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Educational links


The UK higher education system, which includes Wales, is world-class and well regulated. Wales has developed strong links with China over many years through research collaborations, study exchanges, internships and links with business.

For example:

  • The British Council's programme Generation UK-China builds trust, understanding and mutually rewarding relationships between organisations and individuals in the UK and China;
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Chongqing Municipal Government and the Welsh Assembly Government, agreeing to collaboration and co-operation in a number of areas including strengthening education and training ties, was signed in 2006;
  • On 17 October 2017, 47 Primary and Secondary school teachers and modern foreign language practitioners from across Wales gathered in Cardiff to attend the 12th Wales China Schools forum to discuss and progress the teaching of the mandarin language;
  • The Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the Welsh Government on the promotion of cultural collaboration exchange, signed in 2015, set out an educational outreach agenda, to target school children through the cultural ties of both nations; and
  • The British Council also has a Connecting Classrooms scheme and a Chinese language and cultural programme which gives schools in Wales direct access to China, its culture and language;


Welsh universities are outward-looking institutions that form a core part of Wales's international fabric. Our international students and staff are invaluable to Wales - culturally, socially and economically.  

Scholarships are available at our Universities and if you know where you would like to study the best place to look is on the institution’s website. Otherwise, you can also contact your local British Council Office to find out what they offer students from your country to study in the UK.

There are three Confucius Institutes at Cardiff, Bangor and the University of Trinity St David, which provide a strategically important portal for understanding between the peoples of Wales and China.  Since the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Chongqing Municipal Government and the Welsh Assembly Government was signed in 2016, a number of Universities in Wales have set up strong collaborations with Chongqing Universities.

You can read more about our universities' links with China below:

Aberystwyth University

An increasing number of people from China choose to study at Aberystwyth University. 

Amongst the most popular undergraduate courses studied by students from China are Accounting and Finance; Computing; English and Creative Writing; International Politics; Theatre, Film and Television studies; Agriculture and Environmental Science. Student Bangning Zhou would “definitely recommend studying here to other international students.”

Located on the stunning Welsh coastline, the University is one of the well-known research focused universities in the UK and it takes pride in its excellent ratings in Student Satisfaction. Some student profiles can be found on the University website.

Bangor University

Bangor continues to draw increased number of students from all parts of China and it's easy to see why as the University is ranked 1st in the UK for student accommodation. (WhatUni 2018) a top 10 UK University for Job Prospects – (WhatUni 2018) and awarded Gold rating for Teaching Excellence (TEF 2017)

The most popular options among Chinese students are Business Studies including MBA, Electronics Engineering, Law, and Biotechnology. Many other courses are on offer and international student profiles can be found on Bangor University site.

[Members of the Bangor University Confucius Institute -  credit Bangor University]

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Ranked as the top UK university for International student support 5 years in a row in the International Student Barometer (2010 – 2014), the University has a longstanding tradition of welcoming Chinese students, some of which are listed on the University website.

The University opened a Cardiff Met China Office, located near Tiananmen Square Beijing, in 2014 to develop strategic partnerships with Chinese institutions for joint research, staff and student exchange and joint programmes. 

Wrexham Glyndwr University

The University also offers vocationally relevant courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in a wide range of subjects including business, engineering, science, computing and the creative arts.  More information can be found on their website.

Cardiff University

Cardiff University are proud of their links with China. The city of Cardiff has been twinned with the city of Xiamen for 29 years and has a Confucius Institute which is partnered with Xiamen University to offer various courses that enhance understanding between China and Wales.

Cardiff University is working with some of China’s leading cancer organisations on ground breaking cancer research projects. In addition, Cardiff University signed a memorandum of understanding with Sun Yat-sen University in February 2017 in which the two institutions work together in the field of breast cancer research. Cardiff University is also joining forces with a major Chinese biomedical service provider to explore key biomedical and clinical research opportunities, including integrative bio systems; mind, brain and neuroscience; immunology, infection and inflammation; and population health.

Former Vice Premier Madam Liu, made a two day visit to Wales. During her visit, Madam Liu visited Cardiff University in 2015 to unveil a plaque symbolising the launch of a new joint college led by Cardiff University and Beijing Normal University to add to 40 other partnerships. “Students of the new Cardiff-Beijing Chinese Studies Joint College will follow a collaboratively developed curriculum in Chinese Language and Cultural Studies leading to a dual undergraduate award by both universities.”

Xiaoye, a Chinese student at Cardiff University produced a video to talk about his experience.

More information can be found on Cardiff Universities China page.

Swansea University

Swansea University currently has over 700 Chinese students studying various courses across 7 Colleges. Swansea has achieved a number of top rankings in recent years such as being named the best  University in Wales by the Times Good University Guide, top 30 for research in the UK, top 4% World Ranking and voted University of the Year 2014 by students. You can discover more on the Swansea’s China page.

Swansea has also strengthened a century-and-a-half association with one of China's fastest-growing cities, Wuhan. It has signed an agreement which will see authorities cooperate in the fields of economy and trade, transport and logistics, culture and sports, and education and tourism. Swansea's Griffith John founded one of China's oldest hospitals, in Wuhan Union, in 1855. Which has led to the close association between the two cities and Swansea University's College of Medicine collaborates with the Wuhan Union to this day.

University of South Wales

The University of South Wales is a popular choice for Chinese students and their student body reflects this, with around 800 Chinese students studying. The University has been welcoming students from China to its campuses for many years and fully recognises the important contribution that they make to the community.

Information on the current number of Chinese students studying on campus, as well as student profiles, can be found on USW web pages. In one profile, student Wei Li talks about how the University is renowned for its business courses.

[University of South Wales Newport Campus]

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David

As well as the teaching of students the University is host to a number of visiting Chinese scholars in all manner of disciplines including: Fine Art, Business, Chinese Culture and Calligraphy, and Mandarin. The significance of the University's relationship was recognised by Hanban (the Chinese Ministry of Education) which granted the University's Lampeter Campus the honour and status of being the first Confucius Institute in Wales.

UWTSD has been ranked as 4th in the UK for good personal relationships between staff and students according to the Times Newspaper. If you would like to learn more they have theIr own China page with a list of entry requirements.

The Open Univerisity

The Open University in Wales is the leading provider of part-time undergraduate higher education and supported distance learning across Wales.

First Minister of Wales discussing academic links between Wales and China at the signing of a MoU between Swansea University and Beijing Daluhangxing Quality Certification Center Co. Ltd

Find out more about our universities on our Studying in Wales pages.