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A&M BUSH SCHOOL Only Exchange: Swansea University
Swansea, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring,
Summer 10-Week
Homepage: Click to visit
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Government
Academic College: George Bush School of Government and Public Service Academic Department: International Affairs, Public Service & Administration
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Program Advisor:
Janeen Wood, Patrick Moore
Open to non-majors:
No Classification: Grad Student
Additional features: Internship, Research
REEP Program Type:
Departmental Exchange
Program Description:
Swansea University

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 gain skill.
 


The Department of Political and Cultural Studies houses the Masters of Arts programs for international affairs and public service. The department is interdisciplinary in its research culture and has established a reputation for innovation and world class research The international relations and development studies subject areas within the department have expertise in international security and strategic studies; gender, childhood and child solders; North and South East Asia; West Africa; transitional justice; international crimes; aid policy; European diplomatic affairs and military thought and culture. On the other hand, political studies emphasizes analysis of comparative political institutions; comparative elections; political parties; European politics; public policy; communism and post-communism; democratization; genocide and UN and international policy.

 
Location
 
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!   


Swansea

Eligibility Requirements
  • This program is limited to students in the Bush School of Government and Public Service
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during 
  • Fall Semester (late September to January)
  • Spring Semester (late January to June)
  • Academic year (September to June)
  • Summer 10-Week (May to August)
Courses

As part of the exchange program at Swansea University, a wide range of courses are available to students. Subject areas include politics, international relations, war and society, development and security studies. A complete list of all of the courses/modules offered at Swansea University can be found on their course module catalog. In addition to course work, Swansea also offers the opporunity for students to participate in internships with local government entities as well as in London. 


Housing
 
Graduate exchange students at Swansea University have the option of choosing on-campus or off-campus housing. The options for on-campus accommodations 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 accommodations range from £70 to £130 per week (or USD $107 to $199 per week). For off-campus housing, Swansea has partnerships with Student Accommodation Service and Studentpad which help students find flats for rent. Additionally at the beginning of the semester, there is a postgraduate house-hunting event for students to meet over graduate students and view different housing options for rent.
 
However, semester 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.

 

Costs
 
One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is its affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and 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 $8,050
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
Accommodations $3,850
International Airfare $1,500
Meals $1,300
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $420
Personal Spending $3,000+
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $18,420+
Texas A&M Semester Cost Comparison $13,636+
 
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.

Brecon Beacons National Park
 

Helpful Links

Swansea University Homepage
Swansea Department of Political and Cultural Studies
Swansea Course Catalog
Swansea Exchange Student Program
Swansea Exchange Student Accommodations
Swansea Postgraduate Accommodations
Swansea On-Campus Housing Options
Swansea International Student Housing Brochure
Swansea Exchange Students Frequently Asked Questions
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
 
Contacts

For detailed information about the exchange program to Swansea University, students should contact Janeen Wood or Dr. Gregory Gause in the Bush School of Government and Public Service.
 
For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, contact Patrick Moore.