Central College Abroad - Study & Intern Abroad in Wales

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Bangor is a small city with a big backdrop – Snowdonia National Park, known as the most beautiful national park in the United Kingdom. The city of 12,000 in northwest Wales is not on most tourists’ itineraries, making it a window into an authentic kind of rural life that treasures both education and the environment.

Bangor is considered one of the U.K.’s best university locations, situated between the mountains of Snowdonia and the Irish Sea and offering some of the finest beaches and most beautiful scenery in the country. North Wales is an area of outstanding natural beauty, yet close to major cities such as Manchester and Liverpool, so travelling to and from Bangor is easy, with London also easily accessible by direct train.

  • Location! Bangor, Wales, albeit small, contains many spectacular sites to explore, such as Snowdonia National Park, the largest mountain range in the UK, during your time interning and studying abroad. Additionally, you will have the chance to explore the
  • Experience! Central College Abroad only partners with the best organizations to ensure you have a fulfilling internship experience. Our advisers are there for you every step of the way.
  • Variety! From literature to biology to history, there are plenty of sectors you can explore when deciding to intern in Wales.
  • Accommodation! Central College Abroad offers all students a single room in a house full of international students! What better way to learn cross-cultural communication skills?

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based on 20 reviews
  • Growth 8.5
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 9.2
  • Safety 9.4
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Wales 2012

I thought this was a great program overall. It was very easy to meet people and get involved with the people from Wales and England. It was really nice being close together, because it was really easy to get together to do things with each other. I really enjoyed that the people in Wales are very friendly and most were were very willing to help if needed. I really felt that this was similar to the everyday life that we have back at Central College since we lived in dorms. The only hard part about studying in Wales is the travel aspect. It is very easy to travel to England and Scotland, but traveling outside that gets very expensive in a hurry. I loved getting to go to the different field trips on the weekends, because if they weren't set up by the director then we wouldn't have been able to see most of those things. Overall it was a great experience, and I have made some many lasting memories.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Bangor, Wales ROCKS!

Making the decision to study abroad was a difficult one but resulted in great experiences in great relationships. Bangor is the perfect mix of night life, a social scene and academic excellence. The program director was wonderful and supportive and the excursions were meaningful and memorable. We had tons of opportunity to travel on our own as well. I was able to visit London, Liverpool, Bath, Stonehenge and many other great places.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tecwyn made this Experience Great

Tecwyn, the Bangor Study Abroad Program Director, was funny, charming and informative. Most of the time he was like a friend, but everyone respected him so there was still order. He showed us some of the best sites in Wales and helped us with academic schedules.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tecwyn - the on-site director is amazing. The country is absolutely gorgeous, and the people are very kind and generous. I loved being here. You get both the mountains and the sea. Be prepared to walk up some pretty hefty hills in Bangor (think San Francisco).

Yes, I recommend this program
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Studying abroad in Bangor, Wales? You won't regret it!

I studied abroad in Bangor, Wales in the summer of 2011. This was a 4 week trip and our group of 7 stayed at an apartment flat that was on the Bangor University campus in North Wales. It was a great set up because we each had our own rooms and bathrooms, while also sharing a living area and kitchen. It was a nice mixture of privacy with our own rooms and social time with our common living spaces. We often made food together in the kitchen area, which gave us the chance to get to know each other better.

One of the best parts about the Wales program is Outdoor Pursuits (OP). Here is what my OP schedule was like: On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, we'd have full days of usually one outdoor activity (Outdoor Pursuits). Here are the 15 days, in order, of what activities we did... Low/High Level Ropes, Sea Level Traversing, Canoeing and Abseiling, Kayaking, Gorge Scrambling, Mountain Scrambling, Indoor Rock Climbing, Group Sailing and Camping, Individual Sailing, Surfing, Outdoor Rock Climbing, Climbing/Scramble (Adventure day), Mountain Biking, and Sea Level Traverse/cliff jumping on our last day! My fav. 5, in this order, were Surfing, Gorge Scrambling, Sea Level Traversing, Mountain Biking, and Kayaking. My least fav. was sailing because it was too slow and boring for me. Our 2 OP instructors, Sally Ward and Sadie Steele, were amazing and I'd recommend them to anyone!

On our 3 Wednesday trips that we went on, we saw the following things: Caernarfon Castle, Beaumaris Castle, Puffin Island boat tour, Marquess of Anglesey Column Tower, the longest named town in the world Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Penrhyn Castle (slate bed, long pool table, gma tour guide, Prince Edward 7th and Queen Victoria), Conwy town (Best Fish and Chips place in North Wales, Smallest house in UK), Llandudno (Alice and Wonderland was written here), and Liverpool (Anglican Cathedral- 3rd biggest church in Europe, Metropolitan Building, Beatles Experience, and lots of shopping.) Wednesdays were great because it gave us a day to rest from OP, and we had so much fun visiting and learning about different towns and places. This would of been impossible without the brilliant guidance of Tecwyn Jones, our legendary Wales resident director.

On our 3 weekends, we went to Dublin (Ireland), Cardiff (Wales), and two 1 day trips to Chester (England) and Llandudno (Wales). In Dublin, which was the one weekend trip built into the Wales program, we went to saw things such as the Malahide Castle, Guinness Factory, Temple Bar, Oscar Wilde statue.. and we did a lot of shopping and ate at great restaurants! My favorite memory of Ireland is probably the Temple Bar because it's not something you can experience in the U.S... The live music from Irish singers who actually sing popular American classics, tons of people from many different countries around the world, and just being with a close group of friends who were all singing and having a good time is one of those memories I will never forget. I won't go into detail about my other 2 weekends, but just know that they were our free weekends to choose where we wanted/could afford to go. Overall, the weekend trips were amazing!

At the end of the day, studying abroad in Bangor, Wales was one of the best decisions of my life and turned out to be the best experience of my life. I would recommend this trip to anyone who likes traveling, likes outdoor adventures, and isn't afraid to go outside of their comfort zones. I want to go back to Wales right now, if that gives you any indication of how much I recommend this trip!

Yes, I recommend this program

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