Swansea University

Swansea University

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Swansea University is the perfect environment in which to combine studies with a superb quality of life.  Founded in 1920, we are a traditional university with a long history of academic success, excellent facilities and high standards of teaching. 

We rank 10th in the UK for the Best Student Experience (THES 2009), which speaks highly of student satisfaction at Swansea University.  We are only 3 hours from London by direct train and benefit from lower costs of living.

Academic strength

In the 2008 RAE, nearly 50% of Swansea University's research is rated as world-leading (11%) or internationally excellent.  Swansea University's Civil Engineering ranks 2nd in the UK; General Engineering ranks joint 5th, Materials Engineering joint 8th, Computer Science joint 21st and Law joint 25th.  We have international excellence in Economics, Geography, Social Policy, Physics, English, and History.

Swansea University has ten Schools:  Business & Economics, Engineering, Law,  Physical Sciences (Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics), Health Science, Medicine, Environment & Society (Biosciences, Geography, Development Studies), Human Sciences (Psychology, Applied Social Sciences, Childhood), Arts (English, Media & Relations, History, Classics, American Studies).

We offer over 500 undergraduate degree courses and more than 130 postgraduate courses which include MBA (AMBA accredited) and LLM.  Entry requirements are here:  www.swansea.ac.uk/international

An English Language Training Service is available for students who need to improve their language level before starting university studies.  Courses run throughout the year and include an intensive summer course as well as English for University Studies.  We also run our own English Language test. 

Industry links

We have strong links with industry through research collaboration and student placement schemes.  Company links include: Airbus UK ltd., Alliance Boots, BAe Systems, Boeing, British Aerospace, British Telecommunications plc, Corus/Tata, Ericsson, Exxon Mobil, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Kodak Ltd, Laing O’Rourke plc, Landrover, Microsoft Research, Motorola, Rolls Royce plc, Sony.


Wireless network covers all student accommodation and most buildings on campus.  All students have a personal email account with unlimited access to the internet. The Library and Information Centre contains over 800,000 books and periodicals, databases and DVDs.  Students can loan free laptops from the library.

Residential Services helps students to find accommodation either in the University or privately.  We have a good range of affordable housing to suit all budgets.

We organize a Meet and Greet service for international students from London’s Heathrow airport to Swansea in September.

Our campus has all the facilities you would expect – bank, bookstore, shops, post office, cafes, travel shop – as well as a Mosque and Chaplaincy for students of faith.  Our £20 million Sports Village is only 5 minutes walk from campus and has a 50m swimming pool, indoor and outdoor athletics areas and UniGym.  Over 40 sports clubs include basketball, cricket, football, golf, table tennis, and sailing.

Cultural clubs, such as the Afro-Caribbean, Asian, Chinese, Hong Kong, Malaysian,
Japanese, and Norwegian societies, help international students to settle into life on campus.  The orientation programme includes a welcome event with the Vice-Chancellor.


You are guaranteed a room in University accommodation if you accept our offer of a place on a programme and apply for accommodation by 30th June.

The University housing gives you a wide range of accommodation styles and locations to choose from.

All University housing is conveniently located on campus or within walking distance.  Most are single occupancy study-bedrooms with free internet access and a telephone from which you can call free within the University network.

Please visit www.swansea.ac.uk/accommodation


Fees for 2010-2011

Band 1: Arts, Social Sciences, Business & Management, Economics, Law, Mathematics: £9,500

Band 2: Computer Science, Early Childhood Studies, Geography, Psychology, Health Science, Psychology, Sports Science, Statistics & Genetics: £10,900

Band 3: Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering: £12,200

MBA: £14,000

Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice: £8,750

Graduate Diploma in Law: £9,300

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Taught for Adults): £1,150


Applying online is simple, quick and easy. You can track your application and we will save your application for you to view online: www.swan.ac.uk/international/apply/

Alternatively, download an application form and send all documents to:

International Office
Swansea University
Singleton Park, Swansea
United Kingdom
Fax: +44 1792 295 839
Tel: +44 1792 295 818 or 602365
Email: international@swansea.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual courses can vary widely. Advice on the suitability of qualifications can be obtained by writing to the Admissions Office at the University or download the Undergraduate Entry Requirements (International) (Adobe PDF).

Candidates applying for first degrees in Engineering and Science who are not qualified for direct entry to the first year of a degree scheme can be considered for entry to a four year integrated degree scheme.  Please see the relevant subject entries for further details.

Applications from international students for first year exemption, i.e. for a admission to the second year of an undergraduate degree scheme, will be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements

International applicants are expected to demonstrate a good level of English. English Language requirements are normally judged in terms of formal IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 for undergraduate degree and IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) for postgraduate degrees.

Case Study

Name: Mark Shilin Wong
Age: 23
Country of origin: Chinese
Programme: BA Business and Economics

What do yo like about Swansea?

It’s next to the ocean and I come from a city in China that is next to the ocean.  The weather is good and it is not too busy, unlike London.  Also the people are friendly and kind here.  It’s good for study and the city life is good too.  I enjoy my course, but I don’t just enjoy being here from an academic point of view but also because I take part in a lot of activities.

What made you decide to come to Swansea?

Swansea was recommended by my English teacher, so I researched it on the internet and then come to an Open Day, which was useful because I wanted to have a look first to see the weather, the University, the place generally.

Where did you live in your first year?

I stayed in the Student Village with other British students in my first year.  The best thing about living with other students is I can improve my English and learn about different cultures from the UK and other people who live here.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I’m in the Snowboard Society.  I am also Treasurer for Discovery Volunteering and was a Project Coordinator last year.  I joined because I love to help the community, especially the elderly in Swansea who can’t do as many things for themselves.  I am also learning to fly to go a Private Pilot’s Licence, after 25 hours of lessons you can fly alone.

Have you had a job since you have been here?

I had a job at the local chocolate factory and a fast food restaurant.  I am currently working at the Beach Café, which is good because I get a discount on surf boards!  Most students in China don’t get a job until they graduate; it is a different culture.  I enjoy the fact that I can get a job and earn money, instead of getting it from my parents.

What is your best memory of your time at Swansea?

In the first term I joined a lot of clubs and was very busy every week.  That was when I learnt how to snowboard and I went away to Austria and Switzerland in the Christmas holidays to practise.