Bangor – Bangor University

Reasons people went to this university/place

  • I chose it because of the focus on cognitive linguistics at the School of Linguistics

Recommended semester to go there

  • Summer semester because you can do many trips (to the near mountains for example) only in summer and you have a lot of holidays during your stay to go on trips

Before going there

Accommodation experiences

  • Student house (not University accommodation) called Neuadd Kyffin: The Ensuite room is great with a bathroom and a huge bed and desk, the staff is also nice. You have to share a kitchen with other people and it totally depends on the people what the kitchen looks like. The hall is located at the center of the town in the street with the most shops, it takes you about 10 minutes to get to the university.

Special items to pack

  • UK adapters for your cables, warm clothes also in summer term (it is sometimes very windy), a credit card – for traveling by train, if you pre-book ticket, which you should do, you need to have the credit card with you, medicine (very cheap here so I do not know about the quality), waterproof shoes maybe

How people who went there handled their finances

  • I did not open a bank account, I mainly use my credit card and bank card only to get cash from an ATM (go to Santander, they do not charge you for withdrawing money), I exchanged quite some money at home already

University Information

Rough semester schedule

  • Summer semester: Semester starts in mid-January and ends at the beginning of June

Holidays during the semester

  • Summer semester: There is one reading week (no regular classes), an Easter break (three weeks) and no classes during the exam period (whole of May)

Number of ECTS the university expected former exchange students to do

  • Between 25 and 30 ECTS, not less, not more. However, it is possible to do extra classes – electives – for instance Welsh or other language classes

Course restrictions and when the university informed students about those

  • Yes, there are some restrictions, I was informed in December (I went on ERASMUS in January)

Did the university actually offer the classes students originally planned to do?

  • No, one of the three I wanted to do were not offered and one was not accessible to me

Recommended courses/modules

  • Welsh language classes
  • Japanese language classes
  • Metaphor & Thought (Linguistics) – if you are interested in Cognitive Linguistics
  • SLA and Language Teaching – if you want to learn more about Bilingualism

Exam period

  • Yes in May, it starts in mid-May and ends at the beginning of June

How exams look like

  • Short essay questions, depends very much on the modules. Not that many exams, rather essays or take-home exams (exercises you do at home)

Important deadlines

  • There is a Welcome Week, it is the week before classes start – you have to attend the Welcome meeting as well as the graduation ceremony at the end of April

Other information

Recommended restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping centers, etc.

  • The Black Bull Inn – very delicious and cheap food
  • The Castle – same here
  • The Belle Vue – very good sweet potato fries
  • Check out all stores and compare prices, it is worth it!
  • Poundland and Poundworld – very cheap stuff

Recommended secret spots in the city/town

  • Roman Camp – view over the whole city
  • Bangor Pier – not secret, but a must

Recommended day trips

  • Liverpool – about 2 hours away and many things to do there
  • Manchester – same, but rather recommended if you like football and/or shopping
  • Castle trips: Caernarfon, Beaumaris, Conwy
  • Llandudno – coastal town with great things to do there
  • Chester – one hour away, very beautiful
  • Aber Falls (Abergwyngregyn)

Recommended places or events to meet new people/make new friends

  • join one or more student societies or go on a day trip alone

Public transport offered in the city/area of the University

  • there are buses in the city but you won’t need it for traveling within Bangor
  • buses to get to close places
  • train for destinations a bit more far away (2+ hours)

Other recommendations

  • buy a 16-25 railcard, costs 30 pounds and you save 1/3 every time you pre-book a train ticket
  • pre-book train tickets!!!!
  • do a Welsh language course, it is really worth it

Is this University the right place for me?

You should spend your semester/year abroad at this university or place

  • if you want to experience university life in a rather small town and/or small university
  • if you want to experience living in a bilingual community
  • if you want to experience living close to the sea
  • if you want to see seagulls instead of Vienna’s doves
  • If you are interested in cognitive linguistics
  • if you are interested in Liverpool and Manchester, both are very close
  • because not many people have the opportunity to go there
  • because living in a bilingual community where English is one of the two languages and the other language is actually very present is pretty unique

You should not spend your semester/year abroad at this university or place

  • if you don’t like rain
  • if you do not want to study in a rural area
  • if you hate seagulls and the sea

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