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Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Helo o Brifysgol Caerdydd! After spending the summer travelling Europe, I have arrived at Cardiff University. Cardiff is the capital of Wales and is a city that is full of history, culture and has a vibrant young student population. The university is very conveniently located in the city centre, right near shops, pubs, clubs, the castle and various sports stadiums.

With 30,000 students and the vast majority of students living in university residencies there is always something to do. I am staying at a university apartment block called Gordon Hall, there are around 50 students living here, I have my own bedroom with an ensuite and there are always people around to talk to.

Cardiff is also a great location for cheap flights to various European destinations on weekends and is another reason I chose to study here. Orientation week or ‘freshers’ week as it is known here is amazing, there are so many different activities for everyone, whether it be sports fairs, pub crawls, clubbing, city tours or day trips around Wales. It is a great way to meet people. Cardiff is also a great city for sports fans, with Cardiff City FC playing in the English Premier League the city transforms every time there is a home game, the atmosphere is intense. Rugby is absolutely massive in Wales and the Principality stadium, which holds 75,000 people, is also located in the city centre. Australia play Wales here next month and it will be huge!

Being an exchange student and studying free electives means that I can pick subjects from a range of different academic schools. This gives me an option to study subjects that I would not have tried back home such as history, computer and earth sciences. The university also has a large amount of sports clubs from trampolining and airsoft to rugby and football, whilst over here I’m playing both football and American football. The university facilities are brilliant, there are 18 different libraries, 2 sports centres, cafes in almost all buildings and the students union which is the spot on campus where everyone hangs out; it has bars, TVs, restaurants and supermarkets.

Cardiff has so far been a great place to study and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings. I highly recommend it.

Brian Carr
Bachelor of Business
Cardiff University
Wales, United Kingdom

For more information about the UTS Global Exchange program please visit: www.global-exchange.uts.edu.au

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