Swansea University - International Students

International Students and Scholars

CREW seeks to place the English literature language of Wales in an international context, aiming to develop comparative approaches to the literatures of Wales and to develop useful theoretical models for the study of Welsh literature.

The international scope of the Centre has been fostered through two related, ongoing, initiatives:

  • The development of international contacts and connections.
  • Attracting international students to our postgraduate programmes, and scholars to work at the Centre.               

CREW associates have delivered papers across Europe, from Bratislava to Dublin, and the Centre played a central role in arranging the 2006 NAASWCH (National American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History) Conference. The strong links established with scholars and institutions in the USA was cemented in Easter, 2007, by the hosting of a groundbreaking conference: Transatlantic Exchange: African Americans and the Celtic Nations.

CREW enjoys connections with the following:

  • The Studies in  Regional Cultures programme at the University of Klagenfurt (Austria)
  • The Department of English, University of La Corunna (Galicia, Spain)
  • Centre for Welsh Studies at the University of Tübingen (Germany)
  • The Longfellow Institute, Harvard University (USA)
  • The Centre for Translation and Textual Studies, Dublin City University (Ireland)
  • The Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool (England)
  • STAR (Scotland’s Transatlantic Relations), Edinburgh University (Scotland).
  • The W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Studies, Harvard University (USA).

International Students

We welcome applications from international students. International students are encouraged to apply to study at CREW, taking either the MA or PhD programme. If you have a query about eligibility please contact Dr Daniel Williams in the first instance.

International students have a very full experience at Swansea University. Wales's rich history and culture, and its global outlook today, are important contexts for study at CREW. On our MA courses we focus on transatlantic issues, including US relations with Wales, on the strengths and weaknesses of placing Welsh literature within a ‘postcolonial’ context, and explore the exportable images of Wales reflected in a range of international literatures and film. 

Everyone at CREW makes a special effort to welcome students from across the world and help them be a significant part of our research activity. 

Past students have commented as follows:

Robert Jones, (2002-3):


Robert Jones (centre), with the Rt. Hon Peter Hain (left) and Dr Daniel Williams (right) at the Transatlantic Exchange Conference, March 2007.

During my MA year at CREW I had the opportunity to study courses in Welsh Writing in English, African-American Literature, and Northern Irish Literature. I developed a strong interest in Raymond Williams and James Baldwin, respected Welsh and African-American writers, who helped me appreciate the similarities between my African-American and Celtic background. I also had the unique experience of developing strong bonds with the local community, especially my congregation, international students, and others who I regularly visit to this very day.
I still use the study and social skills I was able to enhance with my experience attending Swansea University as a Senior Technical Writer for a Fortune 1000 Company in America. One of the highlights and benefits of my studies at CREW was this past spring when I had the opportunity to attend the ‘Transatlantic Exhange: African Americans and the Celtic Nations Conference’. Attending a program with CREW is priceless and well worth the effort.

Alyce Von Rothkirch (PhD, 2001 – 4):


 international_students_2 I came to Swansea to do a PhD in Welsh writing in English in 2001. Swansea University supported my studies with a bursary, which meant that I was able to study full-time. I received excellent supervision from Prof. M. Wynn Thomas and hugely enjoyed my time as a PhD student in the English Department at Swansea University. In fact, I never really left: I’m now a lecturer in the Department for Adult Continuing Education on the other side of campus, I’m still associated with CREW and I’m very happy that I still receive the support and encouragement of staff at CREW – something which is in no small part responsible for the fact that I can continue my research in the field.

See also our Visiting Scholars Scheme