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You are viewing a “brochure page” for a specific WSU affiliated program. Use the information and links below to learn more about this program, please note that links may take you to external websites.

To start a WSU application in MyStudyAbroad for this program, click the “Apply Now” button. Tips:

· Only begin an application when you have determined the program you wish to pursue.

· No application fee for simply starting an application! The Global Learning Application fee is charged only once you are committed to your program and the application deadline has passed.

· Depending on your program type you may have a non-WSU application to complete as well.

  • Locations: Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WSU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement: 3.3 Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Only
Click here for a definition of this term Language Interest: English Click here for a definition of this term Academic Focus: Agricultural Sciences, Animal/Veterinary Science, Business and Economics, Communication, Computer Technologies, Education & Human Development, Environmental Science, Fine Arts, Art History, History, Literature, Philosophy, Hospitality Business Management, Language and Culture, Math, Performing Arts, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Political Science, Sport and Fitness
Program Type: Exchange Type of Exchange: WSU Bilateral Exchange
Additional Info/Reqs: Honors College
Program Description:



Ex - Aber, Title
Aberystwyth lies on the west coast of Britain.  The broad sweep of Cardigan Bay extends more than 70 miles to both north and south, providing many fine beaches and rocky headlands.  There are several village communities within a few miles for which Aberystwyth serves as a commercial, shopping and social center.  Aberystwyth has a large range of pubs and clubs, which extend a warm welcome to students.  The Union's bars have many discounts complemented by regular promotions.  The town is also fortunate to have an extensive assortment of eating places.

Exchange Dates:
  • Academic Year:  September - May
  • Fall Term:  September - January
  • Spring Term:  January - May
Exchange Eligibility Requirements:
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of the exchange.
  • Be in good academic standing at WSU.
  • Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
  • Have completed 1 year of university study.
  • College Preference:  Honors College
Please Note: a maximum number of nominations may be available for this exchange.


Cost Information

Exchange Cost Estimates:

Exchange costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses). A breakdown of these costs can be found below. To determine the cost estimate for your desired term click the button below to jump to this specific cost estimate. Please keep in mind that while every attempt is made to ensure all costs identified below are accurate some variability does exist and exact numbers may not be possible for all expenses.

Academic Year
Spring or Fall Semester

Refund Policy:

Participants are responsible for fees associated with the program once they have committed to the exchange application and the application deadline has passed.

Financial Aid Disbursement Alert:

Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this exchange. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Some expenses will be due before aid is released, participants must budget accordingly.

Tuition Rates:

Tuition will vary depending upon the participant's residence status, term selected, and number of credits listed on the host institution transcript at the end of an exchange.  Tuition listed for Academic/Calendar Year and Fall/Spring term exchanges represent 12-18 credits.  During the Summer term tuition is calculated at the same rate for In-State and Out-of-State resident students based on the number of credits earned.  Information regarding tuition for each term and resident status can be found on the WSU Student Financial Services website for Cost of Attendance.


Cost Estimate for Academic Year Exchange

Fixed Expenses Billed By WSU   Estimated Additional Expenses*  
WSU Tuition (In-State) $10,510 Room & Board $8,561
WSU Tuition (Out-of-State) $25,088 Personal Expenses $3,040
Global Learning Application Fee $200 International Airfare $1,100
International Insurance Fee $502 Books and Supplies $156
    U.S. Passport** $140
    Visa** $496
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (In-State) $11,212 Total Estimated Additional Expenses $13,493
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (Out-of-State) $25,790    
Total Estimated Cost of Academic Year Exchange (In-State):          $24,705
Total Estimated Cost of Academic Year Exchange (Out-of-State):   $39,083

Cost Estimate for a Single Semester Exchange

Fixed Expenses Billed By WSU   Estimated Additional Expenses*  
WSU Tuition (In-State) $5,255 Room & Board $4,281
WSU Tuition (Out-of-State) $12,544 Personal Expenses $1,520
Global Learning Application Fee $200 International Airfare $1,100
International Insurance Fee $246 Books and Supplies $78
    U.S. Passport** $140
    Visa** $496
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (In-State) $5,621 Total Estimated Additional Expenses $7,615
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (Out-of-State) $12,910    
Total Estimated Cost of Semester Exchange (In-State):          $13,236
Total Estimated Cost of Semester Exchange (Out-of-State):   $20,525

*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.

**Please see the "Destination" tab for additional passport and visa information as these costs and country specific insurance (if applicable) will vary.




University Course Catalog:

Tips for Selecting Courses:
Students are advised to consider Part 2 Modules as these are likely to be the appropriate level. Modules are listed in the following format, those listing 00 for a credit value run over both terms and are unsuitable for single semester exchanges.  Students generally take 3 twenty (20) credit modules per term.

     Ex - Aber, Course

Academic Offerings:

Accounting, Agriculture, Animal Science, Art, Biological Sciences, Business, Computer Science, Countryside Management, Economics, Education, Equine Science, European Languages, Film and Theatre Studies, History, Information Management, International Politics, Marketing, Math, Sport & Exercise Science, Tourism, and more.


Restrictions listed here (if applicable)

Grades and GPA:

Below is an approximate conversion for credits:

10 Aberystwyth Credits = 5 ECTS = 2.5 WSU Credits (rounded up to 3)

Grades and credits function differently at institutions around the world. Ensure you are taking at least 12 WSU credits worth of coursework per semester or 6 WSU credits for a summer exchange.

Factors to keep in mind:
  • Grades will not calculate into student’s cumulative WSU GPA, but will factor into Major and Minor GPA’s.
  • Courses and grades will appear on MyWSU and WSU transcript.
  • These have a non WSU transcript provided. Participants should anticipate transcripts taking two to four months to arrive at WSU.



All exchange participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure. Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after participation has been confirmed.
  • Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application. Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.

Additional orientations may also be required upon arrival and will be provided by the host institution.

  • Host Institution Orientation: You will receive additional information and instructions regarding your orientation from the host institution. Orientations and the relevant processes will be unique to the institution.


Destination Details

Site Description

The main campus of the university is situated on Penglais Hill, overlooking the town of Aberystwyth and Cardigan Bay. The Penglais Campus is the site of 12 of the University's 17 departments, as well as most of the student halls of residence. Just below the Penglais Campus is the National Library of Wales, one of Britain's five legal deposit libraries. The original university building, next to the sea, known as "Old College", is the site of most of the University's administration.

Accommodation Information

Aberystwyth offers a wide range of accommodations from traditional catered residences, where meals are provided, to shared facilities and en-suite self-catered accommodations.  .Self-catered residences can accomodate between 2 and 10 people with fully fitted kitchens and, apart from the en-suite option, offer shared facilities including bathrooms. Costs for these housing options range from $484 to $1,000 per month.  Catered residences provide single or shared study bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities and is a good choice if you don't want to worry about cooking your own food. Costs range from $584 to $720 per month, where your Aber Card will be credited with funds for at least one main meal a day.  This card provides a 10% discount at all Aberystwyth catering outlets and is used as your student identification and access card.  Private accommodation is also available at Aberystwyth.

Passport & Visa Details

It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.  United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas.  Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.

United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa. 
  • United States Department of State
  • United Kingdom… if a visa is required or not for U.S. citizens.
    • Normally students need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa.  You can apply up to three months before the start date of your exchange.  Apply for your visa as soon as you have all the required information and documentation as it can take longer than you think.
    • Please Note: Information presented here may change, regardless of what is stated here YOU are responsible for ensuring you have any required visa and for any visa costs.
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements.  Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship.


How to Apply

Before the Deadline: 
  1. Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page.
  • Please Note: There is no application fee for starting an application.
  1. You now have an application and are in the Application Phase. Complete application materials:
  • Signature Documents
  • Questionnaires
  • Material Submissions (Electronic and/or Physical)
  • Online Trainings
  • In-Person Meetings (as applicable)
Nominations are made on a first come-first served basis according to the number of nominations available for each individual exchange.
  1. Once all the materials have been completed, your application will be moved to the Acceptance Phase with a status of "Accepted" or "Pending."
  • “Accepted” Status: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements and you have been accepted by WSU to the program, conditional on whether or not you commit by the deadline. Applicants to this exchange do not exceed the number of nominations available.
  • “Pending” Status: your application has met all Global Learning as well as program specific requirements and nomination restrictions exist preventing determination of your participation. Applicants to this exchange likely exceed the number of nominations available. Participation is conditional on whether or not additional nominations become available by the deadline for this exchange. You will be contacted regarding your interest in this or another exchange opportunity in which you may be interested. In the event you wish to participate in another exchange your application will be shifted to that exchange and moved to "Accepted" provided you have completed all requirements for the new exchange.
  1. Commit to the program: Once in the “Accepted” status, you will see a box appear above "Application Questionnaire(s)" asking you to “Commit” or “Decline” your participation on the exchange.
  • If you click “Commit”: you have committed to participate in your program and accept all responsibilities associated with commitment. DO NOT commit to the exchange if you are unsure if you will participate as nominations are made on a first come-first served basis, and this would remove a placement from another student who wishes to participate.
  • If you click “Decline”: your application will be withdrawn.
After the Deadline:
  1. After committing to the exchange you will be nominated to the partner institution and your status changed to “Nominated.”
  2. After you commit and are in "Nominated" status, complete:
  • Required orientations (see “Orientation” tab for more information)
  • Remaining or new applications items (questionnaires or material items) which were not due before the deadline.
  • Any requested material items specific to your program.
  1. Prepare to Depart!
  • Apply for a visa (if required)
  • Buy airfare (if not included in your program)
  • Start packing!


How to Fund Your Program

Know Your Budget! 
  1. Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
  2. Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
  3. Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians)
  4. Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
  5. Create your budget
  6. Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Explore Scholarships: Country specific scholarships include: Community Resources:

Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
  • Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
  • Private Businesses
  • Online Fundraising
Working in Country:

Students studying in the United Kingdom on a Tier 4 student visa can work part time during their period of study.  For detailed information and for full restrictions visit the U.K. Visa Information website:


Contact Information

Global Learning Department:  Host Institution Website: Additional Resources:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year WSU App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 05/03/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 05/03/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** WSU's application deadline may be different than the application deadline for the study abroad program provider or exchange partner. If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday it will be extended to the next business day.