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  1. 1. © University of South WalesFrequently Asked Questionsfrom EU applicants
  2. 2. Location• There are five campuses locatedacross south Wales in the town ofPontypridd and the cities of Newport andCardiff. The three main locations shownon the map are within 25-40 min drivefrom each otherTransport links with other UKcities• London (Heathrow and GatwickAirports) – approximately 3h• Bristol (Bristol International Airport) -1h 10min• Birmingham (BirminghamInternational Airport) - 2h 30min• Cardiff Airport - 35 min to Pontypriddand Newport© University of South WalesQ1. Where is the University located?
  3. 3. Treforest Campus- located in the town of Pontypridd• 20 min by train from Cardiff city (capital of Wales)• A £130m investment has made way for new teaching and learningfacilities, including an Aerospace Centre, Law School, Postgraduate Centreand Students’ Union building. Construction of a state-of-the-art library iswell underway and due to open in September 2013.Glyntaff Campus- located in the town of Pontypridd• 10 min walk from Treforest• £12m revamp has made way for world-class facilities for health, sportand science, with additional facilities a few miles away at the USW SportPark. The recent expansion has provided new teaching and researchfacilities, high-tech science laboratories, a state-of-the-art ClinicalSimulation Centre for nursing, a Crime Scene House and social study areas.Cardiff Campus- Located at the heart of Cardiff City Centre• £35m futuristic ATRiuM development contains a cinema, TV, radio andfilm production facilities, design studios, theatre and performance spaces,photography and journalism spaces, animation studios and computer labs.Professional courses are taught at Atlantic House and Fashion courses aretaught at Cromwell House, both city centre buildings.© University of South WalesQ2. Can you give me more information aboutUniversity campuses?
  4. 4. Caerleon Campus- located in Newport• 20 min by train from Cardiff (capital of Wales)• On-campus facilities include a shop, library, computer suites, cafesand a large food hall. The campus has fantastic photography darkroomsand studios. The on-campus Sports Centre has a gym, all weatherpitches and a large sports hall. Nearby sports facilities include theNewport Velodrome, one of the best track cycling facilities in thecountry.Newport City Campus- located in the City of Newport• 20 min by train from Cardiff• A £35m investment, City Campus, Newport opened in 2011 and hasreceived many accolades including a RIBA (Royal Institute of BritishArchitecture) award. You will find engineering laboratories, music suitesand design, film and performing arts studios.© University of South WalesQ2. Can you give me more informationabout University campuses?
  5. 5. The UK education system is based on independentstudy and practical assessments.Depending on your course, the type ofassessments may include:• Coursework• Individual and group presentations• Essays• Project work• Reports• ExamsAt the beginning of the academic year, lecturers willexplain how you will be marked and assessed on theirmodules.© University of South WalesQ3. How will I study?
  6. 6. You will need to consider budgeting foressentials:• Accommodation• Food• Utility bills (Gas, Electricity, Water)• Travel• Laundry• Phone BillLiving in private housing- Accommodationcosts usually cover only the cost for renting yourroom (bills not included).© University of South WalesQ5. What is the cost of living?Expenditure per week Living in HallsLiving in PrivateSector HousingAccommodation £98* £55Food £30 £30Utility Bills – £10Contents Insurance £2 £2Books/printing etc £10 £10Travel £5 £5TV Licence £2.50 £2.50Toiletries/Laundry £4 £4Phone £7 £7*This is based on the cost of the cheapest halls at the University. Prices can go up to £143.50 per week. Please visit our accommodation pages for the latestinformation.**Living on Campus - Accommodation costs include all utility bills plus internet.Note: Additional Expenses are not included in the table. This depends on your individual lifestyle. You should for example consider spending money for socialisingand clothes.
  7. 7. We offer on-campus accommodation at:• Pontypridd• Cardiff• NewportStudents who applied for accommodation on Pontypridd orCardiff campuses:• If you have firmly accepted your Conditional or Unconditional offer, youshould have received information from our accommodation team about howto apply for accommodation online.• You can apply for accommodation on campus now, as long as you haveaccepted the offer to study at the University of South Wales.• A username and a password will be sent to the email address that youprovided on your UCAS or direct application form.• Submit your preferences online by logging into our system with the providedusername and password.© University of South WalesQ5. What about living in on-campusAccommodation?
  8. 8. For tips on house-hunting in the private sector there are a few resourcesavailable:• If you prefer to live in Pontypridd, you can use our Students’ Union letting• The University has a list of registered landlords that can be accessed on; Youneed to select University of South Wales from the list and then you can perform a targeted search basedon cost, location, type of accommodation etc. You can also contact the landlords for further informationor arrange a viewing;• Tips and advice that you may need to consider when looking for private accommodation:• If you prefer living in Cardiff, there is a list of registered agencies (These are not affiliated with theUniversity but are ALMA registered):• Private accommodation in Newport- a list with private rental accommodation can be found or on .© University of South WalesQ5. What about living in off-campus Accommodation?
  9. 9. Work Placement Opportunities• The University runs an employability scheme in partnership withemployers (from Wales, UK, EU and International)• You can apply for short or long term placements up to 1 yearN.B. Placements are not guaranteed for all students. There is anapplication and selection process.Other Work Opportunities• During your studies – you can apply to become a studentambassador and represent the University at different events• Work part-time outside the University - nearby restaurants, cafe,shops etc.For more information, please visit: Key strengths of the University ofSouth Wales© University of South WalesQ6. How to get work experience while I amstudying?
  10. 10. There are several categories of EU student employmentregulations:• Students from countries that joined the EU in 2004 and before – you are eligibleto work without restrictions.• Students from A2 (2007) Accession countries – Bulgaria and Romania- you canwork up to 20 hours a week during term time and full-time during vacation periods(Christmas, Easter and summer). You must obtain a Work Authorisation BR1 (yellowcard) before you can legally take employment.• Students from Croatia (joining EU on 1st July 2013) – you will be also subject towork restrictions. This page will be updated with further details when available fromthe UKBA.National Insurance NumberOnce you have found a part-time job, it is important for you to apply for a NationalInsurance number (NINo). All EU students who are working in the UK have to payNational Insurance contributions.For more information, please visit the EU website: Working in the UK© University of South WalesQ7. Do I need to know anything before I startworking in the UK as an EU student?
  11. 11. Most popular clubs and societies• Men’s and Women’s Basketball team• Law Society• Football• Karate Society• Swimming and Water Polo• Debating Society• Climbing Club• Electronics Society• Mountain biking• Or create your own- there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor andindoor activitiesVisit the clubs and societies pages: Pontypridd and Cardiff and NewportGet a student sports membership card starting from £6a month:• Join the gym and take part in fitness classes with professionalinstructors• Play any individual or team sport using our first class sports facilities© University of South WalesQ8. Can I play sport or join any clubs andsocieties?
  12. 12. Q9. How do I accept my Conditional or Unconditional Offer?If you have received our offer, you may accept it via:• UCAS (Bachelor’s undergraduate courses)-• If you applied through a University representative - you can contact youreducational consultant and ask them do it for you• For direct and postgraduate courses, use our ‘My Future’ online portal - sign upand accept your offer: May I visit your University in the next couple of months?• Yes, you can visit the University if you wish. Please contact the EU team inadvance: .UCAS applicants:If you applied via UCAS, please accept your offer by 8th May, otherwise yourapplication will be automatically declined by UCAS. If you have yet to accept youroffer you can do so now - even if you have yet to receive your final exam results.© University of South WalesWhat next?
  13. 13. To help you settle in and make new friends before yourcourse starts in September, the International StudentSupport Service organises International and EU welcomeactivities.It will be useful to attend the Welcome Weekbecause:• It is a great chance to learn more about university life• You will find out essential information about culturalawareness and student finance and budgeting;• You will make new friends from all over the world andmeet members of staff;• You will be able to visit places of interest and familiariseyourself with the local areaFor more information about welcome activities that will beon offer when you start, keep an eye on our EU studentswebsite.© University of South WalesQ11. Do I need to attend the InternationalInduction Week
  14. 14. If you have more questions, you can:• Chat to us online at our virtual events.• Visit our EU website:• Click on the other links and watch the videos on thevirtual open event.• You will be able to visit places of interest and familiariseyourself with the local area.© University of South WalesQ12. More Questions?
  15. 15. © University of South WalesThank you!