Aberystwyth University

The Fulbright Aberystwyth University Summer Institute is a three-week cultural and academic programme focusing on contemporary issues in Identity and Nationhood, through the lens of Wales, and is hosted by Aberystwyth University.

The Institute will have a stimulating mixture of classroom work and experiential learning, with trips and tours to historical and cultural sites of significance to the programme. There will be a social programme and also ample opportunity to explore the seaside holiday town of Aberystwyth.

The Fulbright Aberystwyth Summer Institute takes place in Aberystwyth University’s Department of International Politics, the oldest such department in the world, which will be celebrating its 100th birthday in 2019. The programme will draw on expertise from a number of Aberystwyth’s departments and as such will be of interest to students from a variety of academic backgrounds.


Students will be able to:

  • Discover the National Library of Wales, one of the UK’s five copyright libraries
  • Learn a little of the Welsh language
  • Explore the theme of the programme through participating in round table discussions
  • Explore the beautiful countryside of mid-Wales, including a UNESCO World Heritage site

Trips may include:

  • Senedd in Cardiff, the National Assembly Building of Wales
  • Owain Glyndwr Centre, Ancient Parliament House of Wales
  • Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth
  • BEACON Biorefining Centre
  • Dolphin spotting boat trip (weather dependent!)

There will be no cost to the students for any of the activities undertaken as part of the programme. Students will only need any money they would wish to spend on souvenirs. 

More information

Programme dates

30 June to 20 July 2019

Accommodation and meals

Summer Institute participants will be housed in single rooms on campus in Aberystwyth University. Apartments have fully equipped kitchens where students will be able to prepare their own food and brown bag lunches (lots of day trips!). Students will also have access to all the cafes available on campus and free gym membership for the duration of their stay.

Academics and credits

The Aberystwyth Fulbright Summer Institute will be credit-bearing. Students will receive credit to transfer to their home institution if they successfully complete the course. The academic component will entail the completion of a 10 UK credit module (3 US credits) including a journal, presentation, and a written assignment.

Outdoor activity

The Institute will include a fair amount of outdoor activity, not challenging, but plenty of hiking and possibly some rain!