Studying in Wales: A unique opportunity
Wales is not only renowned for its spectacular landscapes, historical cities and breath-taking coastal scenery; it is also one of the top places for university students where they can receive the finest quality higher education qualifications which are recognized by employers and educational systems from all over the globe.
Welsh universities are also renowned for their world-leading excellence in research, another factor which contributes to its popularity among students, and which explains why up to 92% of all graduates from Welsh Universities are able to find employment within six months of leaving the university.
Compared to other parts of the UK, the costs of living are less expensive and there are plenty of activities to do – so whether you enjoy the beach or a walk in the woods, everything is within reach. Every year students from 170 countries come to Wales, and since for some English may not be their first language, Welsh universities also offer access to free English language support for those in need. Higher Education comprises Undergraduate Programmes – which include Bachelor’s Degrees, Foundation degrees, Higher national diplomas (HNDs) and others – and Postgraduate Programmes (master’s degrees, MBAs, PhDs, doctorates, and more) which require an undergraduate degree, so as you see, there are plenty of opportunities to advance your skills. You can also use the time available to look for internships or search for stimulating jobs in Wales while you are still studying or after your graduation. In this respect, while Brexit negotiations remain hanging, immigration rules for current EU students or those expecting to start a course in 2017/2018 have not changed, and EU students will continue to pay the same fees as those of Welsh students well through 2019.
Its academic excellence in world-leading research is what makes Wales so important and let’s not forget that Wales is a part of the UK science base, which is second only to the U.S.A. It has not only produced many Nobel laureates, but made valuable ground-breaking discoveries in many fields including Life Sciences, Environmental Protection, and advances in materials research and testing, while maintaining close relationships with leading companies like NASA, Hewlett-Packard and British Aerospace among others, showing its leading influence and impact on many levels of society. Whether you choose Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Bangor University, Swansea University, or University of South Wales, each will have its own friendly small community feel where you will be able to blend easily and make the most out of your life as a student – and yes, that also means partying with friends and enjoying the best time of your life! Diversity is more than appreciated, it is encouraged, and international students are provided with all the support they need, including financial support eligibility programmes such as scholarships, grants, bursaries, fellowships, loans and financial awards.
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