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Semester in Wales: Swansea University
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.
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.
Undergraduate degree seeking student with at least 2 semesters (total of at least 24 credit hours) completed study at SIUE before intended semester abroad.
Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at SIUE.
SIUE Study Abroad Office approval and approval by appropriate SIUE academic department(s) on Swansea courses for SIUE credit.