Bangor University

Bangor University

Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DG, United Kingdom

Bangor University was founded in 1884, and thus has a long tradition of academic standards and student experience. It has 23 different academic schools - or departments, and over 11,000 and 650 teaching staff.

Bangor has been described as “one of the cheapest places in Britain” to be a student and is consistently ranked as one of the most economical places to study in the UK in various cost-of-living surveys.

UNB and Bangor University have established a transatlantic forestry master dual degree program (TRANSFOR-M), which started in 2010, allows students to spend one year working on their degree in Canada and one year at a European institution. Students in the program will earn both a Canadian and a European master's degree in forestry and environmental management.

UNB's faculty of forestry and environmental management leads the Canadian initiative, partnered with the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta.

The European partner universities are: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in Germany, Bangor University in Wales and the University of Eastern Finland

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Exchange students may apply to live in University Halls of Residence or private rented accommodation. Bangor University does not guarantee university accommodation, as there are only a limited number of rooms available.

The Student Housing Office maintains details of privately rented accommodation in Bangor and the surrounding area and will provide information on how to look for accommodation.

Cost: High
External Funding Available: Yes
Availability: 3
Academic Dates:

Fall term: mid/late September - January

Winter term: Late January - June

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Program Type: Exchange , Summer school , Joint/Dual/Double
Language: English
Available Subjects: archeology , biology , business and entrepreneurship , chemistry , computer science , english literature , environmental studies , economics , forestry , geography , health sciences , history , kinesiology and sports sciences , law , linguistics , marine biology , media and film , music , philosophy , psychology , sociology , world literature and culture studies
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Eligible students may apply for

  • the National Welsh-American Foundation: Exchange scholarship ($5,000 award to study in Wales - application form
  • the Lloyd Family Travel Scholarship (award of up to $1,000 to cover travel-related expenses to Wales in undertaking studies related to Welsh-American history and culture - application form).


Rebecca Scott, Transfor-M dual degree Master student

"I got to spend the 2015-2016 school year at Bangor University in Wales. I participated in a study abroad program called TRANSFOR-M, which allows Masters students to get a Masters in forestry or environmental science from a Canadian University and a European University. Participating in TRANSFOR-M is the best decision I have ever made. I got to experience and be a part of a different culture and university community. I will be leaving Bangor University with a lot more experiences, memories, knowledge, and self-confidence than I thought I would have when I applied to go.
My time abroad has increased my employability. Not just by allowing me to complete two different Masters Degrees. I now have experience in how the United Kingdom and the European Union manages and conservers their lands, plants, and wildlife. Their approaches are different from Canada. Knowing different perspectives and approaches to similar problems and situations increases my employability because I can adapt and use different ideas from another country that have not been used in Canada. My employability has also increased because I have broadened my horizons. I have experienced many things in Wales outside of my schoolwork that are invaluable experiences.
While at Bangor University, I was able to join several social groups and meet people outside of my classes. One of the clubs I joined was the University Mountain Walking Club. Through this club I got to explore Snowdonia National Park and hike a lot of mountains. I met a lot of different people from the UK and all over the world. I have made friends from all around the world that I would not have if I had not decided to study aboard.
While abroad I got to travel around the UK and Ireland. I did several day-trips to places near Bangor. I went to Edinburgh, Manchester, and Liverpool with friends I met at Bangor University. I went to Ireland for five days on my own. Even though I went alone, it was one of the best trips I have ever taken. I have seen and experienced places and sights I would never have without going abroad through UNB.
I have changed for the better by studying abroad. I am more employable. I have gained a lot more self-confidence that I did not have before I left UNB. I have proven to myself that I am adaptable to other cultures, ideas, and ways of life. Before I studied abroad, I had never travelled on my own. I am now better at managing my time so I am able to go out with friends and explore new places. I now have the confidence to take risks and deal with unexpected challenges. I have changed in for the better in so many ways that it will be some time before I truly realize how many ways I have changed.
If I had not studied abroad I would not be the person I am today. Whether I had gone for one semester or for the full year I would have changed just as much. I did have my share of problems but they were worth going through because of all the great experiences I got to have. Spending the 2015-2016 school year in Wales was a once in a lifetime opportunity that has been amazing"

Amelia Wainright, Media and IDS, on exchange Fall 2015

"Wales is one of the few places I have been that is almost exactly the way I imagined it. The local people are so friendly and the culture of the area is tangible. Within the first few days of arriving I felt completely at home. The language in Wales is bizarre. Welsh is much more prominent here than I had anticipated. On most signs and even in university e-mails, english and welsh are equally represented. Walking down the street it is possible to hear people speaking the language. I have learned a couple of phrases, however the pronunciations are bizarre and the spelling even stranger. The initial conversation between myself and some new friends stemmed from our inability to pronounce the name of our residence village. The name; Ffriddoedd. Welcome to Wales. The scenery in and around Bangor is beautiful, and i was lucky enough to have the chance to climb Mount Snowdon in Snowdonia. The view from the top was incredible! In many ways Wales feels like something from a fairy tale, referred to by many as, 'the land of dragons'."