Studying through the medium of Welsh
Here in Aberystwyth University, we are home to a lively, diverse academic community, and we’re keen to welcome you here to take advantage of that academic life as well as the golden opportunities to be part of the University’s vibrant social life, and to do so through the medium of Welsh.
Degree and Modules
We offer a high level of provision for students to be able to study through the medium of Welsh – one of the highest in Wales. We offer opportunities for students who are fluent in Welsh, in addition to those who are less confident or learners. There are variations in undergraduate course modules and the amount that can be studied through the medium of Welsh. You can also study modules in Welsh even if you are studying mainly in English. We also guarantee a Welsh-speaking Personal Tutor. There is also the opportunity to develop translingual skills which is the process of using information available in one language in another language when writing notes and assessments. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop subject-specific vocabulary that will be useful to you in the workplace.
Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol scholarships are available to students who study through the medium of Welsh. In addition to that, students who study at least five credits a year in Welsh will automatically receive the Aberystwyth University Welsh Medium Scholarship.
- Main Scholarship - £1,000 a year
Students studying at least 66% of their course, i.e. 80 credits a year, through the medium of Welsh.
- Incentive Scholarships - £500 a year
The Incentive Scholarship scheme is available to students who are studying 33% of the course through the medium of Welsh in any subject.
Accommodation and living in Welsh
Pantycelyn is at the heart of Aberystwyth University’s Welsh life and the most famous student hall in Wales. Pantycelyn is also home to UMCA (Union of Aberystwyth’s Welsh Students). UMCA supports a number of Welsh societies such as the Geltaidd (Aberystwyth University’s main Welsh sports society), Young Plaid Cymru, and the Pantycelyn Club for those of you who enjoy performing on stage. The Union’s activities range from organising entertainment and events to campaigning on educational, social and linguistic issues in the University and beyond. Above all else, UMCA is keen to ensure that you make the best of your time at Aberystwyth University, academically and socially.
The ability to communicate confidently in both Welsh and English when speaking and writing is a very advantageous skill to have in the workplace, and studying through the medium of Welsh, or bilingually, develops these skills and will give you an advantage in the jobs market. In addition, graduates who are able to work bilingually earn above the national average.
Addewidion Aber is Aberystwyth University’s commitment to developing Wesh-medium provision. These promises point out what’s special about Aberystwyth and how the University offers a complete Welsh experience.