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University of South Wales

4.1 out of 5 (28 ratings / 17 reviews) Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
The University of South Wales is one of the largest universities in the UK, offering our students excellent opportunities and prospects.A course at USW is more than just a qualification. Inside and outside the classroom, we help you achieve your potential professionally and personally.

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The University of South Wales was formed in 2013 by the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport.

Both the institutions that have come together to create the University of South Wales have a rich and varied history, and can each trace their roots back more than 100 years.


Our Chancellor the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Lord (Rowan) Williams has said that the University is “both a substantial presence in Britain and in the global higher education community, and a major force for change in Wales.”

The University hosts a number of public lectures per year as part of its Global Choices series, which invites leading artists, diplomats, politicians and campaigners to address some of the most complex and pressing challenges facing the world today.


Research at the University of South Wales is focused on providing solutions to problems that affect society and the economy.

Researchers are increasingly working across disciplines, either within their own Research Institutes or interdisciplinary. The big problems society faces require researchers who are knowledgeable and experts at extracting impact from their research.


Students from all over the world have been coming to our university for many years for a high quality educational experience and to gain employment around the world.

A degree or postgraduate qualification is an investment in your future, and we want to make sure that your investment pays off. That’s why all our courses are designed with employability in mind. 


Student services

The Immigration & International Student Advice team’s main area of expertise is in the immigration law and rules and offer specialised advice and information for international students and their dependants. We also offer a dedicated advice service for non-academic, welfare-related matters and endeavour to provide opportunities that improve the international student experience and promote internationalisation both on and off campus.

Housing services

Live and study in a friendly, community atmosphere that our students love. Not only is it convenient, but it's competitively priced too.There are nearly 1,200 rooms of different sizes, and 20 self-contained studio flats. All our accommodation is self-catering, so each kitchen is well-equipped with microwaves, ovens, toasters and fridges.

ICT services

IT and media resources are a common thread behind many of the activities which help to enhance your learning experience, such as your online student account (giving you access to email, printing and payments and more), Blackboard (your online learning environment), open access to computers on each campus, printing services, and media equipment.

Medical services

The University Health Service offers free health advice and support to all USW Students. We form part of your overall healthcare provision, alongside your GP, pharmacist, dentist, the National Health Service and other parts of the University.

We are based on the Treforest Campus and also have a presence at both Cardiff and Newport City Campuses.

Student Life

Campus life

We’re a modern, industry-focused University that will broaden your horizons and prepare you for your chosen career. We have campuses located across the region's vibrant cities and inspirational countryside, in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd, as well as a brand new campus located in Dubai.


  • Treforest, Pontypridd Campus
  • Glyntaff, Pontypridd Campus
  • Cardiff Campus
  • Newport City Campus
  • USW Sport Park
  • Caerleon Campus

Sports facilities

  • The University of South Wales has a strong sporting background, an excellent reputation for sport degrees, and impressive facilities for our students to study and train in. We have some of the best facilities in the UK, offering clubs, courses and qualifications.
  • The USW Sport Park is our purpose-built site, designed to train and develop our students to their highest potential. Our largest campus hosts the Treforest Sport Centre, with facilities and programmes that cater for top-class elite performers and students who want to want to keep fit and healthy. The labs at Pontypridd Campus, Glyntaff provide a strong, scientific background to learning, and complement the specialist equipment available in the Sport Park.


Many of our courses have 'official’ industry approval, through accreditations from a host of professional bodies, including ACCA, the British Computer Society (BCS), Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), the British Psychology Society (BPS), Skillset Media Academy Wales, the Institute of Fire Safety Engineers, RICS – the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and CILECT – the association of the world’s major film and television schools.

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom