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Global study

International Partnership Development at USW

At USW, we are very proud of our international outlook. We offer a course portfolio that meets the changing needs of the global marketplace and enables our graduates to contribute to the economic development and growth of their communities and countries. 

We have a long-standing commitment to building a reputation globally and have a network of long-term, sustainable partnerships and collaborations with universities and educational providers across the world.

Our international partnership activities are varied and include:

  • Research collaboration
  • Staff and student exchange 
  • Bespoke training 
  • Advanced standing such as 2+1s, 2+2s etc (recognition of prior academic study)
  • Overseas delivery of University courses (including franchise, joint franchise and flying faculty models)

The University has robust mechanisms in place to support its international partnership activities and ensures compliance with the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Quality Code for Higher Education.

We are always looking to expand our international partnership activities and welcome enquiries and expressions of interest from like-minded organisations. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact: 

Maria Fernandes, International Partnerships Manager USW International 
[email protected]

Cath Blyth, Nursing student, Finland Erasmus exchange 2018

Cath Blyth, Nursing student, Finland Erasmus exchange 2018

Exchange Opportunities: ERASMUS+ and other programmes 

USW is committed to providing international opportunities for its staff and students.

ERASMUS+ is the European Union programme for training, youth and sport offering exciting opportunities for participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad.  

The University has been granted the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education by the European Commission, which allows USW to participate in Key Action 1 of the programme, a project that focuses particularly on encouraging the mobility of students and staff in Europe.

The University has established a strong network of ERASMUS+ partner institutions for both student and staff mobility and ERASMUS+ offers funding towards the cost of participation. 


Information for USW Students interested in participating in Erasmus+

USW students interested in taking part in the Erasmus+ programme can spend between a few months to a year abroad. 

How to Apply:

The application process involves two stages: the first, takes place at faculty level, and the second, at University level. 

Interested students should speak with their course tutor in the first instance to discuss the options that are available within their degree. This step will initiate the internal application and selection process at faculty level, which is completed with the support of the respective Faculty Academic Exchange Coordinator. 

Supported by the Faculty Academic Exchange Coordinator, students will then complete the USW Erasmus+ internal application form, which must be signed by the Faculty Academic Exchange Coordinator and e-mailed to [email protected] for the second stage of the process to start.

  • To be eligible to apply, students must:
  • Be enrolled on a full-time course;
  • Undertake the exchange during the second year of undergraduate study;
  • Have passed all Year 1 assessments and examinations on first attempt;
  • Be a resident of a EU or EEA country;
  • Adhere to all Erasmus+ programme and documentary requirements.

Some helpful links:


Information for students wishing to undertake an Erasmus+ mobility at USW

Thank you for your interest in the University of South Wales! 

Students from USW partner universities interested in a student exchange at USW should contact their University’s Erasmus and Student Exchange Office in the first instance for advice on the process to follow.  

Some helpful links:


USW is also involved in other projects providing exchange opportunities for students and staff that enable them to experience education and culture beyond their home country.

To find out more, including information about how to get involved and apply for one of the schemes, please contact:

Maria Fernandes, International Partnerships Manager, USW International 

[email protected]