International Foundation Programme
You must complete the Bachillerato (High School Certificate) with an average grade of B / 75%.
If you have completed the Bachillerato you will usually need to undertake a foundation course before you can be admitted to an undergraduate programme at Cardiff.
Cardiff University will consider students with good grades in the GCE A-level examinations or the International Baccalaureate for entry onto our undergraduate programmes.
You will usually need to have completed a relevant first degree with a good GPA score.
Applicants who hold a Licenciatura with a promedio (GPA) of 8.0+ will be considered for admission to a Masters degree.
Postgraduate research programmes
If you are applying for research programmes from Mexico, you will be required to provide evidence that you have already carried out research, usually via the successful completion of a relevant masters' degree.
You will need to have successfully completed the Maesría in Mexico with a promedio (GPA) of at least 8.0.
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.
Course Title: BA Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Year of Graduation: 2015
Alejandro comes from Columbia and studied Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. He would like to get a Masters and continue studying in the UK. Eventually, Alejandro would like to work in the Digital Media and Marketing field.
As a Student at Cardiff University
Why did you choose Cardiff?
I had visited Cardiff before and I loved how beautiful and calm it was. I found it really interesting and convenient. As a student, money is a struggle, and Cardiff is one most affordable cities in the UK. Also, being a capital, you will find anything you need only 10 minutes away from you regardless of your location.
Tell us about your course. How is it different to classes back home?
I think that the classes are less formal than in other countries, which makes studying and learning a lot more relaxing and fun. A friendly environment is extremely important in your life, especially when it comes to study.
What you have enjoyed most about studying at Cardiff University?
As I mentioned before, the environment is relaxing and fun, the staff are great and the university is one of the best in the UK. It makes you feel lucky to be a student here.
Life in Cardiff
What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?
I really enjoy being in a community of students. Cathay's is an amazing place because it is easy to meet friends to study and go to lectures. I think that the social aspect of the University has been my favourite.
Are you a member of any clubs and/or societies? What’s it like to be part of a society?
I am not part of any society, although I have participated in several events run by different university societies.
How has the University supported you during your time here?
It is great to know that the university has such helpful staff. As an international student, I am really thankful to the International office and student services because they have always helped me with queries in the past. Overall, the staff and the university in general have created a great place to live and study, I know I’m in a good place and I feel comfortable being part of this great community.
What would be your advice for prospective students thinking about coming to Cardiff?
You are lucky to be in such a great community and you have a lot of things to do all the time. Make sure to stay busy and try everything Cardiff and the university have to offer.
What are your plans for the future?
I am expecting to get a Masters and continue with my studies in the UK. Eventually, I would like to get a job in Digital Media and Marketing. I am confident that everything that I have learnt in Cardiff will be really valuable in the future. Let’s hope for the best.
I have also got a photography website, check it out https://alejandro-faini.squarespace.com
The environment is relaxing and fun, the staff are great and the University is one of the best in the UK.
CONACYT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología) is offering full scholarships to Mexican students enrolling on postgraduate programmes. The scholarships will fund study in both Taught and Research programmes.
We have a co-funding partnership agreement (convenio) with CONACYT for our College of Physical Sciences and Engineering and our College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Cardiff University which means that the scholarship you receive will cover the full tuition fee and living expenses for taught and research courses.
You will not have to pay the money back to CONACYT, however, you will be required to return to work in Mexico after your period of study in the UK.
How to apply?
- You will need to have an unconditional offer to study at Cardiff University before you can apply for a CONACYT scholarship
- You can apply to study at Cardiff University through the online application system.(Please note: Applicants must mention that they consider applying to this scholarship in the funding section of the application form).
- You will need to include supporting documentation including an academic transcript, motivation letter and two reference letters.
- You will need to provide evidence of your English Language ability for example IELTS or TOEFL certificates. For full details of the recognised English Language requirements please visit our website.
- PhD applicants will need to submit a research proposal.
- When you have received your unconditional offer, you can apply directly to CONACYT.
- CONACYT awards scholarships on merit and the minimum ‘promedio’ required by applicants is 8.0.
- For scholarship application dates and deadlines please refer to the CONACYT website.
For further details on this scholarship please contact Lisa Hayward, Country Manager – Mexico: HaywardL7@cardiff.ac.uk