Identity and Nationhood Summer School 1st - 19th July 2019

Aberystwyth University is inviting applications to attend a 3 week summer programme on Identity and Nationhood offering interested students an opportunity to explore contemporary issues in this field from a Welsh perspective.

The programme is hosted by our Department of International Politics, the first of its kind anywhere in the world, with lively teaching input also from our Department of History and Welsh History and our Department of Geography and Earth Sciences.

The programme is credit-bearing. Students will receive credit to transfer to their home institution if they successfully complete the course. The academic component will entail the completion of a 10 UK credit module (3 US credits) including a journal, presentation, and a written assignment.  The programme will include trips and excursions as well as time to get to know the seaside town of Aberystwyth, home to the National Library of Wales.



3 week Programme + full board £2450
Partner University discount available please enquire
Full board price includes:
  • Single room accommdation on campus, a short walk to lectures!
  • Three meals a day either on campus or out and about
  • All course materials and tuition
  • All trips and outings
  • Support of international office team, academic coordinator and student mentor

What’s not included

  • Travel to Aberystwyth (though this may be available at a discount from Birmingham or Manchester airports, depending on arrival days/times)
  • International travel to and from the UK
  • Travel or medical insurance
  • Visa costs if applicable
  • Personal spending money
Please note, if successful, a 50% deposit will be required to confirm your place, with full payment due by 1st June 2019.

Feedback from 2018 Participants

"All of the trips were invaluable and enriched the experience of being in Wales. I felt like I could take what I had learned in the classroom and use that to synthesize understanding of our outings. Being able to talk with people, to see sites important to Wales and being able to take in multiple perspectives of the Welsh identity was integral to my enjoyment."

"Lecture topics were widely and aptly varied, and informed us on Welsh politics, culture, society, and history. The academic work was never stressful to complete or manage, and the reflective logs were a beneficial way to document the trip."

 "Everyone we met was wonderful and went out of their way to make sure we had a good stay. .... All the professors who came in to teach us did a good job. All the service staff were helpful and willing to help us with whatever we needed."


The programme is broad enough to engage students from a variety of subject backgrounds. It will be of particular interest to students of international relations, politics, social studies, sociology but has also been greatly enjoyed and appreciated by students majoring in sciences, agriculture, languages. If you are in any doubt, please get in touch!

We ask that you are over 18 years of age, already studying at college or university, with a minumum GPA of 3.0, and that you are ready and open for lively debate and discussion.

How to apply

Applicants are required to submit a 250 word statement explaining what they hope to gain from the programme, along with an academic recommendation and evidence of English-language skills (where applicable).

Please email applications to 

Application deadline: 1st March 2019.

Acceptances will be made on a rolling basis, as there are a limited numbers of places, applications may close early.



For more information on admission and the summer school, please contact Marian Gray, International Officer for the USA, at