University of South Wales

By | December 15, 2022


Brief information

The University of South Wales was launched in 2013. The state university was formed from a merger between the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport. Both institutions can look back on more than 100 years of history. Check polyhobbies for more universities.

Today the USW is one of the ten largest universities in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. More than 30,000 students from over 120 countries study at the six university locations. The range of courses is correspondingly large. There are over 700 undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The range of courses is divided between the faculties of Creative Industries, Business and Society, Life Sciences and Education and Computing, Engineering and Science.

The USW enjoys a high international reputation. As a public think tank, it has become an important driving force for political decision-makers. It also maintains close ties to industry and business. Practical courses, regular career fairs and lectures by business representatives prepare students for working life.

In 2012, the University of Glamorgan received the Times Higher Education Award for outstanding student care. According to the HEFCW Performance Indicator 2012/2013, 94% of all university graduates from the USW find a job or further training after less than six months.

We place students in Wales for a bachelor’s, postgraduate or master’s degree . MBA, LLM and doctoral courses are also part of the placement offer. In addition, international students at the USW can acquire national degrees such as Higher National Diplomas or Foundation Degrees.

  • University of South Wales website

University facts

Year of foundation: 2013

Type of university: State university

Number of Students: Total 33000, 24800 Undergraduate, 5700 Postgraduate, International 4900


  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

Academic year:

The academic year is divided into three terms, the Autumn, Spring and Summer Term.

Study programs

  • postgraduate studies
  • semester abroad
  • bachelor’s degree
  • LLM
  • Master’s degree
  • MBA
  • promotion
  • Other courses

The University of South Wales offers an attractive semester program for business and marketing students at the Pontypridd campus in Treforest. International students study side-by-side with local students for a semester and can take courses in business management or marketing.

The semester program is offered in the summer and winter semesters. The exact courses offered differ depending on the semester. Marketing students, for example, attend courses as diverse as Digital Marketing or Quantitative Techniques in Business. In the area of ​​business management, students have a number of exciting options to choose from in addition to several predefined modules. These include courses such as Developing Talent for Success or Brands and Consumer Lifestyles.

All courses are developed in collaboration with employers and are explicitly designed to help students prepare for their professional careers. With around 4,500 international students from 120 countries, students at the University of South Wales are assured of a truly international study experience.


  • Autumn Term 2022



EU students pay GBP 4,500 tuition fees for a semester abroad at the University of South Wales.

Due to Brexit, the reduced tuition fees for domestic students will no longer apply to students from the EU from September 2021. It is therefore to be expected that the tuition fees for them will increase. However, the final fees for the University of South Wales Autumn Term are not finalized at this time.

Financing options

To finance the semester abroad at the University of South Wales, students can apply for foreign BAföG, for example. There must be an individual entitlement to funding for this. In addition to a subsidy towards tuition fees, it includes support for living expenses, travel expenses and health insurance.


In order to take part in the USW semester program, applicants must already have at least 60 ECTS points in a bachelor’s degree in business administration or marketing.

In addition, sufficient knowledge of English is required for participation in the program. A minimum number of points in a standardized language test such as the TOEFL or IELTS can serve as proof of language proficiency. The University of South Wales also accepts the Abitur grade instead of a language test, provided applicants can show at least 10 points in the Abitur or the grade “good” in the advanced English course.

The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:

DAAD language test C1 level in all areas

Proof of language proficiency can be submitted later.


Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate

  • business management
  • marketing


The University of South Wales is spread across five campuses. Each campus is ideally tailored to the requirements of the various subjects. The USW’s facilities include a mock courtroom, several TV studios, a training center for stock exchange trading and a house for securing evidence. Students have access to five libraries and over 2000 computers. All locations are easily accessible by bus and train.

The largest campus, with nearly 10,000 students, is in Treforest. The university campus is surrounded by green hills. From a recently renovated library to a student center to an indoor sports center, there is everything on the Treforest campus. The renowned Welsh Institute of Chiropractic is one of three institutions in the UK offering a degree in chiropractic. In addition, the courses on offer at the Treforest Campus are predominantly in the engineering field.

It is an easy walk from the Treforest campus to the Glyntaff campus. Scientific study programs and courses in the field of nursing are offered here. The campus was recently expanded to include several seminar rooms and high-tech research laboratories.

The campus of the same name is located in the heart of the Welsh capital Cardiff. There are great shopping and nightlife options around the university campus. There is also no shortage of charming parks. It is not for nothing that Cardiff is the UK’s best city for young people, according to the British newspaper The Independent. The Cardiff campus mainly offers study programs in the creative sector.

In contrast, the Newport City campus focuses on business and film. The renowned film school enjoys a very good international reputation. The sustainable building also impresses with its eye-catching architecture. Thanks to the convenient location of the City Campus, bars, shops and cafés are only a stone’s throw away.

Studying on the Caerleon campus is like a journey through time between past and present. The main building, overlooking the Usk Valley, is over 100 years old. It is surrounded by a well-kept garden. A student village and several sports facilities also belong to the campus. The range of courses mainly includes subjects from the fields of education, sport and photography.

  • University of South Wales campus maps


Depending on where you study, the University of South Wales has accommodation on or near the campus. International students looking for private accommodation can get assistance through the Accommodation Service.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • student residence
  • Apartments on campus
  • Private apartments / hotels
  • guest families

The specific availability of the individual accommodation options may vary depending on the study program. Detailed information can be found via the links or in the “free brochure” for the respective program. If you have any questions, we are at your disposal.

The college town of Cardiff

Cardiff or Caerdydd, as the capital of Wales is called by its residents, can look back on more than 2000 years of history. The former fishing village has undergone enormous development. Founded by the Romans, intermittently ruled by the Normans, Cardiff was home to the world’s most important and largest coal port in the 19th century.

The development of the city did not leave Cardiff Castle untouched. The Normans converted the former Roman fort into a military fortress. In the 19th century, the interior of the castle was then transformed into a Gothic palace. Today, together with the Millennium Stadium, it is one of the most important landmarks in the city. Opened in 1999, the Millennium Stadium is a place of pilgrimage for rugby and football fans. It is one of the largest and most spectacular stadiums in the world.

Cardiff offers extensive parks that invite you to relax. Almost 11 km² of the urban area are green areas, which is why the city is also called “City of Parks”.

Around 350,000 people live in Cardiff. Europe’s youngest capital has an attractive waterfront that was once the main point of departure for cabbage exports. Today there is an abundance of restaurants, cafes and bars around the harbour. The impressive Wales Millennium Center also opened its doors at Cardiff Bay. It not only houses the renowned Welsh National Opera, but is also a shopping and cultural center.

There are several universities in Cardiff, which is reflected in the entire cityscape. Countless clubs, pubs and cafés are spread all over the city. People of different nationalities meet here.

University of South Wales