Press Releases 2014-2015

Study Abroad Programmes at UWTSD

19.05.2015

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) offers its students the opportunity to become global citizens by studying part of their degree abroad. As part of the University’s commitment to Internationalisation and creating Global Citizens the University has a longstanding study abroad programme with partner institutions. There are links in the USA, Canada and Europe through the Erasmus programme and in China through the Chinese Studies programme.

This year has seen a significant rise in the number of applications from UWTSD students to study abroad, 53 students have applied to spend a semester abroad in the 2015/2016 academic year with partners in the USA, Canada and in Europe. The largest number of students will go to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and to California State University at Fullerton.

Students who choose the Study Abroad option gain invaluable experiences and memories that last a lifetime, as Amy Parker, BA Religious Studies Student, who spent a semester at the University of North Carolina (UNCG), reiterates:

“I was lucky enough to be provided with the opportunity to take part in a study abroad programme as part of my degree course with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. I spent the spring semester of 2014 studying at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. There were a wide variety of classes to choose from which gave me an understanding of how religious studies is taught in a different country. All classes that I was a part of were very different with some more challenging than others, as it is at any university. The classes that I studied provided me with a variety of different skills, knowledge and understanding.

“Obviously the main objective of me studying abroad was to study at the university but I also managed to do a lot of other interesting things. I skied in West Virginia, Road tripped to several states and went to Jamaica for Spring Break, it was amazing! I travelled to various cities and states on the weekends once I’d got my homework done from the previous week. I made so many friends from several countries around the world, places like Finland, Australia, India, Uruguay, Brazil and many more. To become friends with these people was absolutely amazing; to share our different thoughts and cultures was simply life changing. I know that the friends I made will now be friends for life; the memories we made and shared are ones that will take with me forever.

“The International Office at the host university didn’t only provide me with support for classes and academic issues it also gave me opportunities that will help my CV and give me more experience in life. I took part in a programme run by the international office at UNCG called the Global Outreach Leader Programme, this meant that I went to visit a school and gave a presentation about my home country. I went to a middle school where Englis was not the first language and presented to children aged 10-12. Some of the children had never heard of Wales before so to share my knowledge with them was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent at the school and answering all their questions.

“UWTSD was extremely helpful from start to finish; from the time I handed in my application to my return home to the UK. I was introduced to the international buddy scheme at first, which meant I was able to make contact with students who had come to UWTSD on their exchange. Being able to talk to them meant they could tell me about the challenges of studying abroad and provide me with information about the journey that lay ahead. Whilst abroad the international team was on hand almost 24/7 to help with any queries that I had. When I returned I continued to volunteer with the international office until I became a member of staff helping with admin duties, promoting study abroad, talking to students and managing social media. The whole experience of both studying abroad and working within the international office environment has made me want to pursue a career within international education, I can’t wait to get my career started and help to make more global citizens.

“Studying abroad opened my eyes to a different way of life, immersed me into diverse cultures, I gained skills that I wouldn’t have in the UK, it inevitably expanded my view on the world and much more. Studying abroad enhances your degree and your employment possibilities. It’s something that I would recommend to anyone and everyone. Most importantly the 5 months that I spent in the United States helped me to learn more about myself and develop as a person and helped me become a better and more mature person.”

The Study Abroad Program at UWTSD is an opportunity for students you to get an international perspective on their studies, whilst learning about a different culture, history and ways of life.

For more information surrounding the Study Abroad Programmes students can visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/international/study-abroad-and-exchange/outbound-study-abroad/ 

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014