The exchange to Swansea University offers participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and history of Wales for a semester or academic year while also fulfilling gen ed, elective and/or major requirements.
Students benefit from the University's extensive range of academic, cultural and social opportunities, as well as enjoying its close-knit and friendly campus environment. More than 120 clubs and organizations are available along with outdoor pursuits such as hiking, rock climbing, camping, surfing, biking, and horseback riding.
Swansea is the second largest city in Wales, and is just three hours from London by train.
Two to four students are selected each academic year to study on the exchange program for a semester or academic year. Students not selected for the exchange program have the opportunity to participate in the study abroad option. Both offer exactly the same experience; the only difference is in the cost.
Eligibility and selection process
This program is open to undergraduate students of all majors. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. Students who have a judicial record and will be on probation for a judicial offense at any point during the program may petition to study abroad. Click here to read the entire judicial policy.
All suitable applicants will be invited for interview before a final decision is made on which students will be nominated to the program.
This program is not open to non-Ohio University students.
Application deadlines are available at Events and deadlines.
Courses and credit
Courses are available in computer sciences, development studies, economics, English, geography, history, languages, literature, math, media studies, music, physics, political science, psychology, and social policy.
Swansea modules (courses) are listed as credit points. A typical semester load is worth 60 credit points (18 OU semester credits) and an academic year is worth 110-120 credit points (33-36 OU semester credits).
Courses in Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy, Health Science and Sports Science are not available to Ohio University students.
For more information on modules (courses) available, visit the Swansea University website.
Students will live in shared flats (apartments) located close to campus.
Fall semester 2014 exchange
Fall semester 2014 study abroad option
Academic year 2014-15 exchange
Spring semester 2015 exchange
Financial aid may be applied to program costs; further information available at Funding for education abroad.
Additional Information on the United Kingdom
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.
Health and safety
Ohio University Office of Education Abroad suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.aspx. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
Students participating in an Ohio University exchange program should communicate with their program coordinator in the Office of Education Abroad for information on how to request accommodation from the partner institution.
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html. US citizens may need a visa to enter the UK for the length of this program (Please note if you participate for more than one semester, you will need a visa). You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
For more specific visa related information please visit OEA's Visa Information Page.
Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.
For more information, contact:
Swansea exchange program coordinator
Office of Education Abroad
Tel: (740) 597-9039
Yamada International House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens OH 45701 (740) 593-1840