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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 5th in the UK for research quality (Research Excellence Framework, 2014) and in the top 125 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2015/16), 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 international students from more than 120 countries and has dedicated student support services in place to accommodate students' academic and pastoral needs.

Academic excellence

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (known as the REF) demonstrates that world-leading research is being undertaken throughout Cardiff University. An impressive 87% of our research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent. Notably, 15 out of 27 of our academic disciplines were rated in the top 10 on quality.

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 transport links provide access to the rest of the UK and Europe via train, air and road.

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, rugby and football. Cardiff is the host city for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

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

  • Member of the elite Russell Group of top UK research-led universities.
  • The University teaches more than 30,000 students from over 120 countries.
  • Single room accommodation is guaranteed for international students and is within walking distance to the University.
  • The University has 2 Nobel Prize winners among its world-leading staff - Sir Martin Evans for Medicine and Robert Huber for Chemistry.
  • Study Abroad and exchange options available in most subjects.
  • Only 2 hours from London by train, students explore Europe easily via nearby Cardiff and Bristol airports.
  • The University has 16 libraries and 25 IT suites, some of which are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • A vibrant, cosmopolitan city, Cardiff is great for shopping, entertainment & sports, while being set in a stunning landscape with some of the UK's most beautiful parks, mountains and beaches on its doorstep.

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  • 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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