Bangor, Wales

Bangor, Wales photo

Choose from a variety of academic offerings at prestigious Bangor University; experience the natural beauty of North Wales, and learn to see the U.K. from the perspective of a minority culture. Bangor is home to the Welsh language revival, just one example of how there is more than meets the eye in North Wales. Through your experience inside the classroom and out, a semester in Bangor will give you the tools to discover what lies beneath the surface in Wales.

95% of students make mountains, rivers and ocean a classroom by taking Outdoor Pursuits
  • Learn the native
    Welsh language
  • Language of Instruction: English



Strong Academic Program

Study with world-renowned faculty in an academic program that is active, engaging and flexible enough to suit your interests. The rigorous academic experience is comprised of the following:

  • Introduction to History and Culture of Wales
  • Bangor University Courses
  • Outdoor Pursuits (optional)
  • Internship/Service-learning placement (optional)

Academic Excursions

Connect the classroom with the world outside through academic excursions that link Welsh culture and history with coursework. Examples of past excursions include:

  • Compare Celtic cultures in Dublin, Ireland, the West Coast, Galways and Aran Islands (fall only)
  • Explore the Welsh Capital of Cardiff: National Museum of Wales, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay, Tintern Abbey (spring only)
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Liverpool, frequently referred to as the unofficial capital of North Wales

Bangor, Wales

Combining university bustle and small city calm, Bangor is a coastal gem nestled at the foothills of Snowdonia National Park, home to the largest mountain range in the U.K.


Sample Schedule - Biology

  • History and Culture of Wales
  • Outdoor Pursuits
  • Marine Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution

The library at Bangor University.

Sample Schedule - Psychology

  • History and Culture of Wales
  • Outdoor Pursuits
  • Social Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • History of Wales, 1660-1789

The Central Difference

Residential Program Director

Individualized attention to students distinguishes Central's resident directors from their peers. Starting long before arrival in Bangor, the director works individually with each student, coaching them to maximize their time abroad. Nothing is more central to the work of a resident director than giving students the support they need.


Outdoor Pursuits

A unique program exclusive to Central students on the Bangor program, the Outdoor Pursuits course combines outdoor adventures (rock climbing, sea kayaking, gorge scrambling, sea-level traversing, etc.) and practical learning experiences to develop leadership and problem-solving skills. A team of experienced outdoor education instructors lead you on weekly endeavors that challenge your body and your courage in a safe and supportive environment. Most of the experience takes place in the nearby 838 square miles of spectacular Snowdonia National Park.

Program Director

Bangor, Wales director photo

Meggan Lloyd Prys

Bicultural and bilingual, Meggan Lloyd Prys relates to students’ experiences as they acclimate to, discover, and bond with North Wales.  Meggan moved to Wales in 2006, married a Welshman and quickly fell in love with the culture. She learned Welsh and won the prestigious national award as Welsh Learner of the Year. 

Academic credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Education

Academic Success

In addition to Bangor University's standing as a world class institution, the University offers difference-making student services that are difficult to find at other sites abroad.  Academic services relating to learning disabilities are just one example of how Bangor University is committed to student success.

At Home in Bangor

Unlike many other study abroad programs, students in Bangor have the chance to integrate with the university and local communities. From among hundreds of options, students are required to join at least one club or student organization. An optional homestay weekend with a family is one more way to gain insight into British life.

Integrated Programming

Holistic programming integrates academics, personal journey and intercultural learning. Program excursions are linked to coursework to help students gain the most complete understanding of Wales possible, while building skills transferable to future experiences in cultures that are not their own. Guided by the resident director, students engage in intentional reflection to process and understand their personal experiences.

Central students on an outdoor excursion while studying abroad in Bangor, Wales.

What to Expect

On-Site Orientation

Get to know your surroundings through a full orientation program led by the resident director. There will be extensive orientation activities during your first few weeks. Essential information regarding Bangor, the university and course registration is provided.

Before and After Your Time Abroad

Central College offers a pre-departure and re-entry course for credit. The course is led by faculty and staff and is designed to meet student’s needs at the various stages of preparing for (Pre-departure) and reflecting on (Re-entry) their time abroad.

Housing and Meals

Guaranteed housing in residence halls includes a single room, private bath and toilet, and shared kitchen and laundry facilities. In British fashion, students cook their own meals--a great way to meet hallmates and learn cuisine from the U.K. and around the world.

Students standing in front of the Bangor University sign.

Dates and Fees

Fall 2016 dates*

  • Arrival: Sept. 5, 2016
  • Registration week: Sept. 19-23
  • Classes begin: Sept. 26
  • Tour of Ireland: *Sept. 7-14
  • Exams/Assessments begin: Dec. 12
  • Classes End: Dec. 16
  • Final Date To Vacate Housing: Dec. 18

*Students studying in the fall semester make arrangements for alternative assessments with individual professors.

Spring 2017 dates*

  • Arrival: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Registration week: Jan. 17–20
  • Classes begin: Jan. 23
  • Cardiff weekend: Feb. 24–26
  • Easter Break: April 1–24
  • Mini graduation for international students: April 26
  • Classes end: May 5
  • Exams/assessments begin: May 8
  • Final date to vacate housing: June 3

*All program dates are tentative. Do not purchase airline tickets based on these dates. Please check the official program calendar in your online acceptance account to confirm dates.

Fall 2016/Spring 2017 fees

Central College students pay the same tuition rate for each of the international programs that they pay on the Central campus, plus the price for accommodations. In addition, students who transfer to Central College from another college or university must complete one semester at Central prior to participating in study abroad.

See program pricing information for Central students or for visiting students.

Central students on an outdoor excursion while studying abroad in Bangor, Wales.

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Guaranteed housing in residence halls, including single room, private bath and toilet, and kitchen and laundry facilities (no meals)
  • Computer/internet access on campus and in residence halls
  • Two-week orientation
  • Excursions and cultural events such as a week-long tour of Ireland or trip to Cardiff
  • Internship and service-learning opportunities (optional)
  • On-site resident director and support services
  • Airport reception
  • Personal Central College Abroad Advisor for pre-departure support
  • Optional online pre-departure and re-entry course
  • Central College Abroad Student Survival Guide and Parent handbook
  • Supplemental travel insurance, including mental health coverage, emergency evacuation and more
  • International student ID card provided by INEXT
  • Transcript from Central College, a U.S. institution fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Learn More

Want to find out more about this program? Contact us to learn more about this program and other study abroad opportunities.