"A wonderful position. On one side are the mountains of Snowdonia National Park, on the other side is the Menai Strait… the best university setting in the UK."
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Area of outstanding natural beauty
Wales is a small, diverse country with metropolitan cities, small market towns, mountains and idyllic beaches. Rich in history and culture, international students can expect a warm welcome here.
The Welsh are famous for their singing and their love of rugby. National emblems include the red dragon featured on the national flag, the leek and the daffodil. Welsh celebrities include Catherine Zeta Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ioan Griffiths, Dylan Thomas, Ryan Giggs and Tom Jones.
Study where the mountains meet the sea
Bangor is an ancient cathedral city of around 15,000 people (plus around 11,000 students) set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, where the Snowdonia mountains meet the sea. It is considered one of the safest and most cost-effective cities to live and study in within the UK. The area offers fantastic opportunities for students interested in the outdoors including sailing, hiking, climbing, surfing, rowing, kayaking and windsurfing.
Bangor has good transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe. The city is 3¼ hours from London, 2 hours from Manchester by train and only 30 minutes from Holyhead where the ferry port for Dublin, the capital city of Ireland, is situated.Follow Liana Stewart, a University of Wales Newport graduate, as she journeys through Wales to discover why over 13,000 students from outside Europe have chosen to study in Wales, UK, this year: