Studying abroad in Wales was easily the best risk I’ve ever taken. I met so many great people who I can luckily call friends forever. I’ve seen so many foggy mornings roll away over Snowdonia, and boy have I seen some rain. In Bangor, Wales, you can look to your right and see mountains, then look left and see water. Wales was one of the most amazing places I have ever been in my life and I am so glad to have called it a second home. Wales has a great night life; there always seem to be people out and about, whether it’s at pubs, clubs, or bars. The shopping down on High Street will get you through rainy days, and the trains and buses will get you out and exploring the beautiful mountains, castles, and seaside on sunny days. The professors are very helpful and knowledgeable, and the staff at the study abroad office will answer any question you have and help you in any way they can. Wales is full of wonderful people, and I am definitely being a little biased when I say everyone should go there. Trains are the easiest way to visit the wonderful surrounding cities, with many castles to be explored and it’s central enough where traveling to other countries is relatively cheap and quick! ~Sarah Toto, Psychology major
I learned to travel cheaply, and gained the ability to talk to people and make friends more easily. Great hands on learning with the Ocean Sciences department. There was much teaching yourself for exams and through classes. Classes at Bangor University have many more papers than tests and exams, and not many homework assignments. I didn’t live in on campus housing and found a flat about a mile down from my classes. The clubs and people were very inviting and friendly, especially Photo society. They were a fantastic group of people and it was very hard to say good bye to all the people I had met these months. This was an amazing program!! ~Alyssa Templeton, Marine Science
Located in Wales, Bangor University was founded in 1884, making it one of the oldest and most prestigious degree awarding institutions in the United Kingdom. The University has an impressive range of library, IT and subject specific learning resources and facilities, as you would expect from a high quality institution. Bangor has a vibrant research community, conducting internationally recognized research programs which you could be part of. With students from over 79 countries world-wide, the city has a thriving international community, and provides a welcoming and supportive learning environment for international students who wish to develop their full potential through our range of high quality, well-founded and established study programs.
England, Scotland and Wales, make up Great Britain, along with Northern Ireland come together to form the United Kingdom.
Wales is the most mountainous country, with Northern Ireland known for its luscious green landscape and rolling hills. From temperate to oceanic climates of frequent rainfall, winds, and winter snows, the United Kingdom sees a variety of temperatures and has, overall, enjoyable weather.
Situated on the North Wales coast, the city of Bangor is easy to reach from any part of the UK. Manchester International Airport is only a two-hour train journey away and London is only a four-hour train journey away. A cathedral city, Bangor is set between the Snowdonia Mountains and the sea and is a beautiful and spectacular place to study. With miles of beautiful coastline and the nearby Snowdonia National Park, the area boasts some of the most beautiful and spectacular scenery in the country. Mount Snowdon – England and Wales’ highest peak is only a half hour journey from Bangor. It’s a compact city – university buildings, accommodation and city center are all within safe walking distance. Watch the Bangor video. Find more more here.
Areas of Study
Undergraduate: Animal & Veterinary Science, Biology, Biochemistry & Microbiology, Business, Chemistry, Child Development & Family Relations, Communications, Computer Science, Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Economics, Education, Engineering (Electrical and Computer), English, Food Science & Human Nutrition, Forestry, French, History, International Affairs, Journalism, Kinesiology & Physical Education, Marine Science, Music, New Media, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Sustainable Agriculture, Theater, and Wildlife Ecology.
Graduate: Biochemistry & Microbiology, Chemistry, Child Development & Family Relations, Computer Science, Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Economics, Education, Engineering (Electrical and Computer), Food Science & Human Nutrition, Forestry, French, History, International Affairs, Journalism, Kinesiology & Physical Education, Marine Science, Music, New Media, Philosophy, Psychology, Spanish, and Sustainable Agriculture.
Minimum overall GPA 2.75
Estimated budget for a Fall semester at Bangor University.
Estimated budget for a Spring semester at Bangor University.
Fall semester 2020:
- Arrival date: September 16 (Manchester Airport Pick-Up Service)
- Welcome Meeting and International Orientation: September 17
- Welcome Week: September 21
- Classes begin: September 28
- Christmas Break begins: December 19 [fall-only students must make arrangements for taking final exams!]
Spring semester 2021:
- Arrival date: January 18 (Manchester Airport Pick-Up Service)
- Welcome Meeting: January 19
- International Orientation: January 20
- Classes begin: January 25
- Easter Break: March 29 – April 11
- Classes resume: April 12
- Final Exams: May 3
- Semester End Date: May 28
Fall semester 2021:
- Arrival date: September 15 (Manchester Airport Pick-Up Service)
- Welcome Meeting and International Orientation: September 16
- Welcome Week: September 20
- Classes begin: September 27
- Christmas Break begins: December 18 [fall-only students must make arrangements for taking final exams!]
Visit the Semester Dates page for more information.
Exchange students can take a combination of “modules” (modules at Bangor are what we call classes/course; courses at Bangor are our majors) from different schools, regardless of their course of study at home. Students are strongly advised to research online for the choice of modules available and create a draft timetable well before arriving in Bangor. Module (course) registration takes place during Welcome Week and further guidance is provided during the Welcome & Orientation Meetings each semester.
Exchange students are required to enroll in a full load of credits. Full-time enrollment is 60 credit units per semester (or 120 credits for an academic year), with most individual modules, or courses, valued at 20 credits. Generally, students enroll in 3 modules per semester. It is not possible to enroll in more than 60 credits in a single semester. Some modules (courses) may not be available to exchange students. There are two ways to view or search for individual modules:
- Undergraduate Courses (Majors) – view all courses as sequenced for Bangor University students in each major
- Gazette – Online catalog of modules – Tip: search by “Module List by department” for “all years” to get to the individual courses offered in your major and access the course descriptions
UMaine students must be registered for 50-60 Bangor credits credits each semester.
Transfer credit information:
20 credits at Bangor University = 10 ECTS credits = 5 UMaine credits
10 credits at Bangor University = 5 ECTS credits = 2.5 UMaine credits
Undergraduate programs at Bangor University are made up of three levels:
Level 1 – first year introductory modules (100- and 200-level courses at UMaine)
Level 2 – second year intermediate modules (300-level courses at UMaine)
Level 3 – final year advanced modules (400-level courses at UMaine)
Level 4 – graduate courses (undergraduate students are not allowed to take them)
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On-campus housing is guaranteed for UMaine exchange students. Students will receive a housing application once they are accepted as an exchange student by Bangor University. Accommodation at Bangor University is within walking distance of the city center, the libraries, lecture theaters, seminar rooms and other academic buildings.
University accommodation is of a basic nature: single-study bedrooms equipped with bed, desk, chair, and wardrobe. Standard rooms in self-catered blocks have shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities, and all halls are mixed-sex. Most upperclassmen, and many international students, choose to live in privately owned accommodations in the city, making individual arrangements with landlords after arrival in Bangor. The Student Housing Office maintains a list of hotels and guesthouses for temporary accommodation.