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1st in Wales, 4th in the UK for Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning at Aberystwyth University ranks with the best in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey published on Thursday 14 January 2010.

Aberystwyth University is placed 4th in the survey’s Top 10 for Teaching and Learning – after Oxford (1), Cambridge (2) and St Andrews (3). The poll also shows that Aberystwyth University offers the best all-round student experience in Wales, with an overall ranking of 6th across the UK.

Aberystwyth leads the way in Student Satisfaction

Once again Aberystwyth University has performed brilliantly in this year’s National Student Survey results. Aberystwyth is joint 6th place of all Universities in the UK and 1st in Wales for the fifth year running.

Quality of Life

Aberystwyth is a safe and exciting university town on the west coast of Wales, with beaches, beautiful views and many interesting places to visit. The Rough Guide to Wales describes Aberystwyth as “…the liveliest seaside resort in Wales”.

The main campus of the university is on a hill at the top of the town, with fabulous views across the old town, the castle and the clear waters of Cardigan Bay. Next to the campus is the National Library of Wales, with six million books and unique study opportunities for student research.

The award-winning Arts Centre at Aberystwyth University is the cultural centre for mid-Wales, with a theatre, a cinema, three art galleries, a concert hall, cafes, restaurants and shops.

International students have a guaranteed place in university accommodation for the whole period of their studies.

International English Centre at Aberystwyth

Learning English in Aberystwyth is an experience that our students always remember for fun, friendliness and the quality of learning. The International English Centre offers British Council accredited English Language Courses throughout the summer and the academic year, and Professional Development courses for English teachers.

Our exciting International Summer School between June and September offers campus accommodation, an exciting free social programme and excellent university facilities for students from across the world.

English Language Courses

  • Target English
  • International Summer School
  • Free English Courses

International Pathways Courses

  • International Foundation Programme (with guaranteed entry)
  • Pre-Masters Course
  • Summer Pre-Sessional Course
  • Academic English

Courses for Teachers

  • Professional Development for Teachers of English
  • Trinity Certificate in TESOL

World-Class Teaching and Research

World leading research has been identified in 15 of 16 subject areas at Aberystwyth University according to the results of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008. Aberystwyth University is now second in Wales for quality of research according to the Research Fortnight RAE 2008 Quality Index of University Research. The findings also reveal that 97.4% of researchers at Aberystwyth University work in disciplines where world leading research is undertaken.

Five academic departments had over 60% of their research activity rated 4* (world leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour) or 3* (internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour).

These were:

  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of International Politics
  • Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
  • Department of Welsh
  • Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences

  • Contact: Admissions Secretary

  • Address: International English Centre, Llandinam Building, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth University Aberystwyth, SY23 3DB

  • Telephone: +44 (0) 1970 622547

  • Accreditation: BALEAP, British Council, Trinity College London

  • www.aber.ac.uk/tesol