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Study in Cardiff, and find the best universities in Cardiff.

Capital of Wales, tourist destination and a world class nightlife – it’s no surprise that Cardiff is high on many international students wish list for studying in the UK.

Cardiff has undergone regeneration over the previous two decades, and is now a centre for both sport and the media – indeed, the city is the second largest media hub in the UK after London and offers award winning journalism courses.

Beyond this, Cardiff is a beautiful city. The view of Cardiff Castle combined with the modern elegance of the Millennium Stadium shows Cardiff as both a vibrant and historic city.

Study in Cardiff?

There are four universities in Cardiff. They are:

Cardiff University is a world leading higher education institution, found within the city centre, which consistently places highly in university league tables – predominantly within the top 30. It is a member of the Russell Group, a highly sought after group of research intensive universities in the UK.

Cardiff Metropolitan University is part of the University of Wales, and has campuses within the city centre as well as in the surrounding areas. It has developed a reputation for quality of research within its own right and offers a number of undergraduate courses. It has dedicated schools for Product Design and Development, Art and Design, Education, Health Sciences, Management and Sport.

The University of Glamorgan has one of its four campuses within the city. It has recently been announced that it will merge with the University of Wales, Newport, becoming the University of South Wales and offering an increased quality of teaching to students.

Immigration and visas

If you are from a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland you will not need a visa to study an undergraduate course in Cardiff. You are also exempt if you are from a Commonwealth country and one of your grandparents was born in the UK.

If your home country is outside the EEA you may need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa in order to study in Cardiff. To obtain a visa you will need to acquire 40 ‘points’.

Depending on where you are from you may be able to apply online, or using the application form VAF9. You may also need to submit the following documents, as well as undergoing fingerprinting and a facial recognition scan at a visa application centre:

  • Application form with confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS reference number) – awarding you 30 points
  • The original transcript/ certificate of qualifications relevant to your application
  • Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself t6hroughout your course and pay your tuition fees – awarding you ten points
  • Two recent passport photographs
  • Your original passport
  • Not all these documents may be required – whether they are will depend on your circumstances.

You can download all the required forms from the UK Border Agency website.

Accommodation and living costs

The best option for international undergraduate students coming to Cardiff is to live in university halls of accommodation. You can choose catered or self-catered, ensuite or shared facilities, and for how long you will rent for.

Alternatively, you may decide to rent privately within the city centre or close to your university. Prices vary largely depending on your location.

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