The UK springs quite naturally to mind when thinking about where you should study the English language, but sometimes the places outside England can be overlooked. So, here are five reasons why we at Polar Choice think Wales is a great place to study English.
1. High Standard Studying
Wales has some really great language schools on offer that welcome international students from all over the world with open arms. These accredited centres offer all types of high-standard English courses, from communicative English to academic English. Some of our more popular courses are the General English Language Course in Cardiff, and the IELTS Preparation Courses also in Cardiff. Depending on the course you’re studying, you can usually find a class tailor fitted to your needs- group classes to 1-2-1 lessons. We work with several schools in Cardiff and we will match your requirement to the correct school for you.
2. Explore Like Never Before!
For a small country, Wales has got a lot of incredible land to discover. Stepping outside of the cities, you can find landscapes that are out of this world. Unbelievable mountains to hike in iconic places like Snowdonia, countless picturesque lakes, and endless stretches of awesome beaches that are renowned for surfing, swimming and rock pooling. The Wales Coastal Path, the world’s first uninterrupted route along a national coast, comes recommended as one of the world’s top regions to visit, and luckily if you come to study English in Wales you’ll be here long enough to spend weekends exploring the 870 mile path of beaches, cliffs, city waterfronts, parks, woodlands and historic castles.
3. Electric City Life
On top of the amazing landscapes of the countryside, Wales also provides you with modern cosmopolitan vibes in its cities. Cardiff was recently voted as the best city in the UK to live in and among the top cities in Europe to live in. And it’s no wonder why the Welsh capital is popular; the thriving city combines all of the advantages of a cheap and compact location with the attractive cultural and social facilities of a modern city. Home to 28,000 students, the city is both vibrant and cool, pulsing with award winning shopping centres & markets, a vast variety of creative & cultural experiences and electric nightlife. Also, with more green spaces per person than any other UK city, you’re never far from relaxing landscapes, the popular Brecon Beacons are only about a one hour’s drive from the city.
4. Healthy & Fit Nation of Sports-Lovers
Living in Wales could actually be good for your health! Well, so the current residents say. In fact, in a recent poll, residents in Cardiff ranked their living priorities with health at the top of the list. In 2009, Cardiff was actually awarded the ‘Healthy City’ status by the World Health Organisation, which has been an important development for Wales as the country aims to maintain a healthy nation. Assisting to promote a healthy nation, you can find really great sports and recreational activity facilities all over the country. If you choose to study one of the English courses in Cardiff, you’ll be at the heart of these sports facilities, as the city is home to countless sports pitches and gyms that are dotted all over, of course including the home to international Rugby, The Millennium Stadium. We also highly recommend a visit to the Olympic swimming pool & ice ink at the International Sports Village- one of the 2012 Olympic Venues.
5. Meet Some of the Best People!
Studying a new language abroad can come with its difficulties when it comes to settling in and making friends. But where better to study a English course than in a bi-lingual country? Welsh people will speak either or both English and Welsh, so they are extremely welcoming and understanding of people not completely familiar with their language. If you want to learn English in Wales, you’ll be making home in a friendly Celtic culture and chilled-out, relaxed atmosphere. The Welsh have a great dry sense of humour, and are proud Nationalists and will be extremely inviting to bring you into their country and culture (as long as you don’t insult the country)! Along with the locals, you’ll also come across thousands of students and young professionals, especially in cities such as Cardiff, with a high percentage of those being international students, so you’ll never be short of new friends.
My final thoughts on studying English in Wales
With a fantastic fusion of youthful heritage, Celtic culture and cosmopolitan style we are so sure that you’ll love studying an English language course in Wales. There are so many accredited centres with an interesting choice of courses available that will help you gain valuable skills and opportunities. If you’d like some more information on studying English courses in Wales, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Polar for support, guidance and advice.