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Aberystwyth University was founded in 1872 and was the first university in Wales. Aberystwyth University has a long-standing reputation for delivering academic excellence, an exceptional student experience and world-leading research. The University attracts students from over 130 different countries.
Aberystwyth has one of the largest graduate schools for international relations in the world. The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences is a world class research and education centre researching issues including sustainable land use, climate change and the security of food and water supplies. It is also home to one of the five UK copyright libraries, the National Library of Wales, and has the largest Arts Centre in Wales.
Over 100 clubs and societies offer a wide variety of things to do away from study, and there is a Sports Centre on campus offering a range of activities. Students living in university-managed accommodation benefit from an inclusive sports membership, giving access to the gym, fitness classes and swimming pool.
Aberystwyth University is home to nearly 2,000 international students. A dedicated international office is able to answer students’ questions on topics such as visas, accommodation and banking.
The Student Union runs an international buddy scheme to help international students settle in, as well as a special orientation programme in the first days of term. The University offers a wide range of international scholarships for undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students.
Aberystwyth University ranks highly for student satisfaction in the UK and was rated in the top five in the world in a recent International Student Barometer survey. The results of REF 2021 show that the overall quality of research at Aberystwyth has risen since the last assessment in 2014, with 98% of all the research activity being of an internationally recognised standard or higher within all 14 of the Units of Assessment submitted.
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All first year students are guaranteed a place in university-managed accommodation, while international students are guaranteed University accommodation for the duration of their study.
The cost of living in Aberystwyth is amongst the lowest in the UK. The Accommodation Office maintains a regularly updated register of addresses, covering traditional lodgings and self-catering accommodation in a range of shared houses, flats, bedsits and single-study bedrooms. The staff are familiar with all aspects of housing in Aberystwyth and are happy to advise students on relevant issues.
International fee paying students also automatically receive the International Accommodation Award, providing free accommodation in the Cwrt Mawr self-catered campus accommodation for all academic years at Aberystwyth. If students prefer to live in alternative student accommodation, they can instead receive a £2,000 annual discount towards any other university-managed accommodation.
The main campus of Aberystwyth University is situated on Penglais Hill, overlooking the town of Aberystwyth and Cardigan Bay. The Penglais Campus is the site of the majority of the University’s 19 academic departments and the student halls of residence. The original Aberystwyth University building, known as "Old College", is located in the town and is currently undergoing significant redevelopment to transform it into a major centre for learning, heritage, culture and enterprise.
Aberystwyth is surrounded by a beautiful environment, nestled between the Cambrian Mountains and Cardigan Bay. The town’s beaches offer plenty of opportunities for relaxation and recreation.
The nearest airports are based in Manchester and Birmingham, with a direct train connecting the latter and taking just three hours. A regular train service is also offered from London Euston, which takes around five hours.
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