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Why St David's College as an International Student?


Why St David's College?

You can be assured we will offer you an outstanding educational experience and treat you as an individual. We have a dedicated and professional teaching staff assisted by excellent support staff. First and foremost we strive to be a community that gives witness to our Catholic and Christian values and belief. We can assist in the UK visa process through our Highly Trusted Status with the UK Border Agency.

Our students progress to universities across the UK and abroad, many attending the top Russell Group universities. In 2020, 44% of students who progressed onto university, progressed to a Russell Group university. 


We offer all our students

  • An excellent academic record. In 2019, 28% achieved an A grade at A level and 434 students progressed to university in 2020 to study a range of courses including Medicine, Law, Engineering and Accountancy.

  • A community in which spiritual and personal growth is as important as academic achievement.

  • A highly regarded pastoral support system described as 'Outstanding' in the most recent inspection report.

  • A dedicated Chaplaincy team who support students of all beliefs and the opportunity to practice their own faith.

  • Average class size of 20, with international students integrated within UK student classes.


The Staff

  • Specialist subject teachers

  • Specialist British university advice and application service

  • Personal tutors to provide support and advice on well-being to all our students

  • On-site career guidance service to advise on career paths and courses

  • Additional learning support for extra help with study skills

  • Dedicated Chaplaincy team supportive of all faiths

  • On-site counsellor


What do our students say?


Getting here from...

Cardiff bus station: 3 miles, 13 minutes

Cardiff train station: 3 miles, 14 minutes

Cardiff airport: 16 miles, 40 minutes

Birmingham airport: 110 miles, 1 hour 50 minutes

Heathrow airport (London): 135 miles, 2 hours

Gatwick airport (London): 170 miles, 2 hours 40 minutes


Why Cardiff?

  1. Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales and the ninth largest city in the UK.

  2. Cardiff is one of the best cities in the world to visit, according to National Geographic Magazine.

  3. Cardiff is a city of parks, with more green space than any other UK city.

  4. In 2011, Trip Advisor named Cardiff one of Britain's best value cities for tourists.

  5. Cardiff has been named one of the best shopping destinations in the UK.

  6. A recent survey found that Cardiff is a safer university city to live in than Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and London.

  7. Cardiff was the 2014 European Capital of Sport.

  8. The city has many tourist attractions, including Cardiff Castle, The National Museum of Wales, the Millennium Centre and the newly renovated Cardiff Bay area.

  9. Cardiff is one of the flattest cities in Britain and has more hours of sunlight than Milan.

  10. Cardiff was the first UK city to be twinned with China. This was in 1983 and the city’s name is Xiamen. Cardiff is also twinned with Stuttgart (Germany), Nantes (France), Baltimore (USA), Lugansk (Ukraine) and Hordaland (Netherlands).


Why Wales?

Wales is a wonderful country. Less well known than neighbouring England, it has breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, a vibrant cultural scene and high academic standards. It offers a safe environment to international students. Click on the image below to watch the video on why Wales is the right place for you to come and study.