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New academic year in Wales

Bangor University students at Llyn Padarn Lake, Snowdonia

In the Autumn students begin their new academic year. Welsh universities welcome new and returning students from all over the world. International students make up approximately 13.7% of all students enrolled in Higher Education in Wales.

Wherever your university is in Wales, there are lots of interesting things to do alongside your study.

Here are some ideas to start you off:


people on zip wires



  • Climb Snowdon or take part in some of the outdoor activities available in the Snowdonia National Park.
  • Activities include Zip World, the longest zip line in Europe and it can reach speeds of 100 mph 
  • Enjoy surfing either at one of the beaches or at Surf Snowdonia
  • Cross Thomas Telford’s Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits to Anglesey. This beautiful island where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lived when they were first married
  • Visit Penrhyn Castle, a 19th-century fantasy castle. The castle is crammed with fascinating items such as the one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria
  • Sample the local produce.  Dine on mussels from the mussel beds of Conwy, Porthmadog, Bangor and the Menai Straits  






  • Explore the countryside from the Taff Trail, a 55 miles route between Cardiff Bay and Brecon in Wales. It's part of the dedicated cycle route which runs throughout Wales
  • BikePark Wales is linked directly to the Taff trail and offers a variety of trails
  • Discover the Welsh traditions of Groggs 
  • Take an outdoor swim in Ponty Lido
  • Learn to sing the Welsh National Anthem in the town where it was written by father and son Evan and James James