Study Abroad Opportunity

Swansea University

Swansea University

UNC Wilmington is accepting applications for the annual Honors Semester Study Abroad Program at Swansea University offered through UNCW. We invite students to apply for the UNCW semester in Wales (Swansea) for the spring 2014 term. The program is accepting applications for students interested in taking the Swansea Pre-Semester cultural immersion course (3 credits), completing a regular semester of course work from the Swansea University Catalog (12 credit hour equivalent), and a two-hour honors seminar for credit.



Again for spring 2014, the Honors College at the University of North Carolina Wilmington will sponsor a semester study abroad program in Wales at Swansea University, winner of the coveted London Times award for “best student experience” among British universities, as determined by student votes. We welcome honors students from universities across the United States to join us!

The semester will be hosted by Dr. David E. Weber, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies at UNCW. Dr. Weber is a nationally recognized specialist in organizational communication, intercultural communication and applied rhetorical theory. He will be teaching two courses at Swansea in Spring 2014, including an honors seminar called “Ethnography and Public Memory.”

The Setting: Swansea University, overlooking beautiful Swansea Bay, is situated within a large area of landscaped parkland within walking distance of the city center. To the west is the lovely Gower Peninsula with its broad bays and sandy coves. Swansea is a modern city of 200,000 with well-equipped leisure centers and cultural facilities. Swansea can be reached by train from London in about 2 ½ hours.

Course of study: Honors Students may earn up to 17 credits at Swansea as follows:

Undergraduates from any college or university, and any major, are welcome. Students must be honors students in good standing at their home universities. Students will be actively assisted by the American Studies Office at Swansea University in course selection. Course information is available at: & In addition to teaching the above honors course Dr. Weber will arrange field trips, social gatherings, and other social and academic events and activities.

Housing: Students will live with British students in the Hendrefoelan Student Village, an apartment style living arrangement. Read more about the Village here:

Here is a very rough schedule for the semester … more specificity in the dates will be available soon:

  • Arrival: approximately mid-January 2014
  • Pre-Semester Course/Internship: approximately last two weeks of January 2014
  • Classes start: approximately end of January or beginning of February, 2014
  • Easter vacation will be more than three weeks long – yes, you read that right! – and offers an outstanding opportunity to travel widely in Europe
  • Semester ends approximately mid-June 2014

Costs and Application: $10,850. The cost includes tuition and fees, accommodation, study abroad health insurance, orientation, a bedding packet (including duvet), local bus pass and scheduled field trips. Not included are airfare, meals, and books; budget between $3500-$4500 for these expenses.

The first deposit of $225 (non-refundable) is due October 15, 2013 with completed application. The rest of the payment may be made in installments — early November and early December. (Late applications will be accepted with a $40 late fee on a “space available” basis.)

Students interested in applying, or advisors interested in nominating students should send the names and email address of those students to Kara Pike in UNCW’s Office of International Programs at

I hope you can join us for the limited number of spaces on this unique opportunity to live and study in the UK. More information about the program is available at: and

You may find the following webpage of interest:

  • From the website of the UNCW Communication Studies Dept. (Dr. Weber’s home department), link to information about the UNCW Swansea 2014 program:

Also, you may find the following social media sites of interest:



For more information or to ask questions, please contact David Weber, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication Studies (, or Ms. Kara Pike, Assistant Director of Education Abroad (