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Enrolment and Induction Week 2015-16


Welcome to Cardiff!

Many congratulations on gaining your place of study at Cardiff University. The information and documents below contain very important information that you need to know about coming to Cardiff for the International Foundation Programme in 2015. Please read everything carefully and get in touch if you have any questions.

There are three stages to enrolment:

  • Online enrolment
  • School enrolment
  • ID card issue

It is important that you complete both online and School enrolment. If you do not fully enrol at the University you will not be able to go to class, access university buildings, or remain in the UK.

Before you arrive

Online enrolment

You will receive an email which will tell you how to enrol online for the International Foundation Programme. You should try to do this before you arrive in Cardiff. If you are not able to, do not worry - we will help you to do it when you are here in Cardiff!

Your contact details

It is essential that you tell us of any changes to your correspondence and e-mail address so that we can continue to keep in touch with you during the coming months. It is very important we have your correct details. We will need to send important information to you about joining the course.

Please email us at if you need to update your details.

Further information

For more advice about preparing to join us at Cardiff University, including information about visas, medical requirements and finances, please visit the International Office pages.

When you arrive

ID card collection

You must collect your University Identity Card after you have arrived at the University. More information on how to collect your Identity Card will be given to you when you arrive for the course.

Registration with English Language Programmes

You must attend all events on the International Foundation Programme Induction schedule. A copy of the schedule will be available soon.

Further information

For more advice about preparing to join us at Cardiff University, including information about visas, medical requirements and finances, please visit the International Office pages.

The University offers a Coach collection service.

If you are not able to use the coach collection service, the cheapest way to travel to Cardiff from London Heathrow Airport is by National Express Coach. Coaches leave approximately every hour, with fewer coaches leaving during the night. A single journey from Heathrow to Cardiff is approximately £30 - £45 and takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes. You can buy your ticket online or at the National Express Booking Office in Heathrow airport. Follow signs for the Central Bus Station from the arrivals into terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4. If you are arriving into terminal 5, check at the information desk. If you will be arriving at Cardiff Airport or Bristol Airport, you can find out about other options for travelling to Cardiff on the International Office travel pages .

If your parents or other members of your family are accompanying you to Cardiff in September you MUST book hotel accommodation for them in Cardiff as soon as possible. For information about travelling to Cardiff please click read this guide:

ELP Travelling to Cardiff

University Residences

For your International Foundation year you can apply for accommodation in Talybont South, Aberdare Hall or Gordon Hall (information about these residences can be found on the website using the following links below).  

If you are successful on the International Foundation Programme, you will be able to apply for a wider selection of undergraduate residences as you progress to the first year of your degree at Cardiff University (you will receive further information about this during your foundation year).

You can apply for accommodation for 2015/16 as soon as you have firmly accepted the University's offer of a place to study on the International Foundation Programme.

To make an on-line application for a place in University residences please go to and log in using your Cardiff University username and password (this will be sent to you by email).  

Click on University Residences and submit an application. Our Residences Office will then allocate your room later in the summer.

If you have a medical condition with special requirements, please inform us using the appropriate section on the form. Supporting medical evidence may be required.

If you have any difficulties completing the form online, or have any other questions, please contact us on and we will be happy to help.

Links to residences information on the web (including maps)

Using your computer in University residences

RESLAN is the University’s computer network in halls of residence. To check whether your computer meets the minimum security requirements for use on the University network, please access the Internet with the machine you are bringing with you and click on the link below (note - do this again just before you leave home, to make sure nothing has changed):

If your computer fails the test please make sure you rectify any issues before trying to connect to RESLAN, remember it's YOUR responsibility to make sure your machine has anti-virus software installed, is virus-free and is set to receive automatic security updates.

If you are going to live in University residences, please visit our page on how to connect to the internet from your room:

Private accommodation

If you wish to live in private accommodation, please make sure you arrive in Cardiff early to allow yourself enough time to look for and move into a suitable flat or house. You will find it very difficult to do this once the course has started. If you would like any further information regarding private accommodation please email

All students are expected to be in Cardiff for Monday 21 September 2015 which is the start of induction week.   During Induction Week there are important compulsory meetings to attend, visits to your Schools and the opportunity to meet your tutors and other students on the course.  You will receive a lot of important information during Induction Week which will help you settle into academic life at Cardiff University.

Please consult your Induction Week Timetable before coming to Cardiff.

International Foundation Programme