Identity and Nationhood Summer School

Students chatting on Aberystwyth sea front on a sunny day

Claims about identity and national belonging have become an increasingly important feature of political debate and dynamics around the world in recent years.

This 3 week summer school, from 8th until 29th July 2022, brings together experts from a range of disciplines and backgrounds to explore the nature and implications of such claims for contemporary politics. Through a combination of taught sessions and field trips, the programme offers an exciting opportunity to discuss these issues from a Welsh, British and international perspective.

The programme is hosted by our Department of International Politics, the first of its kind anywhere in the world. 

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 and full board £2,800
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

Whats 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.


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

If you would like more information and/or apply please email

Application deadline:  18th March 2022

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


Feedback from previous 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."