The University of South Wales was formed in 2013 by the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport.
The University of South Wales is a major player in British and global higher education. Whether you assess the employability of our graduates, the applied research of the academics, or the role they play in the economic, social and cultural renaissance of the region, the vibrant University is far more than the sum of its parts.
Not every capable person gets the chance to go to university, and that’s where the University of South Wales will come into its own. The University of South Wales will offer accessible, distinctive and responsive programmes that open doors for talented people who have the desire and passion to embrace higher education to achieve their personal and professional goals.
The University is based on three campuses based in Cardiff, Pontypridd and Caerleon.
Campuses are student communities with a great atmosphere. On campus, you’ll find everything you need in one place – your classes, the library, places to eat and drink, and friends to spend time with.
- Strong record of employability, with 93%* of the graduates in employment or further study in six months after course completion.
- Co-operation with key employers such as British Airways, General Electric, Sony and Tata to the NHS, local authorities and the BBC.
- Support to the students’ entrepreneurial spirit by encouraging start-ups and University spin out companies. Entrepreneurship education and business incubators make a major contribution to the economy.
- The University of South Wales is one of the largest in the UK and the largest in Wales (with 33,000 students). It competes with the UK’s major universities in the city regions of London, Bristol, Manchester and Tyneside.
- Investments in new facilities and wide range of opportunities
- University of South Wales is the UK’s leading university for student support, winning the 2012 Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support to Students and the 2013 Guardian Higher Education Award for widening participation for the UHOVI initiative.
- The university is proud of their 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 well known for its applied research.
- The key areas of specialist research include sustainable energy, health and wellbeing, educational development, creative industries and the arts, mobile communications, humanities, and sports injury and performance.
- The programmes are accredited by leading professional bodies in specialist fields such as law, accountancy, management, supply chain and logistics, and engineering.
Faculties and Schools
The University of South Wales has four faculties, based across five campuses.
Faculty of Business and Society
- Law, Accounting and Finance
- Humanities and Social Sciences
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science
- Computing and Mathematics
- Applied Sciences
Faculty of Creative Industries
- Drama and Music
- Art and Design
Faculty of Life Sciences and Education
- Psychology, Early Years & Therapeutic Studies
- Health, Sport & Professional Practice
- Care Sciences
About the UK
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (which is usually shortened to just the UK or United Kingdom) is a political union made of up of four countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The UK is still a major political and economic force in the world, with membership in the G8 and an economy that is the fifth largest in the world and second largest in Europe. The UK’s colonial history also means that it has been subject to a multitude of international influences and influxes of people, helping to create the multi-cultural society that exists today.
Education in the UK
Hundreds of thousands of international students study in the UK each year, making studying in the UK the number two choice for international students in the world, second only to the USA. For students worldwide that would like an English-language education, what better place to study than the country that invented the language?
With traditions of excellence dating back hundreds of years, high class institutions at every corner and much more flexibility than many other countries, the United Kingdom has much to offer international students that other English-speaking countries cannot offer.
Studying in the UK will provide students with an academic qualification respected and valued throughout the world. It gives students the experience of living in the UK, providing them with a vibrant, energetic educational experience, whilst enabling them to enjoy charismatic surroundings and a traditional British culture.
Financing your studies in the UK
Besides savings, support of parents and relatives, scholarships and student jobs you can finance your studies in the UK by taking a student loan.
Positive side here is that you don’t need to start paying back your loans until you reach the repayment threshold. This means that you will start making repayments after you finish or leave your course, only if you are earning over the relevant repayment threshold for the country you are living in at that time. (9% what is over the minimal earnings needs to be paid back monthly).
More info: www.direct.gov.uk
Why study in the UK?
- Academic excellence - the quality and standard of UK higher education which combines the best elements of tradition and modernity.
- Worldwide recognition – the quality of UK education is recognised across the world by employers, universities and governments. When looking for work in the future, this can be a great selling point in your favour.
- Value for money – courses in the USA can be over $25,000 a year in tuition alone. Tuition for the majority of UK higher education institutions ranges from £6,000 to maximum of £9,000 a year. Unlike the equivalent programmes in the United States or Australia, most UK Masters programmes can be completed in one year.
- Improve your English skills – studying in the UK will give you the opportunity to improve your English language skills as English is the language of business, science and technology.
- Experience of living in the UK – a multi-cultural and multi-faith country which offers both strong tradition and a diverse culture to any international student choosing to study here.
- International education - the UK has always welcomed students from all over the world. Universities are used to looking after the welfare of non-UK students and have well-developed support services and social networks on campus. At postgraduate level, students from outside the UK form over 30% of the entire student body.
More info about studying in the UK:
It’s important that you think about your income and outgoings before starting at the University of South Wales. There may be some unexpected costs, which you should budget for.
Students will face different levels of living costs depending on their lifestyle choice, personal circumstances and additional course costs. Life in South Wales is considerably cheaper than in most UK cities. Here is a brief guide for calculating your weekly cost of living in the University of South Wales:
Expenditure per week
Private Sector Housing
£ 213 - £271
£183 - £195
*This is the cost of the cheapest halls place at the University. Prices can go up to £144.
Currency: 1₤ = 1.1€
South Wales offers great value for money – Cardiff has been voted the best value city by the British Tourist Authority for ten successive years. It has also been voted the best value city in all of Europe! Food, entertainment, accommodation and other day-to-day costs are likely to be lower than in many other parts of the UK. With your NUS card you’ll also get lots of concessions on everything from cinema tickets to haircuts. So, all in all, your money will go further at the University of South Wales.
However, if you’re having money trouble that you can’t handle yourself, go and have a chat with someone in the Student Money Service. Whether you’re a full or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate, the Student Money Advisers are there to give you advice, help and support to hopefully get you back on track.
For the majority of international students, coming to the University of South Wales means living away from home for the first time. There’s a great selection of accommodation here – from halls of residence on campus to privately rented rooms in the local area – so you should be able to find something that is right for you.
It’s important to allow yourself plenty of time to make your accommodation choice – you’ll be living here for quite a long time!
Halls of residence
The on-campus halls of residence are the most convenient type of accommodation available. For students studying at Treforest or Glyntaff, the on-campus accommodation is situated at the main campus (Treforest), and facilities including the Learning Resources Centre, Information Systems Department, The Centre for Sport, Health & Exercise and Students Union are close by. For students studying at Cardiff, there are three privately owned accommodation options for students, one of which is directly opposite the ATRiuM campus. For students studying at Newport City Campus or at Caerlon there are 6 different options to choose from studio flat to ensuite deluxe rooms.
Living in halls of residence is a great opportunity to meet new people, make friends and enjoy your independence whilst living in a safe and secure environment.
Privately rented accommodation
Plenty of quality private student accommodation is available for new and current students who prefer to live off campus. Student housing tends to be located within a few minutes’ walk of our campuses.
Some international students prefer to stay with a host family or share a house with British students as it provides them with a good opportunity to improve their English.
For a bit more information visit: http://accommodation.southwales.ac.uk/private-sector/
International students who are studying on a course lasting longer than six months are normally allowed to work for 20 hours per week during term-time and unlimited hours during vacations. Students may find part-time jobs as administration assistants, receptionists, customer service assistants etc. Students may find job ads in newspapers or at school. Finding job may be difficult but if you really need and want it, you will find one.
You should keep in mind to have at least 4 month’s money before arrival as it may take time to find a job. If you don’t then it is advisable to work for some time before you start your studies.
Student jobs hourly wage minimum is around £4.83 per hour if you are aged 18-21 years and £5.80 per hour if you are 22 or over.
You can find more information about student jobs and job databases on the following pages:
Search and apply!
Final year and top-up