American Students

USASwansea University is becoming a popular destination for American students. Boasting a costal location and rated 5th safest city in the UK, a strong sports culture, students enrol in a wide variety of disciplines, with excellent programmes within International relations, Bioscience and Engineering. 

Entry Requirements for American Students

Undergraduate Programmes

Minimum Entrance requirements for undergraduate courses (ie Bachelors programmes) vary according to the programme applied for and the background of the applicant. 

General Requirement: 

Minimum of 600 in each part of the SAT reasoning test or 1800 overall, plus a score of 600 in any SAT subject taken OR 3 group A AP tests with a score of 5 in relevant academic subjects and a score of 4 in any others OR  A composite score of 26 or above in the ACT.

Postgraduate Programmes:

To be eligible for entrance to a postgraduate degree programme candidates must hold a Bachelor Degree, or its equivalent, from a recognised University/College of Higher Education. Please note that Entry requirements vary between courses.

General requirements

2.1 Bachelor: CGPA 3.2 (out of 4.0) 
2.2 Bachelor: CGPA 2.8 (out of 4.0)

American Scholarships

International Excellence Scholarships - up to £6000

The International Development Office are offering up to £6000 GBP for Undergraduate study and up to £4000 GBP for Postgraduate Taught study

International Alumni Scholarship - up to £5000

This scholarship is available to all current international students who enrol on a second programme of study i.e. Undergraduate degree progressing to a Masters degree at Swansea University or Masters degree progressing to a PhD at Swansea University.

Apply for an International Alumni Scholarship.

College of Arts and Humanities Scholarships

Centenary Graduate Scholarships:

The College of Arts and Humanities is providing a unique study experience for students who are admitted to our BA programmes. We are offering Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to students who have completed a full-time 3 or 4 year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above and gained a place on a one-year full time Taught Masters programme in the college.

Find out more: Centenary Graduate Scholarships 

The College of Arts and Humanities: Taught Masters Scholarships:

All students enrolled on a College of Arts and Humanities Taught Masters programme will be automatically awarded £1000 tuition fee discount.  



US Federal Loans & Montgomery GI Bill

US Federal Loans

Swansea University is a participating institution in the US Government Federal Direct Loan Programme. We offer assistance to a growing number of students seeking loans to study for one of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

What loans can I apply for?

  • Direct loan - Subsidised Stafford
  • Direct loan - Unsubsidised Stafford
  • Direct loan - PLUS loans (Graduate PLUS loans or Parent loans for dependant undergraduate students)
  • Private loans

Eligibility and How do I apply?

Montgomery GI Bill

To use your GI Bill to study at Swansea we first need to seek approval from the department of Veterans Affairs for your chosen course of study.

Swansea University has a number of programmes of study which have already been approved by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and students are able to use their GI Bills to help fund their study at Swansea.

Please contact Jan Gosling, Finance and North American Loans Officer to discuss if your chosen course of study has already been approved.

For more information on the Montgomery GI Bill visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website

Private Loans

Before applying for a Private Loan, students are encouraged to apply for the maximum amount they are eligible for in Federal Stafford loans. (Total borrowing can not exceed the total Cost of Attendance).

Graduate level students and parents of dependant undergraduates may find a Federal PLUS loan more competitive than a private loan.

At Swansea we do not have a preferred lender but we have worked well with the following organisations offering private loans

Sallie Mae private loans

We are also happy to work with any other loan provider you may identify. Once you have selected your lender for your private loan please contact the US Loans Officer at Swansea with details of the loan you have applied for, if possible please submit a copy of the application form, so that the correct school certification can also be submitted.

Other Scholarships

Fulbright Scholarships

Information on Fulbright Scholarships can be obtained from USA institutions which undertake primary selection of applicants, or viewed online visiting their website: 

Marshall Scholarships

Finance for young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Information  is available online from 

American Association of University Women 

The largest source of funding for graduate women in the US.  Information found at 

National Welsh-American Foundation Scholarships

The NWAF is offering scholarships for students who wish to study in Wales, with the closing date being 15th June 2015. One is an award is for the sum of $5000, the other a travel grant of $1000.