Ohio University Overview

Ohio University is a major U.S. public research university located primarily on a 1,850-acre campus in Athens, Ohio, United States.

The College Green sits in the center of Ohio University's Athens campus. With its brick walkways and shade trees, it has provided a quiet respite to Ohio University students for over 200 years. Three of the oldest buildings on campus are located on the College Green. Cutler, McGuffey, and Wilson halls date from the 19th century and are fine examples of Georgian architecture. Cutler Hall, which currently houses the administrative offices of the president and others, was built in 1816 and has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with Ohio University.

Key Information


An estimate of costs can be found in the table below. Students will need to be able to prove that they have access to the TOTAL in order to gain a Visa to enter the US.

  One Semester Full Year 
Lodging $3241 $6481
Meals $2865 $5730
Health Insurance (12 Months) $2174 $2174
Personal Expenses $1868 $3736
Total $10,148 $18,121


Ohio generally recommend that exchange participants live on-campus, particularly those who are staying for less than a full year. In between the academic semesters when classes are not in session, on-campus housing is closed and all students are asked to move out until classes resume for the next semester. Interim housing is available between semesters for a fee.

The application for on-campus housing must be completed on-line here. Select "My Housing" from the menu on the left hand side of the page and follow the instructions. International exchange students are not required to pay the application fee, nor are they required to pay the housing deposit. Exchange students will need to activate their Ohio University ID before they can enter the online housing system. Directions on how to do this will be sent to the student upon their acceptance to Ohio University.

If a student prefers to live off-campus, the student is responsible for locating suitable housing. Off-campus housing is owned and operated by private individuals or companies and therefore, the international office in Ohio is unable to make any commitment or advance arrangements for off-campus housing. Off-campus housing opportunities can be found in the classified sections of the local newspapers:


Semester 1 Semester 2
 28th August 2017 - 16th December 2017  16th January 2018 - 5th May 2018

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Below you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.