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Your time studying abroad in Cardiff

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Study with us and you will benefit from a great experience at a top-ranked university in the heart of a UK capital city.

Why study with us

As a study abroad student, you will:

You'll also be based in a thriving capital city that's renowned for its history, culture and proximity to remarkable landscapes. Learn more about Cardiff and Wales.

Cardiff is a compact city and the University is in the middle – so you won't have far to travel between the University, city centre shops and your accommodation.

It's also very flat, making it easy to walk or cycle around. Many buses and taxis operate in the city and are very reasonably priced. Learn more about travelling within Cardiff and Wales.

Cardiff is a thriving and attractive capital city, widely recognised asan outstanding place to live.

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We try to house students in university accommodation and will provide housing support to all incoming students.

You'll have your own study bedroom, with a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe and storage. You won’t need to buy any additional furniture.

University accommodation is generally self-catered (we don't offer meal plans). And, like other UK universities, we house all of our study abroad students together, so you will be integrated with UK, European and international students.

Student in halls bedroom

If you’re coming to Cardiff for one semester, you can apply for your preferred room type (for example ensuite vs. shared bathroom). If you’re coming for the full academic year, you can also apply for your preferred residence hall on campus. We will send you more information about reserving accommodation after you apply.

Explore all the types of accommodation available at the University.


If you’re coming to Cardiff University for one semester, you will have the option to apply for a short-term study visa or Tier 4 visa. If you’re coming to for the full academic year, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 visa.

More information on visas and Immigration.

All students accepted to study will receive comprehensive visa guidance and can contact our International Student Support team for specific enquiries.

Getting here

  • We have a 30,000-strong student body from over 100 different countries.

Our team will be here every step of the way to make sure your trip to Cardiff is as smooth and effortless as possible.

Please note that we advise against travelling to the UK via the Republic of Ireland (Dublin), unless you have obtained a visa prior to travelling.

Students who travel via Dublin without a pre-obtained visa will only be able to enter the UK as a tourist, and will be required to leave the UK and re-enter from another country (i.e. France) to obtain Student Entry Clearance.

Autumn semester

A free airport collection service operates from Heathrow and Cardiff airports over two days in September. This year, the coach collection will operate on 18 and 19 September. If you are not using this service, you'll need to arrive for enrolment week, which begins on 23 September 2019.

Spring semester

We'll email you with information about reaching campus. You will need to arrive for our Spring semester induction week, which will start on Monday 20 January 2020. The term will start on Monday 27 January. To find out more, please see our semester dates.

Induction and orientation

At the start of the autumn semester, we provide an induction programme to new international students. There are sessions specifically for study abroad students and a range of social events to get involved in. We also run an induction programme for those students studying with us in the spring semester.

We'll send you more information about induction prior to your arrival.

Learn more about what you'll need to do when you arrive and how we can help you adjust to life in Cardiff.

Student support

We pride ourselves on providing a student experience that is as productive and happy as possible.

Our Student Support Centre is based on campus and is dedicated to the welfare of all our students.They have specialist advisers who can help you with international-specific issues. Additionally, they offer confidential counselling services if you'd like to speak to someone other than your personal tutor. More about personal tutors, as well as information about learning and assessment.

Contact us

Study Abroad Office

Study Abroad Office