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Trefforest, United Kingdom
Trefforest is a quaint village located in Wales in the south of the United Kingdom. The birthplace of legendary singer Tom Jones, Trefforest is also the site of filming for the popular television show Doctor Who. Local students in Trefforest 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.
The University of South Wales
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.
USD students have the option of living in on-campus dormitories in Trefforest 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.
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, Trefforest offers hiking in the Brecon Becons, sunbathing on the Gower Peninsula, as well as rock climbing and mountain biking.
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.
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.