The University is highly aware of the challenges facing international students in moving away from home in order to study. The dedicated International Student Welfare Adviser offers support to students in the time leading up to arrival in Bangor, and throughout their time as students.
New students arriving at Manchester International Airport on the weekend prior to registration are normally met and taken by a specially organised coach service right to the doorstep of their new home in Bangor. For students arriving at Manchester or Liverpool airports at other times, a taxi pick-up service can be arranged (local charges apply). We also meet students at Bangor train station and take them to their accommodation. During your first few weeks at Bangor, a range of briefings are organised on matters such as study skills, registering with a doctor, registering with the police, advice on work regulations, and other relevant issues. A special Orientation Day provides an opportunity to meet other international students and external organisations, and take a trip around the surrounding area. This helps you to make friends, settle in and get to know your way around.
International Student Welfare Adviser
Throughout the year, the International Student Welfare Adviser offers assistance and advice on a range of matters such as NHS health care in the UK, opening a bank account, immigration status, applications to extend your visa, work regulations and finding work, travelling outside the UK, police registration, accommodation, bringing your family to the UK, and nurseries and schools in Bangor. We also arrange coach trips to places of interest. The British Council’s Regional Services Officer is an important point of contact for information, advice and support for students attending Bangor through the British Council.
Further details for International Students are available on the University's International Students website.
English language courses
International students are generally required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency. Students who have not yet achieved the level required by the University can undertake English Language and Study Skills courses at the University’s English Language Centre (ELCOS), prior to the beginning of your academic programme, in order to reach the required level.
As the English language level normally required for entry is IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, additional tuition can be taken as follows:
Date of course
|IELTS 5.5||3 month course||June - September|
|IELTS 5.0||6 month course||February - August|
|IELTS 4.5||9 month course||September - June|
Students receive close attention in order to ensure excellent progression and successful completion of the course. At the end, students are not required to undertake a further external English test, as our highly experienced and qualified staff will conduct a test and provide an official report for the University. Students on academic programmes can receive English language support throughout the year in courses specially organised for international students. These include academic writing classes and English language modules. Students can also benefit from individual consultations with a language tutor. Students wishing to undertake further external English tests can benefit from special evening classes which focus on preparation for these examinations.
Further details of English language courses are available from: