Cardiff University

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Cardiff University is a public research university located in the Welsh capital. It was founded in 1883 as the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire and became a founding college of the University of Wales in 1893. It became a university in its own right in 1999 and is the second oldest university in Wales.

International students

There is plenty of help and advice on offer to students who are travelling from outside the UK to study in Cardiff. This includes information on immigration and visas, with the main website having advice for each individual country. There is also help regarding fees and funding and even how to apply for the university. Once students are committing to attending, there is help to prepare for their time in Cardiff as well as assistance once they arrive. There is also an International Student Support service dedicated to the welfare of students travelling from abroad. They can help with matters such as getting into employment, changing studies and for those bringing families with them. Cardiff University Students Union is the representative of the student body as well as being in charge of the various organisations and clubs on offer. Their building is found near the Cathays railway station and the union also operates a nightclub, radio station and student newspaper. Other services provided include cafes, bars and shops. There are some 150 clubs and societies to get involved with outside the classroom. All offer everything from complete beginners to experienced levels and range from debating societies, volunteering opportunities to student media and other arts. In the sports arena, there are some 60 competitive and non-competitive sports clubs, most of whom take part in the BUCS leagues.

Campus life

The main campus and most of the academic facilities are based around the Cathays Park area of central Cardiff. Here can be found the main building with administrative facilities, the science library, as well as specific buildings containing departments such as the Bute Building containing the Welsh School of Architecture and the Glamorgan Building housing the Cardiff Schools of Planning and Geography as well as Social Sciences. Further facilities are based in Heath Park, including the University Hospital of Wales, the School of Dentistry and the School of Healthcare Sciences. The main sports facilities are found in the Talybont Hall complex ranging from football and basketball to hockey and gym facilities. Other sports facilities include at Cathays Park as well as the playing fields near Llanrumney. The university is also permitted to use the Millennium Stadium for annual tournaments and events. Student accommodation is based across fourteen main halls as well as student housing throughout the city, totally to over 5,000 places. Of note is the Gothic style Aderdare Hall, built in 1895 while the most modern is Talybont Hall, built in 1995. Other residences vary in size and whether they are catered or self-catered. There are even single se halls such as Aberdare Hall, which is female students only. There are also shared or en-suite bathroom options available meaning that students can select the type of accommodation they require but also that they can afford from the many places on offer around the campus and the city.

    There are courses available from this university with the following field of studies:
  • Architecture
  • Geology
  • Health sciences
  • History
  • Medicine and surgery

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