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Swansea University

Founded in 1920 and set in rolling, coastal parkland, Swansea University enjoys a spectacular location just minutes from the beach at Swansea Bay. Swansea offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programmes in a range of subject areas, from American Studies to Zoology, to Medicine and Law. A full range of social, cultural and sporting amenities compliments the campus lifestyle and contributes to the strong sense of community that they embrace.

Swansea University provides a unique study abroad experience for international students. It is the closest university to a beach in the whole world, but is also just two miles from the city centre of Swansea with its many restaurants, cafes, museums and other cultural delights.

In 2020, Swansea will be celebrating their 100-year anniversary. During this centenary year, the university will be reflecting on the growth and continued success that they have achieved. There will be numerous opportunities for prospective students and alumni to connect and celebrate together. 

About the University 

Just three hours from London by train and an hour from the Welsh vibrant capital city, Cardiff, Swansea also enjoys excellent rail and bus links to the rest of the UK. Swansea also has the magnificent Gower Peninsula on their doorstep attracting walkers, surfers and opportunities for caving and climbing activities.

Swansea is currently ranked 26th in the UK for Research Excellence and a student body of 17,000, of which 1,750 are international students. Recent surveys and league tables have consistently placed Swansea University among the top 20 universities in the UK for teaching quality and student satisfaction. The results reflect the University’s aim to deliver an outstanding student experience alongside teaching of the highest quality that produces graduates equipped for exceptional personal and professional achievement. The Guardian University League Table 2020 places Swansea as Top 5 in the UK for Career Prospects for their graduates. 

Swansea values your decision to join them for the next steps in your academic journey and as such, they offer a variety of scholarships. Swansea is authorised to administer US loan funding for Federal Aid, Private loans such as Sallie Mae and GI Bill.

Specialty Areas

Swansea University is organised into seven colleges, covering undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes.

The academic colleges are:

  • The College of Arts and Humanities: Some of the study options this college offers are American Studies, English Literature and Creative Writing, Applied Linguistics, English Language and TESOL, and History.
  • The School of Management: The School of Management at Swansea University is one of the UK’s well-known institutions for management, finance and economic research and education.
  • Hillary Rodham School of Law & Criminology: Ranked top 250 in QS World University Rankings, the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University is one of the UK’s leading providers of legal education.
  • The College of Engineering: Swansea’s College of Engineering offers a variety of options, including Civil, Aerospace, Electrical, Medical and Mechanical Engineering. Sport and Exercise Science is also offered as part of this discipline.
  • The College of Human and Health Sciences: The courses that the College of Human and Health Sciences offer fall into the fields of Health, Nursing, Midwifery, Social Care, Social Policy and Psychology. Swansea is the largest health care education provider in Wales.
  • Swansea University Medical School: The Medical School is a top three UK medical school. The school ranks 1st in the UK for research environment and 2nd for overall research quality and a range of undergraduate and graduate courses are available to students.
  • The College of Science: Biosciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics and Physics are the study options this college offers. The college’s computational foundry will support research in the computational and mathematical sciences and will act as a global destination for research on completion.


Swansea University offers excellent research and accommodation facilities. Swansea takes pride in offering world-class research facilities for its postgraduate student body. The research centres and institutes cover a wide range of interests.

Accommodation is guaranteed for all first-year students, and they can expect a reasonable deal as Swansea have the second cheapest accommodation in the UK. It offers a variety of accommodation depending on budgets and individual student requirements. Students can choose from on-campus or private residences and the Swansea residential services team is ready to help whenever needed.

Bay Campus Residences

  • Offers twin rooms, en suites, premium en suites, wheelchair accessible rooms and single and double bed flats.
  • Available for first years and postgraduate students.

Beck House Residences

  • ‌‌Offers a mix of standard rooms, en suite rooms, couple and family accommodation.
  • Available for postgraduate, medical and PhD students.

Hendrefoelan Student Village Residences

  • Has standard rooms with shared kitchen.
  • Available for first years, medical and postgraduate students.

Clubs and Societies

For a university that has a reputation for research, Swansea is equally committed to encouraging sport at all levels. With 120 Clubs and Societies and 50 Sports clubs, there is plenty of opportunity to pursue your passions and make new friends along the way. The university is home to an International Sports Village offering indoor and outdoor training facilities and the 50m Wales National Pool. (Built to world governing body (FINA) standards.)

Singleton Park and Bay Campus Libraries

The Library and Information Centre at Singleton Park and the Bay Library are open 24 hours, every day of the year except for the following three days: Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December) and New Year’s Day (1 January). Desks are staffed from 8am-12midnight seven days a week.

Career Services - Swansea Employability Award (SEA)

The Careers and Employability Service work in partnership with academic staff to provide the SEA for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. There are two main modules to the SEA following registration:

  • The first module is about finding out more about yourself; what you value in life, your personality type, learning styles, what jobs might suit you, then marketing yourself by creating a CV and covering letter. The module finishes with an interview with a Careers Adviser.
  • The second module is about getting experiences. These experiences may follow on from the first module or they may be general experiences and can be work experiences, volunteering, and positions of responsibility to name a few.

Following the completion of these experiences, students have a mock job interview to help prepare them for applying for graduate jobs. 

Student Support

Swansea has an International Student Advisory Service team that provide information and advice on non-academic matters, including immigration advice and services. This team assist all international (non-UK) students and their dependants.

If you are interested in studying at Swansea University, contact one of our Across the Pond Advisors.

Student population: 17,000

Number of international students: 1,750

City population: 245,000

Location: South Wales coast, 3 hours direct train west of London. Urban setting, with close and easy access to rural surroundings

Closest airport: Cardiff International

Date of establishment: 1920

Areas of Expertise: Engineering, Biological science, English Language & Literature, Computer Science, Law & Criminology

Cost of Tuition per year: from £15,400 per year (2021/22)

Accommodation cost: from £100 per week

Noteable alumni:

  • Dr Lyn Evans CBE (Physics, 1970)
  • Colin Pilinger CBE (BSc and PhD Chemistry 1965/1968)
  • Graham Ryder (Geology, 1970) (1949-2002)
  • Andy Hopper CBE (Computer Technology, 1974)
  • Sir John Meurig Thomas (Chemistry, 1954)
  • Dame Jean Olwen Thomas (BSc & PhD Chemistry 1964/1967)


Name: Sarah Salo - Course: MSc Clinical and Abnormal Psychology

The staffs are fantastic, helpful, and incredibly knowledgeable. They will help wherever they can. The modules are interesting and the opportunity to get a placement and work with renowned research professors is invaluable.

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