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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 home stay weekend with a family is one more way to gain insight into British life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*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.
*Students studying in the fall semester make arrangements for alternative assessments with individual professors.
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.