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Top reasons to study at Swansea University

We have two university campuses situated in beautiful beachfront locations, the perfect balance between study and outdoor life. 

Swansea University achieved its highest-ever global ranking, in the QS World University Rankings 2024, placing Swansea among the top 21% of universities globally. 

You will feel safe and welcome in Swansea as part of our multi-cultural community of students from all over the world. We have been rated as the sixth safest city in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2023.

The student experience is central to everything we do - we want you to feel at home here and offer lots of experiences for you to meet new people and explore the beautiful surroundings of the city. 

Our university is committed to sustainability we are in the Top 15 of the People and Planet University league and play a crucial sustainable development role in the region, the UK and globally.

About Swansea University

Country the United Kingdom
City Swansea
Number of courses 531
Year founded 1920

Established in 1920Swansea University is based in the UK on the south west cost of Wales and is renowned for its research, excellent teaching, and diverse student community. The University is ranked 26th in the UK  and the top University in Wales in the Guardian University Guide 2023. As well as a thriving cultural and sporting scene, the city is well connected to the rest of the UK; only 3 hours from London by train. International students choose Swansea Univeristy as it gives them an ideal environment to focus on their academic journey while enjoying their surroundings. Swansea has been voted Top 25 in the International category by WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022.

Swansea University is a top 30 UK research-led university (REF 2014-21) and has a strong international academic community with renowned academics at the top of their game. Being awarded 15th in the UK for Course Satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2023, means that you’ll receive a modern approach to learning, backed by cutting-edge facilities and excellent research and teaching faculty.

Recently, Swansea University achieved its highest-ever global ranking, in the QS World University Rankings 2024, placing Swansea among the top 21% of universities globally. 

Here in Swansea we do things differently making sure that from the moment your journey starts with us, you have careers advice and employment opportunities under one roof. We make sure that your learning and experience exists in tandem leading to a successful graduate career. 93% of our graduates are in employment, study and/or other activities. (HESA 2022).

Swansea University offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees on both of their beachfront located campuses with opportunities to work and study abroad.

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Courses at Swansea University

There are 531 courses listed from Swansea University. These are displayed below in alphabetical order:

Student reviews of Swansea University

Find out what students say about Swansea University

Student

Chido Ranganayi, (Zimbabwe) BSc Accounting and Finance

Why did you choose Swansea University? 
Swansea University was at the top of my list as it ticked so many of my boxes. On a personal, lifestyle level, there were so many things that attracted me. The campus’ close proximity to a beautiful beach, the personable and supportive communications I had received during my application process and also the great things I had heard from a friend that had also studied there.  

On an academic level, I was so impressed by its rankings. Over the past few years, the University has grown from strength to strength.I was also so pleased to have received the Excellence Scholarship to study at the University too. 

What do you love about the University? 
The amount of opportunities it has provided me with, in addition to my studies. I am proud to be a senior student ambassador, where I support prospective students with any questions they may have during University visits and Open Days. I’m also part of the Investment and Finance society and Christian Union; there are lots of opportunities to meet like-minded people. 

I’m also an official Swansea University Vlogger which is great fun. Documenting my time at University isn’t just a great experience but also a great way of capturing all the memories I’m making during my time here. 

What do you love about your course? 
Staff are so supportive and are always available to help. The variety of modules is also great and allows me to focus on what I’m interested in. I particularly enjoy the Entrepreneurship module which helps with the management of Eve Zimbabwe. 

The course is great at mixing theory with real-world examples, which makes me feel confident ahead of entering the world of work. 

Being able to do a year in industry as part of my degree is also an incredible opportunity. Working for a business for a year, as part of my studies is priceless and experience that I wouldn’t have been able to achieve without doing this degree pathway. 

Student

Maya Dotson, (US) MA International Relations

Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?  
There are many reasons why I chose Swansea University. It seemed like it had an active, tight-knit community which was important to me. I also looked at several different masters’ programs and Swansea seemed to have the program that would best fit my interests. Additionally, there are some amazing lecturers that have experience in some of the academic areas of study I am interested in specializing in. 

Can you tell us about your course and what do you enjoy the most?  
I am studying international relations. As an international student it has been an amazing opportunity to study with fellow students and lecturers from around the world. A lot of people are coming from different academic backgrounds, as well, which often augments and enriches class discussions. 

What are your three favourite things about Swansea? 
My three favourite things about Swansea would be the wonderful people I have met so far, the beautiful area and the beach. 

Would you recommend Swansea University to other international students? 
I would absolutely recommend Swansea University to other international students. I have found an amazing community both on and off the campus. I am taking courses which are challenging, intriguing, and enlightening. It is one of the most welcoming and humble places I have lived and studied. 

Nouran Aly, (Qatar) BSc Computer Science

Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?  
I chose Swansea University because when I went to a UK universities’ fair that was helpful in Qatar, I’ve spoken to many universities but felt like Swansea's representatives were the most comforting, reassuring, and friendliest ones in the fair, they made me want to keep on researching the university after the fair and were able to leave a good impression. 

Can you tell us about your course and what do you enjoy the most?  
I am impressed by how the lecturers have office hours where you can go and talk to them about anything, not necessarily lectures related but any student is able to explore their ambitions through these office hours as the staff at the computational foundry have a wide range of expertise and knowledge. 
 
The fact that there are mentors always looking after you is quite comforting as well and they do made sure to make you come to talk to them if you are ever facing a problem. 
 
Lastly, this based on my personal experience but the fact that there is a whole building just for computer science, software and maths students is quite amazing because whenever I enter that building, I feel a sense of belonging and confidence and also being surrounded by people who share the same passion and ambition is motivating and definitely helps you give your best to what you do. 

What are your three favourite things about Swansea? 
The beach is my favourite part about Swansea which definitely is Swansea’s strength and the fact that we are studying minutes away from it. 

The friendly community, and the fact that racism is almost inexistent. People in Swansea are quite accepting and makes the fact that an international student who definitely looks like a foreigner in the UK much less intimidating. 

The city centre is a great area, it is very vivid, full of things to do and when it comes to you grocery trips, not having a car, which is quite common especially for international students, not a problem at all as there is everything you need and more in one area and you definitely don’t need to be going around and taking multiple buses etc… for your weekly needs. 

Location of Swansea University

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Fees, Funding and Scholarships at Swansea University

Swansea University offers a wide range of different scholarship schemes and in recognition of the high calibre of the international students choosing to study at Swansea, the International Development Office is awarding up to £6000 Excellence Scholarships for Undergraduate study and up to £4000 Excellence Scholarships for Postgraduate study. Visit our website to find what you could be eligible for and read our tips to write a successful scholarship application. 

Services Offered for International Students

  • Course and Career Counselling services
  • Halal food
  • International student clubs and associations
  • On-campus accommodation
  • On campus medical facilities
  • Social Activities
  • Special English language
  • Sporting facilities

Accommodation Information for Students

Swansea benefits from a lower cost of living than many other parts of the UK. Similarily, the cost of our accommodation is attractive and there are many options to choose from. Our residences offer a range of single, en-suite rooms and shared houses, providing independent living in a relaxed, community environment. All our accommodation gives you access to

  • FREE wireless broadband (with IT support available in the library) 
  • FREE contents insurance 
  • All utility/energy bills 
  • Telephones in study bedroom with free calls throughout the university network 
  • TV points in all study rooms 
  • Welfare Wardens living in residence 
  • Student Resident's Network 
  • Fully equipped kitchens with seating area 
  • Excellent transport links to/from City Centre and the Gower Peninsula

Study Abroad Information

As a student at Swansea University, you have options to study abroad for a year/ semester or even work abroad. These opportunities depend on your degree scheme and approval from your academic coordinator. There is plenty to choose from and everyone can find something that suits their needs.

Facts about Swansea University

  • Year institution founded: 1920

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