Like what you see at University of South Wales?


  • Shortlisted for University of the Year by the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2023
  • Top in Wales for Computer Science and Information Systems, and Marketing and Public Relations (Guardian University Guide 2024)
  • Named Cyber University of the Year for the last four years running (National Cyber Awards 2019-2022)

Hands on for a head start

USW has a unique approach to teaching through hands-on experience and partnerships with industry leaders. It prepares you for your chosen profession, and helps you become part of it before you graduate. Most courses also provide professional accreditations, giving graduates an additional competitive advantage. It’s why 95% of USW graduates are in full time work or further study within six months.

One university, three locations

USW has campuses in and around Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Students can experience the diversity that south Wales has to offer – the buzz of the cities, the beauty of the coast, and the calm of the countryside. Every campus is open to you and whichever campus hosts your course, you’re welcome to explore all their locations and beyond. 

Classrooms reimagined

At USW, you can gain the skills you need in environments that recreate the workplace. From equipment to software to professional practice, you can build your confidence on campus and be ready for the real world. An on-campus aircraft hangar, hospital ward, scenes of crimes house, music recording studios and international-standard sports facilities are just a few examples of their approach.

USW Family

USW is welcoming and down-to-earth. You’ll be part of a supportive environment for studying and living, where new students quickly feel at home. With purposefully small class sizes, emphasis on collaboration and friendly staff, every type of student thrives here. Even though USW is one of the largest universities in the UK, you’ll find that lecturers know each of their students by name.

Want to find out more about a specific module, what our facilities are like, or get more information about work placements and our industry partners? Want to know more about student life, what it’s like to study a course, living in South Wales or what it's like to study at USW? Chat to our staff and students here.

Quick stats

Location: Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd, South Wales

Number of students: 23,270

(Undergraduate: 16,320; postgraduate: 6,950; international: 4,425)*
*Figures from Higher Education Student Statistics (HESA), 2021/22

Contact: 03455 760101 / +44 3455 76 01 01

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Around 22,000 international students from 132 countries are studying at Welsh universities
Infographic displaying a fact about 22,000 international students studying in Wales, View of the Atrium campus in Cardiff.

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Funding Options

International and domestic students in Wales may be eligible for financial support, including scholarships, grants and bursaries, depending on where you live.