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
October 2 for Spring 2018
Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.
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.
University of Iowa students can take courses in a huge variety of disciplines, including the following:
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.
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.
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.
Foreign universities are typically unable to provide a final course catalog for the upcoming semester until shortly before the semester begins. Students usually do not know which specific classes they can take before arriving abroad, and they usually do not register for classes until they arrive in their host country- this means that there is no way to guarantee that you will be able to enroll in your preferred courses. Your final course schedule may not be finalized until you are already abroad and attending classes.
Because of these differences, all students must meet with their academic advisor before going abroad to discuss how the differences in course availability will affect their degree progress and graduation plans. It is important to develop a back-up plan in case your preferred courses are not available when you arrive at their host university.
All courses available at Swansea University are approved for resident credit.
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.
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
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 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 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!
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 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.
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.
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:
Applications for the Spring 2018 are due on October 2, 2017.
Applications for the Fall 2018 and Academic Year 2017-2018 will be available by February 2018.
Students will be responsible for paying many of their program costs through their University of Iowa Ubill, while other costs will be out of pocket costs paid by the student directly to vendors before and after going abroad. Please refer to the following cost sheet for details on the costs associated with this program.
The cost sheet outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.
The following cost sheet is for the Spring 2017 session. A cost sheet for the Spring 2018 session will be available by mid-fall 2017. Students can expect the course fee to increase by as much as $300 - $500 or more for the upcoming session.
The cost sheet includes the following fees:
The cost sheet does not personal travel expenses
After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad . 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.
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%
Portion of Course Fee: 50%
|20-44 days past the confirmation deadline|| Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fee: 75%
|45 or more days past the confirmation deadline|| Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fee: 100%
Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing.
Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited.
Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.
If you are accepted to your program, you will be asked to commit to participating in your program by submitting the University of Iowa Confirmation of Participation form, and by completing requirements for your host university.
After you have formally confirmed your plans to participate, you will work both with UI Study Abroad and your host university. Follow instructions from both. Later in the semester, your UI study abroad advisor will contact you regarding orientation sessions, registration, and other required UI procedures and documentation.
You may be able to use financial aid and scholarships, to cover some of the costs of this program. Take a look at the Financial Aid section of the U.I. Study Abroad web site for information on applying your aid package to study abroad, and contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out what might be available to you.
Before you apply for any scholarship, please review the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications section of the Study Abroad website for valuable tips on making a successful application!
If you need help writing scholarship essays, please contact the U.I. Writing Center.
Please explore the following links for study abroad scholarship opportunities offered through the University of Iowa, and partner organizations:
If you have any questions about funding for study abroad, please contact Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).
UI Study Abroad has a variety of resources available to you to prepare you for your upcoming study abroad program. It is recommended that you review these materials, share them with your family, and refer back to them if you have questions.<
These materials may be periodically updated to reflect new program information prior to departure- contact your study abroad advisor for more information.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).
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 email@example.com for details on the process.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802
Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343