Cardiff, UK, is small enough to be a friendly city, and big enough to offer top class living conditions of a major city. Studying in Cardiff you will be able to choose a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD programme in your subject of interest and meet other students from all over the world. Cardiff is less expensive than other large cities in UK, enabling you to make the most of your study abroad experience. Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and one of the largest cities in England, located in the south of the country, at the mouth of the River Severn. Wales is said to be the land of mythical Kind Arthur and has a fascinating history spanning over 2,000 years.
Cardiff is a thriving attraction for foreign investment and the principal finance and business services centre in Wales. Some of the strongest industries in Cardiff include electronics, automotive components, food processing, healthcare, financial and professional services, media products, retail and distribution, and the tourism sector.
Cardiff is headquarters to many large multinational companies, offering opportunities for students who wish to take a part-time jobs or an internship during their studies. Some of the notable corporations in Cardiff include Ford, Sony, Panasonic, Northern Telecom, ING Direct, Admiral Group, HBOS, SWALEC Energy, BT Group, BBC Wales, Apple, Nokia, Shell, etc.
Cardiff claims to have more castles than any other city in the world. Cardiff Castle is the most iconic for the city, but other famous castles include Barry Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Cadleston Castle, Castell Coch (Red Castle), Castle Machen, Kenfig Castle, etc.
Other major tourist attractions in Cardiff are the Wales Millennium Centre, the National Museum and Art Gallery, Pierhead Building, the Senedd (home of the National Assembly for Wales), the Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff Bay, St Fagans National History Museum, Dr. Who Cardiff Bus Tour, The Norwegian Church, the Mermaid Quay, among many more.
Cardiff is known for having more green space than any other UK core city. You can relax and take long walks in the Bute Park, the Roath Park, the Victoria Park, or the Thompson's Park.
Cardiff is also a major sports centre, hosting major international events. Sporting venues in the city include the Millennium Stadium, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff City Stadium, and more.
One of the best cities in UK for shopping, Cardiff has many shopping streets, like the Queen Street, St. Mary Street and Duke Street, and three main shopping centres: St. David's Centre, Queens Arcade and the Capitol Centre.
Cardiff has a strong nightlife and is home to many bars, pubs and clubs. Most clubs and bars are situated in the city centre, on St. Mary Street, across Cardiff Bay, and on Charles Street.
Cardiff has a diverse population due to its trading history, post-war immigration, and the large numbers of international students who attend universities here every year. The cosmopolitan atmosphere is also enhanced by millions of tourists visiting the city each year, for the shopping, sights, museums and culture.
International students in Cardiff come mostly from China, Bangladesh, Nigeria, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Ireland, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. Cardiff has speakers of almost 100 languages, with Somali, Urdu, Bengali and Arabic being the most commonly spoken foreign languages.
Cardiff experiences a maritime climate and with changeable weather. Winters in Cardiff tend to be fairly wet and windy, but temperature usually stays above freezing, with an average of 2°C (36°F). Summers are generally warm and sunny, with average temperatures of 21°C (70°F).
We are an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. Our world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact. We provide an educationally outstanding experience for our students. Driven by creativity and curiosity, we strive to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.