International and engagement

We are a leading international University, with a focus on using its skills, knowledge and expertise to the benefit of the Cardiff region, Wales, and the world.

Across the institution we have formal links with more than 35 countries including 40 partnerships with China, 20 in the US and 9 with Malaysia. The University's thriving international student community of more than 3,500 students from 100 different countries play a very significant role in the international life of our institution and across Wales.

As a part of the Cardiff University community, staff and students are expected to carry on a tradition of excellence. Schools within the College are regularly ranked amongst the best in the UK and, indeed, the world. Our graduates are some of the most sought after by employers in the UK and internationally, and prepared to be leaders in an increasingly globalized world. Our staff have more than 650 research links with the very best institutions globally. Together, in partnership with industry, we rise to the greatest challenges of our times – from energy and the environment, to smart technology and sustainability.

A growing number of our students undertake a period of study overseas annually as part of their degree. This helps them build cultural awareness and enhance their employability. We also welcome hundreds of students from continental Europe and further afield on study programmes. For example the College welcomes students on the Science without Borders programme, a new scientific mobility programme funded by the Brazilian government.

We have more than 145,000 alumni in over 180 countries around the world. Our graduates are ambassadors for Cardiff University, Wales and the UK and often play an important role in strengthening international ties.

Closer to home, we're also engaging with our local communities. For example, our Welsh School of Architecture is working in partnership with the local Cardiff community to develop derelict and underused buildings as part of the Healthy Places, Healthy People project.