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Swansea University

Swansea University
Semester or academic year program located near the coast in Swansea, Wales, with a variety of disciplines available, including engineering, political science, classics, English, history, and journalism.
Location: 
Swansea, Wales
Language of Instruction: 
English
Term: 
Spring
Fall
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
Aerospace Engineering
American Studies
Anthropology
Business
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Classics
Computer Science
Economics
Electrical Engineering
Engineering
English
French
Geography
Geology
Germanic Languages & Literatures
History
Journalism
Latin American Studies
Math
Mechanical Engineering
Nursing
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish
Petroleum Engineering
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Highlights: 
  • Swansea, known as "The City by the Sea" is the second largest city in Wales and the hometown of poet Dylan Thomas. The city is less than three hours away by train from London and less than an hour away from Cardiff, the capital of Wales.
  • Founded in 1920, the University is situated in the center of the south Wales coastline, in park land overlooking Swansea Bay. It lies between the lively modern city of Swansea and the unspoiled beaches of the Gower Peninsula. With around 10,000 students the University is substantial enough to have excellent facilities, but small enough to have a friendly feel.
  • Swansea was awarded the 2005 Times Higher Education Supplement Award for the UK's Best Student Experience.
  • Less-common offerings available at Swansea: Engineering (Chemical & Biological Process, Civil, Electrical & Electronic, Materials, Mechanical) Classics and Ancient History, Hispanic Studies and Sport Science
Program Summary: 

The KU Great Britain Direct Exchange Program (GBDX) is designed to stimulate and enrich the intellectual development of KU students through a direct experience in the British academic and cultural environment, promoting friendship with Great Britain and broadening international horizons. To realize this mission, KU has signed direct exchange agreements with ten universities in Great Britain, which allow KU students to study for a semester or year abroad at greatly reduced costs. In exchange, British students from these same universities will study for a semester or year at KU.

A student participating in the Great Britain Direct Exchange may be one of a small number of KU students, or the only KU student, at a particular site. An international office is available at each site to provide student support.

Dates

Classes begin in late September or early October and finish in very late May or June. All universities offer generous vacation and travel times. 
 

Location: 

Swansea, known as "The City by the Sea" is the second largest city in Wales and the hometown of poet Dylan Thomas. The city is less than three hours away by train from London and less than an hour away from Cardiff, the capital of Wales. In the early 1960's the city began an aggressive urban redevelopment program that included fixing up the marina district. These efforts are ongoing, and include a planned redevelopment of the historic riverside quarter. The city center is mainly pedestrianised and has excellent shopping facilities.

Swansea today finds itself in the midst of countless opportunities to take advantage of nature's splendor, from the beaches that stretch from the nearby fishing village of Mumbles, to the Gower Peninsula (Britain's first designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty"), and the inland Brecon Beacons.

Founded in 1920, the University is situated in the center of the south Wales coastline, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay. It lies between the lively modern city of Swansea and the unspoiled beaches of the Gower Peninsula. With around 10,000 students the University is substantial enough to have excellent facilities, but small enough to have a friendly feel.

Academic Information: 

Students may earn up to 30 hours of KU credit for the year. Most disciplines are offered in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Business, Education and Health Fields. Students are encouraged to visit Swansea University's website to determine if Swansea offers the selection of courses to meet their graduation requirements.

Swansea courses and grades will be posted as KU equivalents on your KU transcript and grades will figure into your KU GPA. The relevant KU academic department will make the final decision regarding posting of credit and grades, and their application toward graduation.

Click here to learn about selecting courses at Swansea: Swansea Course Selection Guide

Click here to view Swansea's Course Catalog: Swansea Courses

Click here to see sample courses KU students can take at Swansea: Swansea Course Equivalencies

Housing: 

Students live in university residence halls or student apartments on or near campus. In most cases students will have a single room and will share a common kitchen and bath. Students will have meals provided, prepare their own meals, or purchase meals at reduced cost in the university cafeteria, depending on their choice of residence.

Eligibility: 

Open to KU students who have achieved junior status by the beginning of the program and who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. Exceptions may be made for sophomores with high academic qualifications who meet the course prerequisites. Some of the British sites may have additional requirements, including pre-requisites and number of credit hours completed.

Further Reading: 

Additional Websites

University Website: http://www.swan.ac.uk

Online course catalog: https://intranet.swan.ac.uk/catalogue/

Wales websites:

Wales in the 2001 British Census:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/2755217.stm

BBC-Wales: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/

BBC News-Wales: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/

Push Guide: http://www.push.co.uk/

Guardian Guide:http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/universityguide/profile/story/0,9...

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales Assessment of Learning and Teaching: Rated excellent in: Classics and Ancient History, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Geography, History, Materials Engineering, Psychology, Physics

Add Course: 
Strength of Materials
EG-120
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
4
Surveying
EG-121
Credit will be given for CE 240 (Geomatics) provided that the student returns to KU and takes a no-cost GIS short course online via ESRI Virtual Campus. This is because the Swansea course is missing the GIS component.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2019
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Circuit Analysis
EG-155
No Laplace-based circuit analysis. Self-study will be required to prepare for EECS 212.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Fluid Mechanics 1
EG-160
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2019
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
4
Thremodynamics 1
EG-161
Course is approved for CE students, but it is missing content for ME students.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Engineering Mechanics
EG-166
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2019
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
2
Environmental Awareness for Engineers
EG-169
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2019
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Introduction to Materials Engineering
EG-180
Language of Instruction: 
Fall
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Mechanical Properties of Materials
EG-184
Content goes beyond ME 306, EG-180 is a better fit for ME 306
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Summer 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Basic Soil Mechanics
EG-223
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2019
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
4
Structural Mechanics IIb
EG-225
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2019
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
4
Dynamics 1
EG-260
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2019
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Hydrology and Unsteady Flow
EG-329
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2019
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Intro to American Literature & Culture
AM 113
This course counts as both ENGL 322 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2022
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Postcolonial Literature
EN 3042
This course counts as both ENGL 302 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2022
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Debating Texts: Theory in Literature
EN 206
This course counts as both ENGL 308 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2022
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Dylan Thomas
EN 339
This course counts as both ENGL 334 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2022
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5
Prehistory, History and Language
EN 376
This course counts as both ENGL 385 (3) AND ENGL 495 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2022
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
5

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Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)

 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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