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There are currently over 50 Canadians studying at Cardiff University. We have many Canadians studying Law, with programmes such as Optometry, Archaeology/Conservation and Engineering also very popular.

Some Canadians also choose to spend a semester (or full year) at Cardiff University. You can find out more about the Study Abroad programme on the Study Abroad website.

Undergraduate courses

Cardiff University has no standard universal entry requirement for Canadians interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees, however, the information below can be used as a guide. Please note that requirements may differ for certain programmes.

  • Alberta. 70-75% average in 5 subjects at Year 12 General High School Diploma level, with at least 75% in any required subjects.

  • British Columbia. 80% average in 5 subjects at Year 12, with at least 80% in any required subjects or BBBBB-AAAAA grades.

  • Manitoba. Five credits awarded at the 300 Level with at least 80% in four subject areas.

  • New Brunswick. 80% average in 5 subjects at Year 12, with at least 80% in any required subjects.

  • Ontario. 75%-80% average in six U,U/C or M subjects at Year 12, with at least 80% in any required subjects.

  • Quebec. 75% average in DEC/DCS, with at least 75% in any required subjects.

Please contact us with an overview of your educational background/grades and the subject areas you are interested in and we will advise further.

LLB applicants may be required to have a minimum of 2 years post-secondary education at a recognised institution in order for a foreign law degree to be accredited by Canadian authorities. More information is available on the Law School website.

Postgraduate taught courses

A good degree, usually a 3.0GPA or higher, from a recognised university in a relevant subject is normally required for a postgraduate taught degree. Equivalent qualifications will also be considered. 

Note: many subjects that are postgraduate qualifications in Canada are undergraduate qualifications in the UK, including Law, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotheraphy and more. Therefore, if you are interested in one of these programmes, you need to follow the advice for undergraduate entry.

Postgraduate research programmes

A good degree, at least a 3.0GPA (out of 4.0),  from a recognised university in a relevant subject is normally required for a postgraduate research degree. Most Schools may also require a master's degree. Please contact us for more advice.

If you are unsure of your qualifications or entry requirements please contact the International Office.

Representatives from the International Office visit Canada regularly throughout the year. Details of our next visit will appear here shortly.

For further information regarding our visits please contact us at

To see events attended by our agents Across the Pond who can also provide information on Cardiff courses and the application process visit their website.

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Tel.: +1-905-315-1190
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(Law applications only)

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Paul Nichols

Paul Nichols

Course Title: BSc Geography and Planning
Country: Canada

Year of Graduation: 2005
Current Employer: Environmental Solutions and Remediation Services

While at the School of Planning and Geography, Paul won the Edward Loveluck Travelling Scholarship and had the chance to go to Buduburam, Ghana, to do research on refugee communities. He’s grateful for the chances he’s taken and the opportunities that he has been afforded, as he claims his fondest memories have been gleaned from them. He is currently working on his urban planning accreditation and wants to start his own company in the future.

As a Student at Cardiff University
Tell me about your time in Cardiff. Why did you choose Cardiff to do your BSc?

It was really important that the planning school I went to had a good reputation. Cardiff as a university and the School of Planning and Geography within Cardiff had an outstanding reputation. Also, you get to travel around Europe and Britain while you are at Cardiff. These were opportunities that I couldn’t resist.

Tell me a little more about your experience studying under the School of Planning and Geography.

It is an amazing department; an amazing School. The faculty at CPLAN are incredibly engaging, open and willing to have discussions. The back and forth of academic debate really sparks your ability to learn. I can’t say enough about that department and Cardiff University in that regard. It certainly inspires you to learn.

Do you have an example you can share?

Certainly. So CPLAN has a dissertation requirement and coming into the degree I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do. I was very interested in the impact of being the unwillingly displaced from your home country, for example – as a refugee. Spending time with my dissertation supervisor was great because he was very patient and nurturing in helping me develop something more manageable - something I could actually do as a viable dissertation topic.

As an added bonus, CPLAN has the Edward Loveluck Travelling Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to allow students to travel abroad over the summer term between the second and third year to do their dissertation research. I was fortunate enough to win that scholarship and to be able to go to Ghana to do my dissertation research.

That interaction between my supervisor and myself and the resources that were available to me as a student really gave me the chance to study something I wouldn’t have been able to do at other Universities.

How did it impact your education and enhance your degree?

It gave me the chance to see a completely different side of planning. It was a niche area to examine. When I went to Ghana, I visited a community called Buduburam - a Liberian refugee camp that’s been around since the early 90s. I was looking to see how it developed and what kind of cultural components the community had retained from Liberia, despite the extended length of time the residents had been away from their homeland.

It’s not something you could read about in a book and actually get everything you need to know. The trip allowed me to get some hands-on experience and information; something that I wouldn’t have been able to do at most other universities.

The experience taught me to think outside the box and really gave me the confidence and encouragement to share some of my knowledge, especially during the end of my term, when I was working with the Welsh Refugee Council. It enhanced my learning experience immeasurably.

Life after Graduation
What do you do in environmental remediation?

Working in environment remediation allows me to achieve two goals at same time. I have the chance to protect and improve the natural environment, while also working to reinvent or re-imagine the potential of a previously developed area. Whether it would be transforming a site into a beautiful park or taking an unused factory and turning it into a new residential community; it’s taking something that is a bit of a scar on our city or town and using it as an opportunity to improve our environment and create a new use for the space.

What does an average day in environmental solutions and radiation services (ESRS) look like?

There are two ‘normal’s. The first is when you are in the field after you receive a new project. You go out and assess what has happened to the natural environment. You develop an understanding, possibly come up with a plan on how we could remediate the site and return it to a flourishing natural environment. The other 'normal' is when you’re in your office making phone calls to your sub-contractors; trying to line up the crew that will be doing the remediation under your supervision and finding a location to dispose of contaminated materials or soil.

What is the biggest benefit that comes out of your role in ESRS?

For me personally, it’s really important we protect the national environment and we do what we can when something has gone wrong. In this role, I get to do that and at the same time I provide solutions for my clients. It’s really nice to be in a position where I can tell the client that we’re going to solve the problem and also get to have a positive impact on the natural environment. Not every job allows you to do both at the same time. I don’t have to choose one or the other.

You sound like you really enjoyed yourself – academic, travel, research, etc.

Even the city itself! The University’s location in the centre of Cardiff allows you to live in the city but also walk to the stadium to watch a rugby game. Friday night, it’s easy to go down to the pub or have a walk down St Mary’s street if that’s your flavour! Cardiff is a great little hub that allows students to see and do so much. Even outside of the city, it’s only a short ride to the Welsh countryside, which truly is beautiful.

What important lessons did you learn in Cardiff that you carry with you until today?

Most importantly, just to take the chance. I didn’t know anyone at Cardiff when I applied and didn’t know what I was doing. Didn’t know how challenging my dissertation would be. Some of my fondest memories came out of those experiences. I have made amazing friends and amazing contacts and can’t quantify the values it has brought to my life. It is easy to stay in your comfort zone and not push those personal boundaries. But if you don’t push past what’s comfortable to you, you don’t know how much you can achieve and how exciting your career or your university experience can be.

Do you have words of wisdom for prospective students who are thinking about coming to Cardiff?

I would say take the leap and start building the foundations of your career at Cardiff. I’m a huge advocate for going to Cardiff. Once you’ve decided that you are going to go, give yourself some extra time to transition because you are going to university abroad. You’re going to have to set up a life, a bank account, mobile phone, etc.

If you are staying close to home – it is easy – you are not going to get the adventure. Give yourself some extra time to transition. Come over earlier in the summer. Get to know the city, university, department and get some time to see the sites and travel around before you hit the books.

My advice is to just go for it. Cardiff is well worth the adventure you are going to have.

The first piece of advice is to just go for it. Cardiff is well worth the adventure you are going to have.

Alex Calvert

Alex Calvert

Course Title: MSc Econ International Relations
Country: America

Year of Graduation: 2015

Alex comes from California, USA and is studying an MSc Econ International Relations. After graduating this year she is hoping to stay and work in Cardiff. Alex has been working in one of the university offices and has found that there are so many opportunities to gain experience in Cardiff.

As a Student at Cardiff University
Why did you choose Cardiff?

I had visited Cardiff and fell in love with all it has to offer as a capital city. When it came time to applying for courses, I decided to visit again, and was led around the campus on a personal tour by a member of the international office. It was then that Cardiff University became my first choice. There was so much energy with all the students bustling around and I was able to see where I would be on a day-to-day basis. I could really imagine myself using the facilities, from the library to the Student’s Union.

Tell us about your course. How is it different to classes back home?

As a student of International Relations, I feel like for the first time, I am gaining a truly international perspective. Not only have my professors challenged me to approach the subject differently, but I have learnt from my course mates, as we are all from different cultural and educational backgrounds. I think that there is a huge bonus in pursuing an education internationally, and Cardiff University has given me a great amount of support as an international student.

What you have enjoyed most about studying at Cardiff University?

What I’ve really enjoyed about being a student at Cardiff, is being a part of a culturally diverse university and getting to know people I would not have met. Additionally, watching rugby matches at the millennium stadium and enjoying tea and Welsh cakes by the castle are such fun ways to experience the culture of Wales.

Life in Cardiff
What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?

The best thing about Cardiff is that it is a major city, but is smaller in comparison to other capital locations. It has so much to offer, from public events to restaurants and shopping, but it never feels overwhelming or impersonal. I really enjoy the beautiful parks and public spaces, but can also appreciate the great dining and vibrant nightlife. I always feel like there is so much more to see and do.

Are you a member of any clubs and/or societies? What’s it like to be part of a society?

The first experience I remember after coming to Cardiff was walking through the societies fair. I was blown away by how many and how diverse the societies were. I quickly picked several that sounded interesting before realizing that there was another room with even more. This year, I have really enjoyed being a member of the Yoga Society, and have found it to be an inexpensive and fun way to work out while also meeting new friends. There are so many good student organizations, that it is just a matter of what you are interested in and how many you have time to be a part of.

How has the University supported you during your time here?

The Student’s Union has so much to offer in the way of services. When I first arrived there were special events and trips scheduled to help new students meet others with shared interests or backgrounds. I have also been impressed with the staff and how approachable my professors have been. Coming from a large public university in the past, I had very little interaction with my lecturers and found Cardiff University to be a welcome change. They really take the time to know our interests and academic strengths, so that class discussions are stimulating for everyone.

What would be your advice for prospective students thinking about coming to Cardiff?

I would advise prospective students to take advantage of all the university has to offer, from the free seminars and workshops, Jobshop and volunteering opportunities, events, trips and entertainment hosted by the Student’s Union. Cardiff University is a great, energetic setting to get involved and make your educational experience memorable. I would also say to try to plan for friends and family to come visit if possible. Cardiff is a fun, cultural city and its location to other travel destinations makes it perfect for hosting.

What are your plans for the future?

As a current Postgraduate student on a one-year program, I am hoping to stay and work in Cardiff after I finish my dissertation. I have met so many great people and I still have friends and family hoping to come and visit so I don’t feel ready to go home yet. I have been working in one of the university offices and have found that there are so many opportunities to gain experience in Cardiff.

Cardiff University has given me a great amount of support as an international student

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Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund

The Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund is open to applications from all Canadian graduate students studying for full-time, multi-year graduate programmes in the UK with awards ranging from £1,000 to £5,000.
Deadline March 2016.
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Students who wish to apply for a loan through the Canada Student Loan Program must usually do this through their provincial/territorial student assistance office or website.

Canada Student Loans are usually managed through the National Student Loans Service Centre and are often applied for at provincial level. A comprehensive overview and further information on the process can be found at this website will direct you to the National Student Loan Service Centre) and

Please note that the Canadian Government, not the University, will process most of your loans - please direct any queries that you may have to them.

Please be aware that not all courses may be eligible for funding from your province/territory, please do check your eligibility with the National Student Loan Service Centre.

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Hi, I’m Sarah and I am Cardiff University's Country Manager for Canada. I travel to the region about 3 times a year, to attend education exhibitions and fairs, meet college counsellors and visit our partner universities.

My visits will be advertised on this page so please do keep a look-out for when I’m coming next.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about studying or living in Cardiff, I’ll be very happy to help.

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