Cardiff, Wales

Cardiff University Partnership

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Program Overview

Get know the UK beyond London at this highly regarded Russell Group university on the coast of Wales, known for strong departments in bioscience, chemistry, computer science, and informatics. Leave time to explore: From 2,000-year-old Roman fortifications to the ultramodern Wales Millennium Centre for performing arts to stunning nearby national parks, there’s plenty to discover.

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: April 15
Spring: Oct. 1
Academic Year: April 15

Minimum GPA


Credit load



Apartment/Flat;Residence Hall/Dormitory;Single Room

Instruction language


Language prerequisites


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CHART Your Course
Find the classes you need fast with CHART. Our easy-to-use tool shows you classes recently taken by IFSA students.

Open the Cardiff University online course catalog to see available courses.

Courses at Cardiff can carry either 10 or 20 credits, which translate to 2.5-5 U.S. semester credit hours. Depending on the credits in your chosen classes, you could take 3-5 courses in a semester.

Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Classes Taught in Welsh
Classes taught in Welsh may be available for students who have at least four semesters of Italian language background or the equivalent. For more information, contact your IFSA Enrollment Counselor.



  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) full-time semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the semester program or one (1) full-time year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the year program.

Recommendation Letter
Your application to this program will require one (1) academic letter of recommendation.

Visa Requirement

  • A visa is not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens for the semester program.
  • A visa may be required if you are a citizen of another country.
  • A visa is required if you are participating in the year program.

Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.


  • London Pandemics–Past and Present: This event will engage you with both an historic overview and a contemporary look at concepts of community health and global health, with a particular focus on London and the pandemic. You will attend a guest lecture at the IFSA London Flagship, followed by the John Snow Cholera Tour. This tour will take you to the nearby streets of Soho to visit important sites in the story of Dr. Snow and the cholera outbreak in 1854.
  • London Statue Walk: This walking tour includes stops at some of London’s most iconic statues as well as some of its most obscure, weaving in historical, cultural, literary, and political threads as it seeks to put the past into dialogue with the present.
  • Homelessness in London–A Dialogue: This event will explore the realities of homelessness in London from three perspectives. First, you will participate in a dialogue with guest speakers followed by a tour of Central London developed, curated, and delivered by vulnerably housed individuals through Unseen Tours.


  • City of Bath Tour: Enjoy a walking tour of historic Bath, including a visit to the Roman Baths and an afternoon tea experience at Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House.
  • Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral Visits: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge is a celebrated and iconic prehistoric monument of standing stones and burial mounds in Wiltshire. Afterward, travel along to Salisbury Cathedral to view one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.
  • Dover Castle Tour: Sitting proudly atop the white cliffs of Dover and looking out over the English Channel, Dover Castle has served as a costal stronghold for more than 900 years. The site showcases its utility throughout different historical eras, from Henry II’s medieval tower and intricate network of tunnels winding behind the white cliffs, to its use as a seat of government, military planning, and wartime hospital during World War II.
  • Seaside Brighton Trip: A site of significance to the 1960’s rivalries between the mods and rockers, and widely recognized as the “gay capital” of the UK, Brighton features the Palace Pier, Brighton Royal Pavilion, historic streets, and bohemian shops. End the day with fish and chips by the seaside.
  • Harry Potter Studio Tour: Explore The Making of Harry Potter permanent exhibit which offers an authentic behind-the-scenes look into the making of the films along with an enchanting guest lecture.

Housing and Meals


Apartment/Flat, Dormitory/Residence Hall, Single Room (May Incur Added Costs)




At Cardiff, IFSA students live at one of two residential complexes, both about one mile from campus. Both offer plentiful opportunities to meet peers and socialize, with everything you need close by.  

Buildings are divided into flats (apartments) for four to eight students. Each single bedroom has its own private bathroom. Flatmates share a kitchen. The university sports and fitness facilities are steps away, and it’s a short walk to most classes and campus buildings.  

Some housing has additional amenities that warrant higher costs. Students who are placed in more expensive housing incur additional fees to cover these costs.  

Sample housing  

Take a look at Talybont North, one Cardiff housing option, to see what your home away from home might be like: 

  • Location: A large student complex about 1.5 miles northwest of campus, on the River Taff. 
  • Living space: Flats for 6 students, with single bedrooms, each with sink, bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, and private bathroom. Shared kitchen with refrigerator, oven, stove, and microwave. Students provide kitchenware, sheets, and towels. 
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare or purchase meals—many flatmates tell us cooking and sharing meals is a fun, social part of the day.  
  • Additional details: On-site reception. Laundry on-site.  
  • Nearby: Shops. The University Sports Training Village. The Taff Trail (a 55-mile riverside path for walking, running, and cycling). Cardiff City Center (about 2 miles away, and 15 to 20 minutes by bus).  

Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Spring 2024
January 18, 2024
June 15, 2024
Fall 2024
Late Sept. 2024
Mid-Dec. 2024
April 15
Academic Year 2024-2025
Late Sept. 2024
Mid-June 2025
Contact IFSA
April 15

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Kevin Canas

Kevin Cañas

Enrollment Counselor