A short flight from Dublin or Belfast, with students from all over the world, state-of-the-art facilities and teaching excellence, the University of South Wales is a great place to study. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a range of areas including nursing, teaching with QTS, medical sciences, sports science and rugby coaching, music and sound, photography and fashion.

The University of South Wales is a popular choice amongst Irish students and we have been welcoming students from Ireland to our campuses for many years. Students have enjoyed the high standard of living but relatively low cost of living that South Wales offers. 

We hope you find the information for Irish students useful. Please contact us if you have any questions or queries!

Pontypridd Campus Aerial

Pontypridd Campus, Treforest

Due to the Common Travel Area (CTA) agreement between Ireland and the UK, Irish citizens enjoy a right of residence in the UK that is not reliant on the UK’s membership of the EU.

Irish citizens, resident in the Republic of Ireland, the UK and/or Islands for three years or more, who intend to study in Wales for the academic year 2022/23 will be eligible to pay the same tuition fees as Welsh students and are eligible to receive tuition fee loans from Student Finance Wales subject to existing eligibility criteria. However, unless they have lived in the UK and/or the Islands for three years before the start of the course  they will not be eligible for maintenance support.

The CTA involving Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man facilitates the ability of Irish and British citizens to move freely within the CTA. Flowing from this right to move freely are associated reciprocal rights and privileges that are enjoyed daily by British citizens in Ireland, and Irish citizens in the UK. These include access to all levels of education, healthcare, employment and social benefits on the same basis as citizens of the other State.

This means that Irish citizens do not need to apply for status under the EU Settlement scheme. Nonetheless, Irish citizens can make an application under the scheme, should they wish to do so.  All Irish citizens are exempt from immigration control as per the immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Act 2020.

Foundation entry requirements

Foundation Years are available to students who don't meet the academic requirements for entry directly onto year 1 of a Bachelor degree.

Undergraduate entry requirements

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • A good Bachelor Honours degree.

English language entry requirements

We consider grade B3 or above at Ordinary level or grade C3 or above at Honours level for undergraduate and postgraduate awards

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

Tel: +44 (0)1443 6 54408

Email: [email protected]

Address: USW International, University of South Wales, Llantwit Rd, Treforest, South Wales, CF37 1DL