Swansea University

Swansea University

UK

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THE World Ranking: 301

Swansea University is ranked in the UK’s Top 20 universities for graduate job prospects in the Times’ good University Guide 2014

  • Vibrant university in metropolitan & modern city- Swansea
  • Research-led and practice-driven teaching
  • QS 5-star teaching excellence
  • Invests $450m on campus facilities
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Sharon China

Why did I choose this university?

‘Previously I studied at an IELTS English language school in China and I heard about Swansea University from one of my lecturers there. He highly recommended this University not only because he graduated here, but also because he genuinely enjoyed his student experience at Swansea University. I therefore made the decision to come to Swansea, and I feel like I have made the right choice. When I arrived here, there were a lot of cultural differences that my friends and I had to get used to. One of the most exciting prospects about studying at a UK university is that I get the chance to immerse myself in a totally different style of learning from the one I grew up in at home. In addition to this, I feel that studying at Swansea University has given me the opportunity engage in independent learning. My experience in Swansea University so far has been great, and it has met my expectations well.’

My first week

‘During my first week in the United Kingdom I was positively anxious about many things, not least due to the fact that I had just arrived in a country where I was planning to spend at least the next three years studying. However, I found the staff at the university very helpful. They assisted me with checking into my accommodation on my arrival at the student village site, and were kind enough to show me around, pointing out the local shops and pubs, as well as the launderette and all other student essentials on site. From this point onwards, I was able to familiarize myself with Singleton campus and Swansea City in general before I started my classes. One thing that attracted me to Swansea was its world-renowned sites’ of beauty: its beaches, especially Rhossili. After seeing what Swansea had to offer, I knew I had made the right choice.’

My campus

‘Nearly all of my academic life in Swansea thus far has been spent on the Singleton Campus. With Swansea being the first University in the UK to stand as a single-site campus, it truly offers all the amenities that compliment the educational and social aspects of a students’ demanding schedule. Its friendly and close-knit appeal creates a welcoming and supportive community. The main building, Fulton House, offers teaching space, but also two restaurants, a student bar, a convenience store, the official apparel shop, a travel shop and many more services useful to students. Most exciting of all, however, is the construction of Swansea’s second campus – the Bay campus. This will be open for students in September 2015.’

My city

‘Unlike larger cities in the UK such as London and Manchester, Swansea provides the best balance for studying, living and leisure. Local people are friendly and most welcoming to the growing international community.  This makes it easy for international students like myself who come from a very different cultural background to fit right in, and begin academic life. Instead of having lots of commercial districts, here are many beautiful beaches in Swansea. Weekends in Swansea during the spring and summer allow for sunny excursions to the world famous Gower Peninsula, Oxwich Bay or even the cozy costal town of Mumbles, with its quaint café’s and restaurants. This is especially great when taking a break from assignments. In the City Centre we can find plenty of local restaurants, coffee shops, bars, shopping malls and many other entertainment activities. It is always convenient for students to take a bus from campus and get straight into town, which only takes around 5 to 10 minutes. Wind Street is worth mentioning too – It is considered the hub of student nightlife, with many bars and clubs. It is an absolutely great place to go for few drinks and meeting new friends.’

My study space

‘During my second year, I have three different lectures and each of them has a seminar every week. I therefore stay in campus normally four days a week, and I can go to see my lecturers in their office hours if necessary. However, the main library located in campus is where I normally go to study outside of my lectures. If I am during an assignment period I would come to the library every day to do my work, and it is not closed until 2a.m. in the morning. There is a great computer room always free for students to use, as well as group studying areas and silent study areas for students who bring their own laptops. I always found help in the library to find the books or journals that I need. Furthermore, with some of the materials I can also access an online version which is very convenient for my study. I am currently studying in Swansea School of Management and as other departments do, they offer free studying rooms for students as well as a Mac computer room for students. This is really great and helpful.’

My social life

‘I have spent my last two years in Swansea and I simply love it. I have met a lot of new friends here from my class. The majority of them are from United Kingdom, but many are from Norway, Germany, Italy, and many other European countries. Also some of them come from Africa, Asia and Middle East such as South Korea, Thailand, Dubai and Iran. Normally, my leisure activities after class includes going out for a meal with a group of friends. There are lots of fantastic buffets in town that offer student discounts and sometimes even free drinks! We generally go out every Friday and it is always an enjoyable evening. Additionally, I also work as part time staff in a Cantonese restaurant in the City Centre. I not only gained some basic working experience and skills, but it also helps me with my finances and budgeting. I feel it is a good start to build myself independence. My life experience so far in Swansea has been amazing.’

My home

‘Swansea University offers a lot of student accommodation, which are in very good condition. They have different locations for student to choose, for instance town, campus, or student village. In my first year I moved into an accommodation in student village and the living environment there was beautiful. Later, I decided to move into town and rent myself an apartment. I found there are plenty of student letting agencies in the town area and they are quite helpful. Therefore, I am now currently living in the City Centre with my friend. Due to the great location that we are living, we found that it’s so convenient to get around in Swansea. The house is close to the main bus station and has many shopping areas near by. The house itself is a typical student accommodation, which has a sharing kitchen, double bedrooms, big living room, and a garage that we use to hang clothes or store stuff. All of the furniture in this house is in good and modern standard.  Our neighbour is also the landlord, and he always helped us with any house issues.’

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6.5

Undergraduate

6.0

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Rankings

Hotcourses Diversity Index (What is this?)

DIVERSITY INDEX
Source: HESA

118 International student nationalities at this university

FEEL AT HOME INDEX
Source: HESA

1.45% International students from USA

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017
Source: THE

301

TEACHING

21%

INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

75.8%

INDUSTRY INCOME

35.7%

RESEARCH

26.1%

CITATIONS

71.8%
QS World University Rankings 2016-2017
Source: QS

390

Student life in numbers

COSTS PER YEAR*
OVERALL COST OF LIVING

£11000

CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION

£3796

AVERAGE TUITION FEE PER YEAR*

UNDERGRADUATE

£14970

POSTGRADUATE

£14140

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution

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David, UK 5

As an undergraduate engineer I have been pushed to achieve my best and now have the necessary skills to be successful

Swansea is a fantastic place to be, especially when it is sunny! The university is well respected for its research in engineering and with the new campus being built for Engineers I can only see this getting better. The modules are engaging and the staff informative. The people of the university are all read full review

Swansea is a fantastic place to be, especially when it is sunny! The university is well respected for its research in engineering and with the new campus being built for Engineers I can only see this getting better. The modules are engaging and the staff informative. The people of the university are all friendly and I would recommend to anyone wanting to study engineering. show less

Alex, England 5

A truly wonderful place to be. Studying at Swansea gave me the tools I needed to find a fantastic career!

From the first minute until the last- I fell in love with Swnasea. It's a beautiful place, the people are very welcoming and friendly and (most importantly), I wouldn't have been able to do the job I'm currently doing if I hadn't have studied here. I have so much to thank the university for!

From the first minute until the last- I fell in love with Swnasea. It's a beautiful place, the people are very welcoming and friendly and (most importantly), I wouldn't have been able to do the job I'm currently doing if I hadn't have studied here. I have so much to thank the university for!

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