Founded in 1920, Swansea University is a vibrant, research-led university at the forefront of academic and scientific discovery. Set in park land overlooking Swansea Bay, on the edge of the breathtaking Gower Peninsula, the university’s location is part of the institution’s appeal. Placed among the top universities in the U.K. for teaching quality and student satisfaction, Swansea aims to deliver an outstanding student experience along with a superior education.
The Surrounding Area
The surrounding countryside is some of the most beautiful in Britain. Swansea is only 35 miles from Cardiff, the capital of Wales, and has direct road and rail links to London and all the major cities in the U.K. The wonderful and varied landscape of the Gower Peninsula is close by and was the first place in Britain to be designated as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.” Spectacular cliffs, lovely beaches and walks are only a few of the peninsula’s many features. There are opportunities for surfing, swimming, walking, boating, fishing, and other maritime pursuits.
City Population ..............................................................223,000
University Enrollment...................................................... 12,000
Swansea University has been awarded the Best Student Experience in Britain by the Times Higher Education Supplement. Swansea has an excellent range of international activities, including International Friendship House - a charitable organization run by British locals to show hospitality to international students. The university’s sports centre boasts indoor courts, tennis, and racquetball courts, a modern uni-gym with fitness machines and free weights, along with direct access to an Olympic-sized pool. Swansea nightlife is excellent with a huge choice of clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from, as well as a major cinema complex and bowling centre.
Location............................................................ Swansea, Wales
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.8+ cumulative GPA, and 3.0+ GPA in your major at time of application
- Students with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.8 can be considered on a case-by-case basis
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into the UNC Wilmington program with Swansea University will receive credit toward their degree requirements for most majors. Areas of study available include the arts, business and economics, environment and society, humanities, international studies, law, media and communication, and the physical sciences. Students wishing to study at Swansea for the fall semester only are not able to take courses in business, engineering, computer science, math, biology, geography or economics.
British/European Politics Internship Program:
(starting Spring 2019, Spring only) students who participate on this program will take three classes regarding British and European politics (including a 6 week internship). The program is a total of 14 weeks abroad (including Easter holiday), and is composed of 3 weeks of study on campus followed by 6 weeks of an internship followed by a final 3 weeks of campus study. Students will complete their internship hours with politicians such as members of the House of Commons or Members of the Assembly of Wales, as well as non-governmental organizations such as the Swansea City of Sanctuary. Courses include: Introduction to British and European Politics, Internship in British/European Politics, and Policy-making in British and European Context. Please note this program is offered as study abroad only.
Pre-Clinical Health Internship:
(starting Spring 2019, Spring only) This Internship and study program at Swansea University is designed to support UNCW Pre-Clinical Health Studies students to prepare for the continuation of their education in a clinical specialty of their choosing having observed and participated in practical experiences that will help them bridge public health concepts with clinical practice in the United Kingdom.The internship students will observe clinicians at work and learn about the organisation, administration, functioning and funding of the practice in which the clinician is employed.
Swansea University offers a variety of on campus and university affiliated housing options. Most student housing features single bedrooms with shared bathrooms and common areas, including kitchens. A team of residence tutors live on site providing practical advice and after hours assistance. All university accommodations have Internet available. The housing term students completing a semester program for on-campus accommodation is 22-weeks, the length of a semester.
Academic Year Dates
Early September to Mid-June
Fall Semester Dates
Early September to Mid-December
Spring Semester Dates
Mid- January to Mid-June
This program is available as an Exchange or as a Study Abroad:
- Exchange - This means you pay your regular UNCW tuition and fees to UNCW, and Swansea accommodation costs.
- Study Abroad - This means you pay Swansea tuition, fees, and accommodation costs.
With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, Tier IV visa (400-500 USD if needed), GeoBlue health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with an advisor at the Office of International Programs to discuss which option is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/ international/abroad/aid.html.