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Cardiff University has a long and established relationship with Bangladesh and is home to a large community of Bangladeshi students from all across the country. Bangladeshi students at Cardiff study a wide range of subjects at all levels: undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation within the University.

The city of Cardiff has a long history of settlement from Bangladesh and has one of the oldest Muslim communities in the UK. Cardiff University has a Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK which strengthens the University’s ties with Muslim communities throughout the city of Cardiff.

Foundation courses

If you have studied through the Bangladesh 12-year school system, you are likely to require completion of a one year International Foundation Programme before entering Cardiff University's undergraduate programmes.

You will be required to obtain a CGPA in the region of 3.5 - 4.0 out of 5.0 from the Bangladesh High School Certificate (HSC). You will also need to achieve excellent scores in subjects related to the International Foundation Programme applied for, with very good scores in all other areas to qualify.

You will also require an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent.

Undergraduate courses

Cardiff University usually requires 3 subjects at GCE A-Level. We also accepts applications from students who have studied the International Baccalaureate.

We will also consider applications from students holding an undergraduate degree of two, three or four years’ duration from a reputable Bangladeshi University. As a general guideline, Cardiff University will consider applicants with a CGPA in the region of 3.0 or above, although this will be decided upon by the admissions tutor at the time of application.

We will also consider students who have successfully completed a recognised Foundation Programme and achieved the required grades.

If you have studied the US High School education system your application will also be considered. Please see our USA section for further information on requirements.

Postgraduate taught courses

Cardiff University will consider applicants who have successfully completed a four year bachelor's (honours) degree from a recognised institution in Bangladesh.

We will also consider applicants who have successfully completed a two year master's degree (if this follows on from a two, three or four year bachelor's degree); or a one year master's degree (if this follows on from a three or four year Bachelors degree). Degrees must be from a recognised institution in Bangladesh.

As a general guideline, Cardiff University will consider applicants with a CGPA in the region of 3.0 or above, although this will be decided upon by the admissions tutor at the time of application.

Postgraduate research programmes

There are a number of possible entry routes to postgraduate research programmes at Cardiff University. If your qualification is not listed below, please contact the International Office for further advice and guidance.

Cardiff University will consider applicants who have successfully completed a four year bachelor's (Honours) degree plus a one or two year master's degree from a recognised institution in Bangladesh.

Cardiff University will also consider applicants who have successfully completed a three year bachelor's degree plus a two year master's degree, or a four year bachelor's degree plus a one year master's degree. Degrees must be from a recognised institution in Bangladesh.

In some cases, Cardiff University will consider applicants applying directly from a Bachelors degree, although applicants may be required to complete an Masters programme at Cardiff University prior to embarking upon PhD studies.

English language

A relevant English language qualification is also required — normally a minimum of 6.5 IELTS, however, this may vary from course to course.

If you are unsure of your qualifications or entry requirements please contact the International Office.

Representatives from the International Office visit Bangladesh regularly throughout the year. Details of our next visit will appear here shortly.

For further information regarding our visits please contact us at


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Shawn Novel

Course Title: LLB, Law
Country: Bangladesh

Year of Graduation: 2004
Current Employer: Self-employed Head of Firm

Shawn started his own firm in Bangladesh after completing his LLB in Cardiff, followed by the Bar Vocational Course in London. Later on he completed his LLM at Cornell and the New York State Bar. Sharing some his fondest memories in Cardiff Law School and his time as a student warden, he claims that Cardiff was where he experienced some of the best years of his life.

As a Student at Cardiff University
How was the LLB? What modules and skills did you pick up?

It was very well structured. In our first year we covered the introductory subjects. I was given a wide range of choices in 2nd and 3rd year. It was amazing! And when I graduated, I remember my professors sitting up on stage cheering for me. And it’s just wonderful that you develop such a nice bond with your lecturers.

Cardiff Law School gave me the confidence to be what I am right now. It all started from there. It was amazing at the end of Law School - I felt like I was on home ground. I’ll be honest, even when I was doing the bar in London, I would go back to Cardiff for the weekend everytime I needed a retreat.

Why did you choose Cardiff? What skills did you gain that equipped you for your current job?

Whilst on UCAS choosing universities, I did my own research from the British Council, and Cardiff was one of the top universities that came up. People talk about all these London-based universities, but with Cardiff I remember along with the brochure, there was a video tape and it showed the entire university and city and I just fell in love with Cardiff. I could picture myself calling that my university. What better place for a young man just about to embark on his new university life?

It seemed so perfect to start that phase of life. I was really young at the point, so I knew if I was going somewhere for three years I really wanted to be in an environment where I would be surrounded by students and where everything around me would have that academic air. It propelled me to study, to work hard and become someone in life.

Life after Graduation
How does your day to day schedule look like –what are your responsibilities as Head of Firm?

I do a lot of client conferencing – which entails a lot of coffee to be honest! As Head of Firm, management is the key. I manage and delegate work and also ensure that my associates are motivated. And then of course I do the final drafts myself – I check the nitty gritty details to make sure that the firm delivers it's best. A lot time does go into client conferences – talking about the facts of the case, updating clients on work you are doing, etc. That’s one of the reasons I think law firms demand such long hours. During the day you’re busy conferencing and checking on the progress of the work and only in the evenings you have time to do the actual work.

What area of law do you specialise in?

The area I specialise in is foreign direct investment; equities finance and corporate law. Because of my understanding of the English, American and Bangladeshi legal systems – it pretty much covers most of the commonwealth countries of the world. There are a lot of cross-border transactions going on and it always helps when I know the different legal systems.

What advice would you give to prospective students?

These are the best years of your life; have a great time while developing your legal mind and Cardiff is THE place for all of that. When I was a student, I actually grew from a boy to a man while in Cardiff. I had to sort out my accommodation, make sure I had a bank account, do my laundry, had to cook, do grocery shopping and then after all of that I would sit down to study.

It’s situated so perfectly in the map of the UK – only two and a half hours from London. It also has the beach in Pontypridd and a brilliant environment for students to study. I used to live in Talybont where I was a student warden for Talybont South in my third year – I loved living there! I would walk along the Taf River and go up to the bridge at 7am in the morning, find a spot and do my work. That helped me focus so much!

I think the experience of student life has a lot to do with finding out who you are and who want to be – Cardiff is going to help you and make sure you find that out in the end. Cardiff is absolutely great in that sense. I remember being in the city centre, and then popping over to Cardiff Bay whenever I felt like it. I also remember rambling, surfing, fencing. In other words, there are tons of opportunities to pursue activities of your liking, whilst learning from some of the best faculties in world. It was just fantastic and perfect to be in Cardiff. I hold Cardiff dear to my heart. It’s been over ten years that I had started my student life in Cardiff and yet every bit of it is very much fresh in my memory.

I just fell in love with Cardiff.

Student views

If you come to Cardiff there is a wide range of opportunities and lots of events dedicated to international students to showcase any talents you have.

Ali Ishaq, LLB (Law)

Cardiff is simply a vibrant student city - full of life, culture, enjoyment and learning. You are never alone in this city because there is always something for someone.

Faisal Ibne Wali, MBA

Josh Fairweather
Cardiff Contact - Josh Fairweather

Hello, I'm Josh and I am the country manager for Bangladesh.

If you have any questions about studying or living in Cardiff, or would like any advice and guidance, please do contact me.

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