Students from Canada


Matthew Norris - BA (Hons) Business and Marketing (Top-up)

Why did you choose this course?
My passion is marketing. I wanted to gain more knowledge and academic credentials with a focus on business and marketing in order to perfect my skills and increase my employability prospects within the marketing industry both in Europe and in Canada.

How did you hear about USW?
I was first introduced to the University of South Wales through the Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition (OCMC) which is a Canadian provincial competition where top students compete in a high pressure environment through various events in front of industry professionals. The University of South Wales is very active in the international community and by sponsoring an event that was a highlight of my college career, it provided me with an increased awareness and favorable opinion for continuing my postsecondary education abroad.

Why did you choose USW?
The University of South Wales is a first-class institution with award winning student support. They recognized my previous academic achievements and provided me with excellent value in comparison to other institutions.The University of South Wales has always gone above and beyond to ensure that I gained a first-class education from the moment I was a prospective student.

What do you think about your campus location?
Treforest is nestled in the Valleys among greenery and heritage. The campus is very accessible by foot in Pontypridd, or if you stay in Cardiff, the train system runs frequently and drops you off minutes away from the Treforest campus.

What do you think about the teaching staff on your course?
The teaching staff has made me feel welcome from the very first day. I have forged strong relationships with my lecturers and their support and guidance has helped transform the initial university experience from daunting to encouraging.

What do you think about the facilities available to you during your course?
The University of South Wales’ investment in infrastructure is very apparent regardless of where you study. I attend the Treforest campus which has a brand new lecture theatre and library providing access to the latest technology and an amazing environment to learn, study and complete module work. There is a great ambience at the University of South Wales and the facilities have enhanced my ability to learn throughout my degree.

Are you happy with the support available to you? e.g. Immigration and International Student Advice, The Disability and Dyslexia Service, Advice shops
I was very pleased with the level of support I was provided by Immigration and International Student Advice as they worked hard to sort out any issues I had and were a wealth of knowledge whenever a question arose.

Where do you live and do you like your Accommodation?
I have private accommodation in Cardiff which has provided me with great access to culture, restaurants and nightlife however, I enjoy the short commute into the Treforest campus as the train ride provides amazing scenery and the Valleys are a refreshing change from city living.

Have you joined any clubs or societies? If so, which ones and why do you enjoy being part of these clubs/societies?
I have assisted professors with the development of high quality research for the University of South Wales and I have recently become a student mentor to new students. The opportunity to interact with lecturers and students has been very rewarding as it lends merit to the level of learning that can be achieved outside of the classroom. I am looking forward to getting more involved next year as there are so many amazing extracurricular aspects to the University of South Wales.

What has been your best experience at USW so far?
It’s a combination of the staff, students and Wales itself. The staff is welcoming and approachable and truly wants to see you succeed. The student body is made up of amazing individuals from all over the world, each with their own experiences they’re willing to share. Wales is a beautiful place drenched in history and provides a wonderful backdrop to stimulate inspiration.

How do you think your experience studying at USW will help you after you have graduated from university?
My investment in the University of South Wales has rewarded me with the confidence and skills that employers are looking to acquire. The program and modules are well balanced between developing your critical and analytical thinking while providing you with a variety of practical applications to increase your understanding of business and marketing in the real world.

What advice would you give to any students who are thinking of studying at USW?
You should seriously consider the University of South Wales as an option for future study as it will provide you with an unprecedented experience both personally and academically. My decision to study in Wales has afforded me the opportunity to gain a first class UK education while meeting amazing people from all over the world. I have had the ability to travel across Europe, made long lasting personal and professional relationships and gained crucial skills and knowledge which have significantly increased my potential for future success.


Ashley Lee - Master of Chiropractic

Why did you choose this course?
I chose to study Chiropractic because I wanted to pursue a hands on career in the medical field where I can help people live better pain free lives.

How did you hear about USW?
When I decided I wanted to apply for Chiropractic School, I researched different chiropractic colleges around the world mainly in the UK and Australia as they didn’t require a previous degree to apply and from Wikipedia’s list of chiropractic colleges, I came across USW. 

What do you think about your campus location?
Living in Treforest is like living in the suburbs. It’s a bit remote but because of that it promotes a sense of togetherness between students and makes it more of a learning environment. The campus is close to the train station which is a twenty minute train ride to the city center.

What do you think about the teaching staff on your course?
The teaching staff here are very friendly and approachable; they’ll help you out with any questions and concerns whether it’s about the lectures or personal concerns.

What do you think about the facilities available to you during your course?
The facilities are fantastic at the university with a gym consisting of a variety of machines and a newly renovated modern library. Facilities for the chiropractic students are amazing too. We have a number of skeletons, diagrams and 3D models of many body parts to help with our studies. Also, chiropractic students are also given free chiropractic treatments and the student clinicians are given a variety of equipment to treat patients with such as the applicator, speeder board, dry needles etc.

Where do you live and do you like your Accommodation?
I lived in halls during first year. Fortunately, I got one of the rooms in mountain halls. They’re spacious, new and cosy with lots of storage and your own shower and toilet. For second year, I moved out to one of the terraced houses near campus. They’re less spacious and most are with outdated furniture but the rent is a lot cheaper.

Did you attend International Welcome Week?
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to attend the International Welcome Week but I have heard great things about it. Their events provided great way to socialise and meet people from all around the world on other courses especially since we have the same classes with the same people every day.

Have you joined any clubs or societies?
Currently I’m on the badminton team. It’s great, we’re like a united family, we always meet up and going out for drinks. It makes the university experience much more enjoyable.

What has been your best experience at USW so far?
There have been so many great experiences so far, but the best experience has to be the first day I moved into halls. People were so friendly, they’d come and introduce themselves and asked if you wanted help. I met my first Welsh friend and other people from countries I haven’t been exposed to such as Norway, Malaysia, Nigeria, Germany etc. I went to the pub (they’re not as popular in Toronto) for the first time in my life with a bunch of people, none of them I’ve met before that day yet it was a really enjoyable and fun night. Thus, I made my first friends at university.

How do you think your experience studying at USW will help you after you have graduated from university?
Studying at USW has definitely been an eye opening experience. I’ve been exposed to so many different cultures and traditions especially the welsh culture. Studying at USW instead of in Canada allows me to network globally as opposed to just in Canada which will definitely help my job prospects in the future. I’ve also learned many life skills abroad in Wales such as independence, time management, organization and more importantly self-confidence. All which will help me in the future whether it be finding jobs, making friends or helping patients.

What advice would you give to any students who are thinking of studying at USW?
It’ll be one of the greatest decision you’ve ever made. The people are friendly, the library’s new, the sports park is massive, the parties are fun, the lecturers are helpful and there’s a club or society for everyone.


Evan Tamblyn - MBA

“The greatest thing about my classes is the number of international students that I study with. Being accustomed to various nationalities is important for most degrees- but especially in business! In my first year at the Uni, I lived with people from Cyprus, Norway, Wales, England, and Russia!

In my spare time I like to go to the gym, or play squash and badminton at the University’s facilities. I also like to go into Cardiff which is just a short 25 minute train journey away from my house in Treforest. I’ve never lived this close to a capital city before, so I try to take advantage of it as often as possible. When I’m on campus, I also work as a Global Assistant for the University, which means I get to help new students adjust to living in Wales each year.

Meeting many International students through the Global Assistant programme has been the highlight of my time at USW. Because of it, I can confidently say that my best advice is to enjoy every moment of your experience abroad and to make sure you learn about other cultures too! Going outside of my comfort zone and saying yes to new situations has helped me learn about the world and to grow as a person. At the end of the day, my time at USW has been most beneficial because of the people I’ve met and the memories I’ve made with new friends along the way.”

Read more about his recent achievements in winning the Making Business Happen award from USW and the Welsh big idea competition on BBC One: MBA student comes up with best Big Welsh Idea.


Josiah Shelley - MBA

How did you hear about USW?
I first heard about USW at OCMC in Ontario. OCMC is a marketing competition that the top marketing students from Ontario colleges compete in.

Why did you choose to study at USW?
USW offered a unique opportunity to have an international experience in my education. I believe this will give me a competitive edge over my peers and will give me a broader perspective in my future career.

What has been the highlight of your time at USW so far?
The highlight of my experience is our cohort trip to Budapest, Hungary. We travelled to Budapest in order to see an Audi Manufacturing plant and also to spend some time with our peers in the course. It’s great to see first hand our theory being applied in the real world.

What do you think of life in Wales generally?
I have developed a love for Wales. In fact, one of my friends has labelled me as an “honourary welshman”. The country is beautiful and there is so much to do. I’ve managed to travel to the north and some of the coastlines in the west. I’m looking forward to seeing some more beaches and scenic parts of Wales this summer. Cardiff is also a great city, it’s large enough to have all the main shops you would expect but also small enough to have community. My wife and I have also found a great church to attend in Cardiff, which has made the transition much easier.

What do you think of the course/lecturers/facilities?
My lecturers are great, they’re always open for discussion and this helps my learning experience. The facilities are top notch with the addition of the new library. It’s unique to be on the Treforest campus and see the valleys each day.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
I plan on landing a job with one of the large banks in either London or Toronto. It’s also tempting to look locally for a job just so I can stay in Wales. However, a lot of my network is back in Toronto so it’s definitely an option.

Would you recommend USW to other students?
Definitely, I’ve had such a positive experience so far that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it here.

Any other comments you would like to add?
Most people talk about the downfall of Wales being the rain, however, you get used to it and it forces you to embrace the sunshine when it’s out. Cardiff is a great hub to do some personal travel when you’re here. Whether that is London or France/Spain, it’s easy to travel once you’re here.