Ohio University

UK: Wales: Swansea University Exchange

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Program Feature

Gen Ed
Gilman Eligible

Program Term

Academic Year

Program Type


Academic Focus

Communication, Journalism, and Media
Humanities and Social Sciences
Language and Area Studies
Sustainability, Food, and Environment

Application Deadline

Fall/Academic year 2020-21
February 15, 2020

Spring 2021
October 1, 2020

For more information, contact:

Kirsten Dabelko
Exchange Program Coordinator
Office of Global Opportunities


People reading outside near the beach.


“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   

Nathan P - Study Abroad Student Blog 

Enjoy inspirational scenery and immerse yourself in the unique language and culture of Wales with a semester or academic year on exchange at Swansea University. The University is set in rolling parklands overlooking the Swansea Bay with fresh sea air, gorgeous beaches and a safe environment. 
SU welcomes students form 100 countries every year and has a long international tradition.  The staff are supportive and accustomed to working with international exchange students. At SU you are able to choose a variety of courses to fulfill major, minor and general education requirements. 

Living Arrangements 

Students will live in university accommodations (dorms) or shared flats (apartments) located close to campus.  

Program Dates 

Actual dates will vary based on host institutions academic calendar, but below are estimated timeframes.

  • Fall Semester: mid September – late December 
  • Spring Semester: mid January – late June 
  • Academic Year: mid September – late June 

This program is offered annually.


Courses are available in American studies, 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 60 credit points (15 OHIO semester credits) and an academic year is 120 credit points (30 OHIO semester credits).  
Courses in Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy, Health Science and Sports Science may have limited access for or be unavailable 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.


The students are responsible for health insurance, administrative fee, and out-of- pocket costs, in addition to tuition for 12-20 credit hours. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs. 

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet Spring 2020

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet Academic Year 2020-2021

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet Fall 2020

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet Spring 2021

Items that are not related to the program (i.e., additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Looking for Funding Opportunities? 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Students participating in the Swansea Exchange program are eligible to apply for a BUTEX Scholarship.

Eligibility and Requirements 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program does not accepts NON-OHIO students. 

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

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. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for Spain can be found  here

US citizens will need a visa to enter the country for the length of this  program. Students participating in the HKBU summer program will additionally need a short-term, single-entry visa to China.  HKBU and OGO will advise you on the visa process.  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-U.S. citizens  can be found  here