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  • Locations: Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Brita Doyle Advising Required: No
Language Pre-requisite: none Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No
Language of Instruction: English Language Courses Offered: Yes
Housing: Dormitory, Shared Apt. Internship: No
Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this program right for you?Students with view of Aber

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 CoastWales.  

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.  

Credit Structure

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:
Credit Equivalence
Aber Credits AU Credits
30 8
20 5
15 4
10 3
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Student Life

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!


Students talking in AberystwythAberystwyth 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.    
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Study in Wales

Experience study abroad in a unique destination and an exciting and engaging culture.  Visit to learn more about your upcoming adventure in Wales!

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/08/2018
Varies by program 09/24/2018 06/01/2019
NOTE: These are terms dates and arrival/departure dates may be different.
Fall 2018 03/08/2018
Varies by program 09/24/2018 01/22/2019
NOTE: These are terms dates and arrival/departure dates may be different. For the Fall end date, students should note that the Aber regular Fall term exam schedule goes into January. Our students are responsible to arrange for alternate exam and test taking with each professor in order to be able to be back at AU for the start of Spring term in DC. AU Abroad can assist in proctoring exams from DC, if necessary.
Spring 2019 10/12/2018
Varies by program 01/23/2019 06/01/2019
NOTE: These are terms dates and arrival/departure dates may be different. Refer to materials received from the partner university for exact dates before making final travel arrangements. Admissions decisions from Wales can take up to several months to arrive back to AU.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.