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  • Locations: Swansea, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: SIUE applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Apartment Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Program Type: Direct Placement
Area of Study: Anthropology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Engineering, English Literature, Geography, History, Management, Mass Communications, Mathematics, Media Studies, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Science, Social Sciences, Sport and Exercise Science
Program Description:
Semester in Wales: Swansea UniversityFlag of Wales

Program Overview
Through SIUE's direct enrollment program with Swansea University, SIUE students may earn pre-approved SIUE credit in various disciplines at a British university known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Home to more than 15,000 students, Swansea University is similar in enrollment size to SIUE, and offers a wide range of academic and social activities. The University is located on Swansea Bay, a 5 mile stretch of stunning coastline and is a 10 minute walk from downtown. The region, just three hours from London, boasts countless medieval castles and historic monuments. Swansea itself is a lively city of 230,000 people. Its friendly shopping centre includes a world-famous indoor market that dates back to the Middle Ages and offers traditional, locally produced food. Culturally, the city is home to the Dylan Thomas Centre, which celebrates the life and work of the great Welsh poet. Theaters, festivals, museums and galleries enhance Swansea's rich cultural diversity.

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The semester begins with a required 2 week pre-sessional introductory course in "British Culture and Politics Since 1945" for which SIUE students may earn HUM 400 credit, which can fulfill a DFAH or DSS general education requirement at SIUE. In addition to this 10 (Swansea) credit pre-sessional course, visiting students will take an additional 40 - 50  (Swansea) credits per semester. 10 Swansea credits = 3 SIUE credits generally, thus, students typically earn a total of 15 SIUE credits, subject to SIUE approval in the appropriate academic departments. "Classes" are referred to as "modules" in the British system, and most modules are worth 10 or 20 Swansea credits. Modules are offered in "teaching blocks" - TB1= fall semester and TB2 = spring semester. To search for classes access the online Module Catalogue.

Visiting SIUE students live in the apartment style housing in the Hendrefoelan Student Village. The sizes vary, but typically house 4 - 10 students with shared living space and kitchens.

Eligibility Requirements

  1.  Undergraduate degree seeking student with at least 2 semesters (total of at least 24 credit hours) completed study at SIUE before intended semester abroad.

  2.  Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at SIUE.

  3. SIUE Study Abroad Office approval and approval by appropriate SIUE academic department(s) on Swansea courses for SIUE credit.

Please see for more information on current fees.

Approximate costs:  

Tuition: 6,200GBP  (approximately $7,900)
Housing:  2000 to 3000GDP per semester.  ($2,500 to $3,,800)
Meals:  plan on $3,000 per semester

These costs include a "bursary" or scholarship of 1000GBP .            
Costs vary depending on housing choices.  Housing information can be found at     

Note: this fee is payable to Swansea as soon as you are accepted at Swansea University.

The Program Fee includes: Swansea Tuition for up to 50 credits (approximately 15 SIUE credits) during regular semester, student housing accommodations, and bus pass for Swansea.

Additional costs to consider: Round trip airfare, meals, personal spending, insurance.  Students will be assessed a $150 study abroad fee on the SIUE bursar bill for semester abroad.

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Contact the Study Abroad Advisor in the SIUE Office of International Affairs in 0300 Student Success Center; tel: 650-2419; email:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021 03/03/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 04/30/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2022 11/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022 03/03/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2022 04/30/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Applicants will learn of acceptance shortly after this date. If accepted, students must return to their applications to complete the next phase of requirements.