Cardiff Metropolitan University

United Kingdom

Cardiff Metropolitan University has its origins in the 1865 opening of the Cardiff School of Art. In 1976 it merged with The College of Food Technology & Commerce and the Cardiff Teacher Training College and eventually became part of the University of Wales. In 2011 it became a university in its own right and adopted its current name.

Today it hosts around 11,000 students with over 1,200 of them coming from more than 143 countries around the world. It was named UK and Ireland University of the Year 2021 by the Times Higher Education and Times and Sunday Times Welsh University of the Year 2020. It’s in the top 1000 global universities from QS and the top 100 UK universities from Complete University Guide, The Guardian and The Times/Sunday Times guides.

What is the Cardiff Metropolitan University acceptance rate for International Students?

The Cardiff Metropolitan University acceptance rate is 15%.

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Student Life
  • The university's Llandaff campus houses a well-stocked library with extensive print and electronic resources.
  • The National Indoor Athletics Centre is a part of the Cyncoed campus.
  • Counselling and academic support.


Cardiff is the capital city of Wales. Many tv shows are filmed here and it is a good place to start a career in media or business. By day, students can explore ancient castle walls and St David’s Dewi Saint, its biggest shopping centre. By night, students are treated to an exciting nightlife with many nightclubs, gin joints, and cocktail bars to dance the night away in. Cardiff is known as being one of the best value university cities in Europe. The cost of living in Cardiff is 41% cheaper than London.

Student experience

The university has won the Times Higher Education's Most Improved Student Experience Award for the whole of the UK. 85% of students strongly agree that they are satisfied with the quality of their course according to the National Student Survey.

Support for international students

Cardiff Metropolitan University has been ranked the TOP University in the UK for 'International student support' in the International Student Barometer.



Cardiff Metropolitan University graduates are highly sought after by employers, with 96% of graduates employed or in further study within 6 months of graduation. This is the highest figure of any university in Wales. Students can access careers support while at the university and for up to three years after graduation. Close links with over 5,000 employers ensures that all University programmes are industry focused. All students are encouraged to develop the Cardiff Met EDGE - a series of Ethical, Digital, Global and Entrepreneurial skills to develop their confidence, resilience and experiences.


The Cardiff Metropolitan University acceptance rate is 64%.

The Cardiff Metropolitan University employability rate is 93%.

In the 2023 University Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE), Cardiff Metropolitan University is positioned within the range of 1001-1200.

The Undergraduate Scholarship is available to international students, at a value of £1,000. The Vice Chancellor Scholarship is awarded for a number of their MA and MSc programmes, based on academic and/or professional work experience. The South East Asia Scholarship Award gives a 50% tuition fee reduction to students from South East Asia. The Global Wales Postgraduate Scholarship is granted to students from India, Vietnam, USA, Canada and the European Union who are applying for a full time Masters programme.

Cardiff Metropolitan University is widely acknowledged for its courses in art & design; business & management; education & public services; sport & health sciences; and technologies & engineering.

The gender ratio at Cardiff Metropolitan University is 54% female, 46% male.

Cardiff Metropolitan University is a public institution.


Approx. 1,200

No. of international students


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