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Studying in the UK: The essential facts for Canadian students

Swansea University

Founded in 1920 and set in rolling, coastal parkland, Swansea University enjoys a spectacular location just minutes from the beach at Swansea Bay. The university offers over 500 undergraduate and 130 graduate programmes in a wide range of subject areas, from American Studies to Zoology, to Medicine and Law. A full range of social, cultural and sporting amenities compliments the campus lifestyle and contributes to the strong sense of community that the university embraces.

Just three hours from London by train and an hour from its vibrant capital city, Cardiff, Swansea also enjoys excellent rail and bus links to the rest of the UK, not to mention the magnificent Gower Peninsula on its doorstep attracting walkers, surfers and opportunities for caving and climbing activities.

Currently ranked 26th in the UK for Research Excellence and a student body of 17 000, of which 20% are international, recent surveys and league tables have consistently placed Swansea University among the top 20 universities in the UK for teaching quality and student satisfaction. The QS Stars global ratings awarded it 5 stars for Internationalisation, Teaching, Facilities and Engagement, placing it 8th in the UK, on a par with Oxford University! The results reflect the university’s aim to deliver an outstanding student experience alongside teaching of the highest quality that produces graduates equipped for exceptional personal and professional achievement. It also ranks as 15th in the UK and 1st in Wales for employability prospects.

September 2015 saw the opening of the Bay Campus which is a £450 million investment offering cutting edge facilities for students enrolling in the College of Engineering and School of Management.

January 2016 commenced with Times Higher Education Word University Rankings including Swansea University in the world top 200 list of the most international universities. This accolade deems that this is one of the “key markers of a prestigious university….and a sign of great potential, competitiveness and dynamism”

Swansea also offers one of the most affordable places to live in the UK and assistance is provided to help find accommodation.

FACILITIES

Clubs and Societies
With 120 clubs and societies and 50 sports clubs, there is plenty of opportunity to pursue your passions and make new friends along the way. Swansea University is home to the International Sports Village offering indoor and outdoor training facilities and also boasts a 50m Wales National Pool (built to world governing body (FINA) standards).

Singleton Park and Bay Campus Libraries
The Library and Information Centre at Singleton Park and the Bay Library are open 24 hours, every day of the year except for the following three days: Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December) and New Year’s Day (1 January). Desks will be staffed from 8am-12am seven days a week.

Career Services - Swansea Employability Award (SEA)

The Careers and Employability Service works in partnership with academic staff to provide the SEA for both undergraduate and graduate students. There are two main modules to the SEA following registration:

  • The first module is about finding out more about yourself; what you value in life, your personality type, learning styles, what jobs might suit you, then marketing yourself by creating a CV and covering letter. The module finishes with an interview with a careers advisor
  • The second module is about getting experiences. These experiences may follow on from the first module or they may be general experiences and can be work experiences, volunteering, positions of responsibility to name a few

Following the completion of these experiences students have a mock job interview.

Student Support
ISAS, the International Students Advisory Service and provides information and advice on non-academic matters, including immigration advice and services, to all international (non-UK) students and their dependants.

Accommodation
There are a variety of options available to account for differing lifestyles and affordability for everyone. Contact your personal Across The Pond Advisor for more information.

Student population: 17,000

Number of international students: 3,400

City population: 250,000

Location: South Wales coast, 3 hours direct train west of London. Urban setting, with close and easy access to rural surroundings

Closest airport: Cardiff International

Date of establishment: 1920

Areas of Expertise: Engineering, Biological science, English Language & Literature, Computer Science, Law & Criminology

Cost of Tuition per year

  • Undergraduate courses: from £13,150 per year (2017/18)
  • Graduate courses: from £13,700 per year (2017/18)

Accommodation cost: £86-£163 per week

Noteable alumni:

  • Dr Lyn Evans CBE (Physics, 1970)
  • Colin Pilinger CBE (BSc and PhD Chemistry 1965/1968)
  • Graham Ryder (Geology, 1970) (1949-2002)
  • Andy Hopper CBE (Computer Technology, 1974)
  • Sir John Meurig Thomas (Chemistry, 1954)
  • Dame Jean Olwen Thomas (BSc & PhD Chemistry 1964/1967)

Across The Pond Scholarship Now Open

Across The Pond has partnered with seven of its partner universities to offer Across The Pond students ONLY the chance to win a scholarship.

This isn’t your typical scholarship application, however.

While we are interested in understanding your financial need, we are more interested in your excitement about studying in the UK. In other words, this is a fun application!

Show us why you deserve this scholarship in a way that uniquely reflects you as a student.  Share your enthusiasm and excitement for this coming adventure in a creative, entertaining way. 

School of Management Awards at Swansea

The School of Management at Swansea University announces its Developing Futures Scholarship, which provides funding for Undergraduate and Graduate students:

Undergraduates: 20 scholarships of £2,000 for one academic year available (sum automatically deducted from tuition fees), available to non-EU students

Swansea Ranked Amongst Elite Universities

Swansea University has been ranked in the top 200 of "most international universities" in the 2016 Times Higher Education world ranking, and are 161st in the list of world universities. Additionally, Swansea's Computer Science programme was ranked 7th overall in the UK and 1st in Wales by the 2016 Times Good University Guide.

Swansea Wins WhatUni Award

On Thursday 14 April 2016, Swansea University received the award for Best Courses and Lecturers at the 2016 WhatUni awards ceremony in London. Swansea also came second in the UK for its international work, and third for University of the Year and Clubs and Societies. 

If you're thinking about studying in the UK, why not consider Swansea? Talk to one of our expert advisors by enquiring here. We're always happy to help.

Join us for Destination Britain, Canada's Biggest UK Only Student Fair!

Join the Across The Pond Canada team from 9:30am to 4pm on Saturday 27 February 2016 at the Delta Downtown in Toronto (75 Lower Simcoe  St.).

At this event you can discover exciting universities in England, Scotland and Wales, and learn more about the various study opportunities available; meet with representatives from a number of our university partners and discuss your requirements with our team of expert student advisors; and arrange a one-to-one advising session or attend one of our information workshops.

New Scholarship Update

Across The Pond, in conjunction with some of our partner universities, is pleased to announce that we will offer a number of scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year, ranging from £1000 to £5000.

Applications open on February 8th 2016. Check here for more information.

Swansea University: Where bright futures begin

Swansea University - New Bay Campus Opening September 2015

Studying in the UK is the most exciting endeavour.