“It was probably one of the greatest experiences of my life thus far. It expanded my worldview on matters and opened my eyes to a different way of living. The people and the culture of Wales were nothing but welcoming from the moment I arrived. The natural scenery in Wales is nothing short of amazing too.”
Kate McGovern, 2003 participant
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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 will be on probation at any point during the program for a judicial offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not 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.
Recommended Pre-Departure Course: INST 1001
All students participating in an OHIO Exchange Program are encouraged to take INST 1001 "Cross-Cultural Preparation for Study Abroad" the semester prior to departure. Read more about INST 1001 here.
Students will live in shared flats (apartments) located close to campus.
Fall semester 2015 exchange
Academic year 2015-2016 exchange
Spring semester 2016 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 Global Opportunities 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 Global Opportunities 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 OGO's Visa Information Page.
Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.
For more information, contact:
Swansea exchange program coordinator
Office of Global Opportunities
Tel: (740) 597-9039
Yamada International House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens OH 45701 (740) 593-1840