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University of South Wales

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International students study over 500 different courses at the University of South Wales, from foundation to PhD levels of study.

  • USW-A major player in UK higher education
  • Campuses in Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport
  • Enjoys partnerships with international universities
  • Invested over GBP160m in state-of-the-art facilities
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The University of South Wales (USW) is one the largest universities in the UK and the largest in Wales, offering its students excellent opportunities and bright prospects. A course at the University of South Wales is more than just a degree. Inside and outside the classroom, students will achieve their potential both professionally and personally.

Employability is at the heart of everything done and the University is committed to getting its students the jobs they want. Its teaching is informed by what happens in the real world and its courses are designed to develop new skills that are essential for the workplace. All this is strengthened by its employability schemes, business start-up support and opportunities to get actual experience, often as part of their course.

Delivering these kinds of opportunities requires the very best facilities and support, and the University has invested millions of pounds to provide them. It is a leader in using simulation for its teaching and its students learn about their profession in environments that recreate the workplace, using the same equipment and applications they will find in industry. This approach ensures that they are ready for the workplace and have the confidence to succeed.

Its size means the University can offer an exceptional range of subjects and courses, at every level – from Foundation Degree to PhD. It also means that its links with industry and business are hard to beat. The University works with world leaders such as Microsoft, British Airways and the BBC to inform its courses and offer work experience.

The University also works with professional bodies to ensure that what students learn meets professional standards and is relevant in the real world. Many of its courses hold accreditations by leading professional bodies in specialist fields including ACCA, the BCS, the CIPS, the BPS, the Skillset Media Academy Wales, the Institute of Fire Safety Engineers, –the RICS and CILECT (the association of the world’s major film and television schools) which demonstrates that course content meets industry standards. These accreditations mean that its students graduate with more than just a university qualification - they have the skills, knowledge and attitude to impress employers at graduate interviews.

At the University of South Wales, students will find countless opportunities and award-winning support to help them along the way.

The University is also renowned for its partnerships with major employers. These partnerships are one of the many reasons that 94% of its students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

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130 International student nationalities at this university

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1.89% International students from USA

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COSTS PER YEAR*
OVERALL COST OF LIVING

£8820

CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION
Source: KIS/HESA

£4641 - £4882

AVERAGE TUITION FEE PER YEAR*

UNDERGRADUATE

£11740

POSTGRADUATE

£12640

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution

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Alexandra, Brazil 4

Cardiff city - Great place to study

I have made amazing friends with most of my course mates and Cardiff has lovely places for us to go out socialising. We love to go to Cardiff bay and Bute park when it’s nice and sunny, but for the rest of the time we have the mall, the cinema and of course the pubs. Cardiff is a wonderful small city fu read full review

I have made amazing friends with most of my course mates and Cardiff has lovely places for us to go out socialising. We love to go to Cardiff bay and Bute park when it’s nice and sunny, but for the rest of the time we have the mall, the cinema and of course the pubs. Cardiff is a wonderful small city full of students and has a lovely atmosphere to live in. I loved the end of term project in our first year. We had to work on a 20 minute group performance. I worked with some of my friends in my group and edited one of Gary Owens’s plays “Love Steals us from Loneliness”. We had three weeks to prepare before it was assessed and it was such a great experience and success. We also did a five-minute film on a beach, which was also fun and very successful. I like the performance and physical aspect of my course and learning how to use our bodies within a theatre space. I have always wanted to come over to the UK to study Drama. London had been an option, but being my first time to leave home, Cardiff seemed to be the perfect place to go as it’s a small city with great student life. Cardiff is also growing immensely in the artistic and theatrical world. show less

Siyuan, China 4

Great support for International Students

I enjoyed my final year living and studying at the University. The experience taught me how to become a good engineer but also how to be an excellent person. The University have great services for International students. The international student service were especially helpful; the people working the read full review

I enjoyed my final year living and studying at the University. The experience taught me how to become a good engineer but also how to be an excellent person. The University have great services for International students. The international student service were especially helpful; the people working there are patient and warm hearted and try their best to resolve every student’s problems, even if they seem very small. I was very grateful for their help. I studied for three years in BUCEA (Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture) in China and completed my final year at the University (3+1 programme). After completing the four-year course, I gained two BEng bachelor degrees; one from BUCEA and the other from the University. I have been working in KIGG which is based in Wales as a Development Engineer for nearly two years and the opportunities provided by the University have enabled me to be successful in this role. show less

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