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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 international 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

  • Cardiff is one of the most affordable UK universities for tuition fees and living costs.
  • Member of the elite Russell Group of top UK research-led universities.
  • Top 5 in the UK in 15 subjects, including Engineering, Architecture, Business, Psychology & Sociology.
  • 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 Students' Union at Cardiff houses more than 120 societies and promotes fun campus events.
  • It is frequently used as a filming location for BBC hit TV shows like 'Dr Who' and 'Sherlock'.
  • 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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  • 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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