Welsh Government initiative to support study abroad

Last month a new programme “Global Wales Discover” was launched

Funded by Welsh Government and developed with the British Council it offers funding to Welsh undergraduate students in Welsh Universities to undertake short stay study, work or volunteer opportunities in a range of countries across the globe.

The £1.6m pilot has been developed by British Council Wales through support from the Welsh Government and Global Wales as part of the Welsh Government response to the Diamond Review’s recommendations on support for students who choose to study overseas.

The programme seeks to address shortfalls in the number of students having an international experience whilst at University by offering shorter-term, funded opportunities that can fit around students’ courses and their family and work commitments.

Professor Simon Haslett, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Enhancement) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) who attended the launch said:

“UWTSD is very excited to be part of the Global Wales Discover initiative and the opportunities it offers students across Wales. We believe international mobility presents such a valuable opportunity for our students that we have embedded it in our Global Education Strategy.  It’s also a founding principle in the creation of the Wales Global Academy, which provides a network for student mobility across the world.”

British Council Wales Country Director, Jenny Scott said:

“International experience creates a generation of globally connected facing young people in Wales. Studies have also shown that undergraduates who undertake an international opportunity are more likely to get a top degree, be more employable and have higher earning power.”

“This programme will help build Wales’ presence around the world, supporting Welsh students to spend time in countries of particular interest for Welsh Government, including: USA, Canada, Japan, UAE, Qatar, Vietnam, India, China and the whole of the EU. Placements will help Wales form new relationships with individuals, organisations and institutions in these countries”

Welsh Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, said:

“As someone who benefited greatly from my time studying abroad as an undergraduate, I know first-hand how such an experience broadens your horizons.

“We are taking direct action to open up opportunities, provide targeted support and improve the life chances of all learners in Wales. International study is a great vehicle to increase social mobility and I want to ensure these opportunities are open up to everyone, from every background and across the whole of Wales.”

Global Wales Discover Handbook

To find out more: https://wales.britishcouncil.org/en/global-wales-discover