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Why Study in Wales

An increasing number of students want to broaden their horizons and experience new cultures by studying overseas. The UK is a popular choice with thousands of students from across the world. Each year Wales welcomes learners from over 170 countries, including the USA, India, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Pakistan, Bangladesh, African nations, Canada to name just a few… 

So, why do students choose Wales? Sit back and let us tell you about 7 good reasons….

  • Students tell us that as well as offering excellent learning and teaching and high class facilities, Wales is a safe and friendly place with loads to do. You can read some testimonials from students who are currently studying in our universities;

  • Research at Welsh Universities has led to any ground breaking discoveries - Over the past 10 years, the quality and international standing of Welsh research has increased faster than the rest of the UK. In fact, the results of the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) cemented Welsh universities’ position as a leading academic destination for world-class research. The REF showed that more than three quarters of the research submitted was judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. In addition, Welsh universities were found to have the highest percentage of ‘world-leading’ research in terms of its impact of any part of the UK;
  • Welsh universities have long established relationships with some of the leading companies in the world;
  • The cost of living here is relatively inexpensive compared to many other parts of the UK. There are campuses in a variety of locations, including vibrant cities, coastal locations and rural settings. Even if your University of choice is in the city, you can be at the beach or walking in woodland within 20-30 minutes;


[Most of our universities guarantee accommodation in the 1st year]

  • For some students, English is not their first language and our universities are very supportive. English is spoken by almost everyone in Wales and Welsh is spoken by around 19% of the population. Access to free English language support is available at all of Wales' universities. Discover more;
  • There are financial support options for international students ranging from scholarships to grants, bursaries, fellowships, financial awards and loans. The EducationUK website provides details of what scholarships different universities have to offer. You can also contact your local British Council Office to find out what they offer students from your country to study in the UK;
  • Wherever your university is in Wales, there are lots of interesting things to do and see, adventure awaits in Wales with plenty of castles and coastline to explore, sporting activities, new experiences and great nights out. When you study in Wales you’ll have the opportunity to explore our beautiful landscapes. It’s also an ideal base from which to discover other parts of the UK – fly to Europe or take the 2 hour train to London;

Today the student population in Wales is large and diverse with around 172,000 learners studying at 9 universities. Here’s a little bit about each one.

Aberystwyth University

Located on the stunning Welsh coastline, the University is one of the well-known research focused universities in the UK. The Uni was ranked top 5 in the UK and best in Wales for student satisfaction in the most recent national student survey and won second place in the International category of the UK-wide What Uni Student Choice Awards 2017. The university has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). 

[Bangor University campus]

Bangor University   

Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).  Student satisfaction ranked in the top 10 in the UK in the national student survey 2017. Bangor has also been voted best in the UK for Clubs and Societies by the What Uni Student Choice Awards.

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Ranked as the top UK University for overall international student support six years in a row*, Cardiff Metropolitan University is proud to educate students from over 140 countries worldwide and be associated with a number of high-calibre partners in the UK and internationally.

Cardiff University

Cardiff University prides itself on high quality, innovative research which translates into benefits both locally and worldwide. It was named a top 100 Worldwide University in 2017, the highest ranked in Wales. With over 7,000 international students from more than 100 countries, the uni offers a diverse and truly international environment attracting the best students and staff from around the world.

[Cardiff University main building]

Wrexham Glyndwr University

Wrexham Glyndwr University is number one in North Wales for getting its students jobs. The University offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a wide range of subjects and has state of the art facilities. The bright lights of Liverpool and Manchester are just an hour away but the local scenery is also an attraction, including a world heritage site.  

Swansea University 

Swansea was 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 by students in 2017. Swansea University is top in Wales and 14th in the UK when it comes to graduates getting professional jobs Swansea University is the top university in Wales in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 league table. The university has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). 

The University of South Wales

With campuses in Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport, the university is renowned for its partnerships with major employers.

These partnerships are one of the many reasons that 95% of the university students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

[University South Wales]

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The University has a new welfare and cultural programme for international students called a sense of place. The university aims to give students the best experiences possible and a programme of visits to locations throughout Wales and England will be arranged.

Open University Wales

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

[Students celebrating graduation at Cardiff Metropolitan University]

Take a look at the Universities Wales for more information on what Wales has to offer.

If you’re already an international student or alumni then we’d love to hear from you - tell us about your experience of studying in Wales or if you’re looking for a university and have any questions please get in touch via our contact page.