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USD Direct in Treforest, Wales, United Kingdom
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Treforest is a quaint village located in Wales in the south of the United Kingdom. Access to the rest of the United Kingdom, including London, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh, and all points in-between, is easily accomplished from the local train station.
While at the University of South Wales, USD students will have access to the full range of student organizations, clubs, wellness center, and other student-oriented services. Students will receive a local student ID, which will allow them to access to the local movie theater, arenas, and clubs. For those students who enjoy the outdoors, Treforest offers hiking in the Brecon Beacons, sunbathing on the Gower Peninsula, as well as rock climbing and mountain biking.
USD students have the option of enrolling in a wide variety of courses, including humanities, fine and applied arts, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and business. If students are interested and at an advanced level, they have the option of working with individual faculty members to arrange research opportunities while abroad.
Universities in the United Kingdom approach academics in a very different way than in the United States. Students may not receive a syllabus and, if they do, it will not contain the same amount of detail provided in USD syllabi. Students are expected to pursue more independent study outside of the classroom while still continuing preparation for final exams. Students’ grades will typically be only based on a final exam.
USD students have the option of living in on-campus dormitories in Treforest or in rented apartments affiliated with the university. On-campus dormitories consist of a single bedroom and a shared bathroom and kitchen with 5-8 local or international students. Students will have access to the inexpensive student cafeterias on campus; the university does not offer meal plans.
The University of South Wales is a USD Direct program, which means students will continue to pay USD tuition and fees. Students will continue to receive any federal financial aid (with the exception of federal work/study) and most USD scholarships (Coyote Commitment, Mickelson, Presidential-Alumni, SD Opportunity, and Ullyot).
Students will pay for housing upon arrival in the United Kingdom.
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USD students must complete Study Abroad application before being nominated to the University of South Wales. Students will work in conjunction with overseas staff to coordinate their arrival in the United Kingdom, course registration, and housing.
This program is offered for a semester or academic year basis; there are no summer programs available. Students wishing to go only for the fall semester should consult with Center for Academic and Global Engagement as soon as possible.