Is this program right for you?
This program is right for students who wish to study in a charming, coastal town in Wales. Students who go on this program should wish to integrate in the classroom with Welsh students in their university's undergraduate classes. Classes are offered in a very wide array of course areas and this program will meet most AU students' needs. They are particularly well known for their departments of international politics, psychology, sciences, communications, film, and television studies.
This is a direct enrollment program so students will take regular university classes with local Welsh undergraduate students. Classes are available in many different subject areas. Aberystwyth University is particularly strong in a variety of fields including International Studies, International Politics, History, Communication, the Sciences, Literature, and more. A full course list can be seen on their website here
Aber, as it is commonly referred to by locals, is a university that has a very similar size to American University with about 10,000 students. It was founded in 1872 as the first University institution in
Aberystwyth University is particularly strong in International Politics, so AU's SIS students are particularly encouraged to study abroad in this program. Aber was the first university to have a chaired faculty position in international politics named after Woodrow Wilson. Founded in 1919 after the end of World War I, the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth is the world’s first university department of International Politics, and it remains one of the largest departments of politics and international relations in Europe with over 40 academic staff. Its vibrant and cosmopolitan learning environment welcomes students from all over the world, and provides a lively venue for contemporary and international political debate. View sample international studies courses on their website here
Generally, a full course load in Wales is 3-4 courses a semester for the Fall or Spring term. Students must enroll in a full course load while abroad. The standard full time load for Fall/Spring 60 "Aber credits." Most courses are worth 20 Aber credits and those 20 Aber credits equals 5 AU credits. Refer to the chart below for the complete credit conversion information that AU will use to transfer credits from there to AU:
Aberystwyth provides an inexpensive
, safe, and secure living environment with one of the lowest crime rates in the UK. The student experience is excellent, offering a lively social scene in a diverse and friendly local population.
Aber has a long list of student clubs, what they call "societies," that our students can join while studying abroad in Aberystwyth. We encourage you to get involved and meet local students to get the most out of your study abroad experience. The Student Union
at Aber is ready to welcome you!
Aberystwyth University is able to offer a place in University housing for full-time Undergraduate International Exchange students on a first-come-first-served basis. They have a variety of different accommodation options including catered residences, in which student have a single or double room and a meal plan, or non-catered apartments, in which students share an apartment with other students and cook for themselves.
Housing in Aberystwyth is extremely affordable. Most options cost half as much as a semester of housing in DC at AU!
As soon as your place to study at Aberystwyth University is confirmed you will be contacted inviting you to apply for accommodation. Please note that a place in University accommodation may be offered, but a specific type of room or location is not guaranteed.
Study in Wales
Experience study abroad in a unique destination and an exciting and engaging culture. Visit studyinwales.ac.uk
to learn more about your upcoming adventure in Wales!