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Study abroad

You can apply to spend a semester studying abroad as a student of our school through our international partnerships.

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.

A wide choice of destinations

Our partner institutions span continents. Destinations vary year on year, with recent examples listed below.


  • KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • Universitat Basel (Switzerland)
  • University of Groningen (Netherlands)
  • Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands)
  • University College Cork (Ireland)


  • Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia)

North America

  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University (Kingston)
  • Loyola Marymount University (LA)
  • Northeastern University (Boston)
  • Rutgers University (New Jersey)
  • San Francisco State University
  • State University of New York (New Paltz)
  • College of William and Mary (Virginia)

When can I study abroad?

You would usually study abroad in the autumn semester of your final year. There are exceptions for a small number of Joint Honours.

Do it! It was hands-down the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. I have a wealth of life experiences now which I would have never got it if I hadn’t done the exchange programme.

Sara Rahman


Funding varies according to where you choose to study. If you study in Europe, you may receive a monthly grant to help with the costs of studying abroad. For other destinations you may receive a small bursary from the University’s Global Opportunities Team to help towards costs. Please be aware that bursary amounts for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed.

*While the UK’s future association with the Erasmus+ programme currently remains unclear, Cardiff University is committed to working with European partners to ensure that students will be able to undertake a period of study or work aboard as part of their degree.

The latest information on the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme can be found on the Erasmus+ UK National Agency website.

Delivery and assessment

Modules will be taught and assessed in English. The results obtained at your host institution will be converted using the University’s Grade Conversion tables. They will count towards 50% of your final year grade.

Contact us

English, Communication and Philosophy Exchange Team