Honors Study Abroad at Swansea University


Again this spring, 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. Bill McCarthy, Department of History at UNCW.  He will be teaching two courses at Swansea, plus an honors seminar for you!

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.

Application Deadlines: 9/30 for students who wish to participate in the pre-semester internship experience, and 10/15 for those who wish to pursue the pre-semester course in British Culture and Politics

Undergraduates from any college or university, and any major, are welcome. Students must be honors students in good standing at their home universities. Course information is available at: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/ugcourses/ & https://intranet.swan.ac.uk/catalogue/.

Housing: Students will live with British students in the Hendrefoelan Student Village, an apartment style living arrangement.  Read more about the Village here:  http://www.swansea.ac.uk/accommodation/residences/hendrefoelanstudentvillage/

Here is the schedule for the semester:

Arrival: January 18, 2015

  •  Pre-Semester Course on British Culture and Politics OR Internship: approximately last two weeks of January
  •  Classes start: approximately end of January or beginning of February
  •  Easter vacation will be more than three weeks long – yes, you read that right! – and offers an outstanding opportunity to travel widely in Europe
  •  Last day of final exams is June 12, 2015

Costs and Application: $11,355.  The cost includes tuition and fees, accommodation, study abroad health insurance, orientation, a bedding packet (including duvet), local bus pass, scheduled field trips, and internship placement/pre-sessional program. Not included are airfare, meals, and books; budget approximately $3000 for these expenses.

The first deposit of $250 (non-refundable) is due with completed application at application deadline. 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 Inman in UNCW’s Office of International Programs at pikek@uncw.edu.

I hope you can join us for this unique opportunity to live and study in the UK. More information about the program is available at: http://uncw.edu/international/abroad/documents/swanseaunivspringprogram.pdf and http://www.uncw.edu/honors/academics/international.html.

You may find the following webpage of interest: http://www.uncw.edu/swansea/

For more information or to ask questions, please contact Dr. Bill McCarthy  mccarthyw@uncw.edu  or Ms. Kara Pike Inman, Interim Director of Education Abroad (pikek@uncw.edu).