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Cardiff University has a long history of welcoming students from Colombia and we are looking to develop our links and profile throughout the country.

Popular courses for Colombian students in Cardiff include International Foundation Programmes, Business, Social Sciences, Engineering and Journalism.

Nelson Faini Bravo

Alejandro Faini

Course Title: BA Journalism Media and Cultural Studies
Country: Colombia

Year of Graduation: 2015

Alejandro comes from Columbia and is in his final year of Journalism Media and Cultural Studies. Once he graduates 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

The environment is relaxing and fun, the staff are great and the University is one of the best in the UK.

Representatives from the International Office visit Columbia regularly throughout the year. Details of our next visit will appear here shortly.
For further information regarding our visits please contact us at

International Foundation Programme
  • Completion of the Título de Bachiller Académico with an overall score of 75+
Undergraduate courses
  • A-levels, IB, Foundation course or completion of year 1 of a relevant bachelor’s degree
Postgraduate courses
  • Licenciatura with a promedio (GPA) of 3.5 / 5.0 or average of 70%+
Postgraduate research programmes

If you are applying for research programmes from Colombia, 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 Maestría in Colombia with a promedio (GPA) of at least 3.5

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.

The following educational agents represent Cardiff University in Colombia and can help you with your application:

MAGA Connection
Bogota - Carrera 18 No. 86A-14 Oficina 209
BOGOTA Centro Chico
Celular: 304- 4231473
Local: +5716540800

UK - International Office
Kemp House 152 City Road, London EC1V 2NX
Mobile Phone: +44 7590561007
Tel: +44 (0)20 8133 3172
Skype: maga.connection

Studies Planet
Contact: Alba Marina Sanchez
Carrera 15 # 122-39
Torre 1 OFC 403
Telephone: (+57) 311 4753505, (+57) 300 5729164 (+571) 5205593 (+571) 5205629
Other offices: London - UK
Skype: studiesplanet1

Studies Planet
Contact: Sergio Bedoya
Carrera 40 # 48 sur 45
Interior 201, Envigado Antioquia
Telephone: (+57) 3137972551
Other offices: London - UK
Skype: studiesplanet1

Studies Planet
UK Office
8 Northumberland Avenue
London WC2N 5BY
Mobile: +44 (0)7877254370/+44 (0)7956253150
Skype: studiesplanet1

For the academic year 2014-15, Cardiff University’s School of Modern Languages is offering 2 competitive full-fee scholarships for Home and EU students (and an equivalent contribution towards fees for International students), each worth £5,730 (pro rata part time).

The scholarships are available to students wishing to study on one of the School’s Taught Masters Programmes.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rice, Uruguay, Venezuela, Spain and Portugal are eligible for funding. Students who are citizens of the listed countries but are currently studying at a British University may also apply.

In 2014-15 we will be offering the following taught Master’s Degrees which are eligible for scholarship funding:

  • MA European Studies
  • MA Translation Studies

Application process and deadlines

Please note you will not be eligible for funding until you are in receipt of an offer to study at Cardiff University. The How to Apply page contains information on entry requirements and the application process.

To apply please complete a Santander Universities Scholarship application form and return before the 1st September 2014 to:

Cardiff School of Modern Languages
Postgraduate Office
Admissions: Vicky Ucele
Telephone: +44(0)29 2087 4885


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Student views

I chose Cardiff primarily because it was identified as one of the best schools in the UK. I also did some research on the papers that the master’s degree students had produced which was really impressive and I wanted to be a part of that.

Shanahan Chua, Master in Business Administration

My favourite part of Cardiff would be the city centre - it's great area; it has all the shops and it is a really affordable city.

Ashley Kubley, Study Abroad student

Lisa Hayward
Cardiff Contact - Lisa Hayward

Hi, I'm Lisa and I've recently joined Cardiff University as International Officer for South America.

If you have any questions about studying or living in Cardiff, or would like advice and guidance, please contact me.



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