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Studying through the medium of Welsh

If you study in Welsh with us you can benefit your career, have flexible study options and receive support with study and language skills.

We are the only Russell Group university in a bilingual capital city. This is the perfect place study modules in Welsh or learn about the language and culture. Coming to Cardiff will give you a unique and special experience.

Not ready to study in Welsh? New to the language? You can learn Welsh or improve your language skills with our Welsh for All courses.

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We support your studies

You can benefit from scholarships, smaller seminar groups and Welsh-speaking tutors. You can also enhance your language skills and sit your exams in Welsh.

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Be at the heart of modern Wales

How about work experience at the Senedd, the Welsh Government, BBC, ITV? These, and many other, national organisations are on our doorstep.

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Join our community

Our Welsh Language Academy and Cardiff Branch of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol bring together our Welsh language activities at our bilingual, inclusive and international university.

Why study in Welsh?

82% of businesses in Wales say that using the Welsh language adds value to their services. More and more employers are looking for staff with skills to offer bilingual services to their customers.

Studying bilingually helps you to get a deeper understanding of your chosen subject. It enriches your learning experience by offering

  • more choice
  • different perspectives - including a Welsh perspective - on your subject
  • unique and varied experiences while learning and beyond

You will learn the skills, confidence and experience to use Welsh in the workplace and to contribute bilingually to the economic, social and cultural life of Wales.

You can be bilingual citizens - part of the Welsh-language life of Cardiff. The experience will connect you to your bilingual and multilingual peers in the city and across the world.

Support to study in Welsh

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Studying in Welsh will mean that you are part of a close-knit community with others on your course.

Even if it is not possible to study through the medium of Welsh in your subject, everyone is welcome to join the Cardiff Branch of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

As a student member of the Cardiff Branch of the Coleg Cymraeg, you will hear about the opportunities available to you. These include scholarships of up to £3000, becoming a Coleg Cymraeg Ambassador, studying for the Coleg's Welsh Language Skills Certificate and finding work experience opportunities.

Elliw Iwan, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Branch Officer

Coleg members also get access to The Porth learning resources.

Work experience

Cardiff is home to many national, bilingual organisations. We can connect you to employers who offer work experience in a bilingual or Welsh-language setting.

Learn more about our careers and employability service.

Welsh-speaking personal tutors

We can provide you with a Welsh-speaking personal tutor at the beginning of your studies, even if you choose not to study in Welsh. You will be able to let your personal tutor know if you wish to present your assignments (written or oral) in Welsh.

Your tutor will:

  • see you regularly to discuss your studies
  • monitor your progress and provide feedback
  • offer professional guidance
  • make sure you have support to look after your physical and mental wellbeing

The thing I enjoyed the most about my studies, without a shadow of a doubt, was the ability to study some through the Welsh language. I enjoyed making the most of every opportunity offered to me to engage and study through Welsh.

Emily Pemberton, BSc Econ International Relations

Improve your language skills

Do you want to improve your confidence to use Welsh in education and business settings? Perhaps you'd like to improve your Welsh grammar? Either way, we provide support for you to study for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's Language Skills Certificate.

Are you an aspiring polyglot? Combine your Welsh language skills with opportunities to learn other languages at university. Some courses will give you the chance to spend a year abroad.

Flexible study options

You can study some modules through the medium of Welsh. Depending on your choice of subject, you could combine English lectures with Welsh-medium tutorials, or choose to do them all in Welsh. It really is up to you.

You can sit your exams through the medium of Welsh, whether you've been studying through the medium of Welsh or not. You could also benefit from smaller seminar groups with other Welsh speakers.

I enjoy studying in Welsh because it gives me an opportunity to practice and improve my confidence, ensuring I don't lose the use of the language. Tutorials for the Welsh group provide more opportunities to ask questions and get help to work through problem sheets.

Alen Melania King, BSc Mathematics

Scholarships

If you study all or part of your degree through the medium of Welsh, you could qualify for the following undergraduate scholarships:

ScholarshipAward % of studying in Welsh required
Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's Main Scholarship £1000 per year over 66%
Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's Incentive Scholarship £500 per year Over 33%
Cardiff University Scholarship Up to £500 a year Over 22%

The new Cardiff University Welsh Academy Scholarship will be available for the 2023/24 academic year. More information about this scholarship will be available in 2023.

More reasons to study in Welsh with us

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Courses for studying in Welsh

We have up to 100 degree courses in 14 subject areas available to study partly or wholly through the medium of Welsh.

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Cardiff Branch of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

Join our branch to find out about scholarships up to £3,000, become a Coleg Cymraeg Ambassador, study for the Coleg's Welsh Language Skills Certificate or find work experience opportunities.

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Welsh language and culture

The Welsh language is thriving in Cardiff, and there are plenty of opportunities to learn Welsh and experience the vibrant Welsh language culture.