Croeso! Welcome to Bangor!
Here at Bangor the Welsh and the English language are both used,
and we're extremely proud to be one of the world's most bilingual universities.
Of course, there's no expectation for you to be able to speak or understand Welsh,
but here is and idea of what you can expect while living in a bilingual environment.
Bangor is located in Gwynedd,
which is the county with the highest percentage of Welsh speakers in Wales.
And Bangor University is proud to use and support the language.
In the university itself,
around 1 in 5 of our students speak Welsh,
and many staff members are able to help and support them in both languages.
Around the city,
you'll notice that Welsh and English are both used naturally as day to day languages.
And you may notice that many of your peers choose to study and complete assignments through the medium of Welsh.
If you're interested in learning Welsh,
you can take a module or an online course during your time at university.
Or you can pick up a few simple phrases,
Whichever way you choose to live your university life,
we hope you'll enjoy being a part of a truly bilingual community.
A community that everyone's welcome to be a part of.
Bilingualism is a natural part of life at Bangor University. This is not much of a surprise considering that Bangor is located in the county with the highest % of Welsh speakers. In fact around 70% of our staff have skills in the Welsh language. It is therefore possible for you to receive support through the medium of Welsh in all aspects of your life as a student here, including the Student Services department.
Academically, you will notice that the Welsh-medium lectures and seminar groups tend to be smaller in size, which means that students tend to feel more comfortable in their surroundings. There is, therefore, a greater opportunity for those students to ask questions of their lecturers and receive a little more support.
There is also a strong Welsh speaking community amongst our students beyond the lectures, particularly through the UMCB activities of the Bangor Welsh Students ' Union.
We therefore trust that any student who is a Welsh speaker, no matter how fluent, would feel very welcome at Bangor University and that this is the best place for you to use and develop your Welsh language skills.