Swansea University offers a whole host of events, activities and opportunities for you to get involved with while you study with us. Take a look at just a few things we have to offer. More information can be found in our International Students' Information Guide too.
GO!Programme - Events and Opportunities for International Students
Information on Student Opportunities in Swansea
As well as the main University enrolment and induction events, there are additional Internatioanl Welcome Programme activities for students including a range of trips and a special International Welcome Weekend!
Please see our leaflet for International Welcome Programme 2019 booklet activies in September 2019 which will cover all these activities and more!
The International Welcome Weekend for the 2019/20 will take place over the weekend of 21st - 22nd September and will include useful information sessions as well as lots of fun activities to help you integrate with your new colleagues and make friends. There will also be the chance to meet your support staff, some of our community members and to find out about the volunteering opportunities that are available to you.
The International Welcome Day on Sunday 22nd September is FREE and includes refreshments, lunch and all activities! You just need to register here with some of your details. There will also be FREE return transport provided from Singleton Park to Bay Campus but we need to know how many of you are coming, so register now.
Tickets for all of our additional and on-going activities and GO!Trips can be bought by visiting www.fatsoma.com/campus-life This year we are visiting Cardiff City Centre, Cardiff Bay, a host of museums and Bristol! This is a great way to get to know your new home safely and cheaply. Get your tickets now as spaces are limited!
Sometimes it is easy to forget how important meeting people and feeling the sense of community in your environment can be. The International Welcome Programme has been specially arranged to give you space and time to make sure that you are making those human connections which will in turn make your whole UK experience easier and more fulfilling. Happy students are successful students, and you owe yourself the chance to do as well as you can here with us in Wales!
There will also be an International Welcome Dinner held on Thursday 10th October at the Refectory in Fulton House. Tickets for that will be just £3 which includes a buffet meal and a Welsh Twmpath led by famous Welsh Folk Band Calennig, followed by a very exciting After-Party Disco in the campus nightclub, Rebound. You can expect to be formally welcomed to the Swansea by University Senior Management and other dignitaries from Swansea (what a great photo that will be to send home to your family) before dancing the night away!
It's a fantastic night not to be missed and tickets will be available now and during the main arrival period via www.fatsoma.com/campus-life
Swansea University Student’s Union will also be running events to welcome new students to the University. More information about their social activities can be found by visiting their website www.swansea-union.co.uk
Volunteering is a great way for International Students to gain skills to boost employability, make friends and feel part of their new community!
International@CampusLife offers a volunteering opportunity in the form of our GO! Team. The GO! Team are a special group of student volunteers from all over the world who help us deliver our packed social programme by giving up their time to run trips and activities throughout the year. We work hard to ensure our GO! Team's volunteer hours are correctly logged and recognised with a special award, celebrating their achievement, which they can take forward to future employers.
GO!Team activities include:
- Promoting and attending social activities aimed at engaging international students
- Welcoming new international students to the University on a year round basis
- Helping to deliver the International Welcome Day and ongoing induction activitie
- Developing and producing a regular GO! Team Newsletter- promoted to all students
- Helping to run the ICL led social activities
- Participating in and promoting the DISCOVERY Student Volunteering Swansea
- Making webcasts and videos about the GO! Team project
- Setting up and maintaining a GO! Team members Facebook page and engaging with University wide social networking activities
- Working with other GO! Team members in developing and organising new, supported, social and cultural events and activities
- Writing short reports, and maintaining statistics related to, of activities undertaken under the GO! Team Project
- Building interest and momentum in the GO! Team Project to ensure ongoing success
The Internationla@CampusLife team are always looking for new GO! Team members. If you are interested and would like to apply then please fill out this application form. For further information why not download our GO!Team Volunteering Information.
If you are interested in volunteering while you study, Swansea University provides students with opportunities to get involved with a range of programmes via our Discovery Student Volunteer Service and Employment Zone.
Please be aware that the GO!Team Volunteer Scheme is a joint project with Discovery Student Volunteering Swansea so some of your details may need to be shared between ICL and DiscoverySVS.
There are many student societies you can join according to your interests or culture/nationality.
There is a full-time Students' Union Sabbatical Officer, nominated by students whose role is to promote the interests and support all international students on campus. Find out more about Swansea University Sudents' Union and what they offer here.
For details on the Sports at Swansea University, including the facilities and different teams, visit our International Students' Information Guide.
There are various parks with tennis/basketball courts dotted around Swansea that you can use for free such as Victoria Park (Brynmill, near the seafront) and Cwmdonkin Park (Uplands) - see the Swansea Council website for more.
You can meet local people and families in the community through English Corner (free to join and participate). This is an organisation run by volunteers from the local community and is a good way to meet people and learn about local customs and cultures. EYST (Ethnic Youth Support Team) is a holistic youth support service offering free support and activities for ethnic males and females under 25 years old.
Volunteering is a great way of getting training and meeting different people in the community. Students can volunteer in different projects around Swansea through Discovery in the Students’ Union. Find out more from the Discovery Office (ground floor Fulton House).