You will be required to have a US High School Diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above in key subject areas.
This is an addition to either: SAT 1 score of 1800 (minimum Math: 600, Written: 600, Verbal: 600); or a composite score in the ACT assessment of 27 or above; or other evidence of a high level of academic achievement.
You can also apply with 2-3 Advanced Placement tests. This is particularly relevant where there is a specific subject requirement for the particular course you have applied for.
If you have not completed any Advanced Placement Tests, you are encouraged to submit the results of at least SAT II tests at 600 or above.
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.
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.
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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
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
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Course Title: BSc Human Geography and Planning
Country: United States of America
Year of Graduation: 2007
Current Employer: Harvard University
Graduating with a first class honours degree from Cardiff University is one of the many accolades that Hans has won. Achieving also the Penny White Travelling Fellowship and the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Honor Award, he is now a teaching assistant in Harvard University and calls his experience in Cardiff University an ‘outstanding one’.
As a Student at Cardiff University
Why did you choose Cardiff to do your Bsc?
Cardiff is an amazing institution. If you look at the amount of faculty in the School of Planning and Geography, it’s incredible! The array of ideas and knowledge at your disposal is unprecedented. I don’t think even Harvard’s Graduate School of Design has that many people assembled in one place. You have people studying geographical theory, mapping techniques, public policy; the diversity of specializations is truly impressive.
When you couple this with the cost of education, I’m not sure why more Americans aren’t doing this.
Getting a degree from a world-class institution like Cardiff and not being constrained by student debt gave me a lot of freedom in deciding what I wanted to do after my BSc. Cardiff’s proximity to London and other European cities was also a huge draw. My passport from my Cardiff days expires this year and I realised that I filled nearly every page with stamps from all of the travelling I did while I was there.
Do you think Cardiff equipped you with the necessary skills for your job?
Absolutely. There is no doubt that I was hired at my first job coming out of school because of the specialised knowledge I was able to acquire through my BSc thesis research. The self-discipline required to undertake a year-long thesis was critical to my development and my employer saw that. Few students can have a Bachelors degree and claim to have some area of expertise. Cardiff allows that to happen.
Tell me a little about your time here. Did you learn a lot that was useful to your later work?
Intercultural experience is increasingly a prerequisite for high-profile jobs in any industry. Undergraduate studies in the US are generalist enough that you are not falling behind your peers by learning in a foreign country. In my experience, studying in Wales and everything it entailed has only helped me. It remains a talking point on my resume and employers appreciate the diversity of knowledge that I was able to acquire by studying at Cardiff.
Life after Graduation
You’ve had quite a career and now you’re a teaching assistant in the Harvard Graduate School of Design. What does your job entail now? What are your responsibilities?
My role as a teaching assistant encompassed numerous responsibilities, many of which varied according to the class, its goals and its needs. I specialise in ecology and technology-related courses and so I was interfacing with a core group of faculty, helping them with the instruction of a sequence of core courses/modules.
Because I was at a design school, there is an emphasis on translating this technical knowledge into something that can be applied into a design. So besides knowing the content (ecology, etc.) and how to implement it in the design process, you ultimately need to impart students with an understanding of how to articulate the value of natural systems that most people do not understand. I like to think that students leave these courses not so much with specific facts but with a framework to articulate their own design goals and an understanding how to apply them in whatever they end up doing after school.
You’ve also done research and had papers and articles published. What’s been the most rewarding part of that process?
For me, this process is most rewarding when I can identify an understudied or overlooked research subject and develop results that are of genuine value for others. Research is a process of exploration and I love the idea that I can synthesize an array of knowledge into a unique and significant whole.
Given that you’ve done a wide variety of work (being an editor, teaching assistant, researcher, high school instructor, critic, etc!), which part of it do you enjoy most? And why?
Any day that I engage with knowledge is a good one! There is so much to learn and discover and one should never stop. If the world appears charmless, uninteresting or small, you need to expand your vision. In 2011, four new species of sharks were discovered. I find that incredible. Our current understanding of so many things, but especially the natural world, is much more limited that our dominant cultural narratives indicate.
Do you have any words of wisdom to share with prospective students who are thinking about coming to Cardiff?
All of my friends from Cardiff are doing remarkable things right now, so while I can only speak to the merits of the School of Planning and Geography, I do believe the accomplishments of my peers indicates the quality of the institution as a whole. It is so rare to find an institution with legitimate research capabilities and a commitment to teaching, but Cardiff has both. Given this, the cost of education, and the school’s location in the UK, I would strongly encourage students to study at Cardiff University.
It is so rare to find an institution with legitimate research capabilities and a commitment to teaching, but Cardiff has both.
Course Title: MSc Econ International Relations
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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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.
This video was made by the 2013 cohort about their time in Wales on the institute!
Listen to the BBC Radio Wales interview with the participants of the 2013 Fulbright Summer Institute.