You will take 3-6 classes per semester for a total of 15-16 credits per semester.

  • Make sure your courses transfer back for credit with your home school and that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school policies – this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses. Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Special Considerations

Students taking classes within the College of Engineering or the School of Management study at the Bay Campus.

  • If you choose this option, along with classes from other academic departments (Arts and Humanities, Science, Law, Medicine, Human and Health Sciences), you will have to travel between the two campuses for classes.

If you are enrolled within the following departments for the Fall semester, you will be required to take exams in January and must be present at Swansea University:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • Mathematics

Course Restrictions

  • Admittance into HE Level 6/Honors-level classes is selective.
  • To qualify, you must have:

    - Taken at least 3 prior classes in that subject at your home university.

    - Earned a grade of a B or above in each.
  • Most departments will limit a qualified student to no more than one or two HE Level 6 courses per semester.
  • Level M courses are not open to study abroad students.

Special Nomenclature

Note course listing structure below.

Delivery Period Normal Year Taken
TB1 = Fall Semester HE Level 4 = a Sophomore level course
TB2 = Spring Semester HE Level 5 = a Junior level course
TB1 + TB2 = Academic Year HE Level 6 = Senior level course; you must have a sound background in this subject area

Choosing Your Courses

In the Module Catalog:

  • Select a department from the pull-down menu.
  • Select the appropriate academic year.
  • Click the Search box at the bottom of the page.
  • You will see a list of the available modules (courses) during the selected academic year.
  • It is possible to cross-register among different departments.
  • Courses are arranged according to level.
  • Each title brings up a short course description detailing teaching and assessment methods, credits, prerequisites, level, and availability.

You will need to submit an online course form using your Arcadia Passport. List all course choices and alternates in order of preference. 

Credits in the UK (including SCQF and SCOTCAT) are divided by 4 to equal the U.S. credit value. They go from UK to ECTS to U.S. credits.

UK Credits ECTS Credits U.S. Credits














  • Fall Semester = 60 Swansea credits = 15-16 semester credits

  • Spring Semester = 60 Swansea credits = 15-16 semester credits
  • Academic Year = 120 Swansea credits = 30-32 semester hour credits

Enrollment Process

Registration is finalized upon arrival at Swansea.

The online course form students submit to Arcadia prior to departure does not guarantee approval or enrollment in those courses. There is a drop/add period at the beginning of each semester that allows students to make changes to course enrollments. If you make any changes it is your responsibility to inform your home institution.

If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the online course form on your Arcadia Passport


A per-semester special course fee is imposed by Swansea University for enrollment in certain courses or departments.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Percentage Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
70 – 100% First Class  A
60 – 69% Second Class Upper  B+
50 – 59% Second Class Lower  B
40 – 49% Third Class/Pass  C
0 – 39% Fail  F