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.
Once you have begun your studies with us, you can apply to take any of our single honours or internal joint honours degrees as a four-year option, with a year of study abroad as your third year of studies.
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)
- Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic)
- Universite de Nantes (France)
- Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
- University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki (Greece)
- Pazmany Peter Catholic University (Hungary)
- University of Iceland
- University of Pisa (Italy)
- Vilnius University (Lithuania)
- University of Oslo (Norway)
- Comenius University, Bratislava (Slovakia)
- 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 apply to spend your third year abroad with our extended four-year degree programme with Study Abroad option. This gives you three years in Cardiff and one year abroad, which is taken after your second year, and you will then return to Cardiff for your final year.
Funding varies according to where you choose to study. If you study in Europe, you may receive a monthly grant from the British Council under the Erasmus+ scheme. For other destinations you may 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.
For four-year programmes with a year of study abroad, the year abroad will count 10% towards the final degree classification.
We have links with over 300 institutions and can provide you with the opportunity to embark on an overseas placement in Europe and across the world.