Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. The University combines impressive modern facilities and an exciting approach to teaching with its proud history of recent achievements, and nearly 30,000 students, including nearly 10,000 international students, are currently enrolled at the Welsh institution.
95% of Cardiff University graduates enter employment or further study after graduating, while 78% obtain graduate level employment. Cardiff University is also a member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 elite research universities in the UK.
Services for International Students
The International Development department organises an induction programme for international students which includes a coach collection service from Cardiff and Heathrow airports straight to your accommodation.
The induction programme includes five days of events designed to introduce students to life in Cardiff, the University, the city and the surrounding countryside. Trips such as the tour of South Wales are a fantastic way for students to meet new people in a relaxed atmosphere.
A number of international societies also exist at Cardiff University, with organisations for Asian, Bangladesh, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Nigerian, Pakistani and Thai students available.
Ranking34th in the Times University Guide 202137th in the Guardian University Guide 2021159th in QS World University Rankings 2021
Cardiff University is the only Welsh institution in the top 200 of the QS World Rankings. In the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise, Cardiff University was ranked 5th in the UK for the quality of its submissions. Subjects which performed particularly well include:
Civil and Construction EngineeringPsychology, Psychiatry and NeuroscienceCommunication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information ManagementSociologyEducationAllied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and PharmacyModern Languages and LinguisticsAlumniProfessor Sir Martin Evans FRS – Nobel Prize winner in 2007 and president of Cardiff UniversityNeil Kinnock – Former leader of the Labour Party and former president of Cardiff UniversityNathan Cleverly – Light Heavyweight world champion boxerMartin Lewis – TV and radio presenter appearing on Radio 1 and This MorningHuw Edwards – BBC News presenter and BAFTA award winning journalistDame Mary Perkins – Founder of Specsavers
Scholarships at Cardiff University
THE BEACON SCHOLARSHIPScholarship NameThe Beacon ScholarshipAcademic Year2020NationalityAny
We are proud to be a partner university of The Beacon Scholarship scheme for undergraduate courses.
The Beacon Scholarship is a change-maker programme that offers access for financially disadvantaged students from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to undergraduate programmes of study at world class schools and universities.
The scholarship is awarded to students from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda looking to study a 3-4 year undergraduate course (excluding medicine). Tuition and maintenance fees are split three ways, with a third coming from the university partner, a third from Beacon, and a third from the scholar’s parents, sponsor or guardians. The programme includes leadership training and development, an away and home country mentor network, and a goal-setting performance management system.
To be eligible for this scheme, candidates must be able to demonstrate:
their normal residence is in Kenya, Tanzania or Ugandaleadership capabilities:academic excellenceachievement in sport, music or dramasocial influence and communicationcitizenshipa capacity to study independently overseasfinancial need for study, ie annual gross household income not exceeding £80k (US$100k)that they are aged 18-21a commitment to return to their home country within one month of degree completion.