Welcome to the University of South Wales! We are delighted that you are thinking of studying here at the University. We have a long history of hosting Chinese students from China. Now we have over 800 Chinese students who are currently study with us.


The University of South Wales is one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom, offering students excellent opportunities and prospects. We have three campuses located in Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport.

Students appreciate the friendly, safe and welcoming environment of the university and benefit from the location – surrounded by breathtaking scenery and impressive historical landscapes, boasting excellent transport links and the buzz of two dynamic Welsh cities. 

Click here to have a visual experience our campuses. 

Our Chinese students find the support of our excellent English language centre invaluable both prior to and during their studies. They have also enjoyed participating in our well-established clubs and societies, which enable them to integrate into UK student life. Students from China have appreciated the scholarships made available by the University and have enjoyed the high standard but relatively low cost of living that South Wales offers.

To download our International Student Guide in Chinese please click here

To download our Top Up to Masters brochure in Chinese please click here.

Proficiency in the English language is essential and, for courses at degree level or above, the University recognises the following English language qualifications:

  • IELTS: An average overall score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each component 
  • TOEFL/TOFEL Home Edition: 72 overall (Reading 18, Listening 17, Speaking 20, Writing 17
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): a minimum score of 50 overall with no less than 42 in each component 
  • Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE II Distinction or ISE III Pass
  • City and Guilds IESOL/ISESOL: Expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1)and in some cases the communicator level (B2)
  • Duolingo*: 95-100
  • Password: Overall 6.0 with no element is below 5.5

* Duolingo English Test
Please note that the overall scores shown above are indicative of the score required. Your whole test will be reviewed to provide us with a holistic assessment of your English language proficiency and to determine whether you are eligible for direct entry. Test samples will be reviewed by the University before being accepted. The Duolingo test is accepted on an interim basis for 2020 entry.


USW also run English test in China regularly, please contact us for more information.


Don’t worry if you do not meet the requirements!

We run a number of courses to prepare you for your studies. Please visit our Centre for International English pages for more information.

The students who intend to study in our university can apply directly online. Undergraduate students can also apply through UCAS. Students can also apply our university through the approved educational advisor from our approved agents.

Entry requirement for undergraduate studies

  • The University accept students having completed Secondary High School study onto Year one of a USW Bachelor degree
  • Successfully completing 3-year Secondary High School study and attained the Chinese University Entrance Examination (Gaokao)
  • Holders of the High School Graduation Certificate with an average of 60% or above
  • Holders of the High School Graduation Certificate with an average of 75% or above in Huikao
  • Holders of a Graduation Certificate from a Senior Technical College or Vocational School with 75% or above (Zhongzhuan)
  • Successfully completing the first year of a Bachelor degree in China

Entry requirement for postgraduate studies 

  • Holders of a Bachelor degree from a recognized Chinese university will be considered for postgraduate taught degree courses.
  • Applicants with a Masters’ degree from a recognized Chinese university will be considered for Ph.D. studies

Our overall fee structure can be found on the undergraduate and postgraduate fee page. For individual fees please check your selected course page

The University offers the following scholarships for self-funding international students. You will be automatically considered for one of these awards when we receive your application. 

Courses starting in September 2020

• £1,500 per year for undergraduate students

• £2,000 for postgraduate students

• £2,000 for MBA students

For more information visit the international scholarships page.

GREAT Scholarships 2020

This year, in partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, the University of South Wales is offering a scholarship for a student in China applying for a postgraduate course in any subject.

The GREAT Scholarship of £10,000 is jointly provided by the University of South Wales and British Council.

This scholarship replaces the standard postgraduate scholarships and application deadline is Friday 12th June 2020 (5pm UK time). 

You will be automatically considered for a scholarship when you make your application. You do not need to make a separate scholarship application. You will receive confirmation of a scholarship with your offer letter. Scholarships and discounts do not apply to sponsored students or those studying a placement year or English language programmes. Scholarships may be withdrawn if conditions of the scholarships are not adhered to.

Please note that applicants should be passport holders of China.  

For more information on the GREAT Scholarships 2020, please visit the British Council’s website in your country. 

Immigration & International Student Advice 

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. The team 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. Click here to find out more.

Student Union 

USWSU lets you seek representation, meet new friends, play sport, socialise during the day and night and seek employment.

USWSU encourages every student to participate, as part of the Student Council, a member of a sports team, a club or society, or as a volunteer.

More about the University of South Wales Students’ Union can be found on:

USW Careers 

USW Careers is here to encourage you, to guide you and to assist you throughout your time as a student at USW and after you graduate. Find out more on:

Please contact us with any questions you may have about studying and applying to the University

Jenny Zhou

Jenny Zhou, International Executive (UK) 

Telephone: +44 1443 483434


USW in-country representatives 

Jane Wang, China partnership manager (Hangzhou)

Sam Huang, Recruitment officer (Shanghai) 

Serena Zhao, Recruitment officer (Beijing) 

Erica Liu, Recruitment officer (Guangzhou)