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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 and Maturity

• Minimum 2.8 GPA

• Good academic and disciplinary standing

• Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing at the time the program begins

• Approval by UI Study Abroad

• Acceptance by host institution

• Attendance at orientation sessions

Application Due:

March 20, 2018 for Fall 2018, and Academic Year 2018-2019

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 look at the Visiting and Exchange Student page on the Swansea University website, take a tour of Swansea, and learn more about the study abroad experience at Swansea University.

Academic Program

Campus Building

Courses are available in a huge variety of disciplines, including the following:


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

Course Restrictions

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.

  • Students are advised to select Year 1 (HE level 4) and Year 2 (HE Level 5) modules. Students can request to select Year 3 (HE Level 6) modules if they have a strong background in the discipline.
  • HE Level 7 modules are not available to University of Iowa students.
  • Chemistry courses beginning with the code CH are not available to University of Iowa students.
  • Medicine courses beginning with the code PM are not available to University of Iowa students.
  • Social Work courses beginning with codes ASQ or SW are not available to University of Iowa students.

Extended exam period and alternative assessments

Please note that students who take courses through the Biological Sciences, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Geography, and Mathematics 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.

Campus Path

Flexibility Regarding Course Offerings

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.


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.

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.

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: 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. Students not enrolled in classes offered through the Biological Sciences, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Geography, and Mathematics departments may be able to arrange for alternative assessments and depart prior to January 27.

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 for the Fall 2018 and are due on March 20, 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.

Cost Sheets

The cost sheet below applies to the Spring 2018 session. Cost sheets for the Fall 2018, and Academic Year 2018 - 2019 will be available by late spring 2018.

PDFWales- Cost Sheet- Spring 2018

Calculating Fees

The cost sheet includes the fees listed below. If a cost sheet for the session that you’re planning to go abroad is not available, you can find an approximate estimate of the cost of your program by adding the following fees to the personal travel costs described below. Your study abroad advisor will contact you when final costs are available:

The cost sheet does not include the following optional additional costs:

Personal Travel Costs

Costs for personal travel are not included in the cost estimates provided on the cost sheet. If you plan to travel throughout the United Kingdom, or outside of the United Kingdom during or after your study abroad program, you will need to budget for additional funds to cover the cost of your personal travel.

The cost of personal travel depends entirely on each student’s individual travel plans and spending habits. Estimates for personal travel costs provided by past students on this program vary significantly from about $1,500 to as much at $9,000 or more per semester.

Costs charged to the Ubill

  • Application fee- (charged at the time of application, before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed.
  • U.I. program course fees- (charged shortly before departure.)
  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee- (charged shortly before departure.)
  • CISI Health Insurance- (charged shortly before departure.)

Out of Pocket costs (not charged to Ubill)

  • Round trip airfare from Cedar Rapids- (paid by student directly to travel agent or airline- approx. 6-8 weeks prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed.)
  • Food- (paid by student at their discretion while abroad.)
  • Housing- (charged upon arrival to the U.K.)
  • Housing Deposit- paid by student shortly before departure to the U.K., before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed)
  • Visa fees- (paid by student on arrival to the U.K., or shortly before arrival/before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed. Contact Cory Petersen for more information.)
  • U.K. Police Registration fee (paid by student on arrival to the U.K.- only required for academic year students)
  • Immigration Health Surcharge- (paid by student on arrival to the U.K.- only required for academic year students.)
  • Local Transportation- (paid at student’s discretion while abroad.)
  • Cell phone- (paid as needed while abroad)
  • Passport- (paid by student prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed.)
  • Textbooks- (paid as needed while abroad)
  • Medical Exam/Immunizations- (paid by student as needed prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
  • Personal expenses- (paid by student at their discretion while abroad.)
  • Personal travel expenses- (paid as needed while abroad)

Withdrawal Policy

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.

How to Apply

  • Meet with the appropriate study abroad advisor to discuss you study abroad plans well ahead of study abroad application deadline. Your application will not be approved until you've completed this step. You can set up an appointment by calling UI Study Abroad at 319-335-0353.
  • Meet with your academic advisor(s) to discuss how this program might fit your graduation plans, and make a back-up plan in case your preferred courses are not available when you arrive on your host university’s campus (see the Flexibility Regarding Course Offerings section for more information.)
  • If you and your academic advisor agree that the program is a good match for you, request an online application for your chosen program from your study abroad advisor. The non-refundable $50 application fee will be charged to your U-Bill as part of this online application.
  • Request nomination to your host university by submitting the online application by the due date.
  • Your study abroad advisor will review your program application and, if you meet the requirements for the program, your advisor will nominate you to the host university.
  • Once nominated, you will complete the application for the host university.
  • This application is reviewed by the host university where the final acceptance decision is made.
  • Academic Year and Fall semester students can expect to receive their final acceptance decision by mid-summer, and Spring semester students can expect to receive their final acceptance decision by late November.



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.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

First Steps

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.

Applying for Scholarships

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!

Help with Scholarship Essays

If you need help writing scholarship essays, please contact the U.I. Writing Center.

Study Abroad Awards

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 or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).

Acceptance and Confirmation Materials

After you have received an email from our office indicating that you have been formally accepted to the program, have reviewed the estimated costs, and you are ready to commit to participating in this program, your study abroad advisor will provide you with the required materials to confirm your plans to participate in this program.

These materials are typically available within 8 weeks prior to the end of the current semester.

In addition, students should thoroughly review the following sections of text:

  • Orientation
  • Health, Safety, and Security/Vaccinations
  • Passport
  • Immigration/Visa
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Applying credit toward a U.I. degree
  • Health Insurance and Continuation of Care
  • Flights
  • Registration
  • Information about Wales, Swansea, and Swansea University


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.

Health, Safety, and Security/Vaccinations

We will address many issues related to health, safety, and security issues specific to your study abroad location during the orientation sessions. Until then, you can find basic information about these issues on the Health and Safety section of the Study Abroad website.


U.S. Citizens

If you do not have a passport, it is important that you apply for one as soon as possible to ensure you receive it before the program begins. Students who are U.S. citizens can find more information about how to apply for a passport on the U.S. Department of State’s website.

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

Students who are U.S. citizens can find more information about how to renew a passport on the U.S. Department of State’s website.

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

Students with a valid passport 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 for at least 6 months after your anticipated date of return to the U.S., you must renew your passport before applying the visa you will need to enter the U.K.

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

Non-U.S. 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.


All program participants are required to complete immigration requirements to enter and study in the U.K. Contact your study abroad advisor for more information about completing the immigration requirements you will need to enter the country.

Please note that permission to the U.K. is provided by the British government based on that country's immigration requirements. Currently, the U.K.’s immigration requirements include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to be permitted entrance to the country in some cases. Please contact Cory Petersen at for more information.

It is also essential that you thoroughly review all of your immigration materials before you leave for your host country to ensure that they are absolutely complete and accurate. It is entirely your responsibility to ensure that all of your immigration documents are in order, and fully accurate before you leave for your host country. If any of your immigration documents contain inaccurate information of any kind, please contact Cory Petersen at immediately to discuss your options.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

You can find more information about visiting the Application section of the program website, 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 U.I. degree

Unless UI 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 plan 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

All students are automatically 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, please review the Health Preparation Guide for International TravelPDF for information about arranging accommodations while abroad.


Students will need to make their own travel arrangements to get to their program site- UI 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 both the semester start date and the move-in date for your accommodations.
  • 4) You have received your Tier 4 visa (if required- contact your study abroad advisor for more information).

Students will receive contact information for any other program participants several weeks prior to the start of their program so that they can coordinate travel plans with other students.

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 U.K. You will receive more information on the registration process from your Study Abroad advisor.

Information about the city of Swansea, Swansea University, and Wales

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

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