This year Aberystwyth University marks 150 years’ since it was formed in 1872. For generations, Aber has welcomed students from across the world to learn at the historic seaside town, with its first international student travelling from Utica, New York, in 1875.
Since then, the innovative and award-winning institution has continued to attract students from near or far for its excellent student experience, with 12 per cent of learners travelling overseas to the picturesque university in Cardigan Bay.
Aber has consistently been recognised as a leading university in the UK. And despite the pandemic, it was voted highest in Wales for teaching excellence and student satisfaction by students’ last year.
Recently, Aber – whose alumni include HRH Prince Charles – has injected £100million into campus facilities and improving student life.
From establishing the first Department of International Politics in the world and opening Wales’ first School of Veterinary Science, to exploring space weather using the world’s most powerful telescope and leading environmental projects into the effects of climate change and becoming carbon neutral by 2030, Aber continues to break new ground for higher education in Wales.
With the glorious Old College buildings and idyllic coastal setting, students lucky enough to be accepted by Aber can walk from the main Penglais campus down to the promenade in just 10-minutes to enjoy a game of beach volleyball, or just watch the sunset after a hard day of lectures.
Those international students who have chosen to call Aber home can also benefit from staying in university-managed accommodation at no cost during term-time.
But what happens after graduation day?
Latest figures reveal that record numbers of Aberystwyth University students enter work or further study following graduation, with 96.8% of full-time students in work six months after graduating.
From life on campus to shaping your career, the small university cares about your future, offering a Careers Service and real support turning business ideas into realities with the work of AberPreneurs.
One student who couldn’t wait to walk the corridors of Wales’ oldest university is 21-year-old Ruby, from Louisville, in Kentucky, north America.
Read all about her decision to study at Aberystwyth University here. For further information on Aberystwyth University, visit here.