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University of Wales Swansea

146 reviews
4.06 / 5 based on 146 reviews
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anonymous
Ripon College, Ripon, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
I enjoyed many places in Wales, and the UK as a whole. For outdoors and other scenic interests, I loved the Gower peninsula and the Botanic Gardens. There is also a resort town, not far from Swansea, called Tenby, which is a great place to spend a relaxing weekend. There are a lot of clubs in Swansea, but my friends and I preferred the pubs. Although dancing all night can be fun every once and a while, we liked pubs, especially the Orange House more, because we were able to hang out, talk and meet new people. Swansea had a lot of interesting cultural events and festivals, most taking place in the city centre. The best way to find out about those events was to keep an eye open for flyers and posters around campus, they were usually well advertised. I also took a yoga class in Swansea and took an aromatherapy course at the Gardens, both were unique and a lot of fun. The university itself offered an array of events and activities. We enjoyed going to comedy acts and magic shows, and had the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs and organizations. The school also sponsored all-inclusive and therefore inexpensive trips to places like Holland and France.
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anonymous
Ripon College, Ripon, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Housing
Type of housing: A room exchange
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
At Swansea I lived in a castle annex which was about ten miles from the university and another ten from the town centre. Transportation was available by bus from the annex into both the campus and town, but it was very unreliable. If I were to go back, I would choose to live on campus because that is where I spent most of my time and the transportation from campus to the city centre ran more regularly.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Overall, the housing I lived in was inhabitable. I was provided with the essentials I needed for dormitory life. However, because of the remote location, it was difficult to get to the university and into the town centre, so I felt a bit isolated, although I did take the opportunity to rent a bike on a few occasions so that I could get around more efficiently. Living in the castle annex was inexpensive, especially considering that the cost included a meal plan. However, the food provided at the school was below par and I felt that my dietary needs were not met because of the lack of fruits, vegetables and other fresh foods. Because I was buying my own food at the market and preparing my meals, rather than eating the school's, I was spending more money than I had originally intended. I set up two meetings with the head master of the annex, both times requesting to be taken off of the meal plan for the aforementioned reasons and was denied my request.
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anonymous
Ripon College, Ripon, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Everything was basically priced the same as at home so I was able to keep the budget I used at my home university. The only time that I went over budget a little was when I traveled.
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Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Food, Housing, Overall, Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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anonymous
Ripon College, Ripon, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Academic
Course recommendations
Courses in Swansea were much more lecture-based than the courses I took at my home institution. This took some adjusting. However, I found that in my American Studies and psychology courses, the professors were interesting and very well informed, so it was nice to listen to their lessons and theories. I also found it very illuminating to take their American Studies courses because they take information that I thought I knew, both inside and out, and turned it on its head by offering new perspectives and ideas that I hadn't considered.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
The one thing I really didn't enjoy about the courses at Swansea was that most of them based your grade for the entire semester on one giant exam that was given at the end of the term. Over the course of my 15 years of formal education I had always been evaluated in my classes on a periodic basis, so I was not as prepared as I could have been at Swansea to demonstrate everything I had learned by taking only one test.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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anonymous
Ripon College, Ripon, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
Seasonal affective disorder is a real phenomenon.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
It is a good place to study if you are independent and will make the effort to travel and learn lessons that are not taught in the classroom.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Make international travel plans in advance, but also look for last minute flights between European countries because there are some great deals to be found. Be willing to take chances, go to a city where you don’t have a reservation and take a risk that you will find lodging – it’s important to keep your sense of humor on this one. Try new things that are related to the culture of the country where you are studying and keep an open mind!
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anonymous
Ripon College, Ripon, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Communication was unexpectedly halted after I had been in Wales only five days, due to the events of September 11. But, looking beyond that, communicaton was fairly effective at Swansea. We were able to learn a little Welsh and, more over, were able to get a sense of the tones and accents of our fellow Welsh, English, Scottish and Irish students.
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