Swansea, United King­dom

Swansea has much more to of­fer stu­dents than just beau­ti­ful beaches and a fun stu­dent life. Son­ali Achar­jee dis­cov­ers what makes the ex­pe­ri­ence here so spe­cial.

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A breath­tak­ing coast­line and world- class academics are just some of the rea­sons why stu­dent life at Swansea is un­for­get­table.

The sec­ond largest city of Wales, Swansea has long been a stu­dent favourite be­cause of its nat­u­ral beauty and cos­mopoli­tan out­look. The city, which is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a £ 1 bil­lion spe­cial re­fur­bish­ment scheme, is one of the few Welsh cities to have been trans­formed into a lead­ing stu­dent desti­na­tion with­out com­pro­mis­ing on its old world charm and hos­pi­tal­ity.

“I chose to study at Swansea be­cause I wanted to live in a city where one can ex­pe­ri­ence both peace as well as city life at the same time. Swansea is dot­ted with parks, se­cluded hide­outs and beach coves which are per­fect if you wish to be left alone. On the other hand if you want to party or meet new peo­ple, the city of­fers a bustling and fun nightlife,” says Anu­radha Nair, 18, a stu­dent at Swansea Univer­sity.

Swansea Univer­sity is one of the ma­jor ed­u­ca­tional at­trac­tions in the city. The univer­sity cur­rently boasts of a stun­ning cam­pus in Sin­gle­ton Park over­look­ing Swansea Bay and was re­cently awarded the Times Higher Ed­u­ca­tion

“A GROW­ING IN­TER­NA­TIONAL STU­DENT BODY IS JUST ONE OF THE BEN­E­FITS OF STUDY­ING AT SWANSEA,” SHEL­LEY MATTHEW, SWANSEA UNIVER­SITY

Award for the best stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence in the United King­dom. “I feel very safe at Swansea. I can walk about at any time of the night on my own or visit just about any cor­ner of the city with­out hav­ing to worry or fret about se­cu­rity. I think this cer­tainly en­riches the over­all stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence as you can fo­cus on your academics much bet­ter,” adds Nair.

From the Vic­to­rian Grand The­atre to the an­nual Welsh mu­sic fes­ti­val, stu­dents have plenty of re­cre­ational op- tions in the city. “It’s a lively com­mu­nity and there is al­ways some­thing to do af­ter classes on week­days and on week­ends. Per­son­ally I just love to sit on the beach, eat some seafood and read books,” says Nair, who is orig­i­nally from Delhi.

Around 2,000 for­eign stu­dents come to Swansea each year. To­gether they rep­re­sent nearly 120 dif­fer­ent cul­tures and coun­tries from around the world. “Swansea is a very cos­mopoli­tan and tol­er­ant city. A grow­ing in­ter­na­tional stu­dent body is just one of the ben­e­fits of study­ing here. From the mo­ment you ar­rive till the day you leave, you will feel wel­comed and right at home,” says Shel­ley Matthew, in­ter­na­tional project of­fi­cer at Swansea Univer­sity.

With over 100 univer­sity part­ners across the world, the cities two main higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions, Swansea Univer­sity and Swansea Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity, of­fer stu­dents the chance to spend a year or se­mes­ter work­ing or study­ing abroad. “It’s just a won­der­ful place to both live and study. I would be happy to stay on and pur­sue my mas­ters here as well,” adds Nair.

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