These Q&As are updated regularly to reflect the latest official guidance
International and EU Prospective Students
We are still accepting and progressing applications to Swansea University
Staff are working hard to maintain service levels whilst working remotely and you can continue to contact our Admissions Team if you have any questions or concerns about your application. Please email email@example.com or use Live Chat (during UK office hours). For students who are starting their studies with The College, Swansea University, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The current situation is moving fast and we are reacting to it as quickly as we can. We understand that these are challenging times and will make necessary allowances depending on the situation in your country.
Yes, you can still apply to study in 2020 and the university will be open and ready to teach online and in person. Submit your application through our Apply system. We will keep applicants up to date with any changes to delivery or start dates.
Students who need to study a pathway before progression to Swansea University can still apply to our partner college – The College, Swansea University – for programme which start in September 2020 and January 2021.
We understand that the current situation varies by country, and you may have a question specifically relating to you and where you are from. We have regional focussed teams who are here to help.
You can follow the link here to find out who to contact for your country. You can get in touch to arrange a one to one chat too: www.swansea.ac.uk/international-students/my-country/meet-our-international-officers
You may have had email reminders to accept your offer to study with us. These are standard emails which are generated automatically. Whilst it is helpful to accept the offer so we know you intend to come, we appreciate that you may still be unsure due to circumstances beyond everyone’s control. It is not essential to formally accept your offer right now, so please don’t worry if you are still getting email reminders. You may accept it later on. You may accept your offer or change to a decline whenever you want. If you are unsure, you may contact our admissions team or your regional contact to discuss your situation.
The current guidelines on deferring offers still stands. You can find more information about that here. However, since the University is proactively working on the constantly changing situation and has announced that it will be open to teach online and in person from September, the current advice is that a deferral is not needed, unless absolutely certain you cannot make it for the intake applied for, and for other reasons.
There are a limited number of programmes that are now also available with a January start date if your personal circumstances change and you are unable to join us online or in person in September. You can find the list of courses here: www.swansea.ac.uk/international-students/international-student-courses/jan-entry You can contact your regional contact to discuss this further if you wish to do so.
My school/college/university is likely to close, or has closed, so I can’t sit my final exams, will this affect my offer to study?
We are aware that the way many international students receive their formal grades will be affected by this situation, with possible assessment delays and some awarding bodies basing final grades on predicted grades or prior attainment. In this instance we will accept formal grades from awarding bodies as usual.
We will be monitoring institution closures in the UK and around the world and following UK and overseas Government and exam board advice on appropriate admission processes. Swansea University will be flexible and do all we can to support students and ensure they can progress to university.
We will be updating this page regularly and will be in direct contact with offer holders who this may affect. If you wish to discuss your personal circumstances, please get in touch with your regional contact or our admissions office, whose email is provided on your offer letter.
CHANGES TO COURSES
Currently, most courses have a September start date only. However, in light of the current situation, the University is planning to offer some postgraduate taught courses with an intake in January 2021. The list of courses can be found here www.swansea.ac.uk/international-students/international-student-courses/jan-entry. Check these web pages for further updates.
We understand that prospective students and offer holders are concerned about the coronavirus outbreak and the potential impact on being able to enrol at university in time. The University will be reviewing late enrolment policies and will be as flexible as possible on face-to face commencement dates for September 2020 entry. The University is preparing to deliver online enrolment, induction and welcome week in September so students will be able to enrol online, and arrive in Swansea when they are able to travel. Additional courses may be added to January entry. Please check these web pages for further updates.
Please be reassured University staff are working together planning future activity and Swansea University will be ready to teach at the start of the new academic year in September as per the published term dates (there will be variations on the start date for students enrolled on programmes leading to professional registration).
Our priority is to ensure that the education and experience of our students remains of the highest quality whilst guarding the health and safety of our students and staff. So far as it is possible, all courses will be delivered in a dual way combining both online and face to face teaching as appropriate. We are continuing to follow changing Government guidance and will provide more details in due course.
Will there be online alternatives for students who can’t start in the UK this September? What support will be provided for students studying online?
Swansea University has announced its intention to be open and ready to teach online and in person at the beginning of the new academic year in September 2020. All courses will be delivered in a dual way to give both online and face-to-face teaching. Face-to-face teaching will be delivered in a blended format with no large lectures to begin with.
We will be constantly reviewing the situation in the UK and overseas to give our students as much flexibility and support as possible while ensuring safety is our first priority.
Online learning is not recognised by my government/funding body – will I still be able to start a course at Swansea University?
We are aware of restrictions in some countries on the recognition or funding of online courses. Swansea University has committed to, as far as possible, deliver all courses in a dual way combining both online and face to face teaching as appropriate. We will make announcements on any changes, and more details on specific courses as soon as possible. Please check these web pages and your emails for further updates. If you wish to discuss your personal circumstances, please get in touch with your regional contact.
We understand that prospective students and offer holders are finding it difficult to provide proof of their English Language levels without being able to sit an IELTS test. To help with this, our own SWELT tests (Swansea English Language Tests) is now offered online and is FREE to Swansea University offer holders. You can find out more information here: www.swansea.ac.uk/english-language-training-services/swelt
Swansea University will also be delivering all Pre-sessional programmes online and these programmes are available for you to apply to if you have an English Language condition in your offer or you need to prepare for academic study. You can apply via: www.swansea.ac.uk/english-language-training-services/apply-to-elts
We accept a range of approved English Language tests https://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/english-language-requirements/ and are reviewing alternative tests in light of the situation. If you wish to discuss your personal circumstances, please get in touch with your regional contact or our admissions office, whose email is provided on your offer letter.
Yes, Swansea University will be delivering ALL pre-sessional programmes ONLINE . These courses are available for you to apply to if you have an English Language condition in your offer or you need to prepare for academic study.
You can apply via www.swansea.ac.uk/english-language-training-services/apply-to-elts
Our online teaching software will enable you to join a virtual classroom for the live sessions.
You will be able to send messages and files and also, interact via audio and video link.
The online Pre-sessional programme will be able to prepare you for UK academic study by:
• teaching in small groups
• face to face interaction online with classmates and teacher.
• opportunities for 1:1 live interaction with a teacher.
• guided learning tasks for you to complete in your own time.
• regular personalised feedback on your work and progress in online tutorials
• flexible self-study (work at your own pace and fit around your schedule)
If you have any questions about ELTS at Swansea University please email email@example.com.
Yes! Our own SWELT test (Swansea University English Language Tests) is now offered online and is FREE to Swansea University offer holders. You can find out more information and book a test here: www.swansea.ac.uk/english-language-training-services/swelt
FINANCE AND SCHOLARSHIPS
We are still accepting deposit payments for our September intake. The University requests a deposit payment from International offer holders before issuing the CAS letter. You can find more information on that here. Under normal circumstances, we accept deposits until August, unless otherwise notified. However, before issuing the CAS, there will be documents we require. Our current advice is to submit documents when you can via the online application portal, so if you pay your deposit later, there will not be any further unnecessary delays in issuing the CAS. If there are any changes to any deadlines, you will be notified by email, along with all other admissions announcements.
In addition to the University’s standard conditions, we have a policy for your deposit to be refunded if one of these conditions, specific to Covid-19 are met. The new policy can be found here: www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/tuition-fees/refunds-policy
Can I defer my International Excellence Scholarship, or other University award, along with my offer to study?
International Excellence scholarships can be deferred along with an offer to study.
The University is currently reviewing the terms and conditions of other scholarships and bursaries. If you have been made an award, you will get email updates if anything changes. If you have already decided to defer, please notify us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
We recognise that students are concerned about the impact of coronavirus on their studies during this period. The University has taken major steps in altering its delivery to ensure that teaching, learning and assessment can continue.
The University remains committed to supporting you to enable you to remain engaged with your studies, meet the learning outcomes on your programmes and achieve the necessary credit to ensure that you may be awarded your degree or progress to your next level of study.
Major efforts by University staff have ensured there is wide-ranging support for active learning and progression, resources can be accessed, assessments can proceed where appropriate or offered with alternative arrangements and wellbeing and employability support is available.
Therefore in common with other Universities, Swansea University will not be issuing tuition fee refunds.
ARRIVALS AND ENROLMENT
The University is preparing to deliver online enrolment, induction and welcome week in September and January.
Two weeks quarantine for international arrivals is a current UK requirement. If this requirement is still in place at the start of the next academic year then the University will support any students required to quarantine with appropriate welfare measures. Specific details will be issued closer to the time when the situation is clearer for all international arrivals to the UK.
LIFE IN SWANSEA
Yes, applications for University accommodation are open so if you intend to study at Swansea University this September you should still apply for accommodation. Our latest announcement on on the academic year 20/21 is that University accommodation will be available as normal with appropriate social distancing measures in place. You will be informed of any changes that may affect your accommodation application as the situation progresses.