Aberystwyth University

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

The Farming and Agriculture in Wales summer institute is a three-week cultural and academic programme focusing on contemporary issues in Farming and Agriculture, through the lens of Wales, and is hosted by Aberystwyth University.

The summer institute will provide 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.

It takes place in Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), 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, home to the National Plant Phenomics Centre, and the BEACON Centre of Excellence for Biorefining.

Support for this Institute is provided in part through a Study Abroad Engagement Grant from USA Study Abroad within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.


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 cost to the students for any of the activities undertaken as part of the programme. Students will only need any money they would wish to spend on souvenirs. 

More information

Programme dates

08 Jul – 29 July 2022

Accommodation and meals

Summer institute participants will be 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 Farming and Agriculture in Wales summer institute will be 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 institute will, of course, include a lot of outdoor activity, plenty of hiking and possibly some rain!