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Celtic and Welsh Summer School

A 10-day residential Celtic and Welsh summer school focusing on the extraordinary history, literature and language of Wales. Students will attend lectures and workshops and visit some of the historically significant sites in the area.

The Celtic and Welsh Summer School is a 10-day residential summer school that will take place at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s picturesque Lampeter campus.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1822, UWTSD Lampeter is Wales’ oldest university, and the third oldest in England and Wales after Oxford and Cambridge. Wales is a country with a long and fascinating history, with its rich Celtic heritage, Roman remains and medieval castles.


Lectures, workshops, debates, exhibitions and excursions


Wales’ rich literary, religious and cultural heritage:

The origins of the Celts

  • Celtic saints
  • Celtic languages
  • Welsh poetry and the Tales of the Mabinogion
  • The arrival of the Romans and Romano-British culture
  • The castles and fortifications of the Normans
  • The creation of modern Wales


Academic staff who are world- renowned scholars in Celtic and Welsh history, language, art and literature.


The Special Collections of the University, one of the most important collections of rare books and medieval manuscripts in Britain, in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives


(All visits are provisional)


TBC (inclusive of en-suite accommodation / breakfast and dinner / airport pick up & return and all excursions).

Students may choose whether or not they wish to take the programme for credit.  It is available as a 30-credit module at level 5 and is equal to 3 US undergraduate credits or 15 ECTS credits.


Lampeter is an attractive town of character and history. In addition to the idyllic University campus, it is home to independent retailers and pubs, delicatessens and coffee shops, cafes and restaurants, world-renowned ice cream and a museum. The beautiful Welsh coast, with its fishing villages and beaches, is only a short drive away. Welsh, derived from Celtic Brythonic, is one of Britain’s oldest languages and is still spoken naturally in these areas.

Lampeter stands in the county of Ceredigion, with the neighbouring counties of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire easily accessible. Each of these counties is replete with sites of historic interest, dating back 1000s of years.


With settlements dating back to the Neolithic age, Ceredigion is replete with standing stones, hilltop forts, churches and chapels, harbour towns, water, flour and woollen mills and gold and silver mines.

Strata Florida Abbey was an important monastic community in the Cambrian Mountains and it is possible to take tours there to view the remains and the on-going archaeological finds.  The religious heritage of Ceredigion ranges from the Celtic church of David through to examples of the Christian revivals of the eighteenth and twentieth centuries and successful missionary activity by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the nineteenth century.


Pembrokeshire is home to the only coastal national park in the United Kingdom and is comprised of sandy beaches, woodland, rugged cliffs and green hills. Life in Pembrokeshire can be traced back to prehistory, or the Palaeolithic, through the Mesolithic to the present day. Sites range from pre-historic tombs to the medieval castles of, for example, Manorbier, Carew and Pembroke. The Norman conquest of Pembrokeshire in the eleventh century brought both the English and French languages to the area and this influence can still be seen in Pembrokeshire. St Govan’s Chapel, erected in the thirteenth century (with parts of the chapel possibly dating back to the sixth century) is built into the cliffs overlooking the sea and St David’s Cathedral, built in the twelfth century stands on the site of a sixth century church.


Carmarthen is the county town of Carmarthenshire and the oldest town in Wales. It has a strong Roman History and is home to one of the few remaining Roman amphitheatres in Britain. A selection of the Roman artefacts discovered in the town can be seen in the local museum. Carmarthen is connected with the Arthurian legends of Merlin and the remains of a medieval castle overlook the town. The town suffered from an outbreak of the Black Death in the fourteenth century and an attack by famous Rebecca rioters in the nineteenth century. It is also home to one of UWTSD’s campuses.

Warriors, bards, priests and monks all left their mark on native Welsh literature. From King Arthur and Merlin, giants, princesses, witches and mermaids to magical pigs and buried treasure, Wales is truly a land of myth and legend.

Administration correspondence and questions:

Should be addressed to: Gwenllian Llŷr:
Email: g.llyr@uwtsd.ac.uk
Tel: 01570 424840

The programme will only run subject to minimum numbers being met.


Participants of this Summer School from the US must inform agents at Immigration Control that they are in the UK to study on a short summer school course for 10 days. In addition to a valid passport, participants will need evidence of enrolment in the course, so the letter of acceptance from University of Wales, Trinity Saint David should be shown to the border agent, along with the receipt showing that the programme tuition has been paid.

The required information is on the UK government website

Different rules may arise if any of the participants are not US passport-holders, plan to do other things while they are in the UK, or already hold some kind of valid UK visa.

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