University of South Wales

Key Info

Intake Periods September 2024, January 2025, February 2025

About University of South Wales

The University of South Wales has 3 campuses in and around Cardiff, the second most affordable UK city for students (NatWest Student Living Index 2023). Our focus, is on your employability. Most of our course include work experience, to give you the experience to stand out in today’s competitive jobs market.

Our campuses in Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport offer you city life and culture, stunning beaches and breath-taking countryside, as well as excellent transport links that allow you to explore other parts of the UK during your studies – Cardiff has an international airport and is just 2 hours by direct train from London.

At the University of South Wales we have over 4,500 international students from over 60 countries, so you will live and learn alongside a truly global community, in the safe and welcoming region of south Wales.

As well as really affordable living costs, our tuition fees are competitive and our generous scholarships of up to £2,500 per year, that are guaranteed for every year of study, make the University of South Wales excellent value.

Whether you want to study foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate programmes, we have intakes in January, February and September, making the University of South Wales a convenient choice for your next step in education.

You will learn from true professionals at USW, all with industry experience and comprehensive networks that can help you build your own connections to help in your career.

But we know support outside of the classroom is just as important to successfully completing your studies, so we have a dedicated team to help international students with non-academic matters.

You will have the chance to take part in International Welcome Programme before you start your studies, which is a geat opportunity to meet friends, learn practical skills and get to know your new university. You will also have the chance to use your English and develop study skills at our free in-sessional English classes – we’re always trying to give you the best chance of succeeding in your studies.

On the social side of things, you will be welcome to join our active Students’ Union and join our many social, cultural and sporting teams and societies.


  • Top ten in UK for assessment in Fashion and Textiles (Guardian University Guide 2024)
  • Top ten in UK for assessment in Graphic Design (Guardian University Guide 2024)
  • Top five in UK for assessment in History (Guardian University Guide 2024)
  • Fourth in UK for teaching in Earth and Marine Sciences (Guardian University Guide 2024)
  • Rated second in the UK (Complementary Medicine, Complete University Guide 2023)
  • Business, Management and Marketing at USW is rated top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience (Times Good University Guide 2024)
  • Computer Science at USW is rated top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality (Times Good University Guide 2024)
  • History at USW is rated top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality (Times Good University Guide 2024)
  • The University of South Wales has 3 campuses in and around Cardiff, the second most affordable UK city for students (NatWest Student Living Index 2023)

Take a Closer Look

What their Students Say

“When I was in high school I was captain of the football team, and whilst I’ve always loved playing the game, it was then that my attention was drawn to tactics throughout the team, not just my own.

“I wanted my studies to focus on coaching, rather than it being just one element of a broader football course, so the University of South Wales is the ideal choice. I like that all of my classes are based at the Sports Park; the facilities are brilliant, and I’ve already had the opportunity to do a work placement giving me real life experience in football coaching.

As well as meeting new friends through his course, Takuto took part in the university’s International Welcome Programme – a series of social events that help international students to settle in, make friends and get used to life in the UK: “Not only did I learn a lot about living and studying in the UK, I made friends from across the world and we’ve stayed in touch. But above all was the warm welcome I got from the university, and everyone in south Wales. Everyone has been really kind which has made settling here really easy.”

Takuto Yuasa
Japan, BSc Football Coaching and Performance

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University of South Wales Subject Areas

Subject Areas

Accounting and Finance, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering, Anatomy and Physiology, Arts and Humanities, Biology, Business and Management, Chemistry, Chiropractic, Civil Engineering, Computing and IT, Construction, Counselling, Creative Media, Creative Writing, Criminology, Design and Crafts, Drama and Dance, Early Years Education, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English Literature, Environmental Studies, Football and Rugby Coaching, Forensic Science and Archaeology, Health and Social Care, Health Science, History, Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism, Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations, Law, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Media Studies, Mental Health, Music, Nursing and Midwifery, Psychology, Science, Sociology, Sports and fitness, Statistics, Supply Chain and Logistics

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