Frequently Asked Questions
1. I have been selected as an exchange/visiting student for Swansea University - how do I apply?
Detailed application information will be sent out to all partner universities by the end of March 2013. Please contact the study abroad office of your home university for this information.
2. Where can I find out details about courses/classes?
Check the online module catalogue for details of all classes/modules taught at Swansea. https://intranet.swan.ac.uk/catalogue/
3. How do I search through the online module catalogue?
First select the academic department, then select 13/14, then click on the link 'List departmental modules'. A list of all the modules for that subject area will then be displayed.
You will need to click on individual modules to find out detailed information on each module - including whether it is available to visiting and exchange students or not.
Please note that modules in the Department of Adult Education are NOT available to exchange or visiting students.
4. How many classes/modules should I choose?
Students spending 1 semester at Swansea should select classes/modules that total no more than 60 Swansea University credits (30ECTS)
Students spending 2 semesters (full academic year) at Swansea should select classes/modules that total no more than 120 Swansea University credits (60 ECTS)
5. What level modules should I choose?
Exchange / Visiting students are advised to select level 1 or level 2 classes/modules
6. What does TB1 and TB2 mean? How do I know when a class/module is taught?
TB1 = semester 1 - these modules/classes are taught in semester 1 only. Please check the module information to find out when the module/class is assessed.
TB2 = semester 2 - these modules/classes are taught in semester 2 only and will be assessed in semester 2.
TB1+2 = Academic year modules - these modules/classes are only available to students spending the full academic year at Swansea. Semester students must NOT select these modules.
7. Academic Calendar
Semester 1: 23rd September 2013 - 24th January 2014 (Christmas Recess: 16/12/13 - 03/01/2014) (Examination Period: 06/01/14 - 17/01/14)
Semester 2: 27th January 2014 - 13th June 2014 (Easter Recess: 14//04/14 - 02/05/14) (Examination Period: 05/05/14 - 30/05/14)
8. How will I know whether my application has been accepted or not? When will I find out?
The study abroad team will contact you by email to confirm you have been accepted. Acceptance emails will be sent out in late May or early June 2013.
9. Are there courses available to help me with my English?
English Langauge Training Services at Swansea offer a pre-sessional English course as well as support through term time. PLease see their web pages for details:
10. When can I apply for accommodation?
Once you have been accepted at Swansea University as a visiting/exchange student you will receive an email from the study abroad team with your Swansea University student number which you will need in order to apply for your accommodation. For details of accommodation options please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/accommodation/applying-for-accommodation/visitingexchangestudents/
11. When can I book my flight?
If you do not need a visa, you can book your flight as soon as you receive your confirmation of acceptance email.
If you do require a visa, you should not book your flight until your visa has been processed.
12. How do I know if I am on an inclusive programme?
Your home institution coordinator will supply this information.
Erasmus students will not be on an inclusive programme.
13. When should I arrive?
Please refer to your acceptance email or letter.
You need to attend the IDO orientation meeting, the main orientation is on Monday, 23rd September 2013.
If you are taking part in the Swansea Pre-sessional programme your orientation will be on Monday, 9th September 2013.
14. Do I need a visa?
EU students do not need a visa.
Students from outside of the European Union in any of the following categories will require a visa:
- If you will study here for an academic year
- If you want to work whilst in the UK
- If you want to do voluntary work in the UK
- If you want to undertake an internship in the UK
15. How do I apply for my visa?
It is not possible to apply for your visa until 3 months before the start of your studies in Swansea. The International Development Office will issue you with a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) which you will need in order to apply for your Visa. You will also need a copy of the original transcript that you submitted to support your application to study at Swansea.
16. Meet & Greet Service
This pick up service will be available at Heathrow Airport for students arriving in September. Unfortunately we are unable to meet students who arrive in the UK at a different airport. For more information and to book for the service Meet and Greet please see here. If you encounter a problem when trying to book for this service please email email@example.com
Should you arrive at a different airport you will need to make your own way to Swansea. Information on travelling to Swansea independently will be sent with your acceptance package.