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Wales offers so many academic and life experiences that shaped me as a global citizen and allowed me to experience a beautiful new culture.
– Megan Cain
Central College


On Central’s study abroad programs, learning begins in the classroom, but continues in many different settings outside the traditional educational environment — offering you a more in-depth cross-cultural experience. Students can choose from either a service-learning or an internship option, both for academic credit.


Internships offer a fantastic opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in a field related to their major or academic interest in a local environment. These work experiences are invaluable assets to your resume and future job options, and also give you the chance to work alongside members of the Welsh community for a glimpse into another side of the culture. All internships are unpaid and carry one semester hour of credit.

Recent internship areas include:

  • Agriculture/Forestry
  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Communications
  • Education
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise Science
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Science


Service-learning connects meaningful service opportunities in the community with academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility. It gives students a chance to make a difference in their host city while exploring another aspect of contemporary Welsh culture. A big part of the academic-based service-learning option is journaling and reflecting on your experiences. Most service-learning opportunities carry up to two semester hours of credit.

Recent service-learning opportunities include:

  • Environmental organizations
  • Local non-profits
  • Bangor University TEFL center
  • Local preschools
  • A center for people with mental disabilities
  • Bangor University student led volunteer organizations
  • Plus additional placements through Bangor University student-led volunteering organizations

Application process

To apply, you must first create an online account and submit a complete online application for the Bangor, Wales program. Detailed internship and service-learning guidelines including deadlines and application requirements and materials will be provided in your online account.

Additional areas may be available for service-learning or internships. There is no placement fee, but please note that a Tier 4 (General) student visa is required for students who plan to do an internship, service-learning or volunteer placement while in Wales.

Students interested in an internship, service-learning or volunteer placement while in Wales must contact the resident director, Tecwyn Vaughan Jones, early in the application process to discuss their interests and options. Early insight into your interests and goals will aid the resident director in finding the best possible option.