Advice for parents about the career options for their children

Studying in Wales

Welsh history dates back many thousands of years. Its Celtic influence began around 600 B.C.E. and continues to a great extent even today. It is believed that Britain's first ever university was started by St. Illtud on the coast of the Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales in the 6th century.

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Studying in Wales is an excellent option for students looking for a variety of excellent higher education providers offering a wide range of programmes and each in a wildly different setting, from rural to urban. No matter where your son or daughter chooses to study in Wales, they will find the experience rewarding in many ways. From the beauty of the country and its long history and diverse culture to its high quality universities, they will benefit enormously from choosing to study full-time in Wales.

In terms of student diversity, there are around 11,000 international students enrolled on higher education courses in Wales with an average of 10% of the student population made up of students from countries outside the EU. Currently, almost 2,000 of these international students come from India.

The 11 universities in Wales offer high quality education. There are 30 centres of excellence, 91 departments rated 4 star and above for research and 66 departments listed as excellent for teaching quality. Cardiff University is one of the Russell Group universities, which represents the 20 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best teaching and learning experiences as well as links with business and the public sector.

Welsh education is recognised and well respected by employers and academic institutions around the world, and independent surveys have shown that students in Wales consistently enjoy a better quality of life than many of their counterparts elsewhere in the UK. Many campuses are located in or near areas noted regarded for their outstanding beauty and within a short distance of the coast. Most facilities are located in towns and cities, so students benefit from highly in relation to the location of their choice of university.

The benefits of a higher education in Wales are also found in its cultural heritage, its safe environment, and excellent low cost lifestyle.

From children's author Roald Dahl, fashion designer Julien Macdonald, musicians such as Tom Jones, Stereophonics and Duffy and actors including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Christian Bale and Catherine Zeta Jones, Wales has, and continues to, produce talented people who made and make an impact on the cultural world.

Studying in Wales will give your son or daughter the flexibility to follow their chosen path across a large number of subjects, whilst attending some of the country's most innovative institutions set in the most amazing locations.