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Iowa Regents Semester in Wales

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Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic year


Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom




Sophomore standing, 2.8 GPA (on 4.0 scale).

Application Due:

3/27 for fall/academic year

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Students on Campus

The Iowa Regents Semester in Wales offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study for a semester at a British university. Students are integrated academically and socially with their British peers at Swansea University (SU) in Swansea, Wales.

Academic Program

Campus Building

The program begins with a three-week pre-sessional course entitled 'British Culture and Politics since 1945', after which students enroll in regular courses offered by the university. This short, intensive course provides an introduction to both the unity and diversity of British culture, including British historical, political and literary life. Particular emphasis is placed on the regional distinctiveness of Wales as part of the United Kingdom. Field trips are an integral part of the course and are included in the program fee. Visits will be arranged to places of local interest with guided tours provided for each.

The seven teaching faculties (or 'colleges') are Arts, Economic and Social Studies, Educational Studies, Engineering, Science, Health Care, and Law. Depending on their level of experience, and length of time they plan to study abroad, students can choose from a huge variety of courses (called 'modules' at SU) offered at Swansea University.

Take a look at the course options open to study abroad students by exploring Swansea University's 'Book of Modules' website.

Campus Path

All courses available at the Swansea University are approved for resident credit. Specific courses must, as with all other study abroad programs, be approved in advance, however, to receive major credit or to satisfy General Education Requirements. Students will earn 3 s.h. for the initial three week course, and (typically) 12 s.h. during the regular term for a total of 15 s.h.

Program Dates

The academic year closely follows the U.S. academic year. Specific dates for the Fall 2014 session are below (dates for the Spring 2015 session will be available in early Fall 2014).

Arrival/Program Begins - September 5, 2014
September 6 - September 19- Fall Pre-sessional Course
September 22 - September 26 - Welcome and Enrollment Week
September 29 - December 13- Fall Semester classes in session
December 14, 2014- Fall session ends

For More Information

Cory Petersen, Advisor and Program Coordinator
Study Abroad | International Program
1111 University Capitol Centre
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

To make an appointment to discuss this program, please call our main number, 319-335-0353. The person who answers the phone can create an appointment for you.

Swansea University

Mountain Landscape

Swansea University is attending by about 15,000 students. The university is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Students come from all parts of the UK-- England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales-- as well as many other countries. In fact, 20% of students are international students, so the campus enjoys an international flavor, yet unique Welsh cultural influences are also readily evident.

The University has an attractive campus, situated in acres of park land right on the coast of Swansea Bay. Faculty-student relationships are excellent and students are encouraged to take an active part in departmental life. The Taliesin Arts Center, Sports Centre, and University Students' Union (which runs over 100 societies and clubs) offer a wide array of leisure activities.


Swansea is a modern port city of 239,000 inhabitants. It enjoys excellent road and rail connections to all parts of Britain. London, Stratfod-upon-Avon, and Oxford are all only three hours away by trains. The city is both an important commercial center and as well as a growing tourist destination.

Facilities include excellent shopping centers: the city's market dates back to the Middle Ages yet the Quandrant Shopping center next door is one of the most modern in the country. Dozens of shops are housed in attractive undercover malls and arcades. Swansea's splendid Maritime Quarter has been the role model for other national Maritime developments.

The Grand Theater is among the most important in the UK and attracts major touring companies, opera, and international entertainers. Swansea hosts an international festival of music each October which attracts world-famous artists, orchestras, classical performers. Swansea also has several cinemas, numerous restaurants offering cuisine from around the world, a major art gallery, and two museums. First-class rugby, cricket and soccer are played in the city.

Swansea Bay

Swansea University lies on the wide sweep of Swansea Bay with the Gower Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty, extending fifteen miles to its west. The Gower consists of a string of secluded and dramatic bays, cliffs, valleys, and sandy coves. It is a natural playground for hiking, horseback riding, hang gliding, surfing, fishing, and rock climbing. And, if you keep a sharp eye out, you might seen the odd puffin or seal splashing around!

Living Arrangements

Residence Halls

Students reside in apartment-style residence halls in the 'Student Village'- located a short bus ride away from the University. Private rooms with shared kitchen and bath facilities are the norm. The cost of housing is included in the program fee.

More accommodation information.

Travel arrangements

Students are free to make their own travel arrangements after being officially accepted into the program. Although there is no specific 'group flight', you will receive contact information for all of the program participants which will allow students to find a travel partner to Swansea. You will receive information about traveling from the airport to your accommodation as part of your acceptance packet from Swansea University.

Local Transportation

Swansea has a great public transportation system, though many students navigate the main areas of the city on foot or by bike (when the weather cooperates). Taxis are available throughout the city, but they can be expensive. Swansea is also well connected to the rest of the UK by bus and train. Two major airports are located near to Swansea, connecting you to the rest of Europe within a few hours.


Students who have at least sophomore standing at the time the program starts and a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) are eligible for this program.


The program fee for the Iowa Regents Semester in Wales varies depending on residency status at the University of Iowa.


The program fee for for fall 2014 is $11,776 for Iowa residents and $13,420 for non-residents. The program fee includes all educational and administrative costs, housing, the pre-sessional course, orientation, and some cultural activities.

The program fee does not include the $50 application fee, round trip airfare (approximately. $1,500 from Cedar Rapids), passport (approx. $135), food (approx. $2,400), textbooks (approx. $400), local transportation ($400+), immunizations (variable), CISI health insurance (approximately $112) or any personal expenses ($2,400+). Students staying for longer than 6 months will also be responsible for visa fees totaling around $400.

University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are included for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.

Program cost sheet

A cost sheet detailing all estimated costs for the Fall 2014 session will be posted here during Spring 2014.

How to Apply

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Students should make an appointment with Cory Petersen, the program coordinator for the Iowa Regents Semester in Wales, to determine whether this program is a good fit, and to obtain application materials.

Please call the Study Abroad office (1111 University Capitol Centre) at 319-335-0353 to set up an appointment, or email Cory with any questions at

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the spring semester is September 24.

Orientation Information

City Street

The Swansea University website for Visiting & Exchange students is the place to start to find information about living and studying in Swansea. Please bookmark the site and refer to it often. Please check the links below for more information about life in Swansea!

Download PDFSwansea University Quick Facts here!

City of Swansea website

Swansea University website

Swansea University Study Abroad Office

Academic Information

Study Abroad Handbook

Swansea Pre-sessional information

UWS calendar

Things to See & Do

Students' Union (clubs, societies, travel, etc.)

1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343