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Paying your Pre-sessional fees

Your tuition fee will depend on the duration of the course you have chosen to study. You have a choice of a number of ways to pay your tuition fees.

No deposit is required for the Pre-sessional course.

However, International students who have been offered a place on a postgraduate taught programme will be asked to pay a deposit towards their tuition fees in order to secure their place. Deposit payment deadlines can be found in your official offer letter. More detailed information can be found on the postgraduate deposits page.

Course fees

20 week Pre-sessional courses£7,995
12 week Pre-sessional courses£5,220
10 week Pre-sessional courses£4,350
8 week A/B Pre-sessional courses£3,480
Speaking skills course for the 12 week online£220

When to pay

Tuition fees must be paid in full no later than the cut-off date for the Pre-sessional course for which you have applied. The cut-off date is the Friday before the course begins – see below.

If you are studying:Full fees must be paid no later than:
20 weekFriday 12 April 2024
Speaking skills course for the 12 week onlineFriday 17 May 2024
12 week online/combinedFriday 07 June 2024
12 week on-campusFriday 21 June 2024
10 week onlineFriday 21 June 2024
10 week on-campusFriday 28 June 2024
8 week AFriday 05 July 2024
8 week BFriday 12 July 2024

Failure to pay on or before the cut-off date may result in your studies being suspended.

Ways to pay

We accept the following methods of payment:

The Globalpay payment method allows you, your parents or sponsors to pay in your own currency and takes in account exchange rates, bank fees and any additional costs.

With this service, you will be able to track your payment. The platform allows you to pay via:

  • international bank transfer
  • credit/debit card (Visa and Mastercard)
  • Alipay
  • Klarna
  • Trustly
  • WeChat Pay
  • RMB bank transfer
  • Poli
  • UnionPay
  • Hana Bank
  • ICICI bank
  • iDeal

Please read this information carefully to help you to pay your Pre-sessional fees by bank transfer.

You must ensure you follow the instructions on this page to allow us to trace your bank transfer payment.

  1. You must include the following information in the payment:
    • Student number - if you do not put this, we will not know that you have paid
    • Student full name
    • Pre-sessional Programme course code:
      • 20 Week Programme  = BF094
      • 12 Week Programme  = BF095
      • 10 Week Programme  = BF096
      • 8 Week A Programme = BF097
      • 8 Week B Programme = BF098
      • Speaking skills course for the 12 week online =
  2. You will need to check how much your bank will charge for the bank transfer and include it in your payment. All bank charges must be covered by your payment transfer.
  3. Please transfer only your Pre-sessional Programme fees.
    1. Do not include your accommodation fee.
    2. Do not include your undergraduate or postgraduate tuition fees.
  4. After payment, please send us a copy of your bank transfer receipt to

Account details:

Bank Address: Lloyds Bank, 1 Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2AF
Account Name: Cardiff University Receivables Account
Account Number: 17855560
Sort Code: 30-67-64
IBAN Number: GB70 LOYD 3067 6417 8555 60

Some of the above methods may incur bank charges which vary depending on your country, but are usually between £5 and £20. Please ensure you allow extra money for any bank charges when paying your fees.

We do not accept payment by cash, bank draft (cheque) or travellers’ cheques.

Sponsored students

If someone else is paying your fees, you must provide evidence of this.

Proof of sponsorship of the course which includes a financial guarantee letter must be sent by email before or at enrolment to

Cancellation and refunds

You have the right to cancel your booking without giving any reason from the point you apply to study up to the end of the 14th day after the start of the 20, 12, 10 and 8 week courses and up to the end of the 7th day after the start of the Speaking skills course for the 12 week online. This is called the cancellation period. If you cancel your booking within the cancellation period, the University will reimburse you for all fee payments received from you.

CourseEnd of cancellation period for each pre-sessional course
20 weekFriday 26 April 2024
Speaking skills course for the 12 week onlineWednesday 29 May 2024
12 week online/combinedFriday 21 June 2024
12 week on-campusFriday 05 July 2024
10 week onlineFriday 05 July 2024
10 week on-campusFriday 12 July 2024
8 week AFriday 19 July 2024
8 week BFriday 26 July 2024

The University will make the reimbursement without undue delay, and not later than 14 days after the day on which you inform us in writing about your decision to cancel your booking.  The University will make the reimbursement using the same means of payment as you used for the initial transaction. If the payment is made by a sponsor or employer, the University will pay the refund to the relevant party.

If you cancel the booking after the cancellation period has ended, the University will not refund payments received from you.  In the case of students who withdraw after the cancellation period has ended who have not yet paid their fees, these students will be invoiced directly for the full fees unless there are extenuating circumstances:

Examples of extenuating circumstances:

  • if your visa application to study the pre-sessional is unsuccessful (evidence must be provided)
  • illness (evidence must be provided via a medical certificate in English or a certified translation)

Refunds made due to extenuating circumstances will be calculated pro-rata.  Refunds will be made in full-weeks and will not include the week that you notify us of your extenuating circumstance (e.g. if you notify us of extenuating circumstances any time after the cancellation period, and the extenuating circumstances are supported, you will receive a refund for full weeks following that week up to the end of the course.  A week is considered to run from Monday to Sunday)


Course lengthDate we are notified of cancellation due to extenuating circumstance (between Monday to Sunday)If extenuating circumstances supported, the period in weeks for which you will receive a refund
20 weeksWeek 11Weeks 12 to 20
12 weeksWeek 7Weeks 8 to 12
10 weeksWeek 4Weeks 5 to 10
8 weeksWeek 6Weeks 7 to 8
2 weeksWeek 1Week 2

If you wish to cancel your course booking, you must send your request in an email to

We cannot accept cancellations over the phone or in person. When we have received your confirmation that you would like to cancel your booking, we will process the necessary refund and send it to you as soon as possible.

Contact us

If you have any questions about fee payment, please contact:

ELP Finance