Swansea University the United Kingdom

About Swansea University

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 6th in the UK for course satisfaction and the top University in Wales in the Guardian University Guide 2022. 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 12th 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 the highest possible rating in the most recent Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes framework (TEF) means that you’ll receive a modern approach to learning, backed by cutting-edge facilities and excellent research and teaching faculty.

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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What students think about Swansea University

    Lanvell Blake, Jamaica (MSc Public Health and Health Promotion)

    Testimonial from Lanvell Blake, Jamaica (MSc Public Health and Health Promotion), student at Swansea University

    Where are you from?

    The biggest, little dot in the world, Jamaica

    Where did you study (which institution or school) before coming to Swansea?

    The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus (Kingston, Jamaica)

    Why did choose Swansea University?

    Who passes an opportunity to study at a beachfront campus? Not me. For me, it was how accommodating my Programme Director, Dr. Ruth Hopkins and Helen Lewis, Allocation and Administration Manager were prior to my departure to Wales. You could imagine the “moving to a new country” jitters that I experienced, but their communication skills made the process an easy transition.

    What do you do in your free time?

    ParkRun. Swansea Bay parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9:00am. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5K timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan.It offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. They encourage people to jog or run together irrespective of their ability– this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is free.

    What has been the highlight of your time in Swansea?

    My Swansea experience can be summed up in two words- The People. I think some of the most memorable moments of this experience came from the interaction with the people here in Swansea. Whether on campus, volunteering at Matthew’s House (local foodbank charity) or a random stroll through the city. The hospitality that you get from people in Swansea is top tier. The friendships I’ve made, the sharing of cultures and food, the laughter on the beach- all those experiences were made with the people I met.

    Mitchelle Wairimu, Kenya (Chemical Engineering)

    Testimonial from Mitchelle Wairimu, Kenya (Chemical Engineering), student at Swansea University

    Where are you from?

    I’m from Kenya

    Where did you study (which institution or school) before coming to Swansea?

    I previously studied in Brookhouse Schools Kenya, before coming to Swansea. 

    Why did you choose Swansea University?

    The reason I chose Swansea University is because I wanted to experience both the amazing opportunity to study and attend lectures during the day and in between breaks, take a stroll down the beach and enjoy the waves of the ocean and the cool crisp air in between lectures. It’s the best of both of worlds really. 

    What do you do in your free time?

    During my free time I like to listen to music, and do photography 

    What has been the highlight of your time in Swansea?

    My highlights in Swansea has definitely been the fact that it’s been like second home to me it’s peaceful and quiet with amazing and friendly residents and you absolutely can’t miss out on the nights in Wind Street, there’s always a story to tell. 

    Aleksandra Pietrzykowska, Poland (Economics)

    Testimonial from Aleksandra Pietrzykowska, Poland (Economics) , student at Swansea University

    Where are you from?

    I'm from the central part of Poland. I was raised in the suburbs of capital city, Warsaw.

    Where did you study (which institution or school) before coming to Swansea?

    Before coming to Swansea, I had done high school in my hometown. Moreover, over the summer 2k17, I had done language school in Plymouth.

    Why did choose Swansea University?

    I chose Swansea uni because I had checked location of the city and was in love with this. Moreover, had heard that university has a very high level in delivering teaching and is on the top in many rankings. Furthermore, fact that I was supposed to study on a brand-new campus helped me make my mind.

    What do you do in your free time?

    In my spare time, I am working as a waitress in local cafe. Also sometimes hang out with friends outside the campus. We like eating vegan meals out either on the beach and Mumbles area. 

    What has been the highlight of your time in Swansea?

    The main highlight of my time in Swansea, is decision to become a vegan. On my first year, I got to know few people that follow non-diary diet. After that I made the best decision in my life, started an adventure as a vegan.

Location of Swansea University

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Courses at Swansea University

There are 513 courses listed from Swansea University. These are displayed below in alphabetical order:

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
  • 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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