Study Abroad in Wales

students at castle in WalesNext study abroad program: Summer 2018

Earn 6 credit hours. Graduate or Undergraduate Credit in Appalachian Studies, Anthropology, History, or Political Science through ASU's Appalachia and Wales I and II. 

Faculty: Dr. William Schumann

Postindustrial Wales exposes students to community-based responses to political, economic and cultural transformations in Welsh society following the final contraction of heavy industry in the 1980s. Students should develop an understanding of the variation in responses to socioeconomic change through community-based research projects, meetings with political activists and officials at various levels of government, visitation to cultural events and tourist sites, invited lectures with Welsh scholars, and general interaction in Welsh society. The course is organized around a month-long internship program in the south Wales village of Ystradgynlais. Students engage with with area community development organizations, local cultural institutions and businesses. Through these and other activities, the course objective is to encourage students to build career skills and analyze the multi-faceted character of community responses to 'postindustrialism' from a cross-cultural perspective.

The projected itinerary also involves travel to and experience of:

  • Cardiff, the capitol of Wales, including the National Assembly for Wales
  • Museum visits
  • The Brecon Beacons National Park for hiking
  • Powys for a farm tour and the nearby village of Hay-on-Wye
  • Castles and beaches of the south Wales coast
  • Industrial heritage tourism sites
  • Celtic music jam sessions and cultural events
  • A two-day stay in London at the trip's end

A total of 8 to 10 students will be selected to participate; gradaute students will be given preference in the selection process, but acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cost: Approximately $2,913.37  per student (program fees). This covers travel in the U.K., lodging, activity fees, and all meals. Airfare and tuition are not included. Students are responsible for booking their individual flights.

For Application, Financial Aid, of more information, contact the Center for Appalachian Studies (828-262-4089), or email the study abroad program director, Dr. William Schumann (

Non-ASU students should also contact the Office of international Education and Development (828-262-2046) for additional information.