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Cardiff University has a long and proud history of welcoming students from the United States. There are currently over 100 American students studying at Cardiff University including many who participate in our Study Abroad and exchange programme.

We also run active exchange programmes with universities in the USA. These include, but are not limited to, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Miami, the College of William and Mary and Rutgers University. Additionally, the University has many research links with elite institutions across the USA.

Undergraduate courses

You are required to have a High School Diploma grade of at least GPA 3.0.

This is an addition to SAT 1800 (600 minimum in each) or ACT 27.

Also 3 x APs (average requirement 4,4,3 in relevant subjects) or SAT Subject Test (600) - or a combination thereof.

Cardiff University also accepts a wide range of UK and international qualifications such as the A-Levels and International Baccalaureate.

Postgraduate taught courses

The majority of postgraduate qualifications at Cardiff University, and in the UK, are one year in duration and generally combine a mixture of taught courses and research.

You will be required to have a bachelor's degree with good grades from recognised Universities and Colleges in the United States to be considered. A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 is usually required and admissions tutors will pay special attention to key subject classes.

Postgraduate research programmes

If you have a bachelor's or master's degree with good grades from recognised Universities and Colleges in the United States, you will be considered for Cardiff University's postgraduate research programmes. A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 is usually required and admission tutors will pay special attention to relevant classes taken during the degree.

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

Sarah Watts-Peters from the International Office will be visiting the United States in February 2016 to attend the QS World Grad School Tour fairs in Washington DC and New York City as well as the NACAC National College Fair in Houston, Texas. She will also be visiting schools in each city. Below is an outline of where you can meet her:

Washington DC

QS World Grad School Tour

Date and time: Thursday 4th February 2016 - 17.00 - 20.00

Venue: National Press Club. 529 14th Street NW Washington DC 2045

New York City

QS World Grad School Tour

Date and time: Saturday 6th February 2016 - 15.00 - 18.00

Venue: Hilton Hotel. 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York NY 10019

Houston, Texas

NACAC National College Fair

Date and time: Tuesday 9th February 2016 - 09.30 - 12.30 and 18.00 - 20.00

Venue: NRG Arena, 1 NRG Park, Houston TX77054

Sarah is also visiting schools in these cities – please email her for further details wattspeterssr@cardiff.ac.uk.

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For information about the QS World Grad School Tour please see: http://www.topuniversities.com/events/qs-world-grad-school-tour.

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For information about NACAC National College Fairs, please see: http://www.nacacnet.org/college-fairs/springncf/Pages/default.aspx.

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For further information regarding our visits please contact us at international@cardiff.ac.uk.

US Government Federal Family Education Loan Programme

Cardiff University is a participating institution in the US Government Federal Family Education Loan Programme (FFELP). US students seeking Federal Stafford Loans for overseas study can study at Cardiff University.

Cardiff University's Federal School Code is G10157 and the OPE ID code is 01015700. The code number used depends on the application form.

Download the information sheet containing full details of how to apply for the loan:


Please ensure you read the policy documentation as well as the guidelines above.

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. At least forty Scholars are selected each year to study either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years. More information can be found at: www.marshallscholarship.org

Fulbright Scholarships

There are two main types of award available:

  • Graduates: awards are available to US graduates for pre-doctoral study in the UK. Awards are made on a competitive basis with preference given to academically or artistically outstanding students. There are no age or subject restrictions. The awards cover air fares, tuition fees and maintenance grant.
  • Scholars: these are available for lecturing or advanced research for a minimum of three months.

More information can be found at: www.fulbright.co.uk/awards/us

Fulbright also offers a Cardiff specific award for students undertaking Post-doctoral Research in a number of subjects. Further information can be found at www.fulbright.co.uk

Visas

It is recommended that US students applying for Federal Direct Loans consider finalising their loan arrangements before applying for their Tier 4 student visa to ensure that correct and up to date financial information is submitted to the visa authorities. Please ensure that you leave sufficient time for processing of both your loan and visa. If you have any queries regarding this you should email Janet Davies (daviesje2@cardiff.ac.uk) in the Finance Office.

Further information

If you wish to find out more about transferring loans outside the USA, please click here to see these web pages specifically set up to provide useful information and advice.

Current student
Matt Jones

Matt Jones

Course Title: MA Welsh and Celtic Studies
Country: America

Year of Graduation: 2016


Matt comes from USA and is studying an MA Welsh and Celtic Studies at Cardiff School of Welsh. Matt is taking a leave of absence from his English Literature PhD studies at the University of Connecticut to pursue this degree.

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

I chose Cardiff University because it offered me an opportunity to pursue a graduate degree that is not available at my home institution and also provided me with the opportunity to learn Welsh.

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

I'm very much enjoying my course. There are two modules per semester. One is in research methods (doing graduate-level research, using research resources). The other is individually crafted to suit each MA student's needs / interests. Mine is in Welsh Identity, Language, and Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century. Next semester the research methods module will continue and I will take a similar individually-crafted module to this semester except focusing on the nineteenth century.

What you have enjoyed most about studying at Cardiff University?

I've enjoyed the great variety and diversity of cultural outlets available in Cardiff. I appreciate that Cardiff is a big city but is affordable. It has also been great to meet other students with similar interests to mine but doing quite different things with their research.

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

How do you choose just one? Aside from what I have already mentioned I think Cardiff's best quality is that it's a very walkable town.

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.

Reflections
How has the University supported you during your time here?

I am a recipient of a full tuition scholarship. Beyond that, every member of university staff has been helpful with every query I've had while getting settled and since being settled.

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

To take advantage of the very helpful and supportive staff in the International Students office and also to consult the current students on the international student Facebook pages. I did both of these things and it made the decision to come very easy and introduced me to a lot of new friends.

What are your plans for the future?

I will return to University of Connecticut and finish my PhD with a degree and skills that I, quite simply, could not have acquired elsewhere (not to speak of the experiences and new friends).

Cardiff's best quality is that it's a very walkable town.

Alumni
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.

Reflections
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?

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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The Fulbright Commission Wales Summer Institute is a six-week cultural and academic programme for US students held at three internationally renowned Welsh universities; Cardiff University, Bangor University and Aberystwyth University focusing on the theme of: Contemporary Wales: Industry, Politics, Culture and Change.

Participants will learn about Wales – its culture, history, its geographical differences and the role that industry has taken in shaping the historical, political and cultural landscape of Wales.  Participants will also learn about the role of Wales within the United Kingdom and the wider world and Welsh influences internationally.

Students spend 2 weeks at each of the three institutions and participants in this programme will get the opportunity to:

  • Experience an exciting academic programme at three high quality Welsh Universities
  • Explore the geography, culture, heritage and history of Wales, visiting museums, galleries, parks, castles and islands
  • Develop their learning skills, improving presentation, research and communication skills
  • Meet people from all over the world, make friends and experience life as a real student in the UK
  • Become an ambassador for studying in the United Kingdom.

Further information regarding the programme and details regarding how to apply can be found here.

Fulbright Video

This video was made by the 2013 cohort about their time in Wales on the institute!

Cardiff University Islamic Society

Fulbright Summer Institute 2013

Listen to the BBC Radio Wales interview with the participants of the 2013 Fulbright Summer Institute.

Videos

Kristin Myers introduces us to Cardiff as a city, as a place to study and as a place to live.


Fulbright Distinguished Scholarship winner Dr. Terry Porter shares her experience at Cardiff University as a researcher.

Student views

I was impressed with Cardiff's reputation. All of my business school professors commented on how they've heard such great things about Cardiff University. It was word of mouth that made me realise how great a place Cardiff University is.

Kevin Clark, Study Abroad student

Cardiff is a vibrant metropolis, yet in just minutes of travel, the landscape dramatically shifts to gorgeous mountains, sandy beaches and beautiful valleys.

Clara Martinez, USA
Linfield College Welsh Fulbright Summer Institute participant

 

Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies

Within the School of Welsh in particular, the Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies was established in 2001 to promote the study of the culture, language, literature and history of the Welsh in the Americas, and in the United States, Canada and Patagonia in particular.

By encouraging scholarly collaboration and discussion, it aims to provide a focal point for an international network of scholars who have an interest in this rapidly growing field of study.

Sarah Watts
Cardiff Contact - Sarah Watts-Peters

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

My visits to the US 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.

Alex Calvert from California gives her insight into applying for her Tier 4 Student Visa to help guide you through the process.

Student Visa

Student Video

Anna tells us why she chose Cardiff University and shares her academic experience with us.

Cardiff University Islamic Society

British Council United States

The University works closely with the British Council and its representatives world-wide. For additional advice on living and studying in the UK please visit your nearest British Council office.

Further details can be found at:

www.britishcouncil.org/usa
studyintheuk@us.britishcouncil.org

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