Eligibility and how to apply


Global Opportunity Bursaries are open to all undergraduate students of any discipline at Cardiff University, with the exception of:

  • Undergraduates in their final year of study, where the intended period of summer study takes place after the end of the spring semester
  • Final year undergraduates who have already studied abroad as part of their undergraduate degree programme
  • International students applying for a summer programme in their home country
  • Undergraduates who have already received a GOC Bursary to take part in a short-term international programme

*Please note that priority will be given to students who have not previously studied abroad and will not study abroad as part of their degree programme.

Applicants will be judged based on their application, academic referee and their academic performance. The minimum grade required to participate in a short-term study programme is a 2:2.


All applications (short-term study) 

Programme Name

Close of Applications


South East Asia

Sunday 1st February

1st round: 16th February 


Sunday 1st February

1st round: 16th February

Santander Network

Sunday 15th March

Interviews: w/c 23rd March

Your Choice

Sunday 12th April

24th April

Study China, UKIERI Study India

See individual programme provider


How to apply

Speak to your Academic School

  1. Carry out research on what opportunities are available to you.
  2. Discuss your application with your personal tutor or another member of academic staff in your School. You will need to provide the name of your academic referee in your application, so be sure to inform them of your intention to do so.
  3. Complete a Cardiff University Summer Programme application form and submit to globalopportunities@cardiff.ac.uk.

*Please note, if applying for a Government Sponsored programme, you do not need to complete a Cardiff University Summer Programme application form. Instead, you should follow the application procedures as stated on the Government Sponsored Opportunities page.

What happens next?

All applications will be considered by a selection committee and applicants will be informed if they have been successful.  (See Deadlines section above.) The selection committee will judge applicants based on the content of the application, the academic reference and academic performance (including Cardiff University academic results to date).

Students wishing to take part in South East Asia, Brazil or Santander Funded programmes may need to take part in a short informal interview.

Applying to the host university abroad

Successful applicants will be responsible for making the individual applications to the summer programme. The Global Opportunity Centre can assist with this process. Please note that a successful application only means that the Global Opportunity Centre is agreeing to nominate you or offer you funding for the programme you have selected.  There will be an additional application directly with the programme which can only be completed once you've been successful in an application with the Global Opportunity Centre.

If your application is successful you will be expected to:

  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure briefing in May of June 2015
  • Submit a written report or blog about the Summer Programme, and complete an online feedback form to the Global Opportunity Centre before 1 October
  • Make your own arrangements for travel to the Summer Programme
  • Obtain a visa if necessary, and arrange for any vaccinations (if required)
  • Act as an Ambassador for Cardiff University both during and after your summer programme particularly in assisting in promoting summer programmes on your return to the University
  • Attend a debriefing session in October 2015

Find out more

All of the information that you need to get started should be on these web pages!  If you would like to talk to a member of the Global Opportunity Centre to find out more about any one of the opportunities please call us or drop-in to book an appointment time.  Appointments can be made in advance for Wednesday afternoons, or we will do our best to find an alternative time which is more convenient.