STUDY FOR A SEMESTER IN SWANSEA, WALES
Fall 2017 or Spring 2018, one Northwestern student will have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad studying in Swansea, Wales through the Brad Henry Scholarship program. Think of all you'll see, experience, and learn studying at the University of Swansea.
BRAD HENRY SCHOLARSHIP FAQ'S
Will I still be a student at Northwestern?
Technically, yes, because you are on a scholarship representing NWOSU. However, you will be enrolled in classes at Swansea, Wales during your "scholarship" term; not Northwestern. Whether or not this will impact your financial aid will have to be discussed with the Financial Aid office.
Aren't UK semesters different than ours?
Yes, they are. Most UK universities function with three "terms" (similar to our semesters). Check the University of Swansea, Wales website for dates for the 2016-2017 term as they come available. Generally, their Michaelmas term is roughly equivalent to our fall semester, running from mid September to mid December. The Lent term (think Spring semester) runs from early January through mid March. Finally, their summer term runs from mid April to mid June. Traditionally, students take their major exams at the end of the Lent term, hence the large breaks between semesters. Also, UK universities don't have "fall break" or "spring break."
I've graduated--or am about to graduate--can I apply?
No, if you've already graduated. If you have not yet graduated, you are welcome to apply. However, you need to keep in mind that you must be an undergraduate when you attend Swansea so you CANNOT graduate before attending the university there. For most students, that means some adjusting of their plan of study. Because this has been a problem in the past, Northwestern now asks all applicants to write out how winning the Brad Henry Scholarship and studying for a term in Wales will impact their plan of study here at Northwestern.
The scholarship is for $10,000. What will that actually cover?
In the past, it has covered your tuition and rooming at the University of Swansea, Wales. It also covered one round-trip airline ticket for the student. The rest of your expenses you will have to cover.
SYDNIE LOWE - 2016 Brad Henry Scholarship Recipient
"While I have been here, I have been able to meet quite a few students from America, and it made me really appreciate my situation. My fellow Americans are here either on student loan money or money out of their pockets while I am blessed enough to be here with the scholarship. It has made the entire trip far more enjoyable because I do not have to worry about dealing with the financial side of school nearly as much. They have all struggled a bit to make sure everything is in order. It makes me appreciate the opportunity you all gave me even more." - Sydnie Lowe, Spring 2017
CHANDLER STECKBECK- 2015 Brad Henry Scholarship Recipient
Video of 2015 Brad Henry Scholarship Recipient Chandler Steckbeck discussing her study abroad trip in Wales, England.