Skip to content
Skip to navigation menu


English Language Programmes

International students

The English Language Programmes section is Cardiff University's official English language teaching centre for international students.  Its four main aims are:

  • to enable suitably academically qualified international students to enter the University by developing their language, study skills and academic awareness to an appropriate level, through high quality pathway programmes;
  • to support current Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to develop language and study skills which enable them to maximise their academic potential at the University;
  • to offer a professional IELTS examination service;
  • to offer advice and guidance to the University on English language and study skills matters, including the English Language Policy and examination equivalences.

The programmes offered are:


The International Foundation Programme is a one-year academic programme designed to give students the academic and English language skills needed to enter a variety of degree programmes at Cardiff University.  It is the only Foundation Programme that offers guaranteed progression into the University.

The Bridge Programme is a full-time English language and study skills course.  To cater for different needs and abilities, the Bridge Programme has three entry points: September, January and April.

The In-sessional Programme offers English language and study skills support to international students during their time at Cardiff.


The Pre-sessional Programme (11-week and 8-week courses) is a highly intensive summer programme designed specifically for students with onward offers to study at Cardiff University the following September.


The IELTS Test Centre offers a selection of IELTS test dates each month throughout the year.


For more information, please visit