By | January 28, 2021

Overview

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.

Ranking

  • 34th in the Times University Guide 2021
  • 37th in the Guardian University Guide 2021
  • 159th 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 Engineering
  • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
  • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
  • Sociology
  • Education
  • Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
  • Modern Languages and Linguistics

Alumni

  • Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS – Nobel Prize winner in 2007 and president of Cardiff University
  • Neil Kinnock – Former leader of the Labour Party and former president of Cardiff University
  • Nathan Cleverly – Light Heavyweight world champion boxer
  • Martin Lewis – TV and radio presenter appearing on Radio 1 and This Morning
  • Huw Edwards – BBC News presenter and BAFTA award winning journalist
  • Dame Mary Perkins – Founder of Specsavers

Scholarships at Cardiff University

The Beacon Scholarship

Scholarship Name The Beacon Scholarship
Academic Year 2020
Nationality Any

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.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this scheme, candidates must be able to demonstrate:

  • their normal residence is in Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda
  • leadership capabilities:
    • academic excellence
    • achievement in sport, music or drama
    • social influence and communication
    • citizenship
  • a capacity to study independently overseas
  • financial need for study, ie annual gross household income not exceeding £80k (US$100k)
  • that they are aged 18-21
  • a commitment to return to their home country within one month of degree completion.

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