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Global opportunities

Study, work or volunteer abroad as part of your degree for a life-changing experience. Discover other cultures, learn a new language and forge friendships to last a lifetime.

Find your next adventure

No matter what your degree choice, you can take advantage of time abroad while you're studying with us.

We have links with over 300 institutions and our students visited over 50 countries last year (2018/2019) in Europe and across the world. Whether you choose to work, volunteer or study abroad, you will be making unforgettable memories.

A year abroad during your studies is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it is such a great one at that! You have help and guidance from the University and there is funding available. You have the chance to travel, and see new cultures, and it is all part of your degree. I can honestly say it was the best time of my life.

Lucy Hilton, BA German and Italian Erasmus+ traineeship in Austria and Italy

The best decision and best year of my life. Some of the most incredible experiences and memories and I met some of the most important people to me through the exchange programme. Visited beautiful parts of Canada, tried things I’ve never done before and loved the whole experience.

Euan Bouteiller, BSc Business Management with Year of Study Abroad International exchange in Carleton, Canada

Challenge yourself

It's a fantastic opportunity to experience other cultures and viewpoints, make new friends and share unforgettable experiences. Depending on where you go, you may also have the chance to learn a new language which will personally enrich you for life and boost your career prospects.

I gained an insight into how people live in extreme climates, and I met amazing people. It made me grow as a person as I gained independence.

Lauren Rogers, BSc Environmental Geoscience Summer study at Svalbard Institute, High Arctic
Linnebreen Glacier in the Arctic
Linnébreen Glacier in the Arctic.

Receive a generous bursary

An international placement doesn't necessarily have to be more expensive than studying in Cardiff. There is a range of funding sources to make international placements more accessible to undergraduate students.

The typical bursary available for eligible Global Opportunities students on a summer programme of work, study or volunteering is £200 to £2,000, depending on placement type, length and location.

There is also a range of bursaries available to successful undergraduate applicants taking part in international short-term programmes.

Students remain eligible for maintenance loans, grants and tuition fee discounts. There is additional funding available for students from a widening participation background and for disabled students.

The bursary was an incredibly influential factor in my decision, as it can often be a costly process, but the generous bursary from Global Opportunities meant that the cost was no longer such a limiting factor.

Sienna Adderley, BA Journalism and Communications Summer volunteering in Fiji
Rainbow over a game of volleyball, beneath palm trees next to the sea.
Rainbow over a game of volleyball in Fiji.

Boost your future career

It seems a long way off but you'll be graduating in no time. Spending time abroad will boost your chances of success, not only in your exams but also with potential employers.

Universities UK International ‘Rising Aspirations’ 2019 report showed that students who spent time abroad were 28% more likely to get a first in their degree.

It’s definitely something that stands out on a CV. Having already contacted certain companies regarding future employment I know that my year abroad is one of the things that they found most appealing.

Tomos Morris, LLB Law and French Erasmus+ study in Toulouse, France

Gaining work experience in the software industry and especially in Colombia, one of the fastest emerging markets in the world, has allowed me to gain insights on how it would be like to work in a real-life competitive, fast-paced environment where you would have to handle a lot of responsibilities.

Vince Mojares, BSc Applied Software Engineering Summer internship in Medellin, Colombia

Options available

Whatever your degree choice, our Global Opportunities Team can organise a summer programme of study, work or volunteering for you.

As part of your degree, you may be able to apply for placements across Europe through Erasmus+. Depending on your programme of study, you may also be able to spend a semester or academic year studying at one of our many exchange partners outside of Europe.

These short-term placements take place in a variety of locations around the world and last a minimum of four weeks. Bursaries are provided to help you cover the costs of going abroad.

Study

Take the opportunity to explore a subject unrelated to your degree, or enhance your degree-related subject knowledge, whilst at the same time enjoying a brand new international experience.

Study programmes take place outside of term time during the summer holidays, making them ideal for students who don't have the opportunity to study abroad as part of their degree programme. You can study in a variety of locations around the world, including Asia, Europe, Latin America and the USA.

Work

Gain work experience abroad during your time at Cardiff. Our Global Opportunities Team can help coordinate and support international placements. We offer guidance on both summer placements and professional training years, with funding available for many programmes. Through these international internships, you will have the opportunity to work for a range of global and national companies.

Volunteer

Make a positive contribution to the world during your time at university by taking part in volunteering projects abroad. Join teams of students from across the University and volunteer in locations such as Fiji, Japan, Cambodia, India and more.

Studying, working or volunteering abroad will not only enhance your CV by demonstrating key skills such as cross-cultural communication, flexibility and collaborative working, but will also broaden your perspective and develop you personally.

Read first-hand accounts from our summer-programme students in our Globetrotters blog

European exchange (Erasmus+)

As part of your degree, you may be able to apply for placements across Europe through Erasmus+ depending on your programme of study. Erasmus+ is a European exchange programme that enables you to study or work in a European country for 2-12 months as part of your degree programme. The duration and destination of the exchange is dependent upon your degree programme.

Students who participate in the Erasmus+ programme (study or work) may be eligible to receive an Erasmus grant to help offset the additional costs of living and studying abroad.

While the UK’s future association with the Erasmus+ programme currently remains unclear, Cardiff University is committed to working with European partners to ensure that students will be able to undertake a period of study or work abroad as part of their degree. The latest information on the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme can be found on the Erasmus+ UK National Agency website.

Read first-hand accounts from Erasmus+ students in our Globetrotters blog

International exchange

Depending on your programme of study, you may also be able to spend a semester or academic year studying at one of our many exchange partners outside of Europe, as part of your degree. The duration and destination of the exchange is dependent upon your degree programme. We have partners globally, including institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and South America.

Taking part in a European or international exchange is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture and make friends from around the world. As an exchange student, you'll get a chance to learn and develop an impressive skill set which will enhance your employability, helping you stand out in an increasingly competitive international graduate job market.

Read first-hand accounts from international exchange students in our Globetrotters blog

Support while abroad

We offer you dedicated support before and during placements, and we ensure you know who to contact should you have any concerns or issues.

View over mountains and lake
Hiking in New Zealand.

Reduce your carbon footprint

Our Regrow Borneo project allows you to offset your flight’s carbon emissions by making an affordable donation to support our tree-planting project in the Lower Kinabatangan rainforest, Sabah, Borneo.

Speak to us

The Global Opportunities Team provides a dedicated resource and source of expertise for all of the international opportunities available at Cardiff University. We can support you if you are considering a period of time abroad to study, work or volunteer and offer a range of international opportunities.

For more information, please contact us:

Global Opportunities

Our address is:

Global Opportunities 
Cardiff University
51a Park Place
Cardiff
Wales
CF10 3AT