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Cardiff University has a long tradition of welcoming students from Kuwait. Students are enrolled in a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and English language programmes within the University.

The University has since developed a good understanding of the Kuwaiti education system and is a recognised institution by the major sponsors in Kuwait.

Foundation courses

If you have graduated from the Kuwaiti High School, you will be required to successfully complete a one year International Foundation Programme before entering Cardiff University's undergraduate programmes.

You will also need an overall average of 85% or above in the Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a’ama School Leaving Certificate, with at least 85% in key subject areas to qualify for the International Foundation Programme.

Undergraduate courses

You will be required to have GCE A-level qualifications or the International Baccalaureate (IB) to qualify for entry on to Cardiff University's undergraduate programmes.

If you have graduated with the Shahadat-al-thanwia-al-a'ama, you will be required to complete the International Foundation Programme before starting an undergraduate programme at Cardiff University.

Postgraduate taught courses

You will be required to successfully complete a four year undergraduate degree (at a minimum GPA of 3.0) from a recognised institution to be considered for entry on to Cardiff University's postgraduate programmes.

Postgraduate research programmes

You will be required to provide evidence that you have already carried out research, usually via the successful completion of a relevant master's degree.

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.

Rhys Evans, from Cardiff University International Office will be attending the IDP Study Abroad Roadshow event in March 2016 to give advice about studying in Cardiff University.


Date and time: Tuesday 15th March 2016 - 16.00 - 21.00

For more details and to register please visit

For further information regarding our visits please contact us at

IDP Education Pty Ltd, Kuwait

Office Manager: Sujata Vora

9th Floor, Dalal Complex
Salem Al-Mubarak Street Salmiya

Tel: +965 50536314 / 94049616

Tariq Maruf

Tariq Maruf

Course Title: Bsc Accounting
Country: Kuwait

Year of Graduation: 2004
Current Employer: KPMG

Tariq recently moved from Kuwait to Canada to be part of the exciting oil and gas industry in Calgary. Facing brand new challenges both culturally and professionally, his colleagues wonder how he manages to get along with international clients and find common ground with almost everyone. Tariq attributes that life skill to his exposure at Cardiff University.

As a Student at Cardiff University
Why did you choose Cardiff to do your BSc?

I had a friend in school who was a brilliant student back in Kuwait. When she was going to the UK she told me “go and do your research, which ever university you choose, make sure they have a 5-star rating for the course that you want to do”. Cardiff had that rating and when I asked her about it, she said “oh you’ll love the city – I’ve been there myself and I think it would be a good place to go”. I didn’t know anyone in Cardiff per se but I heard that it was a good university with a good reputation.

I did a lot of research in terms of getting to know the place; what the university had to offer; how many students there were; how the course was structured, etc. I loved the course I did. Even looking back now, I remember doing the course on the Development of Accounting, a module in my third year. It was taught by one of the senior Professors at the University and it was purely about how accounting developed, the history of accounting and how things evolved.

Life after Graduation
Tell me about your brand new career in the oil and gas industry. What are your responsibilities?

Before I moved to Calgary I was working with clients from the retail and manufacturing sector and the questions I asked on a daily basis were: ‘is the inventory going to go obsolete?’ ‘Are they counting the inventory properly?’ ‘How are the sales going?’ ‘How is recession affecting sales?’

Now that I have been referred to KPMG and am working with clients in the oil and gas industry, everyday it is more about ‘upstream’, ‘downstream’ and ‘royalties’. It’s a steep learning curve every day. It’s a completely different industry, the whole business model is different and the operations are different.

What sort of audit work do you do on a daily basis?

Performing financial audits serves one major purpose - giving credibility to the company’s Financial Statements. This could serve different companies in different ways. For example, it helps a private company when it is looking to be bought out or it goes public and gets listed on the stock exchange. When our clients tell their stakeholders that they’ve had revenues of X million and X amount of profit, we give our opinion as auditors commenting whether the statements are reasonable and if they are true and fair. We bridge gaps between the company and its stakeholders - investors, governments and tax authorities.

What are your day-to-day responsibilities?

My main role is the senior-in-charge of audit engagements. I’m not the one to initiate any client relationships but I do have to make sure that everything runs smoothly. The manager has ultimate responsibility for everything, but I am the person ‘in charge’ that the manager relies on and trusts.

It’s hard to stipulate what we do on a daily basis because it changes frequently. For example, we changed audit tool last week and we’re transitioning from the old package. We’ve had to go through training and sort out teething problems. It’s been quite a challenge to make sure that things get transferred properly, that the files make sense. So the past few weeks we’ve just been busy doing interim planning for the year end audits.

And what important lessons did you learn in Cardiff that you carry with you to this day?

Before coming to Cardiff I always lived in a very sheltered, protected environment in Kuwait. When I came to Cardiff I was like “wow, this is a different world”. I guess it was more of the social aspects that really struck me the most. It equipped me with how to live and to understand people on a social level. So when I started working with different people I got along a lot easier and my social skills improved a lot more. It definitely made me a different person.

So, Cardiff developed the social side of you?

Oh for sure. When I was in Ernst & Young in Kuwait, I was working with Arabs, Africans, South Asians and people from the Far East. I would be the one who would get on with everyone and people would be like “how do you do that? What do you talk to him about?” It’s about finding that common ground. It’s easier because living in Cardiff gave me that experience, without a shadow of a doubt.

What would you say to a prospective student from Kuwait who wanted to study in Cardiff?

Speaking to an international student, I would say Cardiff was the place that made me what I am today. Without a doubt! That says a lot in itself. The social aspects; the academic structures; the course; amazing professors and tutors that I interacted with and who I’m still in touch with. Speaking for my accounting course, I would say it’s extremely strong and that it gave me the technical skills professionally and the ability to think outside the box.

Cardiff was the place that made me what I am today.

Tariq Maruf

Bushra Khan

Course Title: Diploma in Practical Dermatology (DPD)
Country: Kuwait

Year of Graduation: 2008
Current Employer: Global Medical Clinic

Bushra studied at Cardiff University to aid in her career. Her studies helped her gain knowledge and confidence to progress on to her MSc Dermatology to become a Dermatologist in Kuwait.

As a Student at Cardiff University
Why did you choose Cardiff?

I selected Cardiff University because it is a well recognised University and I knew it could help me attain good knowledge under the umbrella of professional and experienced tutors.

Can you tell us more about your programme at Cardiff University – what modules did you choose and what lessons have you learned?

I enjoyed studying at Cardiff as it enhanced my knowledge by sharing it with my peers in a socially friendly environment. The most important lesson which I learnt was that in dermatology, the practice of knowledge-sharing is important because the more you share, the more you learn.

How did your study at Cardiff equip you for your current job?

I work for Global Medical Clinic in Kuwait. Cardiff University was a stepping stone in my career and due to that I gained confidence and knowledge to progress on to my MSc. Dermatology to become a Dermatologist in Kuwait.

Life after Graduation
Can you briefly take us through a day in your current job – what are responsibilities? What industry do you work in and what is your specialty?

It mainly consists of managing a number of clinical and cosmetic Dermatology cases. An average day involves dealing with ethnic skin concerns, chronic skin conditions and a wide number of Cosmetic Dermatology cases.

Dermatologists must possess personal traits which help them deal with patient’s anxiety, disease and discomfort. Additional traits include a good bedside manner, a warm and approachable personality, friendly and confident demeanours and attention to a patient’s needs or concerns.

What advice would you give to prospective students?

I would recommend DPD to any prospective student who is thinking about coming to Cardiff. This programme is extremely valuable to make you academically strong, professional, and confident and a successful practitioner.

I selected Cardiff University because it is a well recognised University.

Student views

My professors were very clear about their ideas and they frequently evaluate your academic progress, which I found to be very good.

Joseph Albat, LLM

The best place to escape from the hectic life of the city is the countryside. If the weather allows it, enjoying the beauty of the Welsh countryside is always my first choice to spend my spare time.

Salah Waheedi, Community Pharmacy (PG)

Patrick Cosh
Cardiff Contact - Rhys Evans

Hello. I’m Rhys Evans and I am the University’s Country Manager for Kuwait.

I visit Kuwait several times a year, and my role involves guiding and assisting students applying to Cardiff. As well as meeting with prospective students on my trips to Kuwait, I work closely with Embassies and other partner organisations of the University

If you have any questions about studying or living in Cardiff, or would like advice and guidance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Clubs & societies

Cardiff University Islamic Society

The Cardiff University Islamic Society (Cardiff ISoc) is an organisation formed by students, for students to increase understanding about the religion of Islam. Cardiff ISoc runs events throughout the year, ranging from socials to sporting events, open to all.

Cardiff University Islamic Society

Useful links



2013 International brochure

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