How to apply
We're delighted that you've chosen to study with us. We aim to make the application process as easy as possible for you.
Before you apply
The UCAS code of your chosen course can be found at the top of our course pages. The institution code for Cardiff University is C15.
Choose your course
- Search for a course
- Check the UCAS application deadlines (under 'application deadlines' on this page)
- Check the specific entry requirements for your course
- International students can check their qualifications by visiting the relevant country page
- Some courses may involve attending an interview, sitting a test or submitting a portfolio - if required this will be stated in the entry requirements
- Make sure you meet the English language requirements (non-UK only)
- Read our admissions policies for more information on our application process.
Gather documents and information
Make sure you have everything you need to complete the application form (e.g. education history, personal statement, referee details). This information is available from the UCAS website.
Submitting your application
Applications for all full-time undergraduate courses must be made through the UCAS website. You can apply from 1 September the year before you intend to start your course.
UCAS provides guidance on filling out the application form.
You can choose up to five courses to study, which can include more than one course at a particular university.
Track your application
You can track your application with UCAS Hub.
Applying as an international student
The application process for international students is the same as it is for everyone else. You need to apply through UCAS.
As well as meeting our course entry requirements, you must provide proof of your level of English in order to meet the government requirements for a Student visa.
The majority of our courses request an IELTS score of 6.5 or 7.0.
Find out more about the recognised English language qualifications required for undergraduate study.
Improving your English language skills
If you need to improve your English before coming to university, we offer a variety of English Language Programmes. Our courses range from eight weeks to nine months and cater for most language levels and abilities.
Support with your application
You can get help on completing your application from our representatives in your country.
Applicants with disabilities or specific needs
If you have a disability or a specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia) make sure you note this on your UCAS form so that we are made aware of your needs in advance of arrival.
To find out more please read our advice for disabled applicants.
Applying after a break in studying
If you are age 21 or over, you are defined as a mature student. Although your route to higher education may be different, the application process is the same as it is for everyone else. You still need to apply through UCAS.
We accept a variety of qualifications and relevant professional experience. Find further guidance about studying as a mature student.
Some courses are available part-time. If you are interested in a part-time course you'll need to apply directly to the University, not UCAS. To find out more please visit our part-time study page.
If you would like to apply to another university but have already used your five choices, you might be eligible for UCAS Extra. This service allows you to apply for courses with vacancies between the end of February and the end of June. Find out more about UCAS Extra.
There are two UCAS application deadlines:
- 15 October (2023 entry) and 16 October (2024 entry) for Medicine (UCAS Codes: A100 and A104) and Dentistry (UCAS Codes: A200 and A204)
- 25 January (2023 entry) and 31 January (2024 entry) for all other courses
Late applications: you may apply until 30 June but your application will be marked 'late' and admissions tutors will consider it at their discretion.
Have a look at our key dates page to ensure you don't miss anything.
International and EU students
Applications from overseas students (non EU) will be accepted through UCAS up until 30 June. However, it is recommended that you apply by the 25 January (2023 entry) and 31 January (2024 entry) as courses may close after this date if they become full.
Medicine (UCAS Codes: A100 and A104) and Dentistry (UCAS Codes: A200 and A204) have a separate deadline of 15 October (2023 entry) and 16 October (2024 entry).
If you are applying after 30 June, please contact the International Office directly to discuss your application.
Taking a year out
Most academic schools will consider deferred applications but you must indicate this on your UCAS form along with your reasons for deferring. Check with the relevant academic school before you apply.
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