scholarship opportunities.)


See, but ignore the Michaelmas/Lent/Summer dates.  Note that first semester assessment occur during weeks 16 -18 (January 12 - 27, 2017), thus precluding return to CSU for start of spring semester if required to take exams at Swansea in January.   See also the student's Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions (linked below).

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.


Swansea Fact Sheet for Visting and Exchange Students 
Swansea Fact Sheet for Partners   
Frequently Asked Questions (This link provides a lot of useful information regarding attending Swansea University as an exchange or non-exchange student.)
Swansea International
Swansea contact (Internationalization Officer) regarding Education and other College of Human and Health Sciences modules:  Mr. Gareth Davey,
United Kingdom Student Visa & Travel Information
Resources for Students Traveling Abroad