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How to apply

You can apply to study abroad for the whole academic year or for either the Autumn (Fall) or Spring semester.

First, decide on the programme you will be applying for at Cardiff University. Students can apply for our International Exchange or Study Abroad Programme:

International Exchange

For students coming to study with us from one of our partner institutions. To make an application, you will need to be formally nominated to Cardiff University by your home university before applying. Once nominated, you will be sent an application link and instructions from our offices. If you are interested in an exchange at Cardiff University, please get in touch with your home university's Study Abroad office.

Study Abroad

Students from non-partner institutions may apply through our fee-paying Study Abroad programme. To enquire about making an application, please email If you are eligible to apply for the programme, you will be sent an application link and instructions from our offices. Information of fees for the programme can be found on our fees and living costs page.

Making your application

Nominations and applications for the Spring 2020 term will open in the summer. You will be asked to complete the following steps to make an application:

Build your study abroad programme and select your modules from the online module catalogue. When building your programme, please be advised that half of the credits you enrol on at Cardiff University must be from one Academic School.

You will be emailed an link to our online application with instructions on how to submit your application to Cardiff University. You will be asked to include a personal statement as part of the online application (minimum 250 words).

Email your supporting documents to You will be asked to send:

  • your most recent academic transcript
  • one academic reference

You will be emailed an online form to detail your provisional module choices for your study period at Cardiff University.

You should list your choices in order of preference and must select a minimum of 100 credits at the application stage, however we advise selecting as many suitable courses as possible in case of cancellations or timetable clashes. Please also note that in order to study some modules you may be required to show background knowledge in that subject area. If you have a query about the suitability of your qualifications please email:

Spring 2020 deadlines

  • Nomination deadline (for International Exchange Programme): 1 October 2019
  • Application deadline: 15 October 2019

Applications for the autumn 2019 term and academic year 2019/2020 are now closed. Applications for our spring 2020 term will open in the summer.

Eligibility and entry requirements

Programmes are currently open to students studying at an undergraduate level, you must enrol on 60 credits per semester while at Cardiff University. We generally require applicants to have completed two years of a university or college degree and have a GPA of 3.0 or above.

These programmes are only available to overseas students from countries outside of the EU wishing to study at Cardiff University for either a semester or full year as part of their full degree elsewhere. If you are from the EU and are interested in becoming an occasional student, please email our Admissions Office: If you're not from the EU and would like to apply to us for a full degree, please visit our International pages.