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International Students

Welcome to Bangor!

The School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University is one the oldest and most prestigious Sport Science Schools in the UK. For over 40 years students from all over the world have graduated from Bangor and as a result gone on to achieve great success in their chosen careers.

The School offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as research study opportunities.

The School's MA programmes will be attractive to those with more unorthodox qualifications and backgrounds (eg a non Sport Science background), who wish to gain a competitive advantage to pursue careers in other domains such as education, police work, or other social services.

Find Out More

Do you have questions about studying at Bangor?

  • International Student Guide - Download our e-brochure for an overview of Bangor.
  • Facebook - Like our 'Bangor University International' page.
  • International Newsletter - Keep up to date with the latest news at Bangor.
  • Student Videos - Bangor has a long and established track record as a place of excellence for international students to study. View the videos and find out what our students think.
  • Videos and Tours - Find out why Bangor has something for everyone!
  • International Student Profiles - Many international students have been chosen to represent the University as Ambassadors and support students throughout their studies.

Recep Gorgulu - Ph.D. student in Sport PsychologyRecep
From: Turkey

Recep from Turkey is a first year Ph.D student.

"Although Bangor is not a big city, it is probably one of the most beautiful university settings in the UK surrounded by mountains and the sea; it is perfect for outdoorsy people. For me it is large enough for energy and enthusiasm, but small enough for individualism.

Read Recep's full profile...

If you question is specifically about studying Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, please contact the School's International Officer, Jamie Macdonald at

English language courses

EU and Overseas students, whose first language is not English, are required to take the standardised English Language test (IELTS) at their British Council before the June of their admission to an academic programme of study. 

The English language level normally required for direct entry to SHES postgraduate programmes is an IELTS score (or equivalent) of 6.5 or above and 6.0 for writing. 

Students who have not yet achieved this level can undertake English Language and Study Skills courses at the University’s English Language Centre (ELCOS), prior to the beginning of their academic programme, in order to reach the required level.



Date of course


3 month course

June - September


6 month course

February - August


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 the University's 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 all English language courses are available from ELCOS.

Other Useful Links

International Education Centre

For more information about applying and entry requirements, visit the International Education Centre's website.

International Welfare

For more information about the support on offer to international students at Bangor, visit the International Welfare pages.