The country of Wales is part of the United Kingdom along with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Cymru, the Welsh name for the country, is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north, St George’s Channel to the west and the Bristol Channel to the south. It is a country famous for its hills and mountains with Mount Snowdon being the highest and most well-known peak.
Wales has its own language and its capital city is Cardiff.
Why Study in Wales?
Welsh universities offer a diverse range of locations and learning experiences, from vibrant cities through to breathtaking mountains, coastal locations and somewhere in between.
1. High-quality education and research
As part of UK’s respected higher education system, Welsh universities offer quality higher education qualifications that are respected by employers and academics worldwide. A third or more Welsh universities are judged to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). Wales is also home to Nobel Prize winners like Bertrand Russell, who won The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950
2. A strong focus on employable graduates
Welsh universities also have long-established industrial partnerships with some of the world’s leading companies. From SEGA to Rolls Royce and BAE, 92% of Welsh university graduates have found employment after graduation. Companies operating in Wales include The BBC, Netflix, Microsoft, Google, KPMG, WWF and so much more.
3. An affordable cost of living
Wales enjoys some of the lowest living costs in Britain. Compared to other parts of The UK, Wales often has lower costs on accommodation, travel, food, entertainment and shopping, while enjoying the same high-quality goods and services as the rest of the UK and Europe.
4. Stunning history and memorials
For history geeks, Awe-inspiring historic landscapes would benefit Welsh students a lot. With over 600 castles – there are more here per square mile than anywhere else in the world – and six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, students are always within striking distance of Wales’ rich and varied cultural heritage.
5. An international outlook and community
Wales is proud to host and support international students. As an international student, you will be a valued member of Welsh society benefit from award-winning outstanding support. The University of South Wales (member of the University of Wales Group alongside UWTSD), for example, won the Times Higher Education Outstanding Support for Students Award in 2012.
Reasons to Visit Wales
If you love food, a unique culture, culture and beautiful scenery then Wales is for you. It’s never easy to sum up a whole country but if you’re considering a visit to the land of song, here are the top 5 reasons why you should go ahead and do it.
Wales is a beautiful country boasting lush greenery, dramatic landscapes, and no shortage of castles. With plenty to explore, from the extraordinary Dan-yr-Ogof caves to the magnificent Conwy Castle, Wales has something for everyone. Attractions include villages like Portmeirion and Llandudno, Castles like Conwy and Carmarthen and natural attractions like LLechwedd Slate Caverns and Snowdonia National Park. Wales is also home to events like The Hay Festival, Green Man, Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend, and Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Wales has hosted major global events including The Ryder Cup 2010, the NATO Wales Summit 2014, and The UEFA Champions League Final 2017
2.Food and Drink
Wales offers a limitless selection of cuisine including British delicacies as well as Commonwealth, Asian, Middle-Eastern, and European flavors. There is always something new and different to meet your gastronomic desires. Wales is home to some award-winning cheeses outside of France, from strong, creamy cheddars to goat’s cheese and special varieties like Perl Las and Caerphilly
3.A Media Powerhouse
Wales is also a hub for Hollywood, Bollywood, UK, and European lm and television productions, with films like Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger and television shows like BBC’s Doctor Who and Netflix’s Sex Education being shot primarily in Wales.
4.A Gateway to Europe
Eurostar offers high speed rail services from Cardiff and Swansea to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam via London, while airlines like Ryanair, British Airways and Air France offer direct flights from Swansea and Cardiff to mainland Europe including Spain’s Balearic Islands and The Greek islands of Corfu and Mykonos.
Outside of London and Paris, Wales is home to a plethora of stores stocking fashions from high street to high end, and many other good in between.
Places like McArthurGlen Designer Outlet is where to go for affordable designer fashions while the Castle Quarter Arcade in Cardiff boasts an arrangement of cute, independent shops and cafes. Plus set with the backdrop of beautiful Victorian architecture. Almost every major town holds a market where you can get your souvenirs or just your groceries for the cheapest prices.
Visit Wales With IUMW!
IUMW students have the chance to visit Wales with its Dual Award programmes offered in collaboration with our partner university, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), UK. When students graduate, they will receive certification from both IUMW and UWTSD.
IUMW students can also participate in The Study Visit program, where all IUMW students (dual award or not) will be able to visit Wales and make the most of the university’s links with Wales and the UK. This visit will give you the chance to gain a deeper understanding of Welsh and British culture, experience short-term study overseas, and enjoy some fantastic experiences along the way with memories that will last a lifetime!