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Cardiff University has a long and established relationship with Pakistan and is home to a large community of Pakistani students from all areas of the country.

The University has a Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK which strengthens its strong ties with Muslim communities in Cardiff. In addition to that, the city of Cardiff has a long history of settlement from Pakistan and has one of the oldest Muslim communities in the UK.

Foundation courses

If you have graduated from the Pakistani 12-year school system, you will be required to successfully complete a one year International Foundation Programme before entering Cardiff University's undergraduate programmes.

You will be required to successfully complete the Pakistan HSC/HSSC/FSC with grades of a 75% average with excellent scores (approximately 75%) in key subject areas and very good scores (70%-75%) in all other areas to qualify for the International Foundation Programme.

Undergraduate courses

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

We will also consider applications from those holding an undergraduate degree of two, three or four years’ duration from a reputable Pakistani 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.

Students who have successfully completed a recognised Foundation Programme and will also be considered.

We will also consider students who have studied the US High School education system. Please see our USA pages for further information.

Postgraduate taught courses

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

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 bachelor's degree). Degrees must be from a recognised institution in Pakistan.

As a general guideline, we 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.

Applicants who have successfully completed a four year bachelor's (honours) degree with a one or two year master's degree from a recognised institution in Pakistan will be considered

We will also consider applicants who have successfully completed a three year bachelors (honours) degree with a two year master's degree, or a four year bachelors (honours) degree with a one year master's degree. Degrees must be from a recognised institution in Pakistan.

In some cases, Cardiff University will consider applicants who only have a bachelor's degree, although applicants may be required to complete an master's 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.

We are holding an event for Pakistani students who are considering studying at Cardiff in Lahore on Saturday the 4th of June.

The event is open to those who are considering Cardiff or who are holding an offers to study with us. The briefing is designed to:

  • ensure that you have all the information you need about life and study at Cardiff and in the UK
  • advise you on what you need to do to prepare for your trip
  • give you the opportunity to meet other students who will be coming to Cardiff this year
  • allow you to ask any questions you might have

We will also talk about what will happen during the first few days in Cardiff and what induction and orientation events we have planned. Parents are also very welcome to attend.

Event details

Date: Saturday 4th June
Time: 16:00-18:00
Venue: Avari Lahore Hotel, 87 Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore, 54000, Pakistan

If you are interested in attending this event, please reserve a place by entering your details below:

For further information regarding our visits please contact us at

Alis Ishaq - Pakistan

Ali Ishaq

Course Title: LLB
Country: Pakistan

Year of Graduation: 2013

Ali comes from Pakistan and graduated with a law degree in 2013. After graduating Ali started the Legal Practice course and now has a full time job as a trainee solicitor in London.

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

Cardiff is a microcosm of London - where I now work - a melting pot of culture. This made me receptive to traditions and culturally intelligent.

Tell us about your course. How is it different to classes back home?

Cardiff Law School had a strong emphasis on formal legal work following graduation and, to that end, a number of talks by legal professionals were organised. These provided authentic insight into the work environment that many of us were striving to work in.

Life in Cardiff
What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?

My time in Cardiff was characterized by different experiences as I went through law school and met people from all over the world

Are you a member of any clubs and/or societies? What’s it like to be part of a society?

In my three years, I was not only an active member of the Pakistani students' society, but also a student warden, an editor for the University newspaper, a writer for the Cardiff University Law Society.

How has the University supported you during your time here?

The practical sessions that the law school organised, coupled with the excellent careers service - in particular Helen McNally - helped me train for the interview that led to my current job. The personal tutor system at the Law school was excellent and I derived great help and support from my tutor throughout my time in Cardiff.

What would be your advice for prospective students thinking about coming to Cardiff?

My advice to fellow Pakistanis coming to Cardiff would be to work hard and take advantage of all the opportunities that their school in particular and the University in general offer. Integration into the undergraduate way of life is easy as long as you are willing to step up.

What are you currently doing?

I currently work for Reed Smith, an international law firm, headquartered in the US, with offices in Europe, Middle East and Asia. So far, I have practiced in the Financial Industry Group with a focus on real estate finance and am currently doing general commercial litigation in Reed Smith's Commercial Disputes Group.

What are your future plans?

I want to stay in the UK legal sector and aspire to be a successful commercial lawyer.

Coming to Cardiff was the first time I came to the UK in my life and the first time I had travelled abroad on my own - now I am a proud Cardiff graduate

Cardiff University has designated representatives based across Pakistan.

Our representatives are there to offer support and guidance throughout the application process. If you wish to apply to the University, please direct your application through them to ensure that you receive the best and the fastest possible level of service. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have about life and study at Cardiff.

Naseem Khan
Naseem Khan Consultancy

27 Mian Mir Road, Upper Mall, Lahore
Tel: +0321-4387512

Details of our representatives in other cities are listed below.


Company Contact name Address Contact details
Islamabad Office
Shahid Habib 28-B Nazim Uddin Road

Tel: +92-51-2850765/66
Fax: +92-51-2851350
Mobile: +92-300-512-3201

Campus Connections
Islamabad Office
108, Arooj Arcade,
1st Floor,
Near Maroof Hospital,
F 10 Markaz,

Tel: +92 51 2223185
Mobile: +92 322 5065 983
Skype: udurranikhan

Islamabad Office
Ms Naz Gul Qasim House 7,
Street 37,
F-6/1 Islamabad
Cell: +03338354851
Tel: +92 (051) 2814195-6


Company Contact name Address Contact details
PFL Education
Karachi Office
Shaiyan Ahmed Khan Office No.38E,Unit# 2 ,P.E.C.H.S Block – 6,
Off. Shahrah-e-Faisal,
Karachi 75500
Tel: +92-21-34532974/5, 34150979
Campus Connections
Karachi Office
306, 3rd Floor,
Business Centre, Shahrah e Faisal
Tel: +92 21 3432 4450
Mobile: +92 333 2161273
Karachi Office
Mrs Talha Ali First Floor, 2C, Street 2
Saba Commercial Avenue
Phase 5, DHA, Karachi.
Cell: +0321-2335733
Tel: +92-21-5856072/021 5842406
Fax: +92-21-5856094


Company Contact name Address Contact details
Lahore Office
Rasif Ali Khan 79 Bridge Colony
Lahore Cantt
Lahore, Punjab
Tel: +92-42-3660-2408/36682771/36602509
Fax: +92-42-6682-597
Naseem Khan Consultancy
Lahore Office
Naseem Khan 27 Mian Mir Road
Upper Mall
Tel: 0321-4387512
Campus Connections
Lahore Office

21-A, Sahabzad Road
Major Khurseed Road, Cantt
Tel: +92 42 371 87287
Mobile: +92 321 471 2007
Lahore Office
Mr Syed Kashif Gulzar Shah Suite 5, Floor P-2,
Ali Tower M.M Alam Road,
Cell: +92-323-8400-638
Tel: +92 (042) 35875514-15


Company Contact name Address Contact details
Quetta Office
Mr Arbab Usman D-4, Kabir Building
off Jinnah Road
Tel: +92-81-2823740


Company Contact name Address Contact details
Rawalpindi Office
Kamran Chughtai Main Bilal Shaheed Chowk, Imran Khan Avenue, Opposite Main Commercial Area
Chaklala Scheme 3
Tel: 92 51 5701418/9


Company Contact name Address Contact details
PFL Education
Sialkot Office
Hassan Murtaza American Grammar School,
115 Mahmud Ghaznavi Road
Tel: +92 334 7116116

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

The cost of living is just right for your pocket; you can have an enjoyable time both socially and academically.

Kajal Shah, MPharm Pharmacy

Josh Fairweather
Cardiff Contact - Ruth Foster

Hi! I'm Ruth and I have recently been appointed as the Country Manager for Pakistan.

My role involves guiding and assisting prospective students about applying and preparing to study at Cardiff, working closely with our in-country advisors and partner organisations, as well as catching up with our alumni.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about studying or living in Cardiff, or if I can help in anyway with any advice and guidance. I will also be delighted to arrange to meet with you on one of my forthcoming visits. I hope to hear from you soon.

Student Video

Ali shares his social and academic experiences at Cardiff University.

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