Wales is part of the UK and has plenty to offer for an international student, from exciting cities to stunning mountains and coastal getaways. Each university in this small country offers something a little different and with a low cost of living and high quality of life, it is little wonder so many students choose to study here.
If you are interested in studying in Wales, learn more about the five best Welsh universities (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022) below and begin your UCAS application by arranging a free consultation with SI-UK London today.
The Top Five Universities in Wales
1. Cardiff University
Cardiff University is the only member of the Russell Group of research-led universities in Wales and the country's sole representative in the top 160 of the QS World Rankings. It is also one of the few universities in the UK to boast two Nobel laureates on its staff. 95% of Cardiff graduates enter employment, further study or both shortly after graduating (Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey 2016/17) and students benefit from a stimulating study environment, research-led teaching, and interaction with academics.
2. Aberystwyth University
Aberystwyth University was named the 'UK University of the Year' for Teaching Quality' by the Times Good University Guide in 2018 and 2019 and also has a Gold award from the Teaching Excellence Framework. 97% of graduates are in employment or further education six months after graduation (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018) and Aberystwyth is often described as the cultural capital of Wales.
3. Swansea University
Swansea University was named the 'Welsh University of the Year' by the Times Good University Guide for the second time in three years, as well as being in the top 5 for student satisfaction (NSS 2018) and graduate prospects (Guardian University Guide 2020). International students will be joining a world-class research institution with grand ambitions.
4. Bangor University
The 2019 National Student Survey placed Bangor University amongst the UK’s top 10 for student satisfaction, and hundreds of courses are offered across the arts, humanities and sciences. The University is located close to Wales' stunning mountains and beaches and accommodation has also been rated as the best in the UK.
5. Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff Metropolitan University is spread across three campuses in Wales capital city, with around 12,000 students from 140 different countries currently enrolled.
Cardiff Metropolitan constantly performs well in the UK Student Satisfaction survey, and in the past has been rated top in the UK for student experience, student support and living experience. 94% of recent graduates were in employment or further study upon completion of undergraduate study.