University of South Wales

Why Study Here?

  • With more than 30,000 students, the University of South Wales is one of the largest universities in the UK. We offer a friendly and academically challenging environment and have an excellent reputation for teaching quality and state-of-the-art facilities.
  • The university has 3 main campuses situated in and around Cardiff and Newport city centres. Our students study within easy reach of the dynamic capital city of Wales, the countryside and the coast. The campuses have a great atmosphere. On campus, you’ll find everything you need in one place: your classes, the library and places to eat and drink.
  • We have a strong record of employability, with 94%* of our graduates in employment or further study 6 months after course completion. (*HESA 2013–14 Performance Indicators.)
  • We work with key employers, from British Airways, General Electric, Sony and Tata, to the BBC. British Airways has moved key heavy engineering training to us from Heathrow, so our Aircraft Maintenance Engineering students now graduate with a degree and the engineering qualification they need for the industry under BA’s Civil Aviation Authority license.
  • Our students learn by doing – we are a leader in using simulation to enhance teaching and learning. Our students get a real head start in their professions by training in state-of-the-art simulated environments, including a clinical simulation suite, a courtroom, a forensic scene-of-crime house; film, fashion and music studios; a stock trading floor; an aerospace centre which includes a real Jetstream 31 airplane and flight simulator.
  • We have an established reputation for providing outstanding support to students.
  • We are celebrated for our commitment to the arts, with an internationally acclaimed film school, industry standard animation facilities, broadcasting studios, one of the UK’s oldest photography schools, a superb reputation for theatre design, award-winning poets, scriptwriters, and authors, and the national music and drama conservatoire.
  • The University of South Wales is renowned for its applied research. Business leaders, ministers, public service leaders and health professionals use our research to inform their decision-making.
  • Our programmes are accredited by leading professional bodies in specialist fields such as law, accountancy, management, supply chain and logistics, and engineering.

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • GCSE pass in English at grade C or above.
  • The British Council’s International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) with an average overall score of 6.0 for undergraduate study, and 6.5 for postgraduate study with at least a 5.5 in each component.
  • Students who do not meet these requirements are able to undertake a pre-sessional English course at the university.
  • Note that a UKVI SELT IELTS is required for students applying for a Tier 4 visa to undertake a pre-sessional English language course.

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £11,900 £12,300
Mixed - -
Laboratory - -
Clinical - -

Bursaries and Scholarships

The University of South Wales has the following scholarships for international students:

  • International undergraduate scholarship – £1,500 per year
  • International postgraduate scholarship – £2,000 per year

Undergraduate Chancellor’s International Development Scholarships of £2,500 per year are available for students from the following countries. This scholarship would replace the standard £1,500 undergraduate scholarship and terms and conditions apply.

  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Cameroon
  • Colombia
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • The University of South Wales offers Arrival Services for new international students from a number of major UK airports – there will be someone to welcome you when you first arrive in the UK, and who will be able to assist you with your onward travel arrangements to the university.
  • Prior to your course induction week, we also organise an International Arrival Week. This is an orientation and social programme designed specifically for international students.
  • The week includes trips, parties, events, activities and information sessions to help you get used to living and learning in the UK and an opportunity to make new friends.

Accommodation for International Students

  • When you are choosing where to go to university, the quality, availability and value for money of accommodation can be a key part of the decision making process. Where you live can be just as important as what you learn. Whether you want to live on campus, or nearby, our Accommodation Office will help you with accommodation arrangements.
  • All international students who have firmly accepted their offer are given an option to book on-campus accommodation. The earlier you accept your offer, the more likely it is that they you be allocated your first choice accommodation but even if on campus accommodation isn’t available, there is lots of private sector accommodation close to our campuses, and we are able to offer advice and assistance on securing private sector accommodation.
  • University-owned accommodation is available on the Treforest campus. There are private halls of residence in very close proximity to our Cardiff and Newport City campuses. High speed internet is available in all rooms and most rooms have wi-fi access.
  • All university accommodation is self-catered although there are options for students to purchase meal vouchers to use in the university refectories and food outlets.
  • Students are able to express a preference on their accommodation booking forms – if they wish to live with other international students or students of the same nationality, we will do our best to facilitate this. Alternatively, they can request a room in a flat with students from the UK.
  • Students are able to stay on campus during the winter and spring holidays and are not required to vacate their rooms during these vacations.
  • There are a variety of on campus accommodation options available to suit all budgets. Prices for a single room range from £103–125 per week.

Organisations for International Students

  • Clubs and societies are an important part of university life. Not only do you get the chance to make friends with like-minded people, you also get the chance to try something new or do something you already enjoy.
  • From football, waterpolo and snowsports to debating, creative writing and current affairs, our clubs and societies cover a huge range of hobbies that reflect the interests of our students. There is also an active international student society.
  • All clubs and societies are run by students for students. If we don’t have a society that suits your interests, you can start one!

Overseas Campus

  • The University of South Wales has an extensive portfolio of collaborative relationships with partner colleges, businesses and educational institutions across the world (no oversease campus).