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Iowa Regents Semester in Wales

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic year


Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom




Sophomore, junior, or senior standing, 2.8 GPA (on 4.0 scale).

Application Due:

September 22 for Spring 2016

Program Cost:

Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.

Students on Campus

The Iowa Regents’ Semester in Wales offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study for a semester at a British university. Students are integrated academically and socially with their British peers at Swansea University (SU) in Swansea, Wales.

Academic Program

Campus Building

The program begins with a three-week pre-sessional course entitled 'British Culture and Politics since 1945', after which students enroll in regular courses offered by the university. This short, intensive course provides an introduction to both the unity and diversity of British culture, including British historical, political and literary life. Particular emphasis is placed on the regional distinctiveness of Wales as part of the United Kingdom. Field trips are an integral part of the course and are included in the program fee. Visits will be arranged to places of local interest with guided tours provided for each.

The seven teaching faculties (or 'colleges') are Arts, Economic and Social Studies, Educational Studies, Engineering, Science, Health Care, and Law. Depending on their level of experience, and length of time they plan to study abroad, students can choose from a huge variety of courses (called 'modules' at SU) offered at Swansea University.

What classes can I take?

Take a look at the course options open to study abroad students by exploring Swansea University's 'Module Catalogue' website.

Campus Path

All courses available at the Swansea University are approved for resident credit. Specific courses must, as with all other study abroad programs, be approved in advance to receive major, minor, or certificate credit or to satisfy the University of Iowa’s General Education Requirements. Students will earn 3 s.h. for the initial three week course, and around 12 s.h. during the rest of the semester for a total of approximately 15 s.h.

A Note on Grading

As a study abroad student at Swansea, you are required to undertake the same form of assessment as the local students do in order to earn resident credit at the University of Iowa. You will received grades in the British system, which will then be converted to US letter grades upon completion of the program. The grades you earn through the Regents' Semester in Wales program will then appear on your UI transcript, and affect your GPA the same way classes taken on campus would.

Program Dates

The academic year at Cork closely follows the University of Iowa's academic calendar. Estimated dates for the Fall 2015 and Academic Year 2015-2016 sessions are below:

Dates for the Fall 2015 session: (Dates are subject to change)

September 6, 2015 - Arrival/Program Begins
September 7 - September 18- Fall Pre-sessional Course
September 21 - December 12- Fall semester classes in session
December 13, 2015 - Fall session ends

Dates for the Spring 2016 session (Dates are subject to change)

January 17, 2016 - Arrival/Program Begins
January 18 - January 29 - Pre-sessional course
February 1 - May 17- Spring semester classes in session
May 18 - June 12 - Exam period
June 12, 2016- Spring session ends

For More Information

Cory Petersen, Advisor and Program Coordinator
Study Abroad | International Program
1111 University Capitol Centre
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

To make an appointment to discuss this program, please call our main number, 319-335-0353. The person who answers the phone can create an appointment for you.

Swansea University

Mountain Landscape

Swansea University is attended by about 18,000 students. The university is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Students come from all parts of the UK-- England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales-- as well as many other countries. In fact, 20% of students are international students, so the campus enjoys an international flavor, yet unique Welsh cultural influences are also readily evident.

The University has an attractive campus, situated in acres of park land right on the coast of Swansea Bay. Faculty-student relationships are excellent and students are encouraged to take an active part in departmental life. The Taliesin Arts Center, Sports Centre, and University Students' Union (which runs over 100 societies and clubs) offer a wide array of leisure activities.


Swansea is a modern port city of 239,000 inhabitants. It enjoys excellent road and rail connections to all parts of Britain. London, Stratfod-upon-Avon, and Oxford are all only three hours away by trains. The city is both an important commercial center and as well as a growing tourist destination.

Facilities include excellent shopping centers: the city's market dates back to the Middle Ages yet the Quandrant Shopping center next door is one of 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.

The Grand Theater is among the most important in the UK and attracts major touring companies, opera, and international entertainers. Swansea hosts an international festival of music each October which attracts world-famous artists, orchestras, classical performers. Swansea also has several cinemas, numerous restaurants offering cuisine from around the world, a major art gallery, and two museums. First-class rugby, cricket and soccer are played in the city.

Swansea Bay

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. It is a natural playground for hiking, horseback riding, hang gliding, surfing, fishing, and rock climbing. And, if you keep a sharp eye out, you might seen the odd puffin or seal splashing around!

Living Arrangements

Residence Halls

Students reside in apartment-style residence halls in the 'Student Village'- located a short bus ride away from the University. Private rooms with shared kitchen and bath facilities are the norm. The cost of housing is included in the program fee.

Take a look at SU's Accommodation page for more information.

Travel arrangements

Students are free to make their own travel arrangements after being officially accepted into the program. Although there is no specific 'group flight', you will receive contact information for all of the program participants which will allow students to find a travel partner to Swansea. You will receive information about traveling from the airport to your accommodation as part of your acceptance packet from Swansea University.

Local Transportation

Swansea has a great public transportation system, though many students navigate the main areas of the city on foot or by bike (when the weather cooperates). Taxis are available throughout the city, but they can be expensive. Swansea is also well connected to the rest of the UK by bus and train. Two major airports are located near to Swansea, connecting you to the rest of Europe within a few hours.


Minimum eligibility requirements include sophomore, junior, or senior standing, and a 2.8 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale). Students must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. Students who do not fit these requirements should contact their study abroad advisor for alternative options.

Students must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa at the time the program begins.

Students who are not in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time the program begins will have their acceptance revoked, and will be withdrawn from the program. Students who are withdrawn for academic or disciplinary reasons will be responsible for the late withdrawal fees described in the Withdrawal Policy below.

Students who do not fit these requirements should contact their study abroad advisor for alternative options.

Application Deadline

Final applications are due on September 22 for the Spring 2016 session.


The program fee for the Spring 2016 session of the Iowa Regents’ Semester Wales is $12,600. The program fee includes all educational/tuition fees, housing, orientation, and some cultural activities.

The program fee does not include the Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($968 for Iowa residents, and $2649 for Iowa non-residents), application fee ($50), round trip airfare (approximately. $1,500 from Cedar Rapids), passport (approx. $135), food (approx. $2,500 per semester), textbooks (approx. $400 per semester), local transportation ($300+ per semester), immunizations (variable), CISI health insurance (approx. $130 per semester), visa fees (approx. $180 for the semester, and $550 for the academic year), or personal expenses ($2,400+ per semester).

The program fee for the Fall 2015 session was $11,300.


Study Abroad Administrative Fees

University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are included for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.

Program cost sheet

A cost sheet detailing all estimated costs for the Spring 2016 session will be posted here during late fall 2015.

The cost sheet captures the best possible estimate for all costs a participant on this program will be responsible for, including fees paid to UI as well as out-of-pocket costs and personal expenses, although actual spending amounts may vary. This information will be provided to the Office of Student Financial Aid to help determine your eligibility for aid for this program.

How to Apply

Two Baby Lambs

Interested students should make an appointment with Cory Petersen, the program coordinator for the Iowa Regents’ Semester in Wales, to determine whether this program is a good fit, and discuss the application process.

After submitting an application, your application will be sent to Swansea University for review, where final acceptance decisions are made.

Applicants are officially notified of their acceptance status by the Swansea University by late October/early November for the Spring session, and by late March/early April for the following Fall/Academic Year.

Please call the Study Abroad office (1111 University Capitol Centre) at 319-335-0353 to set up an appointment, or email Cory with any questions at

Withdrawal Policy

Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the Study Abroad office at the University of Iowa. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa (amounts based on Fall 2015- fees may be adjusted for future sessions).

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: $400
Portion of Course Fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($968 for IA Residents, $2,649 for IA Non-Residents)
Portion of Course Fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($968 for IA Residents, $2,649 for IA Non-Residents)
Portion of Course Fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($968 for IA Residents, $2,649 for IA Non-Residents)
Portion of Course Fee: 100%

Financial Aid & Scholarships

In general, financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) received to attend the University of Iowa may be applied toward the cost of studying abroad as long as the student is making satisfactory progress toward his/her degree. In most cases the Office of Student Financial Aid can adjust financial aid to cover additional costs incurred by study abroad. Moreover, students are encouraged to apply for scholarships based on need, merit and/or diversity that are awarded by Study Abroad. Complete information is available on the Funding Your Study Abroad Experience page.

Before applying for any scholarship, please take a look at the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications page.

The Study Abroad office offers several scholarships and grants. The awards listed below are available to University of Iowa students studying on this program:

1- Merit-based scholarship (requires a 3.33 GPA or higher)

2- Need-based study abroad grant (for students who are eligible for financial aid, based on available FAFSA information)

3- Diversity Ambassador scholarship (see web site for details)

Other UI-affiliated awards

4- Other University of Iowa awards

Awards from organizations outside of the University of Iowa

(Note that when searching for financial aid from organizations outside of the University of Iowa, it's always best to be safe. Be sure to take a look at these tips to avoid scams before you apply!)

5- External Awards

6- NAFSA’s US Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List

7- IIE Passport's Study Abroad Funding page

8- US Department of Labor's scholarship page


10- Or try a Google search for 'study abroad scholarships'!

Finally, if you’re having trouble writing scholarship essays, you may want to contact the UI Writing Center for a helping hand!

If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment.

Confirmation of Participation in the Iowa Regents’ Semester in Wales for Spring 2016

Once you have received your acceptance email you need to print and complete the following documents. Completed documents need to be submitted to Study Abroad, 1111 UCC by 5:00pm on Thursday, November 12, 2015 .

1- Regents' Semester in Wales- Confirmation and Withdrawal SchedulePDF

2- Medical Self AssessmentPDF

3- Healthcare Provider Evaluation (OPTIONAL)PDF

In addition, all students need to read all of the information below:

Vaccinations and Health/Safety

We will address many issues related to health and safety during the orientation sessions, but until then our general advice is that before you go abroad it is best to check with your doctor about any health concerns you have. Take a look at the Centers for Disease Control web site for UK-specific health information and visit either your doctor or the Travel Clinic at UI Student Health & Wellness for any vaccinations you might need.

Safety, too, is vital to your study abroad experience. While the UK is generally a very safe place, unfortunately safety cannot be guaranteed anywhere. Take a look at the Health and Safety section of the Study Abroad website for some tips on staying safe abroad.

OCAS - UK: Information from the U.S. Department of State on safety and security abroad. Anyone can subscribe for the free OSAC newsletter to receive international safety news and updates via email.


If you do not have a passport, please apply for one soon to ensure you receive it before the program begins. Students who are U.S. citizens can find more information about how to apply for or renew a passport on the U.S. Department of State’s web site.

Important notice for students without a valid passport, or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:

Those without valid passports should apply for a new passport or a passport renewal as early as possible.

Those with valid passports should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid through this time then you will need to renew your passport before applying the visa you will need to enter the UK.

Expedited processing service is available for U.S. passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

Students who are not U.S. citizens should contact Cory Petersen for information on how to ensure that their passport is valid for the duration of their time abroad.


Program participants are required to have a visa to enter the UK. Please contact your study abroad advisor for more information about acquiring the visa you need to enter the country.

Please note that visas are issued by the British government based on that country's immigration requirements. Currently, the UK’s immigration requirements include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to acquire a visa prior to the start of the program in some cases. Please contact Cory Petersen at for more information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

You can find more information about funding options by clicking on the 'Application' tab above and scrolling to the 'Financial Aid & Scholarships' section toward the bottom of the page.

If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).

Applying credit toward a UI degree

Unless Study Abroad has an approval on file before your departure for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course.  If you are hoping to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, please contact Cory Petersen at for details on the process. 

Health Insurance and Continuation of Care

As part of the this program, you will be enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI).  For more information about CISI, please visit our Health Insurance Information page.

If you have any current health issues that you might want to receive treatment for while you’re abroad, CISI can help refer you to doctors and develop a continuation of care plan.  If you would like to make arrangements for care while you’re abroad, please contact CISI using the contact information on the site above, or contact Cory Petersen at


Students will need to make their own travel arrangements to get to their program site- Study Abroad will not be arranging a group flight to your study abroad destination. Do not purchase plane tickets until 1) you have been accepted by your host university, 2) you have made housing arrangements, and 3) you are aware of the semester start date and move-in for your accommodations. Once you have this information, feel free to purchase your plane tickets.

Students will receive contact information for any other program participants about two months prior to the start of their program so that they can coordinate travel plans.

If you need advice on making travel arrangements, please contact Cory Petersen at


In-person orientation sessions will be scheduled late in the semester prior to the start of your program in the UK, usually in mid-November for the spring semester, and late-April for the Fall semester. Your study abroad advisor will be in touch with you about the specific dates shortly after you have been accepted into the program.


You will need to register for this course on ISIS prior to your departure for the UK. You will receive more information on the registration process from your Study Abroad advisor.

Information about Wales, Swansea, and Swansea University

Swansea University on Facebook

Swansea University’s International Office on Facebook

Swansea University’s YouTube Channel

An introduction to Swansea from the International office at Swansea University

Swansea University on Twitter

Swansea University on Instagram

Wales’ official tourism page on Instagram

UK’s official tourism page on Instagram

City Street

The Swansea University website for Visiting & Exchange students is the place to start to find information about living and studying in Swansea. Please bookmark the site and refer to it often. Please check the links below for more information about life in Swansea!

Download PDFSwansea University Quick Facts here!

City of Swansea website

Swansea University website

Swansea University Study Abroad Office

Students' Union (clubs, societies, travel, etc.)

1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343