The College, Swansea University

United Kingdom

Why choose study in United Kingdom

Easy to research
It’s easy to research the right course for you by visiting the UCAS website. Everyone who goes to has access to the Course Search database containing details of around 38,000 courses from archaeology to zoology.

Studying in the UK will help you develop excellent language skills
The English language is of crucial importance in today’s global business arena. (Most UK universities offer language support to international students but institutions have their own criteria for the level of English that students need to master.) The cultural diversity of life in British higher education is unrivalled
From cosmopolitan cities like London, Cardiff, Belfast and Glasgow, to historic counties like Warwickshire and Yorkshire, the UK is a place of contrasts and culture, where ancient buildings sit alongside contemporary architecture.

Short undergraduate and postgraduate courses
Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK tend to be shorter than in other countries which can help to keep the cost of tuition fees and living expenses down. Most undergraduate courses take three years to complete, although in Scotland it would be typically four years and postgraduate courses can be from one year upwards.

Work flexibility
Typically, international students are allowed to work for up to 20 hours a week during term time and full-time during holidays. If you are from an EU country, there will be even more flexibility. Full details about the conditions for working are on the UK Border Agency website and also on the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website.

University Overview

How to apply

International students can make applications via the University is online application system. For more information on making an undergraduate or postgraduate application to study at Swansea University students can visit the application pages.
OnTrack application
Once students have created an account and submitted their application, they can then track the status of their application, print the decision letter and accept their offer online.
The students i application can also be saved at various points before being submitted, if they do not have all of the necessary documents to upload straight away.
The application will be delayed if students do not submit the relevant supporting documents with their application form*:
Certificates and transcripts.
If their qualification is pending, then they must upload a transcript or list of the modules they have taken to-date.
Their English Language test certificates (i.e IELTS/TOEFL), if appropriate.
If they hold open references, then they must upload them with their application. Alternatively, students must ask their referees to send their letters of support direct to the Admissions Office.
If they do not hold a bachelor-equivalent qualification and wish to be considered for a postgraduate programme under the University is non-graduate admissions policy then they should upload a work experience CV with their application. The CV should include dates of employment, job titles, employment hours, and the nature of their responsibilities/duties. The non-graduate admissions policy is only relevant for application to taught master is programmes.
*CELTA: Students are not required to submit transcripts with their application form but they do need to submit a personal statement outlining why they want to attend the course and also why they feel they would be a successful teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages. In addition, students must complete and attach the Cambridge CELTA Application task.


The College, Swansea University - formerly the International College Wales Swansea (ICWS), offers English programmes, undergraduate and postgraduate courses for international students. The College is a joint venture between Swansea University and Navitas, and welcomes students from over 100 countries around the world.
Being part of Swansea University sees students gain a reputable degree. The University was founded in 1920 and is a top-ranking, research-led university in Swansea, Wales. Recent accolades include being among the top 300 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017/18, as well as being voted as the Good University Guide's Welsh University of the Year 2017.
The College has a dedicated building at both the Singleton Park Campus and Bay Campus of the University. Both campuses have lots of impressive facilities for students to enjoy, including the only university-operated beach and water sport centre in the UK. There is also an arts centre complete with a digital cinema, gallery and bar, a campus nature trail, post office, banks, and supermarkets.
Swansea University's Students' Union has over 120 societies and 50 sports clubs available for students to join, and its social facilities are often voted as some of the best in the UK. The SU also boasts a number of shops, food outlets, a bar and a nightclub.
Students have access to a wide range of support and guidance during their time studying at The College. From the moment they arrive in Swansea, they have the option of an airport pick-up service and there are orientation programmes arranged to help students settle in, become familiar with their surroundings and meet new people.

Points of pride

Top 200 for International Students
Swansea University has again improved its position among the world is top 900 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2016/2017, with a global ranking of 390th, and is ranked in the top 200 for International Students.
5 Stars for Teaching Excellence
The University has been identified as a 5-star University (the highest achievable), and the QS 5-Star teaching is underpinned by the ground-breaking research taking place across the University is academic colleges. All of the courses benefit from being at the cutting-edge of new developments and are closely aligned to industry.
UK Top 30 for Research
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, showed that Swansea University achieved its ambition to be a top 30 research university, soaring up the league table to 26th in the UK from 52nd position in 2008.
Top 20 for graduate employability
The independent report, entitled What do graduates do? presents findings from a survey of 267,000 UK graduates. It examines first degree graduate destinations six months after graduation. It found that 81.4% of Swansea University graduates (2013/14) were in professional level jobs within 6 months of graduating.
Top 40 UK University
The Guardian University League Tables, which rank UK Universities, published confirming that Swansea University is a rising star, having improved its overall ranking over the past year from 52nd to 39th - which is the largest jump by an institution in Wales. The new ranking also indicates a remarkable performance by the University which has jumped 45 places in just 6 years, from 94th in 2012 to 39th in 2017.
Top University in Wales
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 league table have ranked Swansea University as the top university in Wales, and it has also won the inaugural Welsh University of the Year title.

Postgraduate study

The University is postgraduate study options include:
Accounting and Finance
Many of the modules offered at the School of Management provide professional accreditation from the ACCA. The School has strong links with institutions, including the Institute of Financial Services, which helps students to fast-track their career in accountancy or finance by affiliating them with professional bodies.
The diverse aquatic and terrestrial habitats on the nearby Gower Peninsula and Brecon Beacons make Swansea University an excellent place to study Biosciences. In the most recent REF in 2014, 94% of the Department of Biosciences i research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.
The new department has excellent, purpose-built modern laboratories and access to diverse types of laboratories and research infrastructures. High-quality, high-impact chemistry research is also taking place in world-class centres including The Centre for NanoHealth, The Institute of Mass Spectrometry, and The Energy Safety Research Institute.
Computer Science
The department provides state-of-the-art facilities including fully networked laboratories running Windows and Linux and a project laboratory containing specialised equipment. Laboratories support a wide range of software including programming languages Java, C# and the .NET framework, C, C++, Haskell and Prolog.
The College of Engineering has over GBP 10 million of new research and teaching equipment. It is currently ranked 10th in the UK according to the most recent REF in 2014, with 94% of research produced by academic staff classified as World-Leading or of Internationally Excellent quality.
The Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law is a vibrant community, continuously developing to ensure graduates are equipped to meet the demands of an ever-changing, modern legal world. The postgraduate students undertake an exciting range of cutting-edge modules supported by academics.


The University offers a wide range of scholarships available to students who can demonstrate academic and personal excellence. Below are just some of the scholarship schemes available to international students:
International Excellence and Merit Scholarship
These scholarships are worth up to GBP 6,000 for undergraduate study and up to GBP 4,000 for postgraduate study. The University also offers Merit Scholarships for high achieving students worth GBP 2,000 in recognition of the potential it sees in students for their time at Swansea University.
Alumni Awards
Scholarships of up to GBP 5,000 off tuition fees are available for non-EU students who have completed a full degree with the University and go onto a Postgraduate Taught or Research programme.
Eira Davies Scholarship
Swansea University welcomes applications from female students ordinarily residents in a developing country who are admitted to study a taught master is course within the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University. This is a full tuition fee scholarship and is awarded to a student who demonstrates academic excellence and evidence of financial need.
Chevening Scholarship
The University is a popular destination for Chevening Scholars. Awards are typically for a one year taught master is degree and are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential.
Santander Scholarship
Swansea is proud to be part of the Santander Network of Universities and welcomes applications from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Uruguay for its Santander Scholarship worth up to GBP 6,000.

Undergraduate study

The University offers various undergraduate programmes, including:
Accounting & Finance
The School of Management offers a suite of programmes in accounting and finance aimed at students with an interest in careers in the accounting or finance sector. These programmes benefit from a range of professional accreditations (depending on the programme and modules chosen) including:
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Computer Science
The University is degree programmes have been accredited by the British Computer Society, which allows students to join the Society at graduate level.
These degrees will train students for high-level entry into a wide range of careers, including software development, Internet systems, and development for mobile technologies, as well as provide them with the skills needed to identify the correct solutions to problems, and to measure how effective their solutions are.
Engineering at Swansea University is taught in a cutting-edge learning environment using state-of-the-art teaching facilities, driven by, and based on, world-leading research. These degrees have been accredited by a range of professional institutions. Examples include The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.
All of Swansea is LLB courses are qualifying law degrees which will provide students with a solid foundation for a career in law, train them to apply legal concepts in a practical environment, among others.
The study of Genetics and Biochemistry plays a major role in diagnosing human diseases and developing new treatments and pharmaceuticals. BSc (Hons) Medical Biochemistry and BSc (Hons) Medical Genetics will provide students with the appropriate training to undertake further study to become a medical doctor.

What's new

Swansea University features among the world's top institutions in nine subjects in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Of the 48 subjects surveyed by higher education data specialists QS, the University is Nursing disciplines have entered the world is top 100, and Law has joined the top 200 - up from the top 250 in 2017.
Medicine and Mathematics have also risen this year, entering the top 400 and top 350 respectively.
The University is Engineering disciplines continue to perform strongly, with Civil and Mechanical Engineering retaining their top 200 ranking, and Chemical Engineering remaining in the top 300. Physics has also retained its position in the top 450.
In addition to the nine subjects ranked, Swansea is also ranked in four out of five of the QS broad subject area rankings including Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, and Natural Sciences.
1,130 institutions from 151 countries have been ranked across 48 subjects in five subject areas. The ranking compares subjects based on their global reputations for research strength and research citations, links with employers to produce the best graduates, and research knowledge transfer. 
"The publication of this year's QS University Rankings by Subject reinforces our position among the world's very best, said Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
"Whilst Nursing can be singled out for specific praise achieving a global top 100 position, what is especially pleasing is the breadth of quality that we can point to in many subject areas; from Natural Sciences to Arts and Humanities, we rank among the very best.

Overall Cost of Living


Campus Accomodation


Overall Cost of Living Value

£ 9.600

Campus Accomodation Value

£ 7.228

Minimum IELTS Score

Post Graduate : 5.5

Undergraduate : 5.5

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