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Why study in Wales?

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Wales has much to offer international students studying in the UK: it is a beautiful and historic country, with hundreds of castles and miles of coastline to keep you busy. Living and studying in Wales is a great way to get to know this green and wonderful country, where the sea is never far away.

It also boasts three of Britain's most famous national parks: Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales, Snowdonia National Park in North Wales and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in West Wales. The surrounding coastline is dotted with award-winning beaches including the Gower Peninsula and offers residents and visitors many opportunities to sample outdoor activities like surfing and hiking.

It's a country rich in myths and music and renowned for its strong presence in literature and the arts. The country's Celtic cultural heritage, relaxed atmosphere and warm welcome is a winning combination. Wales also offers an abundance of theatres and galleries and is the birthplace of bands such as Stereophonics and writers such as Dylan Thomas.

The Welsh are passionate about many things and a love of sport is certainly near the top of the list. Cardiff's Millenium Stadium is considered one of the finest stadiums in the world and is home to the FA Cup final.

2010 Highlights

Six Nations
Cardiff's Millennium Stadium brings rugby fixtures to the capital city and has been the 2010 RBS Six Nations host. Even if you haven't experience the thrill of live rugby, attending one of these events is bound to get you hooked.

The Guardian Hay Festival
The little town of Hay on Wye hosts a bijou literary festival with a global reach, set in the beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Bill Clinton calls it the 'Woodstock of the Mind'. It's not just about literary celebration - music, comedy and current affairs are also on the agenda for following years.  Don't miss it!

A Quality Education

Wales is a great choice - it's a safe country with some of the lowest crime rates in the UK. Student life in Wales is a supportive and social one and Welsh institutions have a world-class reputation.

Wales has 12 universities: Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Cardiff University, Glyndwr University, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea University, Trinity University College, University of Glamorgan, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, University of Wales Lampeter and University of Wales Newport.

Last year, Wales attracted international students from 106 countries. In the last two years, Welsh Higher Education institutions have launched more than 100 new courses and attracted over £900m of research funding. In Wales at the moment, roughly 10% of the student population is made up of students from countries outside the EU. Institutions in Wales offer a high-quality education that will benefit any international student.

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