Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to consider fresh perspectives on your studies and the wider world.
You will develop an enhanced range of transferable skills such as adaptability, time management, problem-solving and intercultural communication.
You may have the chance to brush up your language skills, or even learn a new foreign language. Meeting people from diverse backgrounds, you will form friendships and networks that can last for a lifetime.
You can choose to take any of the School's single honours or internal joint honours degrees as a four year option, with a built-in second year abroad. Alternatively, you can apply to spend a semester or year studying abroad as a student of our school through our international partnerships. The duration and timing of study abroad depends upon your programme as detailed below.
A wide choice of destinations
Our partner institutions span continents. Destinations vary year on year, with recent examples listed below.
- University of Hong Kong
- University of Waikato (New Zealand)
- Universite de Nantes (France)
- Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
- Pazmany Peter Catholic University (Hungary)
- University of Iceland
- University of Pisa (Italy)
- University of Oslo (Norway)
- Universitat Basel (Switzerland)
- University of Ottawa (Canada)
- Queen's University (Canada)
- Catholic University of America (Washington DC - subject to confirmation)
- George Washington University (Washington DC)
- Loyola Marymount University (California)
- The College of William & Mary (Virginia)
- University of Connecticut
- University of New Hampshire
- University of Washington
How studying abroad works with your degree
You can spend your second year abroad with our extended four year Study Abroad option. This gives you three years at Cardiff and one year abroad.
Alternatively, you can study abroad within the standard three year programme. Students of History and Relgion and Theology can spend Year 2 studying abroad. Within Ancient History or Archaeology you can opt to study abroad for one semester, either in the second semester of Year 2 or the first semester of Year 3.
There are a limited number of Joint Honours exceptions in place to safeguard your experience and determined by the nature of both disciplines.
Funding varies according to where you choose to study. If you study in Europe, you will receive a monthly grant from the British Council under the Erasmus+ scheme. For other destinations you will receive a small bursary from the University’s Global Opportunity Centre to help towards costs.
Delivery and assessment
Delivery of teaching and methods of assessment during the period of study abroad will be according to the usual practices of the partner institution. This information will be available on the partner institution’s website and will be discussed with the Erasmus and Exchange coordinator for your programme when making arrangements for the study abroad.
The language of study will also depend on the institution to be attended as well as your language skills and will inform your study abroad options.
All marks obtained during study abroad are converted into one overall mark for the year/semester according to standardised university conversion tables.
For four year programmes with year of study abroad, the year abroad will count 10% towards the final degree classification.
For three year study abroad programmes the overall mark will count the same as if you were studying in Cardiff. So, if a student studies abroad for the whole of Year 2 in a three year programme, this will count 40% towards the final degree classification. A single semester of Year 3 will count 30% of the overall degree classification.