Whether you’ve already accepted an offer to study at a university, or are keeping your options open until you get your A-level results, Welsh universities are most definitely open, taking applications and very much looking forward to welcoming new students this autumn.
As the situation with Covid-19 continues to evolve, universities are developing detailed plans for the new academic year. Welsh universities are committed to providing an engaging academic and social experience for all while ensuring the safety and welfare of the whole university community.
There is so much on offer to students in Wales, with a perfect balance of the scenic peaceful countryside alongside a lively and colourful social scene. The diverse nature of each town and city gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of cultures and activities. From exploring the natural surroundings of Bangor, to the vibrant nightlife of Cardiff, it is a study destination for anyone and everyone.
Students choosing Wales as a destination are offered a variety of on and off campus university options, which can open the door to unique opportunities and experiences. Living and studying in Wales is both safe and affordable for students. Some of the universities located here have the lowest accommodation costs in the UK. The towns and cities are safe, so students can feel at ease throughout their time here, and students often commented on how welcomed they felt,
“Everyone was warm and welcoming. Coming to Wales without my parents, I remember feeling a little worried about how I would settle in. But when I was in my halls for the first time, wondering how things would turn out, two people knocked at my door. It was ‘Who are you? We’ve only just arrived – let’s chat, let’s go out.’ Things changed immediately” – Abhishek Prasa, Swansea university.
Wales is rich with culture and history which students can immerse themselves in. There is so much to
with a quarter of the country located in a national park or area of outstanding natural beauty. From mountains, to beaches, forests and lakes, students are never far from the stunning outdoors or plentiful world heritage sites that Wales has to offer. explore
Universities across Wales have also consistently been recognised for providing outstanding and high quality student experiences across a number of categories within our annual
Whatuni Student Choice Awards.
Finding Your University
There are so many unique courses you can find at the universities here, each with their own specialisms. With a variety of unique options, students can embark on study in globally recognised departments such as Ocean Sciences, Architectural and Stained Glass and Biosciences.
Based in a historic seaside market town with a rich cosmopolitan Welsh Culture, once here you will never want to leave. Winner of International and Postgraduate awards in this year’s Whatuni student choice awards, the University has a diverse community and offers an inclusive environment that welcomes students from a broad range of educational backgrounds.
It is big enough that it offers a breadth of courses which make an impact on the international stage, but small enough that each one of their students is known. You won’t just be a faceless number here! You will have the chance to get to know your lecturers and in return they will get to know you. This unique offering has meant that students at Aberystwyth are amongst some of the most satisfied in the UK.
Students at Aberystwyth are part of a campus university with an active Students’ Union, with more than 100 clubs and societies. The University has its own Sports Centre with a swimming pool, gym, climbing wall, well-being and fitness classes. Their on-site Arts Centre is of national significance with live performances, exhibitions, courses, cafés, and a boutique cinema.
The National Library of Wales is just a stone’s throw from campus where you’ll find a copy of every book ever published in the UK. Aberystwyth University delights in its unique location. Set between the stunning coast of Cardigan Bay and the rugged Cambrian Mountains, Aberystwyth is an exceptional place.
Described as the best university setting in the UK,
is situated by the sea and mountains in north Wales. They offer a variety of courses in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences. Having close links to NHS Wales makes them a major provider of training and education in this industry. Bangor University
Bangor’s Business School is a leading European centre for Banking and Finance and sits within the top 50 in the world (RePEc 2020). Students in this area receive education from field experts, with lecturers in this faculty having written material for text books and worked for respected financial and government institutions themselves.
A unique feature of the Bangor experience is that the majority of their courses give students the option to add in a year abroad – for either a year of study or work. There are also options to take up an internship or summer school placement for a shorter period abroad. This flexible opportunity, which students can investigate and decide on once they’ve started their course really enhances employability opportunities and helps students in becoming adaptable individuals.
As a member of the Russell Group,
is one of Britain's top 24 leading research universities .They offer 300 courses within 26 academic schools, so students can immerse themselves into a variety of innovative and traditional subjects. Cardiff University
Cardiff University’s international reputation and commitment to excellence, means that students and staff are drawn to the university from across the world. Founded in 1883, the university combines a dynamic approach to teaching and research with impressive modern facilities.
The university's expertise in research-led teaching encompasses the humanities, the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences, engineering and technology and lifelong learning. Its outstanding research community features 2 Nobel Prize winners, 11 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, 13 Fellows of the Royal Society, 7 Fellows of the British Academy, and 21 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
The University’s Portland-stone buildings are centrally located amidst parks and tree-lined avenues in the city's civic centre
. Students who choose to study at Cardiff University will benefit from the combination of a small, friendly, inexpensive city with the cultural and recreational amenities of an ambitious and progressive capital city.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Based in the capital city of Wales,
has two campuses, Llandaff and Cyncoed which are within easy reach of Cardiff’s vibrant city centre. Students who choose to study here will benefit from the university’s close-knit community, small class sizes and supportive tutors. In addition to this Cardiff is one of the UK’s most affordable cities! Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff Met places a strong focus on employability and pledges to give its graduates the Cardiff Met EDGE – ethical, digital, global and entrepreneurial skills to develop their confidence and resilience, preparing them for life after university. The university maintains close links with industry partners and offers great opportunity for work placements and internships.
The university is well known for its sporting pedigree. Students at Cardiff Met take part at the highest level of national and international competition, and many have gone on to European, Commonwealth or world success.
With it’s unique beachfront location in the south-west of Wales,
is a century-old ambitious university renowned for its academic and teaching reputation, friendliness and inclusivity. Swansea University
Stunning campuses and a friendly welcome make Swansea University a desirable destination for students from all over the world, enabling those who join to develop skills and knowledge that will set them on successful and enriching careers.
The university’s figures speak for themselves with Swansea attaining a gold rating in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF) and ranking 1
st for University of the Year in the 2019 Whatuni Student Choice Awards.
Located between Gower Peninsula and the Brecon Beacons, the Swansea Bay region is flanked by areas of outstanding natural beauty with stunning costal paths, surfing and cycling; for the adventure sports enthusiast to the lazy walk on the beach, there's something for everyone.
University of South Wales
Choose to study in the city, countryside or coast!
unique offering across a range of specialist subjects provides hands on industry linked courses for real world experience. University of South Wales
USW boasts a wealth of state-of-the-art facilities for hands on learning, including a moot court and a legal practice library, as well as purpose-built psychology and science labs. The university also provides opportunities for real world experiences through placements and internships, including a 10-week internship for business students and the opportunity for our criminology students to impact real world crime cases, through our innocence and cold case projects.
For all the creative students out there, the university’s faculty of creative industries is based in Cardiff, the Welsh hub of creativity, allowing strong industry links with major film and TV industry employers, including Bad Wolf (the production company behind His Dark Materials). The campus boasts impressive music, design and photography studios, with their fashion facilities replicating that of an industry environment with trade sewing machines, 3D printing, as well as many creative spaces where students can work and collaborate.
The University is also known for its world class sporting facilities, including 11 pitches, a 3G rubber crumb floodlit football pitch, a new specialist centre for strength and conditioning plus a full-sized indoor football pitch - the only one in Wales and one of only five in the UK.
The university’s Aerospace Engineering courses provide amazing opportunities for future careers. With site visits, practitioner mentoring and industrial placements, students have a hands-on approach from the start. As the only university in the UK to incorporate the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in its aerospace degrees, students undertaking this subject benefit from having their course recognized by aviation law. Students who complete the EASA training can then apply for a full EASA Part 66, which would usually take five years to acquire. This degree allows students to undertake training within industry level facilities all over the world.
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
(UWTSD), the longest established university in Wales, holds the third oldest Royal Charter in England and Wales, after Oxford and Cambridge. University of Wales Trinity Saint David
This modern, dynamic, creative, innovative and inspirational university with a long tradition of teaching and research was rated first in the UK for courses and lecturers by students in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019 and 2020. UWTSD is also known for its employment-focused programmes and friendly learning communities.
Each of UWTSD’s three main campuses in south-west Wales has its own specialisms: Swansea - art, business, education, health and sciences - computing, engineering, environment, psychology and more; Carmarthen - performing arts, sport and health, business, social sciences and applied psychology; and, Lampeter - humanities.
UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art is known as the best in Wales for its innovative creative disciplines. It provides an art school experience in a contemporary university setting with state-of-the-art technology. Ranked 1st in Wales for Art & Design and 8th in the UK overall (Complete University Guide 2021), Swansea College of Art UWTSD delivers an excellent university experience to its students. The university is also internationally renowned for its Architectural and Stained-Glass courses - which offer students exciting career opportunities.
In addition to Art, UWTSD saw a wide variety of its subject areas across its campuses rated highly for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2021: 1st in the UK - Electrical & Electronic Engineering; 2nd in the UK - Mechanical Engineering; 11th in the UK - Computer Science; 12th in the UK - Theology & Religious Studies and in Sports Science; 14th in the UK - Business & Management Studies.
As well as its on-campus courses, UWTSD has considerable experience in distance learning, offering a variety of courses to students across the globe and close to home.
As part of its ongoing support for current students and new applicants, UWTSD has developed apps that put academic and welfare information and access to support in the palm of your hand through its new hub - a ‘one-stop-shop' for the essential contact that helps make student life easier.
Wrexham Glyndwr University
Located in north Wales,
blends together its modern facilities and learning approaches within its historic setting. The university prides itself on its industry-led courses, links with employers, and its wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, along with Wrexham Glyndwr University part-time courses and professional qualifications.
The main campus in Wrexham is located on the edge of town and contains the majority of student services, facilities and accommodation. There are over 9,000 students at the university, with around 1,500 studying for a postgraduate qualification.
There is an additional rural campus in Northop a short distance away that specialises in Animal Studies and Biodiversity as well as a cutting-edge research centre in St Asaph that focuses on Opto Electronics Technology.
The University has a generous amount of facilities available which enhance the students learning experience.
Wrexham Glyndwr offers a range of foundation year courses designed for students who haven’t quite met the entry requirements for their chosen course. This allows individuals to gain the necessary confidence and skills they need to progress into further study. Students spend one year studying the foundation degree or diploma and can then go onto studying at degree level.
How Universities in Wales Can Shape Your Future
One of the best thing about studying in Wales is the fact that
is at the heart of all the academic programmes. Unique schemes and initiatives, as well as university partnerships with leading companies mean that students receive the very best career focused education. It comes as no surprise that 92% of graduates from Welsh universities are employed or in further study six months after graduating. As a student in Wales, you can be assured that you will leave university prepared and ready for the workplace. student employment
The AberForward Internship scheme at Aberystwyth provides graduates with the opportunity to participate in graduate level employment whilst at university! Cardiff Met has links with over 5,000 companies, ensuring all their courses are industry-focused and that their students engage with the variety of Ethical, Digital, Global and Entrepreneurial (EDGE) skills to develop the confidence needed to progress. Swansea University and its Employability Academy are ranked as one of the top 5 in the UK. Their ‘Week at Work’ and career guidance is of great value and is offered to all students right from intake to graduation.
As well as the career services on offer, Welsh universities have ongoing projects available for students each year. A range of volunteering and work placement opportunities gives students the chance to upskill, get outside their comfort zones and really discover their passions.
Frankie who studied MSc Marine Environmental Protection at Bangor University shared that
“My time at university enabled me to create my dream job in a place I love. It’s great being able to continue to support the university and the local community through my work at the Anglesey Sea Zoo”.
Ben, a Sport Management student at Cardiff Metropolitan University who went on to become co-founder and managing director of Archer Sports Manager shared that:
“During my final year at Cardiff Met, I decided to do an Enterprise Project. This opportunity allowed me to conduct market research into what a sport agent does, the size of the market, the pool of potential clients, and the estimated cashflow. This process added value to when it came to starting Archer Sports Management after graduation. Seizing this opportunity put me in the business frame of mind to pitch a real-life business venture to an examination board.”
These are just some of the many ways that Welsh universities equip their students for the future. As globally recognised institutions, students studying in Wales have one of the highest chances of being offered valuable and relevant jobs after graduating.
Life After University in Wales
Did you know that Wales accounts for 12.3% of graduate start-ups across the UK? The educational opportunities across Welsh universities have a strong entrepreneurial focus which results in graduates that are highly skilled. Each year graduates in Wales go on to play a large role in the economy.
Student satisfaction rates are high, with many students reflecting positively on their university experience. Student have access to high quality industry links and array of graduate jobs available for STEM, Creative Arts, Agriculture and business graduates- placing them in the best position for success.
offers students not only the possibility of an amazing university experience, but a prosperous future too. It’s never too late to think about Wales as a study destination for you. Wales