Farming and Agriculture in Wales: Sustainable Food Production and Land Use Summer School


The Farming and Agriculture in Wales summer school, running from 8th until 29th July 2022, is a three-week cultural and academic programme focusing on contemporary issues in Farming and Agriculture, through the lens of Wales.

The Summer School provides a comprehensive overview of land use and agricultural production systems focusing on livestock agriculture, arable land use and conservation issues with a mixture of classroom lectures and experiential learning, with trips to the university’s many farms and landholdings.

The Farming and Agriculture in Wales summer school takes place in Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS). IBERS is an internationally-recognised research and teaching centre renowned for research in response to global challenges such as food security, bioenergy and sustainability, and the impacts of climate change.

It is also home to the National Plant Phenomics Centre, and the BEACON Centre of Excellence for Biorefining.



Students will be able to:

  • Learn a little of the Welsh language
  • Explore the theme of the programme through participating in round table discussions
  • Explore the beautiful countryside of mid-Wales, including a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Trips will include:

  • The Royal Welsh Show – the pinnacle event in the British agricultural calendar
  • Pwllpeiran Upland Research Platform
  • BEACON Biorefining Centre.

There will be no additional cost to the students for any of the activities undertaken as part of the programme.


3 week Programme and full board £2,800
Partner University discount available Please enquire

Full board price includes:

  • Single room accommodation on campus, a short walk to lectures!
  • Three meals per day
  • All course materials and tuition
  • All trips and outings
  • Support of international office team, academic coordinator and student mentor

What's not included:

  • Travel to Aberystwyth (though this may be available at a discount from Birmingham or Manchester airports, depending on arrival days/times)
  • International travel to and from the UK
  • Travel or medical insurance
  • Visa costs if applicable
  • Personal spending money


The programme is broad enough to engage students from a variety of subject backgrounds. If you are in any doubt, please get in touch!

We ask that you are over 18 years of age, already studying at college or university, with a minumum GPA of 3.0, and that you are ready and open for lively debate and discussion.

How to apply

If you would like more information and/or apply please email

Application deadline:  Applications for 2022 have now closed, please check back soon for 2023.

Acceptances will be made on a rolling basis, as there are a limited numbers of places, applications may close early.

More information

Programme dates 8th to 29th July 2022

Accommodation and meals

Summer school participants are housed in single rooms on campus in Aberystwyth University. Apartments have fully equipped kitchens where students will be able to prepare their own food and brown bag lunches (lots of day trips!). Students will also have access to all the cafes available on campus and free gym membership for the duration of their stay.

Academics and credits

The summer school is credit-bearing. Students will receive credit to transfer to their home institution if they successfully complete the course. The academic component will entail the completion of a 10 UK credit module (3 US credits) including a journal, presentation, and a written assignment.

Outdoor activity

The Summer School will, of course, include a lot of outdoor activity, plenty of hiking and possibly some rain!