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Fulbright Wales Summer Institute


Countryside and FlagThe Fulbright Commission Wales Summer Institute is a six-week cultural and academic programme for US students held at three internationally renowned Welsh universities; Cardiff University, Bangor University and Aberystwyth University focusing on the theme of: Contemporary Wales: Industry, Politics, Culture and Change.

This is the fourth year that we will be holding an Institute in Wales.

Participants in this programme will get the opportunity to:

Experience an exciting academic programme at three high quality Welsh Universities

Explore the geography, culture, heritage and history of Wales, visiting museums, galleries, parks, castles and islands

Develop their learning skills, improving presentation, research and communication skills

Meet people from all over the world, make friends and experience life as a real student in the UK

Become an ambassador for studying in the United Kingdom.




This year’s institute will take place from 25 June - 6 August 2016

Participants will learn about Wales – its culture, history, its geographical differences and the role that industry has taken in shaping the historical, political and cultural landscape of Wales.  Participants will also learn about the role of Wales within the United Kingdom and the wider world and Welsh influences internationally.

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Using the dramatic and wide ranging natural and man made resources available across Wales, students will receive a unique insight into what makes Wales such a dynamic, diverse and fascinating country.  Participants will have the opportunity to study at three high quality universities in Wales, each with their own areas of expertise, but all recognised internationally for the quality of their research and teaching.


The majority of the participant costs will be covered. This includes:

  • round-trip airfare from the US to the UK;
  • tuition and fees at the three Universities;
  • accommodation and social programme;
  • subsistence e.g. food and drink 

Participants are expected to pay for their own travel, health and accident insurance.  Participants are advised to bring additional currency for their own purposes.  

Accommodation will be in University Hall of Residence (see Additional Information tab). Upon successful completion studens will obtain 60 UK credits (the equivalent of 15 US credits) by the awarding institution, Bangor University. 

Special Programmes do not preclude participants from applying for a Fulbright Award later in their academic career. The summer institutes are intentionally designed in such a way that allows participants to come back to the UK at postgraduate or postdoctoral level as a Fulbright Student or Scholar.

Selection Criteria

To meet the minimum eligibility for this Institute you need to:

  • be a US citizen (resident anywhere except the UK) and possess a US passport;
  • be at least 18 years old;
  • be able to participate in the programme in its entirety;
  • have a high level of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.7 (confirmed by academic marks, awards and references);
  • have at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete; i.e. applicants should currently be a Freshman or Sophomore in college/university;
  • be mature, responsible, independent, and open-minded;
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an academically intensive programme that includes attending all sessions, completing all assignments, contributing to classroom discussions and supporting student ambassador style work as required;
  • have had little or no study or travel experience in the UK or elsewhere outside of the US and;
  • expect to return to the US and continue your education.

Note: The programme is open to students in all courses of study.Wales group
Those persons holding permanent residency ‘green cards’ may not apply.

Please read the Terms and Conditions for this award before making an application.

In making these awards the Commission is looking not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, an indication of ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to your home country upon returning.

Candidates will be considered without respect to race, colour, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender (including gender reassignment).


Deadline: Applications are due 23 February 2016 by 5pm (UK Time).

Before you begin the application process, please read the FAQs document and application instructions. If you have questions or any general enquiries about the programme, you may send them to: Be sure to follow us on twitter and receive application tips throughout the period.

To Apply: 

1. Complete our online application form (including Equal Opportunities survey). We recommend you use a copy word version of the application form to draft your responses before submitting the online application form.

2. Request two reference letters: Request letters from two (2) references and supply them with the following online reference letter form.  Reference letters should come directly from the referee via the online  form.   References must be received at the Commission by 5pm (UK time) on the day of the deadline or the application will not be considered even if other pieces have been received on time. Students should not submit letters on their referees' behalf; we will be checking references. 

3. Send a copy of your transcripts: Transcripts should be sent to the Commission by email to in the form of a PDF.  Please do not send links to transcript access sites, as we have not always been able to access transcripts from these sites and your application may be considered incomplete. We recommend you request a transcript be sent to you, and you send a copy to the address above. We will accept these transcripts.  Please note that we request official transcripts, however, if for financial or similar reasons it is difficult to obtain an official transcript, we will accept an unofficial transcript in its place.  

The 'Summer Institutes' email address is for transcript attachments only. Applications not submitted by the online system will not be accepted. Transcripts or reference letters sent in by post, fax or to any email address other than will not be accepted. 


Applications will be short-listed and successful applicants will be invited to telephone interview sometime between the dates of 5 -15 April (subject to change). Interviews will only be held selected days and may not be rescheduled.

If you are making an application, please save these dates as an invitation to interview may come within a few days of the interview date. The selection committee will be comprised of Fulbright Commission staff and on occasion representatives from partner universities, US Embassy representatives, or Fulbright alumni.

Important note: The US-UK Fulbright Commission is unable to give feedback on individual applications or to provide reasons for their refusal.

Individuals from a broad range of ethnic, religious, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.



25 November: Competition opens
February:  Application deadline
Late March:  Short-listed candidates invited to Interview
5-15 April:  Telephone Interviews 
Late April:  Notification for successful applicants
May: Preparation and Pre-Departure Information
24 June:  Departure for UK
25 June:  Arrival in the UK
7 August:  Return to USA


Additional Information

Programme OutlineAber beauty

The programme title for 2016 is: "Contemporary Wales: Industry, Politics, Culture and Change".  The coursework for the programme will allow participants to explore a specific area of Welsh culture, industry, or politics while having an overall experience of all these areas. The objective is to familiarise participants with Wales by requiring them to explore some of the key documents, events, sites, and people that have shaped Wales. The six week programme is divided into three parts:

 Cardiff University (23 July-7 August)
The selected Fulbright participants will be hosted by Cardiff University for two weeks. At Cardiff University there will be an emphasis on the impact of industrial and economic change in two distinct regions: the ‘Valleys’ and the coastal ports.  To support this, an overview of issues relating to South Wales as a region within Wales, and the UK, will be approached.  The nature of economic and political change in South Wales during the past three centuries and consequent questions about Welsh culture, identity and the Welsh language will also be considered.

Click here for a sample of the Cardiff programme.

Bangor University (25 June-9 July)
Students will spend another two weeks of the programme at Bangor University. At Bangor University there will be an emphasis within both the academic and experiential component on issues pertaining to identity and much that this concept involves. The question of how a small nation can uphold its identity, traditions, culture and language in a globalising world will be examined. This element of the programme will look at tourism – including marketing, reputation and customer base, iconic tourist sites; primary industry – both historical and contemporary such as slate and ore mining, highland agriculture and land management and national park management; the Welsh language – how it is maintained as a native language and how it has become a strong ethnic marker; Celticism –questions surrounding Celtic identity and what this means in contemporary Wales and might this compare with the Celtic identities of Ireland and Scotland.

Aberystwyth University (9 July-23 July)
Students will spend another two weeks at Aberystwyth University where they will be concerned with the changing economic and social issues of mid-Wales.  The region faces a range of challenges and opportunities which are related to the need to establish a strong economic infrastructure but in a sustainable way without detriment to the area’s diverse and spectacular environment, or agricultural and tourist industries.  The area is one of the heartlands of traditional Welsh culture and language which will add a valuable perspective to participants on the Summer Institute.  Recent years have seen notable developments in alternative living and tourism, and in creative industries.


Walks in Wales

Students will reside in university accomodation in Cardiff, Bangor, and Aberystwyth.  Students will stay in modern bedrooms furnished with a bed, wardrobe, chair and desk, computer link/Wi-fi, and en-suite bathroom.  The flats are self-catering and each flat has a kitchen with a cooker, kettle, microwave and fridge/freezer. Laundry facilities are also available on site.

The Summer Institute programme is designed to be both academic and cultural in scope.  Accordingly, a series of visits and walking tours to historical and cultural sites will be an integral part of the programme. In previous years visits to local government institutions and other sites, including Cardiff Castle, Anglesey, Snowdonia National Park and the Royal Welsh Show, gave participants the opportunity to learn about their host city/town, its history and its role in Wales and the United Kingdom in terms of Industry, history and culture. Similar cultural and social outings will be offered for this summer's institute. For example, participants will be in Wales during three major cultural events on the summer calendar: the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, The Royal Welsh Show, and the National Eisteddfod.  

All course content is subject to change. The information is intended to provide an initial scope of the programme and should not be considered final.

For further information from the Welsh Government's 'Official Gateway to Wales' please visit the website.