You will take 3-6 classes per semester for a total of 14.5 credits in the fall and 17.5 credits in the spring. You are required to participate in the pre-session course, AMX315/316 British Politics and Culture since 1945.

  • Make sure your credits transfer back for credit with your home school – 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 registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Course Catalog

Swansea University courses available to study abroad students are available through the online Module Catalog which has a list of all of the departments at Swansea.

  • Select a department from the pull-down menu, select the appropriate academic year, and then 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. The courses are arranged according to level.
  • Each title is a link that will bring up a short course description which includes the teaching method, assessment method, credits, prerequisites, level, and when the course is taught.
Delivery PeriodNormal 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
  • 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

Mandatory Pre-session

All Arcadia students are required to participate in the pre-session course AMX315/316 British Politics and Culture since 1945. This class is designed exclusively for study abroad students and aims to give an introduction to major themes, events, and personalities which have shaped social, cultural and political development in the United Kingdom since the end of World War II. Relevant co-curricular trips are included.

AMX315/316 is worth 10 Swansea credits (2.5 semester hour credits). Fall students will earn 2.5 semester hours of credit for the pre-session plus 12 semester hours during the fall semester for a total of 14.5 semester hours of credit. Spring students will earn 2.5 semester hours of credit for the pre-session plus 15 semester hours during the spring semester for a total of 17.5 semester hours of credit.

Course Restrictions

Admittance into HE Level 6/Honors-level classes is selective and at the discretion of Swansea's departmental tutors upon review of students’ official transcripts.

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 of those classes

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.

Making Your Course Selections

You will need to submit a course registration form using your Arcadia Passport. List all course choices and alternates in order of preference. Your first choices may not be available due to timetabling, prerequisite, or availability issues.

This form is used only to determine your eligibility for admission and for the pre-registration process at Swansea.


  • Fall Session + Pre-session = 70 Swansea credits = 14.5 semester hour credits
  • Spring Semester + Pre-session = 70 Swansea credits = 17.5 semester hour credits
  • Academic Year + Pre-session = 130 Swansea credits = 32.5 semester hour credits

Credit Transfer

You are responsible for:

  • Meeting with your academic advisor to discuss course selections.
  • Obtaining approval for approximately 8-10 classes per semester (including alternates).
  • Registering for a full academic load.

Important Notes

  • No specific course requests can be guaranteed by Arcadia or Swansea.
  • Final course registration does not take place until you arrive at Swansea University.
  • From September 2015, students choosing to take classes within the College of Engineering or the School of Management will be studying 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.

Miscellaneous Fees

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