Fall, Spring, Academic year
Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
• Clear interest and commitment
• Demonstrated preparedness and maturity
• Minimum 3.0 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
• September 23 for Spring
• February 24 for Fall and Academic Year
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 looks 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.
This program begins with an optional, two week pre-sessional course designed to orient study abroad students to the history and culture of the UK. Then, students enroll in regular classes at Swansea University, fully integrated into the local university with their Welsh peers.
Students will earn 3 s.h. for the optional pre-sessional 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.
Students have the option to enroll in a two week pre-sessional course taking place before the regular semester begins. The pre-sessional course is a great way to get settled in Swansea, while learning about the history and culture of the UK and getting to know other program participants before regular classes begin. Students decide whether they would like to participate in the pre-sessional course during the program’s application process.
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.
Excursions around Swansea are an integral part of the course. Visits will be arranged to places of local interest with guided tours provided for each.
Students earn 3 semester hours for the pre-sessional course.
The cost of the pre-sessional course is included in the program’s overall course fee, but students who enroll in the pre-sessional course will be responsible for additional costs for their housing during this period. See the Costs section of the website for more information.
After the pre-sessional course, students enroll with their local Welsh peers in regular classes at Swansea University.
While enrolled at Swansea, students can choose from courses from a huge variety of disciplines. You can find details about the courses offered at Swansea University on Swansea’s What Can I Study? page under the Selecting Modules heading.
Before registering for your classes at Swansea, it is important that you review the Modules Selections and Restrictions heading on Swansea’s What Can I Study? page for details about course restrictions for study abroad students.
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.
Fall Semester Students: Please note that fall semester 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 exam period until late January. It is not possible for students who take courses in these departments to take their exams early, and so they must remain in Swansea through the exam period.
Fall semester students who take courses in other departments may be able to work with the department’s office after arrival to Swansea to make arrangements to take their exams before the regular exam period. In this case, students may be able to end the semester in mid-December, before the usual exam period.
In either case, all 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.
The number of ‘credits’ each course provides is different that the number of UI semester hours you will receive when your transcript from Swansea arrives at the University of Iowa. See below for details about how Swansea’s credits are ‘translated’ into UI semester hours:
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 sends Fall semester transcripts are sent to University of Iowa by the end of February.
Swansea sends 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.
All courses available at Swansea University are approved for UI 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.
Unless UI Study Abroad has an approval on file 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, contact your UI study abroad advisor for details on the process.
Program dates vary from year to year, but typically follow the University of Iowa’s academic calendar.
Students should consider these dates tentative until they receive final dates for their session abroad from the host university prior to the start of the program.
The optional pre-sessional course takes place in the two weeks prior to the start of the regular semester. Specific dates will be available a few months before the program begins.
You can find detailed semester dates for the upcoming sessions on the Swansea University Term Dates website.
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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 along with unique Welsh cultural influences.
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 train. The city is both an important commercial center and 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!
The United Kingdom (UK) refers to the four countries of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This is in contrast to another common name, Great Britain, which excludes Northern Ireland. Life and culture in the UK is different from that in the US. Experiencing this rich tradition is what studying in the UK is all about!
The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.
Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.
Students 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. You can learn more about the housing options at Swansea on their Accommodation website.
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. All students need a valid passport to participate in this program. You can find details about applying for a passport on the UI Study Abroad Travel Documentation website. Students make their own travel arrangements with advice from UI Study Abroad- UI Study Abroad will not arrange a group flight to your study abroad destination. Do not purchase plane tickets until:
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, contact your UI study abroad advisor. 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.
Housing costs and deposits
Travel Arrangements (Flights)
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.
All students need a valid passport to participate in this program. You can find details about applying for a passport on the UI Study Abroad Travel Documentation website.
Students make their own travel arrangements with advice from UI Study Abroad- UI Study Abroad will not arrange a group flight to your study abroad destination.
Do not purchase plane tickets until:
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, contact your UI study abroad advisor.
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.
This program is open to University of Iowa students who fulfill the following requirements:
Students will be responsible for paying many of their program costs through their University of Iowa U-Bill, while other costs will be out-of-pocket costs paid by the student directly to vendors before and after going abroad. Refer to the cost sheets below for details on the costs associated with this program.
The cost sheets outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include 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.
Costs for future sessions are usually similar to the current session, however students can expect a modest increase in overall costs each session. Final cost sheets for future sessions are typically available early in the semester before the session begins.
The program’s course fee covers the cost of the pre-sessional course. However, the course fee does not cover the cost of housing or personal expenses during the pre-sessional course. Students who choose enroll in the pre-sessional course will not pay additional fees to enroll in the course, however they will need to pay an additional amount for housing and personal expenses during the dates of the course.
Specific costs for housing and personal expenses during the pre-sessional course are described with the notation PS in the Cost Sheets below.
The cost sheet below applies to the Spring 2020 session.
A cost sheet for the Fall 2021 session will be available by mid-spring 2021.
The cost sheets are based on the fees described below:
Cost sheets do not include the following optional costs:
Costs for personal travel are not included in the cost estimates provided on the cost sheet. If you plan to travel outside of your host city or country 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 $1,500 to as much as $9,000 or more per session.
You can find information about options for funding your study abroad experience, including financial aid, scholarships, grants, etc, on UI Study Abroad’s Funding Website.
Interested students should make an appointment with the designated UI Study Abroad advisor to discuss the program and the application process. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 319-335-0353. During the appointment, the advisor will provide full application instructions. Note: Application materials will not be reviewed unless a student has already met with the advisor to discuss the program .
The application process consists of three major steps:
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, as well as 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.
Applications for the Fall and Academic Year sessions are due on February 24.
Applications for the Spring session are due on September 23.
Confirmation materials will be posted after the program application deadline.
All students preparing to study abroad should review the following:
Students are also encouraged to complete the Health Preparation Guide for International Travelform with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.
All program participants are required to complete immigration requirements to enter and study in your host country. UI Study Abroad and your program provider/host institution abroad will provide you with immigration instructions prior to departure.
Note that permission to enter and study in your host country is provided exclusively by the host country’s government based on that country's immigration requirements. Your host country’s immigration requirements may include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to receive permission to enter the country in some cases. Contact your UI study abroad advisor for more information.
It is 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 materials are in order and fully accurate before you leave for your host country. If any of your immigration materials contain inaccurate information of any kind, contact your UI study abroad advisor immediately to discuss your options.
Do not take steps to complete your host country’s immigration requirements until you receive more information from UI Study Abroad.
Review the UI Study Abroad Travel Documentation website for further guidance on the immigration/visa process.
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 ICON course "Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation" 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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