Cardiff, Wales, UNITED KINGDOM
University Info | School of Engineering Info | International Student Info
- is ranked 5th in the UK (REF 2014) and in the top 1.5% in the world (QS).
- has 27 academic schools with teaching given the highest possible award in the last UK Government review.
- Employment averages for international graduates 10% higher than the UK average.
- Accommodation is available for single international students and is within walking distance to the University.
- is located in the centre of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Cardiff provides a unique cultural experience but is only 2 hours from London by train, and offers flights to explore Europe via nearby Cardiff and Bristol airports.
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group top-20 UK research-led universities, with an established global profile. The University is located in and around the Portland stone buildings, parks and tree-lined avenues that form Cardiff’s magnificent civic centre.
Other key facts about Cardiff University:
- 30,180 students, with more than 3,000 from outside the EU, from 110 different countries.
- Graduate Centre with dedicated study facilities, skills teaching and social events space for postgraduate students.
- 18 libraries with more than 1.5 million books and 25,000 e-journals.
- Wi-Fi enabled campus, 28 IT suites and internet access in every hall of residence.
- The University Chancellor, Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS, is a Nobel Prize winner for Medicine.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: NOT Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
- Students should have the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA grade scale. Borderline students may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Students must be in their third or fourth year of study during the exchange period.
English Proficiency Requirements
- Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 90
- Minimum IELTS score – 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each sub-score
Cardiff also accepts other tests of English language proficiency.
Spring Semester or Academic Year only
We are unable to accept Global E3 students to study at Cardiff University for the Fall Semester only.
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: late September to late January
- Spring: late January to mid-June
Please be aware that you will need to arrive at Cardiff University before the start of term for the Induction (Orientation Programme) details on which can be found on our website.
- Architectural Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Systems Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Electronic and Communications Engineering
- Integrated Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medical Engineering
Restricted Disciplines and Courses
- Dentistry, Healthcare Sciences, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Architecture are not available to exchange students at Cardiff University.
- Due to demand, priority for modules in some Academic Schools will be given to incoming students majoring in the discipline. This will be detailed in the online catalogue.
- Some Engineering courses (for example, Mechanical Engineering) will require ATAS clearance by the UK Home Office.
Please ensure you read about choosing your programme of study at Cardiff before visiting the course information
Course descriptions in Engineering | Course descriptions in all academic schools
Course Timetables (Schedule of Classes): Timetable will be given on enrollment. Examples of previous timetables available electronically on request.
All incoming Global E3 exchange students must take at least 60% of their module/course credits from within the School of Engineering. Up to 40% of modules can be taken from other academic schools (e.g. Social Sciences, Computer Science, etc.).
Therefore, at least 40 of the required 60 credits per semester must be from the School of Engineering.
Workload per Semester
You must take a 60 Cardiff University credits per semester. This constitutes: 600 hours per semester (12 weeks) with contact time between 20-25 hours per week.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to Cardiff are required to complete an application with Cardiff University and send in all necessary accompanying documentation.
Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:
Cardiff University's application deadline:
- September start: April 30th
- January start: October 15th
Providing the application is complete, we aim to send you an acceptance email within two - four weeks of its receipt. Following this, information will be sent to you about studying in Cardiff both via email and in an acceptance packet.
The University offers a single occupancy place in University Residences to all Study Abroad students who apply during the normal admissions cycle.
Shortly after you have been made an offer to study at Cardiff University you will be sent an email asking you to apply for a place in University residences. Details of our University residences, cost and how to apply for accommodation is available on the Residences website .
Estimated Cost of Living
A living expenses calculator can be found on our website.
This includes budgeting for food, housing, local transportation, academic expense and any other personal expenses.
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Study Abroad Office | firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Opportunity Centre
51a Park Place
Cardiff CF10 3AT
Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales and the tenth largest city in the United Kingdom. Its rich culture has a diverse range of influences from the Romans and Normans of antiquity to the industrial revolution and the coal industry –which transformed Cardiff from a small town into a thriving, international city.
Cardiff combines all the advantages of a compact, friendly and inexpensive location with the cultural and recreational facilities of a modern capital city. Cardiff University's campus sits within the city centre, with wide tree-lined avenues and elegant Portland stone buildings, it's an inspiring place to study.
Cardiff was recently ranked the third best capital city in the Quality of Life in European Cities Survey (2015).
Cardiff has more urban green space than any other UK city. 330 parks and gardens reach right into the centre of the city creating a calm and refreshing atmosphere.
A Magnificent Civic Centre
The University is based within Cardiff's magnificent civic centre. With its wide tree-lined avenues, ornamental parklands and white-stoned neo-classical architecture, it provides one of the finest sites of any civic university in Britain.
Cardiff is an extremely accessible city, benefiting from excellent road, rail and air communications. Using the hourly high-speed train service, London is reached within two hours. Cardiff has convenient connections to Heathrow and Gatwick airports and the city also benefits from its own international airport. The city is served directly by the M4 motorway providing fast links to the rest of the UK.
A Multicultural Community
Cardiff offers overseas visitors a multicultural environment in which all nationalities and beliefs are represented and respected. Facilities and community groups representing all major religions may be found close to the University. As one of Britain's first mixed communities, Cardiff offers a relaxed environment where everyone is made welcome.
Cardiff is known as an affordable capital city. For example, Cardiff was identified by a British Tourist Authority (BTA) survey as the cheapest capital city for nine years. This survey compared 16 capital cities around the world including such items as accommodation, travel, food, entertainment, shopping and services.
Cardiff was also named the most affordable city in the UK for students by Times Higher Education (2018). Cardiff has a distinctive character. Combining a modern culture with a Roman heritage and an urban atmosphere with peaceful retreat, Cardiff is a hardworking, laid back capital city that is friendly and intimate.
Want to know more? For everything you need, visit the official Cardiff website and take a look for yourself.