Ever dreamt of studying abroad and immersing yourself in a different culture but couldn’t decide where to do it? Well, don’t worry because JUICE is here to help and we promise we don’t have any “when I was your age” stories attached.
While it may seem more like a backdrop to Game of Thrones, Wales is a great place to explore because this Land of Dragons has amazing things to offer–including breathtaking sceneries that you won’t find anywhere else and world-class education on a budget.
Voted as one of the top countries in the world to visit by Rough Guide in 2017, and better than a holiday at the Med according to The Telegraph, it is nestled between England and the stunning blue Irish Sea… so prepare for heaps of summer vacays!
Let’s take a look at 5 things that make Wales such a great destination for furthering your studies…
1. A gorgeous country with loads of Instagram-worthy landscapes
If you are looking for a way to make all your followers jealous, here is your chance! The Welsh student experience is super special because of all the awe-inspiring natural and historic scenes across the region.
Their rich cultural heritage is strewn across over 600 castles and six UNESCO World Heritage sites. If you have ever fantasised about studying at Hogwarts with Harry Potter and the gang, this is the real deal.
#Funfact: Wales has more sheep than people! You heard that right. The Welsh population consists of only 3 million people and over 10 million sheep. While the chances of being photo-bombed by people are pretty low, expect to see an adorable ball of white fluff at every nook and cranny. Just grab one of them and give a hug, they won’t bite!
2. Study among the crème-de-la-crème of international research and academia
The Welsh are not only beautiful and friendly people, they have got the smarts too! Besides being the birthplace of the gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones and the most socially-conscious (listen to ‘If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next’) rock band of the last three decades, The Manic Street Preachers; Wales is renowned for its top-notch academicians and international research contributions. You will definitely be in good hands here.
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, was recently ranked 7th in the UK for Academic Experience by Times Higher Education. The curriculum of Welsh universities has been rigorously designed to bring the best out of you both personally and academically to learn and grow as a person, and to never live in regret.
3. Be part of a vibrant international community and widen your network on a global scale
Although sheep are the main ethnic majority in Wales, the human minority is one that is diverse and full of cultures from all over the world. Forget about being alone because friendly faces are at every corner. Welsh universities are well-known for first-class international student support services. You never have to worry about fitting in. Wales is a place anyone can call home. You will reap the benefits of being a valued part of a thriving university community no matter who you are or where you come from.
4. Explore a new way of life and make tonnes of friends
As a student at a Welsh university, there are loads of extracurricular activities to choose from. You get to try your hand at anything from surfing to rugby to even glass-blowing. Life as a university student in Wales is jam-packed with fun, exciting adventures and a barrage of opportunities to meet new people. Don’t let the abundance of sheep fool you, a boring day is almost non-existent at Wales.
And did we mention? There are literally hundreds of things to do even if you are an introvert! Like…
Visit the Snowdonia National Park to discover miles of unspoilt beauty. Trust us, it looks just like Narnia. If you are a little more adventurous, go ahead and kayak with the dolphins and puffins (some people say the Porgs in the new Star Wars movie are modelled after these birds) of Pembrokeshire National Park. The scenery is to die for.
For the avid foodie, we suggest you sit down with a nice, piping hot serving of the national Welsh dish Cawl with some delicious Welsh cakes on the side.
5. Get a world-class education at a fraction of the cost
Always dreamed of studying in the UK but daunted by the price? You are in luck! The International University of Malaya-Wales is a joint collaboration between the University of Malaya and the University of Wales. Our Unique Dual Award programme allows you to spend a semester at our partner Welsh campus, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) without additional fees.
You also get to graduate with not one, but two degree scrolls; one from Malaysia and the other from the UK. Besides the Dual Award, our credit transfer mobility options also give you a chance to study for up to three years at UWTSD, and to choose from a total of six idyllic campuses sprawled across the UK and Malaysia for an all-rounded educational experience. Plus, keep up those good grades, and you can choose to do a free semester at the University of Malaya. That’s a win-win situation for everyone.
But don’t just take it from us, check out what students are saying about their experience at Wales here. Or learn more about becoming a worldwide university student by calling 03 26173131 or visiting their website. Better yet, join the IUMW Open Days held 24th to 26th August from 10am to 5pm at their city campus in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.