Accepted payment methods
The below information relates to the 2016/17 enrolment period (information on 2017/18 will be published shortly)
Payment over the web:
Our secure online payment facility is available to all International students (New and Continuing) and is available 24/7. It can be accessed via the Swansea University Intranet. This system allows you to pay in with a credit/debit card. Please note: The University will levy a charge of 1.5% on all payments made by credit card; this does charge not apply to payments made by debit card
Payment by International Wire Transfer:
The University has introduced a new system whereby International and EU (except UK) can make tuition fee payments quickly and easily through the University website via GlobalPay. The system is secure, available to use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and easy to use via Western Union Business Solutions.
Students can choose from one of twelve different languages to guide them through the tuition payment process . Payments can be made through 22 currencies as follows In these cases the transactions are commission free with no additional bank transfer charges.
Please note that students will not be able to pay through GlobalPay in GBP/Sterling Pounds.
In some cases a student may either have to make a Euro or USD transfer if their local currency option wasn't available. In that case a student may have to pay an international transfer fee and there could be a higher charge for this transfer.
Once logged in to GlobalPay you will get printed instructions on how to make the transfer through your local bank.
In order to finalise a funds transfer to Swansea University a student will need to complete the transfer via Internet Banking or present the bank transfer details to their local bank within 48 hours.
An email will be sent from Western Union Business Solutions once they receive the payment to confirm receipt of funds.
Cheques or Bank Drafts:
We also accept cheques or bank drafts made payable to Swansea University. We cannot accept a bank draft made payable to the student. It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the correct documentation.
You can also make payment directly into our bank account but you should remember to quote your student reference number when making a payment.
- Bank Name: Lloyds Bank
- Bank Address: 802 Oxford Street, Swansea SA1 3AF
- Beneficiary Name: Swansea University
- Sort Code: 30-95-46
- Account Number: 02783215
- Swift Code: LOYDGB21101
- IBAN NO: GB64LOYD30954602783215
If you make a payment before enrolment please allow plenty of time for your payment to arrive and for it to be allocated to your tuition fee account
We do not accept credit card payments by telephone from new international students. We do not accept American Express, Diners Club and Nat West Bank Solo debit cards. Students who enrol online will be able to make payment by credit/debit card. The University will levy a charge of 1.5% on all payments made by credit card but does not charge any additional fees for payments made by debit card.
For your own personal security you are advised not to pay fees in cash. The aim in offering a number of payment methods is to avoid the need for you to carry large amounts of cash.
Please note: Cash will not be accepted during the enrolment period.
Discount incentive for paying your fees in full:
If the personal fee that you are required to pay directly to the University exceeds £8,000 and payment of that fee is made within the first two weeks of your official course start date then you are entitled to receive a discount of 2%. Discount is only made available to students who pay fees personally (it is not available to corporate sponsors).
Frequently asked questions
Do you offer any payment discount?
Yes. If the personal fee that you are required to pay directly to the University exceeds £8,000 and payment of that fee is made in full by 7th October 2016 you are entitled to receive a discount of 2%. You can deduct this discount from the total amount you pay. If payment is received after this date you are not entitled to a discount
Do I have to pay a deposit?
The University expects all new international students to pay an initial deposit of £2,000 (£2,750 for ELTS students) which is refundable only in the event of a student being refused a visa to study full time in the UK (documentary evidence must be produced) or a student failing to meet the University's entry requirements.
This deposit will count towards the payment of tuition fees and is not an additional sum charged above the tuition fee quoted in offer letters.
When will I have to pay the fees?
The University has a policy of permitting students to pay two equal instalments. As an International Student you must pay a minimum of 50% of your personally payable tuition fee at or before enrolment. You will not be permitted to enrol unless the required payment has been made. No exceptions will be made. Please be aware that any scholarships or bursaries you may have been awarded do not count towards payment of your first instalment. As an example if your fees were £15,000 and you were awarded a scholarship of £2000 then you would be left with 2 instalments of £6,500 (£15,000- £2,000= £13,000 divided by 2). Your 2nd instalment will become due for payment based on your course type and course start date, see table below:-
|Course Type||Start Date||1st Instalment||2nd Instalment|
Will I receive advance notice of the date on which tuition fee instalments are due to be made?
Yes, after enrolment you will receive a statement of account via your student e mail account in advance of the next instalment. This will clearly set out how much you are due to pay, how much you have paid, the date on which the payment is due and method of payment applicable in your case. Please be aware that we limit our communication with students to that sent to their student e mail accounts. Under University Regulations all enrolled students are expected to access their student e-mail accounts on a regular basis.
What about problems with exchange rates and/or bank charges?
This may be an issue if you have to pay fees personally but choose not to use the University’s Intranet payment facility or GlobalPay system (as described above).You are expected to meet your tuition fee costs at the Sterling (£) value regardless of any changes in exchange rates or devaluation in your home currency. In all bank transfers undertaken by a student, the student should accept full responsibility for whatever sterling equivalent is obtained by the University's bank and must settle personally any shortfall that may arise from the transaction. This includes any charges made by the Bank for processing the transaction. In no circumstances is the University liable for any differences arising from foreign currency payments. You may of course find that any changes in the exchange rate work in your favour.
What if I am sponsored?
Some students receive fee support from external sources such as companies, charities, trust funds, and governments etc. If this is the case the University requires documentary evidence of the award. This evidence must be presented at or before enrolment and should make specific reference to the amount of fee contribution awarded and the Academic Year(s) it covers. You should ask your sponsor to complete a Confirmation of Sponsorship Form which can be printed from the following link
Students claiming to be in receipt of sponsorship will not be permitted to enrol without appropriate documentation. Sponsors are expected to pay invoices within 30 days. The University will continue to recognise an organisation as a legitimate sponsor only if payments are received promptly. We do not class parents/family as sponsors for the purposes of this definition and reserve the right to reject sponsorship credentials in certain circumstances.
What if I cannot produce evidence of funding?
If you are unable to produce proof of funding then you will be required to make arrangements to pay the fees personally before being allowed to fully enrol.
What if my sponsor fails to pay?
This is very unusual but in the event that a sponsor fails to pay all or part of any fee due then you will be held personally responsible for any outstanding amount.
To offset the additional administrative cost of processing unpaid direct debit claims and dishonoured cheques the University will levy a charge of £25 for each unpaid item.
To offset the additional administrative cost of processing an administration fee of £50 may be charged for refunds, please see refunds policy for full information.
Students Studying Abroad
Students studying abroad are required to pay all their fees before leaving the host University or Organisation. Failure to do so will result in the outstanding debt being passed to our Finance department at Swansea University to actively pursue the Student to settle the unpaid amount. If the debt is still outstanding on completion of the academic course full details will be passed to an outside debt collection agency to recover.
Who can discuss my tuition fee situation?
Data Protection Legislation means that we can only discuss your personal tuition fee situation with you unless we have received your written permission to deal with a person nominated by yourself. These restrictions also apply if your parents are paying your fees.
What happens if I find paying my fees difficult?
Whilst we offer what we believe to be a fair system for paying fees in instalments we do expect payments to be made on the nominated due dates. If you find yourself in financial difficulties you are strongly advised to contact the Money Advice and Support Office within the Student Services Department who may be able to help with Hardship Funds and advice.
The worst case scenario for non- payment of fees is that under University Regulations you may be required to suspend your studies and re-enrol for the next Academic Year (once all outstanding fees have been paid). It is therefore important not to ignore any correspondence you may receive from the Finance Department.