Partner Profile: Bowling Green State University

Aberystwyth University students have the opportunity to study on a direct exchange at Bowling Green State University located in Ohio, USA.

BGSU campus

Type of Link: Institutional

Mascot: Freddie and Frieda Falcon 

Established: 1910

Number of students:

  • 15,000 UG
  • 3,000 PG


Bowling Green is a town in Ohio with a population of around 32,000. The town has a strong history of ice sports and there is an ice arena on-campus where you can take up ice hockey, figure skating, curling or broomball. Despite its small size, Bowling Green still has plenty of restaurants and bars and the large student population keeps the nightlife lively. Every September the town plays host to the Black Swap Arts Festival, a three day event which sees hundreds of artists set up shop on Main Street.

If you do ever want to escape the BGSU bubble then the larger city of Toledo with a population of some 230,000 people is just 20 miles away.


All courses are offered in English. Students from any academic department are eligible to apply at the discretion of their department’s exchange coordinator. There are a number of course available that are similar to the following departments in Aberystwyth. These include:

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • BiologyBGSU logo
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Film
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • GermanBlack Swap Arts festival
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marine Science‌
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre


There are a range of accommodation options available and BGSU suggest that international students apply for a place in the Global Village. Housing is limited so students must make sure they apply in advance of their arrival.

Visa Information and Other Costs

All international and exchange students must apply for a F-1 visa as well as an I-901 SEVIS to study in the US. Both of these documents have fees attached which are liable to change year on year. 

ALL students attending Bowling Green State University MUST have health insurance and be able to prove that they have purchased it. Student are required to enroll in BGSU's Aetna Student Health Plan when they register. Without the appropriate health insurance, students will not be eligible for a visa.

Other costs that students should be aware of are the international student orientation fee which is a $100 one-off payment and the international student fee which is $50 per semester. The student ID costs $25.BGSU pitch

Getting There

The closest airport to BGSU is Toledo Express Airport which is about a half hour drive from campus. If students need to be picked up from the airport, they should contact International Student Services at

The first semester begins in August and ends in December. International students are expected to arrive a few days in advance of term dates. The second semester begins in January and ends in May.

How to Apply

All students wishing to go on an exchange to Bowling Green State University must apply through Aberystwyth University as they must first be nominated by the International Office and students usually go in the second semester of their second year, unless they have special permission from their department. Students must then fill in an application.