Your time studying abroad in Cardiff
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:
- study at one of Britain's leading universities, with world-class research staff and teaching that's driven by curiosity and creativity. Explore more reasons why you should study with us.
- create your own programme with our flexible module structure. Our degrees are accredited by more than 40 professional bodies.
- study at one of the most affordable UK universities for tuition fees and living expenses
- have a choice of University accommodation to suit individual preferences and budgets
- get an opportunity to join more than 60 sports clubs and be a part of the students' union, home to a range of diverse clubs, exciting activities, and welfare and advice services
- have access to a variety of free language courses, which run alongside your main studies
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.
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.
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.
All students accepted to study will receive comprehensive visa guidance and can contact our International Student Support team for specific enquiries.
- 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.
We'll email you with information about the date to arrive and reaching campus after you have been accepted to the programme. You should plan to arrive for induction activities which usually take place the week before term starts.
If you choose to stay in on-campus accommodation, our Residences team will email you to confirm the date you can move into your residences.
During the Autumn term, we have previously operated a free airport collection service from UK airports, including Heathrow and Cardiff. Please visit the coach collection service pages for the latest updates on this service in relation to COVID-19.
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.
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.
We have more than 60 sports clubs, ranging from rugby to kite surfing.