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University of South Wales

The University of South Wales is one of the largest Universities in the UK with over 26,000 students. The university offers a wide range of courses ranging from Chiropractic to Creative Industries and Computing. Many of their courses are accredited by professional bodies and are taught by lecturers who have experience working in the industry. 

Employability is at the heart of everything they do; they have a dedicated Careers team who organise events through the year which provide excellent opportunities to network with graduate employers. This support means that 95% of South Wales graduates are in work or study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2016/17).

South Wales' campuses are based in and around Cardiff, the capital city of Wales and they recently launched a brand new campus in Dubai. USW has been welcoming international students for many years, and students quickly settle into life in Cardiff which is a beautiful, safe and multicultural student city with everything from shopping to concerts, sporting events and culture. 

Cardiff is well connected to all major UK cities – and is just 2 hours away from London by direct train. The biggest advantage of living in Cardiff is the cost of living; Cardiff was voted the cheapest UK city for students (Natwest Student Living Index, 2017). 


South Wales' campuses are well equipped with everything you need to succeed at university. There are Advice Zones based in libraries across each of the campuses and excellent quality en-suite accommodation to suite all budgets.

Here’s a summary about what you can expect in each of the campuses. 

USW Cardiff

At USW Cardiff you will find Creative Industries courses, from Animation and Games to Fashion and Music. You’ll find modern specialist facilities, study spaces, a library and the Students Union all in one city centre building. Cardiff is the perfect place for creative industries students. The city is a major centre for media production in the UK, with the BBC’s Roath Lock drama studios on the doorstep and Pinewood Studios nearby. The city centre is also set to welcome the headquarters of BBC Wales, while ITV Wales is making Cardiff Bay its new home.

USW Pontypridd

USWPontypridd is made up of two sites; Treforest and Glyntaff. Here you can study subjects including Business, Chiropractic and Psychology.  Students love the community atmosphere, as well as the convenience of living and studying in the same place. On a safe campus with 24-hour security, you’ll find everything you need in one place – your classes, the library, cafes and bars to eat and drink. If you want to visit the city, Cardiff is just 20 minutes away by train – and there is a train station right next to the campus. 

USW Newport

Overlooking the River Usk, the iconic university building is in the centre of the city of Newport, just ten minutes by train from Cardiff. The Halls of Residence are just a few minutes’ walk away. You’ll study in a modern building with the latest facilities for working and socialising. USW Newport is home to the recently launched BA (Hons) Hotel and Hospitality Management programme which provide excellent placemet opportunities in the 5* Celtic Manor Resort which is located nearby.

If you are interested in studying at the University of South Wales, contact your personal Across the Pond Advisor for more information.

Student population: 26,000

Number of international students: 4,500 from 60 different countries

City populationThe population of the Cardiff-Newport metro region is over 1 million

LocationCampuses are based in and around the capital city of Wales, Cardiff

Closest airport: Cardiff International Airport, 30 minutes. Bristol Airport, 1 hour. London Heathrow, 2.5 hours.

Date of establishment: 1913

Areas of ExpertiseChiropractic, Psychology, Business, Music, Games and Animation

Cost of Tuition per year: from £13,500 per year (2021/22)

Accommodation cost: from £94.36 per week (en-suite, single bedroom with all bills included)

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