A passion for education

Wales is a nation where learning is valued and academic standards are high. As part of the UK higher-education system, our universities offer qualifications that are respected by academics and employers across the world.

Our universities are modern and innovative, but our history goes back a long way. Higher education in Wales began in 1822, when St David’s College, Lampeter, opened its doors. We now have eight universities, with campuses located throughout the country.

Around 129,000 students are enrolled at Welsh universities, including around 22,000 international students, drawn from 132 countries. They’re attracted by a culture of excellence in both teaching and research. In the UK’s last Research Excellence Framework, more than three quarters of the work taking place at our universities was judged to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally significant’.

Four of our eight universities feature in the top 500 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020. And student satisfaction is vital. In the last Whatuni Student Choice Awards, four of the places in the UK top 10 – including the number-one spot – were taken by Welsh universities.

We may have plenty of castles in Wales, but we don’t have ivory towers. Our universities have tight links with their local communities and the worlds of business and technology. Within six months of leaving, 92% of graduates are in employment.

Scholarships for International students

Global Wales

In recognition of the importance of Welsh universities’ international activities, Global Wales was set up. It’s a partnership between Universities Wales and the Welsh Government, British Council Wales and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

The programme aims to raise awareness about Wales, build on international partnerships with universities and promote Welsh universities in key overseas markets. See the Universities Wales website for more details.

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