University of Wales Trinity Saint David: Giving students a sense of place

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is transforming the lives of 25,000 learners across 5 locations. UWTSD provides a ‘home away from home’ for students around the world in one of the most cultural and historic regions the UK has to offer.

With an emphasis on applied learning, strong academic disciplines and a clear commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer, UWTSD is renowned for consistently producing work-ready graduates who have already reached the top of their academic game.

Why choose UWTSD?

With so many world-leading universities in Wales and the UK, it can be difficult to decide on which one is the best. UWTSD, however, boasts so many outstanding credentials it’s difficult to find a reason not to attend. Here are just a few of the things that make UWTSD one of the most attractive higher education options in the UK:

It’s a Supportive Environment

  • UWSTD was ranked 1st out of 35 institutions for Personal Tutor Support (Global ISBSB Autumn Wave 2014)

Teaching Excellence

  • 87 percent of UWTSD’s undergraduate students agreed that staff are good at explaining complex things (NSS 2015)


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A Great Postgraduate Experience

  • 91 percent (272/300) of UWTSD respondents agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching (PTES 2015)

Diverse Degree Portfolio

  • UWSTD boasts more than 300 undergraduate courses across five academic faculties and three main campuses – Swansea, Carmarthen and Lampeter

A ‘Green’ University

  • UWTSD ranks 1st in Wales and 8th in the UK for Environmental Performance (People & Planet University League 2015)

An outstanding student experience

At UWTSD, the entire student experience is held in high regard, and while the university fully accepts that academics are important, it also respects that the university years are undoubtedly the best of your life.

Almost 90 percent of the university’s 2015 graduate cohort say they were extremely satisfied with their time at UWTSD. The university has also been ranked #1 out of 46 institutions in the 2015 Global ISBSB for student satisfaction with ‘host friends’ (making local friends when arriving on-campus).

Orientation: To ensure you feel at home

Orientation is the perfect way for both domestic and international students to ease into life and study at UWTSD. In order to ensure all students thrive as part of the UWTSD community, the institution offers an extensive orientation programme, with sessions including:

  • An introduction to UWTSD
  • Studying in the UK
  • Visa responsibilities
  • Registration
  • Student support
  • English Language support
  • How to register with a bank
  • How to register with a doctor

A sense of place

The Cultural Programme for international students is an integral part of UWTSD life. This exciting scheme provides a host of enriching excursions to beautiful settings in Wales and the wider UK throughout the academic year.


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Destinations can vary, but one thing you can guarantee as a participant in these activities is a great experience. One exciting venture involves a visit to the Big Pit National Coal Museum in Torfaen. The coal mining industry represents a crucial thread in the tapestry of Welsh history, and the Big Pit, a working Coal Mine until 1980.

Another dive into Welsh culture involves a trip to Llansteffan and Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse. Llansteffan, also known as Wales’ best kept secret, is a quaint Welsh village, located eight miles from UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus. Here, students can enjoy a view of the warm Welsh sunset over the castle by the River Tywi. Also nearby is Laugharne and the Dylan Thomas Boathouse, the old home of one of the region’s most famous poets. He spent the last four of his short 39 years composing his poetry in the little village of Laugharne. There are also trips to Wales’ capital city, Cardiff. Bath and a weekend in London.

Excursions take place on weekends so they don’t interrupt academic schedules, and students are accompanied by experienced members of the team at the International Office, all of whom are on hand to provide historical and cultural information.

But exploring the culture of one of the UK’s most popular regions doesn’t begin and end with these excursions – there are also a wealth of on-campus clubs and societies which all international students are welcome to enjoy. Have you been inspired by the country’s epic history? Why not join the Battle Society and get involved in some battle movie nights, or even have a go at recreating some battles for yourself? Can’t get enough of the great outdoors? Why not have a swing on some high ropes or scale some trees as a member of the university’s Outdoor Society? Is finding zen a bit more your bag? Try out the Yoga Society to brush up on some of that peaceful yogic philosophy. All this, and so much more, is available to every member of UWTSD’s international student community.


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If you’re an international student thinking of studying at the UWSTD and would like to attend these cultural trips, please contact the International Office for further information.

Name: Odhise Myftari
Course: BA Business Management graduating with a 1st Class honours
Country: Albania

”Leaving my country, my family and my friends wasn’t an easy choice. However, from my first day on the university I felt like I was home. The staff of the university, especially in the international office, and the other students were really friendly. They welcomed me like I was there years. The staff was always there to help me and with the other students we became friends really quickly. Trinity saint David university ended up to be a really more joyful experience than I ever expected.”

Unparalleled Career Prospects

The UWTSD Careers Service, which currently ranks #2 out of 46 institutions in the Global International Student Barometer, is available to all students and graduates of the university. From the very first day you arrive UWTSD’s qualified Career Advisors are on-hand to maximise your potential and employability.


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But how does access to such advanced industry knowledge benefit UWTSD’s international students? Well, finding relevant work experience can be difficult enough through a home university, let alone in an entirely new country and in an entirely different language! This is where UWTSD’s career staff are able to help, ensuring your full understanding and awareness of all the available options. Furthermore, their up-to-date industry knowledge and ability to access employer networks can highlight the perfect roles you never knew existed.

UWTSD’s advisors are able to assist with all areas of career planning, including:

  • Choosing a career
  • Job-seeking strategies
  • Application procedures and CVs
  • Interview techniques
  • Work experience
  • Course changes
  • Further study options

With its expert industry knowledge, the Careers Team at UWTSD can make your career dreams a reality.

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