Founded in 1920, Swansea University is a vibrant, research-led university at the forefront of academic and scientific discovery. Set in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the breathtaking Gower Peninsula, the University’s location is part of its appeal. Placed among the top 20 Universities in the U.K. for teaching quality and student satisfaction, Swansea aims to deliver an outstanding student experience alongside teaching of the highest quality that produces graduates equipped for exceptional professional achievement. Students can receive credit toward their degree requirements for most majors. Tutoring is available. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a 1-month pre-semester internship or a pre-sessional academic program in either Swansea or London worth 3 credits.
Location: Swansea (population: 240,000 )
University: Swansea University (12,000 students)
Minimum Application Requirements: 3.0 GPA and Sophomore status
Visa Information: See the Visa Information: United Kingdom page for detailed information.
Students can receive credit toward their degree requirements for most majors. Students will have the opportunity to earn 12-15 credits by enrolling in regular semester courses (40 Swansea credits) and either an 1-month pre-semester internship, or a pre-sessional academic program in either Swansea or London worth 3 credits. Some courses include American Studies, Biological Sciences, and Criminology.
To view the course selection, visit the Swansea University course catalog.
For more information about life at the university, go the the Swansea University website.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the foreign transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
At Swansea University, students live in either a Suite room or a shared apartment.
Meals at Swansea University are self-catered.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$21,059.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, HPU fees, and HPU housing.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||$3,500.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
IMPORTANT: High Point University affiliates with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) to provide this educational program to HPU students. Students looking for information online may find discrepancies in program fees between what HPU charges and what UNCW charges. Due to the terms agreed upon in our affiliation agreement, HPU students cannot apply directly to UNCW for this program, nor can they opt to pay program fees directly to UNCW.
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
Swansea University has a strong campus-based student community, so there are always events and activities going on. From Visual Arts to Poker, Real Ale to Gospel, we’re confident that the Students’ Union has a society for you and if it doesn’t, create one! Becoming a member of a society can be a great way to meet like-minded people and to make new friends.
Departure: When January came around I was counting down the days until it was finally time for me to depart on my grand adventure to Swansea, Wales. January 12th came so fast it was hard for me to wrap my mind around it. My parents dropped me off at the airport and left me in a whirl wind of emotions. The flight took six hours from Logan in Boston to Heathrow in London. After landing in Heathrow I made a beeline for the bus station, excited to catch the four hour bus all the way to Swansea, Wales. The whole bus ride I stared out the window taking in the scenery. The scene gradually went from city to suburban to rolling hills. Once we got to the rolling hills I knew that we had reached Wales.
Swansea, Wales: Although Swansea is known as the wettest city in the United Kingdom, my experience was anything but dreary. Through the two week class we had to take we were able to tour Swansea as a city and learn about all of its history. During the 18th century Swansea was known for its tourism, now, in 2013 since Swansea borders the Bristol Channel, it is known for its fish market. In fact, every day, a farmers market is held in the city center. The coast line is absolutely beautiful; when you stand on the beach across from the university, you are able to see the famous town of Mumbles. Mumbles and Gower are two of the most famous tourist attractions in South Wales; known for their spectacular views.
Swansea University: Swansea University is the third largest university in Wales in terms of number of students. There are around 13,000 undergraduate students who attend this university. The university has six major schools: The college of Arts and Humanities, The college of Business, Economics and Law, The College of Engineering, The College of Human and Health Science, The College of Medicine, and The College of Science. Classes are referred to as “lectures”; each lecture is either 10 or 20 credits. Students take around 120 credits a year; 60 a semester. The campus is your typical university campus with a student center, and dorms on campus. Every day you see students posting signs and walking around handing out flyers. Students from all around the world attend this university and it is nice to see that they have the opportunity to express their beliefs and passions.
Accommodations: All international students are housed in the Hendrefoelan Student Village; this is where the “first years” live. The flats are two or three floors and house eight to ten students and are coed. Everyone has their own room; there are two to three bathrooms and one to two showers and one kitchen. In the village we have our own pub called The Wonky Sheep, a launderette, and we have a convenience store. The bus to campus picks up right outside the pub and comes every 12 minutes. The bus ride to campus is about five minutes and the ride into town is about ten. I absolutely loved our accommodations, mostly because we are randomly placed which means you will be living with full-time students. I believe this is what helps students get the full cultural experience.
Travel: While abroad I had the opportunity to visit eight countries around Europe. Living in the United Kingdom presented these great opportunities. I took planes, boats, trains, and cars to all of these amazing places. Travel opportunities were a major reason as to why I chose to study in Europe. Booking flights is both cheap and easy. It was very important to me that I was able to go explore all of these countries. Before this trip I had never left the United States; I wanted to be able to see and experience the culture outside the American walls. Fortunately I was able to view Bern, the capitol of Switzerland, from the top of a Swiss mountain, view the city of Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo, party like the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, explore a Loch in Scotland, among others.
Advice for future students: When choosing the school/country to study abroad in students need to consider not only what school will be able to meet their class requirements but also think about what is important to them outside of the classroom. Do you want to be able to speak the local language? Do you want to travel to other countries? Is weather a factor? All of these factors will help make your experience abroad the most important aspect of not only your college career but also your life. I know, personally, I will hold onto the memories and friends I made while in Swansea, Wales, for a lifetime.