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Study in Wales: Language and Culture

English is the most spoken language in Wales, with Welsh spoken as the second language. In Wales, students must either be taught in Welsh or study it as a second language until age 16. In fact, over the years, Welsh has been the key to maintaining the Welsh identity, sense of unity and pride. 

Wales enjoys a centuries-old tradition of folklore, poetry, music and intellectualism. These have all contributed to shaping a culture of higher education. Important cultural celebrations include the Hay Festival of Literature, the Brecon Jazz Festival and - perhaps most importantly - is the Eisteddfod a performance festival of Welsh literature and music and art.

Traditional Welsh music typically features the harp alongside traditional songs used as a means for storytelling. Wales’ all-male choirs are of course world famous. The Welsh Theater Company remains an entrenched part of modern culture and has produced many internationally famous actors.

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Sport is important to Welsh culture, especially rugby union and association football. 

Traditional meals include fish and chips, Welsh rarebit (seasoned melted cheese poured over toasted bread), laver seaweed (sometimes called Welshman’s caviar), cawl (a meat soup), Welsh cakes (a biscuit like cake), bara brith (spiced fruit bread) as well as the Glamorgan sausage (a vegetarian sausage made from cheese). In modern times, these are enjoyed alongside new favourites from India, America and China such as chicken tikka masala, hamburgers and chow mein. 

Notable figures in Scottish culture include authors Roald Dahl and Ken Follet, actors Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Rhys, Catherine Zeta-Jones and musicians Tom Jones and Charlotte Church.

Must see tourist sites in Wales include: the Big Pit National Coal Museum, the National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff Castle, Barry Island, the Snowdonia National Park, the National Roman Legion Museum and the Dan-yr-Ogof caves. 

Wale's national animal is the Welsh Dragon, and its national plants are the leek and the daffodil.

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The Higher Education System in Wales

Thinking of studying abroad in Wales? Its unique history and culture make for a fascinating study abroad destination. Find out more about the education system in Wales!

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Tuition Fees In Wales

Tuition fees for higher education programs in Wales can vary. Many international and domestic students pay different tuition fees, depending on where they are from. In this section you'll find all the information on how this works in Wales.

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Living Costs In Wales

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Wales.

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Entry Requirements for UK Universities

Learn more about the United Kingdom's national application portal and how it applies in Wales. This section covers what you'll need to do when applying as an undergraduate and postgraduate.

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Scholarships

Don't let international student tuition fees stop you from studying abroad in Wales. Find out more about some of the scholarships available to international students here! 

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Student Visas for the UK

Do you need a visa to enter Wales to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizenship. Don't worry! We've gathered the information you'll need to make it happen.

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Programs in Wales

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Photo of Llandaff, Cardiff, UK by Xiaoxia Xu on Unsplash.

Last update: 07 Oct 2020

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