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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Exchange Minimum Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartment (shared), Apartments, Student housing Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.8 Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Type: Basic
College: Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Science, Walker College of Business Class Standing: 2nd Semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Description:

Spend a Semester in the UK!


Swansea was the first campus university in the UK, and its friendly, close-knit appeal encourages a welcoming and supportive community. The University has enjoyed a period of tremendous growth, soaring up the 2014 Research Excellence Framework league table to 26th in the UK from 52nd in 2008. Swansea's multicultural dual-campus community provides a global perspective and opportunities to gain skills that last a lifetime.


Swansea University is set in mature parkland and botanical gardens, overlooking Swansea Bay beach in south-west Wales, UK. Modern and cosmopolitan with its waterfront development, café quarters and thriving student population, Swansea is also Dylan Thomas country, steeped in tradition, culture, and character. The campus is close to the old fishing village of Mumbles, whose unique seaside atmosphere is complemented by a vibrant social scene popular with students. Travel just a few minutes in the other direction and you reach the Maritime Quarter, a modern waterfront village complete with restaurants, art gallery, theatre and a busy marina.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Late September to Late January (Mid December for alternative assessments)*
  • Spring Semester: Early February to Mid June
*Students taking courses in Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, Business, and Geography must stay until the end of the January examination period.  Consequently the Fall semester is only an option for students in their final semester.  Students taking courses in other departments will be able to take alternative assessments in December.

For more information about the academic calendar please visit Swansea's website.


All visiting and exchange students will receive help in finding accommodation from Residential Services. Places are available in University Residences as well as University managed flats and houses in Swansea. Only when you have been accepted to Swansea, can you apply for university housing online. 

Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options.  Students will submit their housing payment directly to Lincoln or their housing provider.

For more information about housing please visit Swansea's accommodation web page.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
  Semester Exchange
Basic Exchange (App Tuition & Fees) based on your residency
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
HTH Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
Intl Health Dev Fee $60

1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs

  Semester  Academic Year
Airfare $1000 - $1500  $1000 - $1500 
1Housing $3000 - $4500 $5700 - $7500
Meals $1000 - $1500 $2500 - $3500
2Personal Expenses $800 - $1200 $1600 - $2400
Books and Materials $300 - $600 $600 - $1200
Local Transportation $100 - $200 $200 - $400
Visa (for US Citizens) $0 $400 - $500
Passport $150 $150
3US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
4Personal Travel and Spending $1500 - $2000 $3000 - $4000
1Housing costs will vary by housing type. Students studying abroad for the fall semester can budget less than students studying abroad for the spring semester.
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
3Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
4Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see the estimated total costs of this program please visit the program budget sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring.  

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


To locate specific course offerings please visit the Swansea's course finder. On this page select the department that you are interested in and then click on List Departmental Modules.  Undergraduate students should look primarily at Year 1 (HE level 4) and Year 2 (HE level 5) modules.  Enrollment in Year 3 (HE level 6) modules is at the discretion of the academic department.  Some modules may not be available to visiting students.  Graduate students should look at level M modules.  Modules that are listed as TB1+TB2 are only available to students studying at Swansea for the full academic year.  Students are able to access courses in all departments with the exception of Engineering, Medicine, and Law. 

Swansea offers a pre-sessional 2 week course before the start of the fall and spring semesters for a fee.  Information about this course can be found on the Swansea website.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Swansea program will be required to enroll in 60 CATS credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academic section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our website.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.