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International exchange

Study at one of the UK’s top language schools and experience university life in the capital of Wales.

If you are currently studying at one of our many partner universities across Europe, China, Japan, Taiwan and Latin America then why not join us for a semester or two in Cardiff? Many students agree that their time spent abroad was one of the best experiences of their lives, providing invaluable skills as well as unforgettable memories.

Serena's experience at Cardiff University

We offer modules in a variety of languages including Catalan, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese Portuguese and Spanish, as well as courses on culture, history, literature, translation, politics, and cinema. Over 1400 students and 40 academic staff provide a friendly and vibrant environment with a host of exciting events and activities to get involved with.

All our degree programmes have a modular structure with the academic year divided into two twelve week semesters. Each semester is followed by a period of examinations and/or assessments.


Our factsheet gives lots of information on studying in Cardiff.

Applying to study in Cardiff

The European exchange programme allows you to study for one or two semesters at the university. Students are required to complete a total of 60 Cardiff credits each semester or 120 credits in a year.

If you would like to study here, you will first need to consult your home university. Once we have received their nominations and your study period has been confirmed, you will need to fill in an online application form.

Shuya's experience at Cardiff University

Specific requirements in our School of Modern Languages

You will need to enrol for 120 credits if you are visiting for the whole year, with at least 80 of these credits taken within the school. If you are visiting for one semester, you will be required to enrol for 60 credits, with at least 40 of these credits taken within the school. Please note that one Cardiff credit is worth 0.5 ECTS so that 120 Cardiff credits are the equivalent of 60 ECTS.

Welcome event

A welcome event will take place in our school shortly after you arrive. This event will usually take place in late September for students coming only for the autumn semester or the whole year and in late January for students coming only for the spring semester. All international exchange students are required to attend the school’s Welcome Event where you will meet staff from the school and find out what you need to do now that you’ve arrived in Cardiff.