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Iowa Regents Semester in Wales

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic year


Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom




• Clear Interest and Commitment

• Demonstrated Preparedness/Maturity

• Minimum 2.8 GPA (flexible, depending on circumstances)

• Good academic and disciplinary standing

• Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing at the time of application

• Acceptance by host institution

Application Due:

March 21 for Fall 2017 and Academic year 2017-2018

Program Cost:

Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.

Students on Campus

This semester or academic year program offers undergraduates the opportunity to enroll in a wide range of courses in a variety of disciplines at Swansea University in Swansea, Wales. Students are fully integrated academically and socially with their Welsh peers. .

Before you get started, take a tour of Swansea, and learn more about the international student experience at Swansea University.

Academic Program

Campus Building

University of Iowa students can take courses in a huge variety of disciplines, including the following:

Extended exam period and alternative assessments

Please note that students who take courses through the Engineering, Mathematics, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Business, Economics and Geography departments will need to remain in Swansea through the usual exam period until late January. Alternative assessments are not available for courses in these departments.

Students who take courses in other departments may be able to work with the department’s office on arrival to Swansea to make arrangements for alternative assessments. In this case, students may be able end the semester in mid-December, before the usual exam period.

In either case, students Fall semester students should be prepared to remain in Swansea until the end of the fall exam period in late January. See the Dates section below for detailed information on program dates.

Optional Pre-sessional Course

Students have the option to enroll in a two week pre-sessional course taking place before the regular semester begins. They then enroll in regular classes with local students during the rest of the semester.

This short, intensive course entitled British Culture and Politics since 1945 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. Visits will be arranged to places of local interest with guided tours provided for each. The cost for this course and the related excursions are included in the program fee.

The pre-sessional course is a great way to get settled in Swansea, while learning about the history and culture of Wales and getting to know other program participants before regular classes begin.

Students earn 3 semester hours for this course.

The cost of the pre-sessional course is included in the course fee, but students who enroll in the pre-sessional course will be responsible for additional costs for their housing during this period.

What classes can I take?

You can find more information about the course options open to study abroad students by exploring Swansea University's Module Catalogue website.

Specific courses must 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 two week course, and around 12-15 s.h. during the rest of the semester for a total of approximately 15-18 s.h. for each semester at Swansea.

Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on selecting courses at Swansea.

Campus Path

Resident Credit

All courses available at Swansea University are approved for resident credit.

A Note on Grading

Students who participate in the Iowa Regents' Semester in Wales program will receive regular US letter grades for the courses they take at Swansea University. These grades will apply to their University of Iowa GPA in the same way that classes taken on the UI campus would.


Swansea will send Fall semester transcripts to the University of Iowa by the end of February, and Spring semester/Academic Year transcripts to the University of Iowa by the end of July. Students can expect their grades to be applied to their UI grade reports within 2-3 months after they arrive to the University of Iowa.

Program Dates

Dates for the Fall 2017 session: (Dates are subject to change)

September 8, 2017 - Arrival/Orientation for optional Pre-Sessional Course
September 11 - September 21 - Optional Pre-Sessional Course
September 22, 2016 - Arrival/Orientation for Fall semester
September 26 - December 19 - Fall semester classes in session
December 19 - January 6 - Winter Break/Christmas Recess
January 7 - January 27 - Fall semester exams*
January 27, 2018 - Fall semester ends

*Note: Students not enrolled in classes offered through the Engineering, Mathematics, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Business, Economics, or Geography departments may be able to arrange for alternative assessments and depart prior to January 27. All student should plan to remain in Swansea until the end of the program until arrangements for alternative assessment are made upon arrival in Swansea.

Dates for the Spring 2018 session (Dates are subject to change)

January 19, 2018 - Arrival/Orientation for optional pre-sessional course
January 22 - February 2 - Optional pre-sessional Course
February 2 - April 10 - Spring Semester classes in session
April 10 - April 28 - Spring break/Easter Recess
April 29 - June 16 - Spring semester exams
June 16, 2018- Spring semester ends

For More Information

Cory Petersen, Senior 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/Accomodations

Residence Halls

Student make their accommodation arrangements prior to arrival in Swansea. All accommodations are in apartment-style residence halls with a combination of local and international students. Private rooms with shared kitchen and bath facilities are the norm.

Each residence hall offers similar amenities, but is located in a different part of the city. Take a look at each location’s website for details.

Housing costs and deposits

Housing costs will be paid directly to Swansea University per instructions provided by the international office at Swansea. Students should plan to pay a housing deposit prior to arrival in Swansea.

Estimated housing costs are provided under the Application tab above.

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.


The Iowa Regents’ Semester in Wales is open to students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:

Application Deadline

Applications are due on March 21 for the Fall 2017 and Academic Year 2017 - 2018 sessions.

Applications for the Spring 2018 will be available by August 2017.


Fees for the Fall 2017 and Academic Year 2017-2018 will be available by mid-March 2017. Fees for the Fall 2017 and Academic Year are expected to be similar to the fees for the 2016-2017 Academic Year, but students can expect a modest annual increase::

The course fee for the Fall 2016 session was $11,500.

The course fee for the Spring 2017 session was $12,000.

The course fee includes all educational/tuition fees, orientation, and some cultural activities.

The following items are not included in the course fee:

Costs charged to the Ubill

  • Application fee ($50- charged at the time of application)
  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee (Varies by year. Fees for the 2016-2017 academic year were $1006 for Iowa residents, and $2726 for Iowa non-residents- the Study Abroad Administrative Fee is subject to change- See the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information. Charged shortly before the program begins)
  • CISI health insurance (approx. $150 per semester- charged about three weeks prior to the start of the program)

Costs charged separately from the Ubill

  • Round trip airfare (approximately $1600 from Cedar Rapids- paid by student directly to travel agent or airline- by late spring or early summer)
  • Housing (approx. $2500 per semester, but is variable depending on the specific housing arrangements- charged upon arrival to the U.K.)
  • Food (approximately $2500per semester- paid by student at their discretion while abroad)
  • Visa fees (approx. $180 for one semester, or $250 for an academic year- paid by student on arrival to the U.K.
  • U.K. Police Registration fee (approx. $55- paid by student on arrival to the U.K.)
  • Immigration Health Surcharge (approx. $100 for the semester, or $250 for the academic year- paid by student on arrival to the U.K.)
  • Passport (approx. $135- paid by student prior to departure- by mid-May)
  • Textbooks (approx. $400 per semester- paid by student as needed while abroad)
  • Local transportation ($300+ per semester- paid by student as needed while abroad)
  • Medical Exam/Immunizations (approx. $50- paid by student as needed prior to departure)
  • Personal expenses ($3000+ per semester- paid by student at their discretion while abroad)

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 Fall 2017 and Academic Year 2017-2018 will be posted here by mid-spring 2017.

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

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.

The application process consists of three steps:

  • Step One- Students must request nomination to Swansea University by submitting an online application to UI Study Abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you this application by email.
  • Step Two- The UI Study Abroad application is reviewed and, if the student meets the requirements for the program, the study abroad advisor nominates them to study at Swansea University.
  • Step Three- Once nominated, the student completes Swansea’s visiting student application. This application is reviewed by Swansea where the final acceptance decision is made.

Applicants are notified of their official acceptance status by 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 2017 fees- fees may be adjusted for future sessions).

Note: In rare cases of withdrawal due to injury, illness or other significant and verifiable extenuating circumstances, a financial appeal process exists to consider the financial aspects of late withdrawal. Contact your study abroad advisor for more information.

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% ($1018 for IA Residents, $2784 for IA Non-Residents)
Portion of Course Fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% (($1018 for IA Residents, $2784 for IA Non-Residents)
Portion of Course Fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($1018 for IA Residents, $2784 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 review the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications section of our website for valuable tips on making a successful application.

For help writing scholarship essays, please contact the UI Writing Center.

Study Abroad awards

The Study Abroad office offers several scholarships and grants. Take a look at the following links for Semester or Academic Year scholarships offered through our office:

1- Need-Based grants (For students in good academic standing, and who current year FAFSA has been processed by UI Office of Student Financial Aid)

2- Stanley Merit-Based Scholarship (See web page for details)

3- International Student Study Abroad Scholarship (See web page for details)

4- Diversity Ambassador Scholarship (see web page for details)

Other UI-affiliated awards

5- Iowa Abroad Scholarship (For Iowa-resident students who began studying at the University of Iowa in Fall 2015 or later- see web page for details)

6- Bijou Horizons - FilmScene (see web page for details)

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!)

7- External Awards

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

9- IIE Passport's Study Abroad Funding page

10- Federal Student Aid Grants and Scholarships page

11- U.S. Department of Labor's Career One Stop scholarship finder



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

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.

Acceptance and Confirmation Materials

Acceptance and confirmation materials for the Spring 2018 session will be available by mid-November 2017.


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online ‘Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation’ course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

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.


US Citizens

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.

Non-US Citizens

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 received an official offer of acceptance by your host university.
  • 2) You have finalized your housing arrangements abroad.
  • 3) You are aware of the semester start date and move-in date for your accommodations.

Students will receive contact information for any other program participants about six weeks 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


You will need to register for this program on MyUI 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

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

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