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  • Locations: Swansea, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 02/04/2019 06/14/2019
NOTE: Dates are tentative. Please do not book flights based on these dates.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: McKelfresh, Ben Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, On Campus
Cumulative GPA: 2.8 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: English Online Course Catalog Available: Yes
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: EXPRO, INTED
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:


A Semester in Wales: Swansea University

Program Features

WalesWhy Wales?

The Semester in Wales is an exciting opportunity to study for a semester or year at Swansea University (SU). There are two ways for students to study at Swansea.

1. An exchange option exists for qualified in-state students. The exchange option is appealing because in-state students can save money by paying ISU in-state tuition during their time at Swansea.  For additional information on the exchange program, please contact Ben McKelfresh:

2. For out of state students, there is a non-exchange/direct enroll program available with a program fee. The program fee includes tuition, housing, fees, and insurance. 

Students studying at SU during the spring semester will have two weeks off for spring break. Many students take advantage of this opportunity and spend time traveling in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and/or Europe.  

Swansea University was founded in 1920 and has a student population of approximately 16,000 and 2,500 staff: large enough to support a wide range of academic and social activities, yet small enough to ensure a sense of belonging and community.

The university consists of two campuses: Singleton Park & Bay. Bay Campus was built in 2015 and the engineering and management colleges are housed there.  Bay Campus is situated east of Swansea's city center.  Singleton Campus, which is located west of the city center, is the original campus and Arts & Humanities, Human & Health, Medicine, Science, and Law disciplines can be found there, along with the International Development Office, your main contacts.  Students who plan to take classes at both campuses should note that they are 6 miles apart. Taking public transit would take roughly 50 minutes, while biking would take about 30 minutes.  Most of the buildings overlook the beautiful Swansea Bay. The university is a short distance from both downtown Swansea and the scenic Gower Peninsula, a national park and area of outstanding natural beauty.

The university's student union offers a variety of events, sports, and clubs that students can join. Read more about it here




Swansea is a modern city of approximately 200,000 inhabitants. It enjoys excellent road and rail connections to all parts of Britain. London is only three hours away by train, and Stratford-Upon-Avon and Oxford are similar distances. The city offers fine shopping centers and is home to the Swansea Market, one of the oldest markets in the country.

The university lies on the wide sweep of Swansea Bay and is ideally situated in a large area of landscaped parkland two miles to the west of the city with the Gower Peninsula extending some fifteen miles to its west. The Gower provides a wealth of natural leisure facilities. The Gower's south coast is a succession of broad bays and less-accessible, sheltered sandy coves divided by rugged limestone cliffs.



WalesWhat courses?

SU has a wide variety of disciplines and course offerings: Arts, Business and Economics, Engineering, Environment and Society, Human Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Physical Sciences. All credit earned at Swansea may be applied toward your degree.

Students typically earn 15 credits throughout the semester. Modules at Swansea typically award 10, 15, or 20 credits. 10 SU credits would transfer to Iowa State as 3 credit hours and 20 SU credits would come back as 6 credit hours.

Swansea has Semester 1 and Semester 2 instead of fall and spring semesters. The exact semester dates will be posted above. You can search the available modules (courses) by using the link below.  You will see TB1, TB2, and TB1 & 2 listed next to modules. TB1 modules are offered in Semester 1, TB2 modules are offered in Semester 2, and TB1 & 2 modules span the length of the entire academic year and would only be available to students who plan to stay at SU for the entire academic year.  Students are encouraged to select Year 1 (HE level 4) or Year 2 (HE level 5) modules. However it is possible to enroll in Year 3 (HE level 6) modules if students have a sound background in that subject area, but please note that there are no re-sit opportunities for Year 3 modules.  Do not select level M modules as these are graduate modules and are not open to visiting/exchange students. In addition, Biosciences has very few spots for visiting students and module spots cannot be guaranteed.  Students will receive their final module schedule upon arrival and registration at SU.

Fall semester limitations: Please note that if you take courses in any of the following areas during the fall semester (TB1) you will be required to stay in Wales for exams in January.  The areas of study impacted are: Engineering; Mathematics; Biological Sciences; Computer Science; Business; Economics and Geography.  If you would like to return home from the fall semester in December, you must take modules (courses) in other disciplines and have flexibility in terms of the modules that you take while in Swansea. 

Pre-sessional course: Swansea offers a pre-sessional course titled, British Culture and Politics since 1945.  The course is offered two weeks prior to the start of the semester courses.  As part of the course, students go on field trips.  Students in the past have greatly enjoyed the pre-sessional because it allows them to settle in prior to the semester start and also get acquainted with other students.  The course earns 10 Swansea credits (which transfers to ISU as 3 credits) and allows students to take fewer credits during the actual semester.  The cost of this program is included in the non-exchange/direct enroll option.   Exchange students interested in joining the pre-sessional will be charged an additional £500.  Students indicate whether or not they want to do the pre-sessional on their Swansea University application. 

ISU registration for the term is a full-time placeholder registration listed as INTED (EXPRO if you're on the exchange).
For ISU study abroad programs at partner institutions abroad, courses offered for credit are automatically transferred to ISU. Transfer courses are usually listed at ISU with a general ending such as 100, 200, 300, or 400. To determine how these transfer courses are applied to specific degree requirements in your major/minor, speak with your academic advisor. Should you need further assistance or approval from your college regarding any transfer credit issue, contact the college advisor listed here: Transfer Credit Contacts

For more information on SU's courses:
Course Catalog
How to Navigate Swansea University's Course Catalog
Examples of Swansea Engineering Courses Offered


Cost and Scholarships

WalesHow much?

The ISU Program Fee for Fall 2018 is $9400. The ISU Program Fee includes tuition, fees, and ISU's CISI insurance. The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, housing, food, and all other additional expenses.

The ISU Program Fee is charged to students' ISU bill. The ISU Program Fee is assessed in 2 fees indicated as "qualified" and "other." "Qualified" figures are automatically added to the 1098T tax form that appears on students AccessPlus accounts. "Other" includes all other fees.

For more details, select the term next to "Budget Sheets" at the top of this page.

Scholarships can be found here. Specifically, students should check out the BUTEX scholarship.  Swansea University is an eligible institution for BUTEX awards. 



WalesWhere will I live?

Students are able to choose from three housing locations.

1) Hendrefoilan Student Village (HSV), which consists of university houses and apartments accommodating 4 to 11 people. Students live in a single room and share kitchen and bathroom facilities. The Village is located approximately 2 miles from the Singleton Campus or 7.5 miles from the Bay Campus. Students may bike or bus to campus. Bus service to and from the Village is excellent, running every 10-15 minutes.

*Note the HSV is closing after 2019. In the meantime there is construction on site.

2) Singleton Park Campus - the closest housing to the Singleton Park Campus where all subjects except Business and Engineering are taught.

3) Bay Campus - the closest housing to the Bay Campus where all Business and Engineering courses are taught. This is currently the newest and most expensive housing option.

All students must pay a £350 reservation deposit for their housing.  This is non-refundable and will be deducted from your final housing bill.  For more information on housing: SU Accommodation


Dates and Contacts




How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

To learn more about the program, contact Ben McKelfresh in the Study Abroad Center to schedule an appointment: email or phone 515-294-6792.

Please note, not all students are required to get a visa; contact the Study Abroad Center for more information.

Host university links:
Swansea University
Questions commonly asked by visiting students
Studying in the UK

Travel and media links:
Airport pick up service information (fall only)
How to get to campus from the airport or train station
Great Britain
Swansea news