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Cardiff University Stats, Info and Facts

Cardiff University

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, Cardiff University has been producing successful graduates for the past 130 years. Ranked 15 in the UK and in the top 150 in the world, many of the University's academic schools are ranked among the strongest in the UK for the quality of their research and teaching. The University has two Nobel Prize winners among their world-class teaching staff and Cardiff students learn from the very best in their field.

Every year, Cardiff University welcomes students from more than 120 countries and has dedicated student support services in place to accommodate students' academic and pastoral needs.

Academic excellence

Cardiff University invests heavily in the latest technology for both teaching and research. Teaching at the University was given the highest possible award in the last UK government review and the University's degree programs are also recognized by more than 40 professional bodies.

The most recent Research Assessment Exercise 2008 (known as the RAE) demonstrates that world-leading research is being undertaken throughout Cardiff University. Almost 60 per cent of all research at Cardiff University was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent - 4* and 3* the top two categories of the assessment. 33 out of 34 research areas submitted by the University for assessment by independent panels of experts are shown to be undertaking research that includes work that is "world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigor."

The city of Cardiff

The University is located in the center of a thriving, cosmopolitan capital city. The city center is only a few minutes' walk from the University and excellent transport links provide easy access to the rest of the UK and Europe via train, air and road.

Cardiff is one of the safest regions in the UK, making it a great student city to live in. Exciting international music concerts are regular occurrence in Cardiff in addition to world-class sporting events such as the Ryder Cup, Test Match Cricket, Snooker Championships and football. This has given Cardiff the well-earned title of 'European Capital of Sport 2014'.

The hit television series such as 'Doctor Who' and 'Sherlock' are filmed in the city with many University buildings being used as locations.

Key facts about Cardiff University

  • Ranked 15th in the UK (RAE) and in the top 150 in the world (QS).
  • 27 academic schools with teaching given the highest possible award in the last UK Government review.
  • 28,000 students, with more than 4,000 from outside the EU, from 120 different countries.
  • Accommodation is guaranteed for single international students and is within walking distance to the University.
  • Graduate Centre with dedicated study facilities, skills teaching and social events space for postgraduate students.
  • The University has 14 libraries and 25 IT suites, some of which are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • The University has 2 Nobel Prize winners among its world-leading staff - Sir Martin Evans for Medicine and Robert Huber for Chemistry.
  • Only 2 hours from London by train, students explore Europe easily via nearby Cardiff and Bristol airports.
  • It is frequently used as a filming location for BBC hit TV shows like 'Dr Who' and 'Sherlock'.

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  • K from CA
  • Dec-11-2011 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    My cousin has visited the campus and really liked it. For UK students, it's away from home without being, say, on a different continent. For US students, it's a great school in a lovely place with enough cultural differences to be an experience without being overwhelming. After all, they speak the same language! (Well, actually...)

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