A&M ENGR Only Exchange: Swansea University
Swansea, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
|Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Approved Course Equivalencies||Click here to view|
|Who Can Apply:||Texas A&M University applicants only|
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|Program Type:||Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program||Academic Area:||Engineering, Engineering - Aerospace Engineering, Engineering - Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Engineering - Biomedical Engineering, Engineering - Chemical Engineering, Engineering - Civil Engineering, Engineering - Computer Science, Engineering - Electrical Engineering, Engineering - Industrial Distribution, Engineering - Industrial Engineering, Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering, Engineering - Mechanical Engineering, Engineering - Nuclear Engineering, Engineering - Petroleum Engineering|
|Academic College:||College of Engineering||Academic Department:||Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Engineering|
|Minimum GPA:||3.0||Language requirement:||No|
|Language of instruction:||English||Program Advisor:||Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz, Leslie Donaway|
|Housing:||Dormitory||Open to non-majors:||No|
|Classification:||Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore||REEP Program Type:||Departmental Exchange|
Swansea University was founded in 1920 as a public research university. The university is divided into seven academic colleges, including the College of Arts and Humanities, School of Management, College of Law, College of Engineering, College of Human and Health Science, Swansea University’s Medical School, College of Science, and the Department of Adult Continuing Education. It provides research-led and practice-driven teachings to 15,921 students on a multicultural campus community that provides a global perspective and opportunities that help Swansea students gain the skills they need to succeed.
Swansea University’s College of Engineering is recognized by The Times, The Sunday Times Good University Guide and The Complete University Guide 2016, which placed the graduate prospects for our Materials Engineering students as best in the UK, with Chemical, Civil, Medical and Sports Science all appearing in the top 10 and for General Engineering students as third in the United Kingdom. The College of Engineering is very research-based, and houses outstanding research facilities. Some of the activities that the College of Engineering at Swansea is involved in include beating the world land-speed record, solving the world’s water shortages and collaborating with globally recognized companies.
The Swansea University is located the city of Swansea along the coast of Wales. Situated on the beach, the campus is on the edge of the Gower Peninsula overlooking Swansea Bay, mere miles away from the Swansea city center. Swansea Bay is a stunning view that can be seen from campus and can be easily accessed from Swansea University by foot.
The ruins of the 14th-century Swansea Castle are a beautiful architectural remnant of Swansea’s intricate and battle-ridden history. The Swansea Museum, National Waterfront Museum, Egypt Centre, the Taliesin Arts Centre (which is an attachment of the University of Wales, Swansea), and various art galleries around the bay area give visitors the opportunity to view Swansea’s history and culture as well as that of other places around the world. Swansea is also quite famous for their plethora of festivals throughout the year, which include the Dylan Thomas Festival, Swansea Bay Film Festival, Escape into the Park (a dance and music festival), and the Swansea Bay Festival.
For those who are more thrill-seeking adventurers, water sports are common in the Swansea Bay area, including surfing, windsurfing, and sailing, among others. Adrenaline and extreme tours are also common in the Swansea area, on which Swansea visitors may tour canyons and skydive over the beautiful bay area. Additionally, Swansea is a day trip away from Brecon Beacons National Park. For a YouTube playlist of some of the beautiful landmarks and adventurous locales surrounding Swansea University, check out this link!
- This program is limited to students in the College of Engineering.
- Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
- Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
- Proficiency in English
- Obtain a student visa if needed
- Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
- Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
- Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during
- Spring Semester (late January to June)
- Academic year (September to June)
As part of the exchange program at Swansea University, a wide range of engineering courses are available to students. All engineering and management courses and modules will be instructed on the new Bay Campus opening in 2015. A complete list of all of the courses/modules offered at Swansea University can be found on their course module catalog. Students spending 1 semester at Swansea should select classes/modules that total no more than 60 Swansea University credits (30ECTS), and students spending 2 semesters (full academic year) at Swansea should select classes/modules that total no more than 120 Swansea University credits (60 ECTS).
Exchange students at Swansea University have the option of choosing which on campus housing assignment they prefer. The different types of housing offered at Swansea University can be found on the university’s international accommodation webpage. The options range from standard facilities with shared kitchen and bathroom to en suite facilities with private bathroom and kitchen to a mixture of both options. Prices for on-campus accommodation ranges from £70 to £130 per week (or USD $107 to $199 per week). On-campus housing can be found at both the Singleton as well as the Bay Campuses.
However, exchange students will only be offered housing once all of the full-year students have been housed. Therefore, it is not guaranteed that every student will be housed in a room that they requested. More information about accommodations at Swansea University for exchange students can be found on the Student Housing Factsheet or at the accommodation for exchange Students webpage.
One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
|Estimated Fees paid to Texas A&M|
|A&M Tuition and Fees||$5,600|
|REEP Administrative Fee||$300|
|Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)|
|Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies||$420|
|TOTAL ESTIMATED COST||$15,970+|
|Texas A&M Semester Cost Comparison||$13,636+|
Helpful LinksSwansea University Homepage
Swansea College of Engineering
Swansea Course Catalog
Swansea Exchange Student Program
Swansea Exchange Student Accommodations
Swansea International Student Housing Brochure
Swansea Exchange Students Frequently Asked Questions
Swansea-TAMU Exchange Program Facebook Page
Swansea YouTube Playlist
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding Options
Swansea, Wales City Guide
Wales Travel Guide
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student
"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
Reciprocal Exchange Program Participant
For detailed information about the exchange program at Swansea University, students should contact Leslie Donaway in the Dwight Look College of Engineering’s International Programs Office. Additional contacts within specific departments are:
- Dr. Kristi Shryock (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Aerospace Engineering
- Ms. Maria Lyons (email@example.com) in Biomedical Engineering
- Ms. Shan Yusuf (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Chemical Engineering