Cardiff University is widely recognised as one of the top ten universities for Indian students to study in the UK. Britain's leading teaching and research university, Cardiff is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and houses over 8500 international students from 130 countries. Nearly one-third of students enrolled in the Welsh university are international students, of which the majority are Indians.
Cardiff’s popularity amongst students from India is based on factors such as university rankings, reasonable cost of studying, ease and assistance in the application process, location, student life, availability of local food and groceries, services for international students, student clubs and societies, and job prospects.
Five Reasons why Indian Students Choose Cardiff
1. Cardiff Indian Student Society - YUVA
Cardiff University’s Students' Union is rated as one of the top three in the UK and, with over 200 societies and 60 sports clubs, there really is something for everyone at Cardiff.
The Indian society at Cardiff, called YUVA, is one of the most famous societies of its kind and boasts awards such as 'Best Student Society' (Go Global). YUVA celebrates the diversity and richness of Indian culture.
The Society provides a sense of belonging to Indian students in the city and acts as a platform for celebrating Indian festivals such as Holi and Diwali, Indian food, Classical music and famous Bollywood movies. The society is open to all, thereby allowing others to explorer and learn more about the country’s vibrant culture.
2. Cheaper Living Costs
Studying abroad in the UK is generally not cheap but Cardiff is significantly less expensive to live in as a student than in other UK cities. The city comfortably matches the minimum living costs (including rent, food, travel and bills) recommended by UKVI for students studying outside of London i.e. £1,015 per month. Of all UK’s university cities, Cardiff has the second lowest monthly rent costs and abundant affordable student accommodation is available both on and off-campus.
3. Cardiff India Scholarships
Cardiff offers special Cardiff India Scholarships to students from the country in recognition of their outstanding talent and contribution to the student community. Scholarships are worth £5,000 and are open to all Indian students enrolling into the following postgraduate programmes at the University:
- MSc Accounting and Finance
- MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering
- MSc Artificial Intelligence
- MSc Astrophysics
- MSc Business Management
- MSc Business Management and Entrepreneurship
- MSc Civil and Geo-environmental Engineering
- MSc Civil and Water Engineering
- MSc Civil Engineering
- MSc Communication Technology and Entrepreneurship
- MSc Compound Semiconductor Physics
- MSc Data Intensive Astrophysics
- MSc Data Intensive Physics
- MSc Economics
- MSc Electrical Energy Systems
- MSc Gravitational Wave Physics
- MSc International Management
- MSc International Supply Chain Management
- MSc Logistics and Operations Management
- MSc Marketing
- MSc Physics
- MSc Software Engineering
- MSc Strategic Marketing
- MSc Structural Engineering
- MSc Sustainable Energy and Environment
- MScEcon International Relations
The University also offers one Inspire India Scholarship, which is a full scholarship covering the cost of the tuition fees for an Indian student joining their MSc in Business Management programme.
4. Local Cardiff Life
Cardiff is the biggest, most vibrant and modern city in Wales. It is also a safe, affordable and student-friendly city. Over 90 languages are spoken in the city and it is one of the top 5 most welcoming cities in the UK (Unbroken Britain).
Cardiff boasts an excellent year-round calendar of events ranging from sporting events to musical tours and street food festivals. Cardiff is also one of the best-placed cities in the UK for easy access to great outdoors.
The University’s main campus is just ten minutes away from the city centre where Indian groceries can easily be found and it also has many popular Indian restaurants such as Mint and Mustard. There are plenty of pubs, cafes, bars and shops to go to at Cardiff Bay and in the suburbs of Roath and Cathays.
5. Career Support and Job Prospects
Students at Cardiff can sign up for the Jobshop, a free employment service by the University’s Students Union aimed at finding part-time work for students. The University’s Careers and Employability service helps international students throughout their career journey. There is a professional team of specialist Career Advisers, a team of Work Experience Officers, special Skills events and Career Fairs for students. The University is targeted by national and international employers and boasts an excellent graduate employment record.
Indian students at Cardiff who enroll onto undergraduate and postgraduate programmes this summer can also benefit from the new post-study study work visa scheme, also known as the Graduate Immigration Route, which allows all international students to stay and work in the UK for a period of two years post completion of their study programme. The new visa route is available from summer 2021.