Exchange Semester

An exchange semester abroad is a great opportunity to make the most of your time at the University whilst immersing yourself in a culture different from your own. It is more than an outstanding academic experience. It's also about your own self-development; it's about growing in confidence and making life-long friends from all over the world. Such an experience can also distinguish you in the job market.

Erasmus+ vs. International Exchange: Within Europe exchange schemes are facilitated by the EU programme known as Erasmus+. Studying outside Europe is known as International Exchange. CPLAN has exchange agreements in both categories (see next page for specific lists). The majority of them deliver teaching in English.

The list of European Partners that have links with CPLAN in 2014-2021 are :-

  • Belgium
    KU Leuven
  • Denmark
    Aalborg Universitet
  • France
    Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
    Germany
    Technische Universitaet Dortmund
    Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart
  • Italy
    Politecnico di Milano
  • Netherlands
    Radbound Universiteit Nijmegen
    University of Groningen
  • Norway
    Oslo University
  • Sweden
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, BTH
    Stockholm University

CPLAN International  Partners are :-

  • Canada
    Queen’s University
    University of British Columbia
  • Australia
    Macquarie University, Sydney

Timing: The most straightforward option is studying for one semester as part of your degree. The table below shows pre-approved semesters indicating when it would be the best time for you to go abroad. However, you are welcome to discuss any other (alternative) semester with your Course Director.

Undergraduate Programme

Erasmus Semester

International Semester**

Human Geography – HG

Autumn Year 2 (60 credits*) or

Autumn Year 3 (20 credits*)

Autumn Year 2 (60 credits*)

Geography (Human) and Planning – GHP

Autumn Year 2 (60 credits*) or

Autumn Year 3 (20 credits*)

Autumn Year 2 (60 credits*)

City and Regional Planning - CRP

Spring Final Year (40 credits*)

Spring Final Year (40 credits*)

* CPLAN study credits which can be replaced whilst on this exchange semester.

** Canada, Australia, etc. Due to a specific visa regime with Canada, HG and GHP students can apply to go to Canada also in Autumn Year 3 (replacing 20 credits) but the priority will be given to Year 2 students studying for 60 credits.

Language: Most of our partners, even those in non-English-speaking countries, have courses taught in English and you can study your semester fully in English. However, a few places (e.g. Paris) only offer courses in national languages. You can enrol on the Language for All programmes at Cardiff to improve your language skills.

Module registration: Whilst abroad, you will need to enrol on a number of modules equivalent to what you would study at CPLAN in the same semester. Your grades will be converted and count towards your final degree.

Cost and funding: There is no additional registration cost for a one-semester programme. In fact, there are generous grants automatically available to everyone, including a monthly scholarship for Erasmus students. There are also travel bursaries. Some further grants might be available based on your family's income, disability status, or destination. The University’s Global Opportunity Centre (GOC) will advise you on funding available.

Deadlines:  The internal deadlines to apply for an Erasmus and International semester are normally in the semester preceding the semester of study (mid April for the Autumn Semester or mid October for the Spring Semester).

Application: We normally expect students to have performed at above 60% on average to be eligible to apply, although individual circumstances will be taken into account. There are a few (easy) steps:

  • Well before the deadlines, explore our partners’ websites and identify modules you may wish to enrol on. Consider personal implications of going abroad (e.g. finance, housing, existing commitments). You can contact CPLAN International Exchange Coordinator to discuss your motivations, academic performance, and other relevant issues. You must also engage with your Course Director to get your choice approved.
  • The application should be formally made by email to your International Exchange Coordinator. The Coordinator will rank applications and make selections based on competition for specific places, your marks, and motivation. Once CPLAN approves your application, you will be nominated to the partner university, which normally guarantees you a place. The partner university may require some additional limited paperwork. An approved application will also trigger a change in your study registration at Cardiff.
  • Information to include in your application email: your name; student number; date of birth; contact details and email address; current course and year of study; the university you wish to go to and in which semester; modules you wish to enrol on and their credit loads; a statement confirming that your Course Director has approved your choice; a statement of motivation explaining why you wish to study in that particular place (1-2 paragraphs). You should also attach a copy of your transcript with all the marks you have received so far on your programme.

Other international opportunities: There are other opportunities for internationalisation, including studying for a full year abroad, work placements, internships etc. You should approach the University’s Global Opportunity Centre for more information and financial support available. There are also ad-hoc initiatives at CPLAN, such as short-term courses - you will receive information on those from time to time.

For further information: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/global-opportunity

School Co-ordinator in CPLAN:

Dr Georgina Santos
Email: SantosG@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 74462