Broaden your horizons with a year or semester abroad as part of your degree
Study abroad as part of your degree
There are many educational and experiential advantages to studying abroad. Your studies will benefit from a deeper engagement with a different culture. In addition, you will develop interpersonal and transferrable skills which will aid you in your future career. As a student at Swansea University you have many options, one of which is to study abroad as part of your degree for a year or semester. Please check with your department for eligibility and general information about your options.
How to apply
The first step is to check your eligibility to study abroad with your department. The destination will depend on your department. If you aren't already enrolled on a four year degree scheme, it may be possible to change degree schemes in order to study abroad, please check with your degree scheme / department Study Abroad Academic Co-ordinator to see if this is an option for you.
When you have decided which option to select, your department will provide guidance on the application process.
What and when?
Students on 3 year degree schemes may have the option of spending a semester of their second year studying abroad.
Students on 4 year degree schemes that include an intercalary year, can spend their third year studying abroad.
If none of these are applicable to you, please speak with your department about changing degree schemes. Alternatively, our summer programmes offer another route to gaining international experience.
Where can I go?
Swansea University has links with more than 100 partner universities and organisations around the world. Your study abroad destination will depend on the agreements that exist between your department and the overseas institutions. You can view a full list of international partners here.
We have sent thousands of students all over the world to study. Read about their inspiring and memorable experiences here.
If you choose to study or work abroad in Europe, the Erasmus scheme provides a grant to support students for the duration of their placement. You may also qualify for the Erasmus tuition fee waiver. Please click here for more information.
Here is a website that will help you know more about your rights when living abroad:
International Development Office
Marketing Department, Abbey Stable Block
(Building 2.1 on the campus map)
Our office is open 10am until 4pm daily.
We have an extensive collection of materials about our partner universities.
If you have any questions, please email or telephone us:
Tel: 01792 606850
Your experience counts
Why go abroad?
There are innumerable benefits to studying and working abroad, many of which will enhance your CV. Click here for more information.
Selling your experience
It is essential that you market your study or work abroad experience successfully to potential employers. Click here for more information.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.