Founded in 1872, Aberystwyth University was the first university to be established in the country of Wales. With students from over 100 different countries, the school is diverse and inclusive. It has been rated among the top three places in the world to be a student with student satisfaction ranked at the highest levels. Undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels of study are available in a wide variety of subjects.   

Aberystwyth offers an excellent standard of education from one of the most pristine and safest locations in the United Kingdom and at an affordable cost.

– Murtza Ali Ghaznavi, Middle East Manager, Aberystwyth University

Discover the Beauty of Wales

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Aberystwyth University is located in the town of the same name in Wales, Great Britain. Situated between Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains, the area is idyllic with hills, valleys, sand and sea.  

There is plenty to do in this beautiful seaside area, from shopping and dining to sports and cultural activities. Students can visit the cultural and historical sites such as the National Library, Constitution Hill, Castle Ruins and the Bandstand. The nearby national parks of Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire are perfect for hiking or jogging and the surrounding beaches beckon students to bask in the sun and sand. Nature lovers will further enjoy trekking, cycling and climbing through the rugged terrain or surfing and kayaking in the blue waters.  

The vibrant nightlife rounds out the complete Aberystwyth experience by entertaining students throughout the year. Students should not miss out on events at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and the Royal Pier or the numerous bars and nightclubs around town.  

About the Aberystwyth Campuses

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Aberystwyth University has three campuses located in Penglais, Llanbadarn and Gogerddan, all towns in the same area. Students who attend Aberystwyth University will never be poor in choices of activities and events in this friendly and welcoming community. The school is home to over 150 clubs and societies where students can find like-minded individuals with shared interests.

Students will find The National Library of Wales, the largest library in the country, available to them along with the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, also the largest of its kind in Wales, located conveniently near campus. The Student Union is the heart of the campus, run by students for the entire student community, ensuring that all students have the information and resources they need to have an excellent academic and personal experience.  

Benefit from Award-Winning Teaching Quality

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With Aberystwyth’s strong emphasis on academics and research, the school was awarded the UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality by The Times Good University Guide 2018 and the Gold Award in the 2018 Teaching, Excellence Framework.

The classes and environment are student-oriented – Aberystwyth is a place where students learn how to think critically and how to be innovative and independent. Students receive the best education by dedicated and involved professors who challenge their thinking and encourage creativity, new ideas and fresh avenues for discussion. To support the exceptional teaching practices, Aberystwyth has recently renovated their classrooms and they are now fully equipped with new technology and facilities to help students attain the best possible learning.

As a research-led institution, Aberystwyth University’s teaching staff consists of professional experts that provide students with new and up-to-date information on a wide range of subjects. This knowledge emboldens students to ask questions, expand their horizons and challenge their own personal thinking and understanding.

Network With Top Employers

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The Aberystwyth Career Services department provides students with services and opportunities that prepare students for their future professional lives. Students visit the department for trainings and workshops and also advice on their CV and academic plans as per their future aspirations. All academic departments offer activities outside of the classroom to ensure that students have real workplace experience before graduation.

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Career Services also has networks and connections with some of the top employers in the region. They organize events where employers visit the campus and students have the opportunity to ask questions and receive insights. Resources, information, events, workshops and more are held for students so they can refine their skills and abilities to prepare them for a prosperous future.

Awards and Accolades

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Aberystwyth University has been given numerous accolades for its teaching, academics and student life. The school was ranked in the "Top 5 Universities of the Year” by the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2018. The school also boasts statistics that show 97% of graduates are in employment or further education within six months of graduating. Aberystwyth University is one of the UK’s top 100 employers for inclusivity in the workplace according to Stonewall 2018. It is also among the top 200 most international universities based on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016.

As a long-established institution, Aberystwyth University has the 10th oldest law department in the UK and the oldest Department of International Politics in the world. This department is also ranked number one in the UK for international politics. On top of that, Aberystwyth University is the UK’s leading university in the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics.

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About the Author: Muneeza Kizilbash grew up in the United States and Pakistan and was active in her university’s International Student Council. Now settled in Dubai, she loves to inform, educate and entertain her readers through her writing.