Study Abroad in Swansea, Wales
The city of Swansea, Wales' second largest city, hugs the southwest seacoast, near the scenic Gower peninsula, an area of rugged and unspoiled beauty. The great sweep of Swansea Bay is a natural magnet for all types of water-based activities from surfing to windsurfing to hang-gliding. A seven-mile promenade along the coast provides plenty of space in which to cycle or walk or simply while away the afternoon. The rolling surf, the wide sandy beaches and the seaside cliffs, all make it hard to imagine that you are actually on the British coast.
Swansea city center has a large marina, waterfront village, restaurants, art gallery, and theater. Swansea's Leisure Center has developed various sporting grounds around the city and houses a large indoor water park. The city hosts the International Festival of Music and Arts and attracts international writers to its Dylan Thomas Literature Center. If you love to shop, the Swansea Market, one of the oldest markets in the country, is a lively bazaar where you can buy everything from locally-caught fresh fish to delicate handcrafted china. There is also a lovely old fishing village called the Mumbles and its narrow, quaint lanes are home to all manner of curious shops, pubs, cafes and student hangouts.
Finally, you'll be situated in an area that is considered to be one of the most scenic in Great Britain. From bays and coves to rugged limestone cliffs, you can spend many enjoyable hours exploring your surroundings, as well as take advantage of the excellent opportunities for outdoor adventure such as surfing, water skiing, wind surfing, rock climbing, caving, hang gliding, and horse trekking.
Swansea is linked to all parts of the United Kingdom by excellent roads and railways. There is a regular train service to Bristol, London and popular destinations in the north of Britain, as well as direct air and ferry services to Ireland.