University of Houston Texas

University of Houston Texas Overview

Every year, students from around the world pursue graduate and undergraduate programs at the University of Houston.

Students choose from more than 100 undergraduate majors and minors and nearly 200 graduate degree programs, including some that rank among the nation's best. There is opportunity to conduct world-class research with award-winning faculty, like Ioannis A. Kakadiaris, who is working toward early detection of heart attack risk.

Located in Texas, the energy capital of the world. In this international city, students find limitless opportunities to practice job skills, build professional networks, launch your career and have a lot of fun.

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with the University of Houston Texas.

Subject Suitability

This destination is an option for students studying American Studies, Biosciences, Physics, Psychology and the following Engineering disciplines: Aerospace, Civil, Chemical, Electrical, Materials, Mechanical and Medical.

Please note that places and availability can change annually so specific destinations can’t be guaranteed. 

Key Information


Semester 1 Semester 2
 21st August 2017- 18th December 2017  16th January 2018- 14th May 2018

Application Deadline: 01/06/2018

Please note: Exchange students are required to attend both International Student Orientation and International Student Check-In on the dates specified. This is required, and no exceptions can be made. Find more information here.


Below are some costs students will have to pay in order to study at Houston. These costs are approximate and are subject to change.

Fees  not covered in exchange agreements
Application Fee (pay online to or $90 
Exchange Studies Fees (billed after arrival at UH) $75 
Health Insurance* (approximate; billed after arrival to student account) $900 
International Student Service Orientation Fee (billed after arrival) $85 
Shipping for I-20 (varies by shipping destination)


*Due to the rising cost of healthcare, this fee is expected to increase each year. For information regarding this mandatory health insurance, including a Student Health Insurance Waiver Form, please click here. Waivers are generally granted for government-backed insurance policies. No private insurance plans are accepted. Waiver requests will not be accepted after the deadline, which is the Official Reporting Day as shown on the Academic Calendar.

Submit Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Immunization: all incoming students under the age of 22 are required to submit a signed Bacterial Meningitis Form. For other information regarding this requirement, click here.

Local Transportation: for local public transportation options, click here. For the Greater Houston Metro website click here. Full-time UH students can receive up to half price off their bus fares using their Metro Q Card.


Houston highly recommends that all incoming exchange students seek On-campus housing. On-campus housing can vary in cost, depending on building and room type. Rates can be found here by viewing each individual housing option. For general information about housing at University of Houston, click here.

Off Campus Housing: if students plan to live off campus, it is very important to explore housing options before arrival in Houston. Information and resources about off-campus housing is found in the New Students section on the International Student and Scholars Services webpage.

For the housing application, go to the Student Housing & Residential Life website and click the red Apply for Housing. Note: Students are not able to apply for on-campus housing until they have been officially admitted to University of Houston.

Meal plans are required for on-campus residents. For more information, including dining rates, click here.

Please note that international students may need to enter the U.S. before they are allowed to move into on-campus housing and will need to locate temporary housing in the meantime.

Texas Strategic Partnership Bursary - £1200

This bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad at one of our partner universities in Texas as part of their degree.  The International Development Office provides students with a £1200 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork. Students in receipt of  BAFTX or Erasmus+ funding will not be eligible for this bursary. 

The British American Foundation of Texas (BAFTX) was established to help provide financial assistance and educational opportunities to academically-gifted students in the United Kingdom and the United States. It offers a dedicated scholarship programme to Swansea University students participating in the University's reciprocal exchange programme with Texas A&M University, UT Austin and the University of Houston. Scholarships for 2018-19 are worth up to $5,000.

The closing date for BAFTX applications is 31st March.

For more information about and to download an application form, please visit

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. Above 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.