Frequently Asked Questions
I have been selected as an Exchange/Visiting/Direct Enrolment student for Swansea University - how do I apply?
Detailed application information will be sent out to all partner universities twice a year - in March for students wishing to pursue study in Semester 1 or for a full academic year; in October for students wishing to pursue study in Semester 2 only. Please contact the Study Abroad Office of your home university for this information. If you are wish to come to Swansea University as a fee-paying Visiting Student you must also seek approval of your home university.
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/
In September 2015 Swansea University established itself as a dual campus university with the opening of the Bay Campus.
All classes/modules for Engineering and Management will be taught at the Bay Campus for new and continuing students. All classes for our other Colleges (Arts & Humanities, Human & Health, Medicine, Science, and Law) will be taught on the existing Singleton Park campus.
Please note that students who choose to study classes within the College of Engineering or the School of Management will be studying at the Bay Campus. If students choose these modules along with modules from other academic departments then they will have to travel between the two sites. Please be aware that travel time is an important factor to think about when choosing modules as students will need to give themselves plenty of time to travel between the sites. Classes start on the hour at both campuses so students will need to understand that it is not possible to attend a 10am lecture on the Singleton Park campus followed by an 11 am lecture on the Bay Campus as travel time will need to be allowed for.
The Go Global Team in the International Development Office will be based on the Singleton Park Campus, but will also have a regular presence at the Bay Campus.
3. How do I search through the online module catalogue?
First select the academic department, then select 16/17, 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, Exchange & Direct Enrolment students or not.
Please note the following restrictions for School of Management (Business) modules - ERASMUS students wishing to pursue modules in SOM must note the academic staff will be permitted to restrict certain modules. In cases where SOM modules/classes are near to capacity ONLY Business Exchange students will be allowed to enrol on such modules.
Modules in the Department of Adult Education (DACE module codes beginning in DA) and in Social Work (module codes beginning with ASQ or SW) are NOT available to any Visiting, Exchange or Direct Enrolment students.
It is important when selecting modules that you pay attention to the method of assessment. Some modules are assessed by essay, others are assessed by examinations. Semester 1 (TB1) modules in Engineering, Mathematics, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Business, Economics and Geography are all assessed by examination in January and students are required to be present for these examinations. Semester 2 (TB2) ONLY - modules in the above subject area are assessed by examination ONLY, there is NO alternative assessment available. Students are required to be present for examinations and should NOT arrange returen flights home until their final examination timetable is confirmed by the Examination Office at Swansea University.
4. Do I need to stay in Swansea for the exam period?
It is important when selecting modules that you pay attention to the method of assessment.
Some modules are assessed by essay, others are assessed by examinations. Semester 1 modules in Engineering, Mathematics, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Business, Economics and Geography are all assessed by examination in January and students are required to be present for these examinations.
Semester 2 ONLY students are required to be present for examinations, there is no alternative assessment available.
Swansea University does not allow its examinations to be proctored for students at their home University.
5. How many classes/modules should I choose?
Students spending one semester at Swansea should select classes/modules that total no more than 60 Swansea University credits (30ECTS); 18 US credits
Students spending two semesters (full academic year) at Swansea should select classes/modules that total no more than 120 Swansea University credits (60 ECTS); 36 US credits
(NOTE: Direct Enrolment students should check with their home Study Abroad Coordinator for the minumum and maximum credit allowance.)
6. What level modules should I choose?
Exchange/Visiting/Direct Enrolment students are advised to select level 1 (HE level 4) or level 2 (HE level 5) classes/modules
7. 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. Single semester students must NOT select these modules.
8. Academic Calendar (*PLEASE NOTE THESE DATES ARE PROVISIONAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
Semester 1: *26th September 2016- 27th January 2017 (Christmas Recess: 19/12/16 - 06/01/17)
Semester 2: *3rd February 2017- 16th June 2017 (Easter Recess: 10/04/17 - 28/04/17)
9. How will I know whether my application has been accepted or not? When will I find out?
You will receive an automated acknowledgement of receipt when you submit your online application form. The Go Global Team will contact you by email to confirm when your application has been processed and that you have been accepted. The emails will be followed by confirmation of acceptance and information packages which will be posted to your home address as provided on your online application form. PLEASE NOTE: Packages for International students have been sent directly to your home university Study Abroad Co-ordinator who will distribute them to you.
10. Are there courses available to help me with my English?
The English Language Training Services at Swansea University offer free English courses as well as support through term time.
Please see their web pages for details:http://www.swansea.ac.uk/elts/.
The Academic Success Programme at Swansea University offer free classes to assist with grammar to advanced academic writing techniques; from presentation and memory skills to crital thinking. Please see their website for further details: www.swansea.ac.uk/asp
11. When can I apply for accommodation?
Once you have been accepted at Swansea University as a Visiting; Exchange or Direct Enrolment student you will receive an email from the Go Global Team which will provide your with your Swansea University student number that you need in order to apply for your accommodation. YOU CANNOT APPLY FOR ACCOMMODATION UNTIL YOU ARE ACCEPTED AND RECEIVE YOUR STUDENT NUMBER. For details of accommodation options please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/accommodation/applying-for-accommodation/visitingexchangestudents/ (please note this page will be updated shortly for information on the 2016/17 year)
12. How do I know if I am on an inclusive programme?
Your home institution Study Abroad Coordinator will supply this information.
Erasmus students will not be on an inclusive programme.
13. 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.
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
Please make sure you inform us on your application if you come under any of the above categories.
15. How do I apply for my visa and where can I find assistance?
It is not possible to apply for your visa until 3 months before the start of your studies in Swansea.
Student Visitor 'Short term student' - For students coming to Swansea University for 6 months or under you will require a Student Visitor visa. The International Development Office will issue you with a Student Visitor visa support letter that you must carry inside your passport when arriving in the United Kingdom, this letter will be sent inside your acceptance package.
CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) (Tier 4) - For students attending Swansea University for a full academic year you will require a CAS certificate. 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, this will be sent inside your acceptance package. You will also need a copy of the original transcript that you submitted to support your application to study at Swansea.
You can find advice and assistance at the following site: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/isas/immigration/what-visa/
16. When should I arrive?
Please refer to your acceptance email or letter.
(*PLEASE NOTE THESE DATES ARE PROVISIONAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
It is compulsory for you to attend the IDO orientation meeting, the main orientation for Semester 1 (Fall) is scheduled for *Monday, 26th September 2016.
If you are taking part in the Swansea Pre-Sessional Programme you will also be required to attend an orientation meeting scheduled for *Monday, 23rd January 2017.
NOTE: The IDO orientation meeting for all incoming Visiting; Exchange & Direct Enrolment students will take place on the Singleton Campus. Details of the orientation meetings will be included on your confirmation of acceptance letter in the acceptance packages.
17. Meet & Greet Service
This pick up service will be available at only Heathrow Airport for students arriving in September. Unfortunately we are unable to meet students who arrive in the UK at a different airport.
Please see here for details about the Meet and Greet Service 2016
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.
18. How and when do I enrol as a student?
Detailed information can be found on the University website under 'Enrolment, Arrivals & Induction'
19. How do I set up a Swansea University email account?
Once you are enrolled as a student of Swansea University an email account will be automatically set up for you.
20. MyUni Information Portal
MyUni is an information portal for students to gain access to reading lists; timetables; library; IT support etc. In order to open an account please see MyUni
21. Transcripts & ECTS Conversion
Examination Boards to discuss results of Semester 1 students usually take place in late February. Interim academic transcripts will be posted to students home addresses with copies to home universities in March 2017. Full year students will receive academic transcripts after the end of academic year. For 2015-16 students transcripts were posted on 19th July 2016 to students' home addresses and copies to home universities. For a guide to the ECTS Conversion table please click here.
International student transcripts were posted on 19th July 2016 directly to home universities for distribution to their students.