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|The University of South Wales is one of Britain’s most exciting new universities and a major player in higher education. USW offers students world class courses in psychology, journalism, photography and the fine arts. USW has a friendly and academically challenging environment with an excellent reputation for teaching quality, state-of-the-art study facilities and supportive staff.
Treforest, Wales (UK)
Treforest is a quaint village located in Wales in the south of the United Kingdom. The birthplace of legendary singer Tom Jones, Treforest is also the site of filming for the popular television show Doctor Who. Local students in Treforest can be found cheering on the local soccer team, Treforest F.C., or socializing at The Pick & Shovel.
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. The UK has much to offer students, including performances at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, sightseeing on the shores of Loch Ness, walking around Stonehenge, or catching sight of the Royal Family.
As one of only 20 British universities to be recognized by the government for being an "excellent university," the University of South Wales boasts five campuses throughout Wales and offers courses in a wide variety of disciplines. USD students have the opportunity to pursue coursework in psychology and education, taking such courses as “Person and Place: Psychology of Identity and the Environment,” “The Way Children Think and Learn,” “Literacy across the Primary Curriculum,” and “Debates in Education.” 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. USD students also have the option of enrolling in a wide variety of courses, including humanities, fine and applied arts, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and business.
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. This course layout allows students the opportunity to pursue personal academic interests within the context of the course without having the additional reading and writing assignments typically found within the American higher educational system. Students’ grades will typically be only based on a final exam.
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 Becons, sunbathing on the Gower Peninsula, as well as rock climbing and mountain biking.
Guide for international students
Module listings and course descriptions (type your area of interest into the ‘module title’ field)
Information on what you can study (please carefully read the 'what you can study' section).
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.
Information on accommodations for international students
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.
Explore our interactive budget calculator for this program:
- South Wales, UK Semester Budget Estimator
- South Wales, UK Academic Year Budget Estimator
USD students must complete the Global Learning 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 on a semester or academic year basis; there are no summer programs available. Students wishing to go only for the fall semester should consult with Global Learning as soon as possible.
Check out USW's FAQ page for incoming exchange students (Cardiff Campus)
Fall Semester Mid September to mid December
Spring Semester Early January to early April
Academic Year Mid September to early April
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