Quick Info

  • Aberystwyth
  • Spring, Year (Fall and Spring)
  • : Exchange
  • : Biology, Business, Accounting, Marketing, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, English (including Literature, Writing, and Creative Writing), Environmental Studies, European Studies, Film Studies, French Language and Literature, Geology and Planetary Science, German, History, History of Art and Architecture, Integrative Molecular Biology, Intelligent Systems, Italian Language and Literature, Mathematics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Spanish Language and Literature, Sports Medicine / Athletic Training, Statistics, Studio Arts, Theatre Arts
  • : 25 January 2018 - 4 June 2018
  • : Regular Pitt tuition and fees + living expenses + airfare
  • : Spring: Monday, 11 September 2017; Fall/Academic Year: Friday, 23 March 2018. Additional information must also be submitted to this institution directly.
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Aberystwyth University offers a wide range of top-rated courses including but not limited to: Art History and Fine Art, Agriculture, Animal Science, Equine Studies, Biosciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Accounting and Finance, Business Management, Marketing, Celtic Sciences, Economics, English Literature, Environmental Earth Sciences, Education and Childhood Studies, International Politics, Law and Criminology, European Languages, History, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science. Courses offered in both English and Welsh.  

One particular area that is unique at Aberystwyth is its International Poltiics department, which was founded in 1919 in response to World War I and therefore is one of the olddest in the world.  

Students are advised to take between 50-70 AU credits per semester in order to be considered.  However, in order to maintain full-time status for Pitt's standards, students should take at least 60 AU credits, which is approximately 15 credit hours here at Pitt.  

Check out the course offerings for Aberystwyth on their modules website.

Student Life

Aberystwyth has something for everyone. Chosen as the UK’s greatest town in 2015, it is a vibrant, safe, coastal community, where students are a major part of everyday life. The town has a great range of shops, a growing café culture, and a lively nightlife.  Our natural and built environment is truly spectacular. Students often choose to take advantage of our coastal location by using our beaches as a contemplative space to study, socialise with friends at a barbecue or party, relax watching the dolphins swim across the bay, or participate in water sports. The activities and facilities available within the University and town combine a superb student experience. 

Life in Aberystwyth is not all about work. You need time to make friends and to develop social networks. Aberystwyth is well known for having a wide range of popular clubs and societies.

Exchange students are free to join a sporting club or society. Sport brings together students with shared interests. It’s a great way to meet new people, participate in activities and gain new skills outside of your academic environment. There is no limit to how many clubs you can join, and you can also start one of your own!  Visit this website to see a full list of activities on-campus.  



  • Safe environment - The latest UK Crime statistics show Aberystwyth to be one of the safest university campus in the UK. If that's not enough the University’s security team are on duty 24 hours a day, allowing you to sleep easily.
  • Friendly staff - The residence support staff are on hand 24 hours a day to give you assistance with any queries or problems you have.
  • Newly renovated - Your accommodation is not only full of modern household appliances but also warm and comfortable. Your time away from home will be that much nicer.
  • Free internet access - All bedrooms in the university’s accommodation have access to the university's high speed internet connection.

All University accommodation is within easy reach of the campus and is guaranteed for international students, most within walking distance, eliminating the need for costly commutes. Every room is provided with internet access and students will be offered either catered or self-catered housing options.  

For more information about the individual residence halls, please consult Aberystwyth's Accommodation website.

Pricing And Dates

Arrive in Aberystwyth Depart Aberystwyth
25 January 2018 4 June 2018

Arrive in Aberystwyth Depart Aberystwyth
Mid-September 2018 Mid-January 2019


Keep in mind that dates change.  You should not book airfare until given confirmation from the exchange university.

You will pay regular tuition and fees to the University of Pittsburgh. If you have a tuition scholarship, please check with the entity providing the scholarship to confirm coverage for studying abroad. 

Inclusions & Exclusions

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Airfare (round trip ~$1,000.00 - $2,000)
  • Room and board
  • Personal expenses (depends on personal spending habits)

Personal expenses varies with individual students. Wonder about the cost of living? You can review the Aberystwyth website for more information. 

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

Insurance: Students must pay an NHS surcharge of £150 for the year. This is paid at time of visa application. See details here.

Visa: Nationals of non-EU/EEA countries need a student visa to study in the UK. The type of visa depends on the length of stay, nationality and whether the student wants to work or volunteer.  Those who are studying for 6 months or less will need the Short Term Student Visa, while those who are studying for a full year will need the Tier 4 Visa.  For further details on the two types of visa please visit here.  

Language Requirements: Additionally, non-native English speakers will be required to show evidence of English proficiency.  Please check with Aberystwyth regarding the requirements.  

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Jessica Sun

Walk-In Advising Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 2 - 4 p.m.

Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt.  I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas.  I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences.  I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose.  Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea.  Good eating and traveling!  Let me know if you should have any questions at jessicasun@pitt.edu or at +1 412-383-7165.