Cardiff, Wales

Cardiff University Partnership

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Program Overview


From rich folklore to the Welsh language, Cymraeg, Wales has its own traditions and culture, distinctive from England’s. Discover them on the coast of Wales, at a university known for strong bioscience, chemistry, computer science, and informatics.

Love language? The Language for All program offers free classes and resources. Into science? The university is home to Europe’s only lightning lab. Beyond academics, the university has one of the UK’s most active student unions, with 200+ societies, 60+ sports clubs, and live music events.

Leave time to explore: From 2,000-year-old Roman fortifications to the ultramodern Wales Millennium Centre for performing arts to stunning waterfalls and rugged peaks, there’s plenty to discover. Right in Cardiff, check out Cardiff Castle and wander the streets where author Roald Dahl grew up.

See more of the UK with IFSA excursions and activities, all included in your program. Possibilities include a West End theater performance, a session in the famous The Great British Bake Off tent, and exploring Stonehenge.

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

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

Minimum GPA


Credit load



Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option

Instruction language

English, Welsh

Language prerequisites


Visa required?

Not in most cases. Learn More.

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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 Welsh 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.


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.


  • The Great British Bake Off Experience: Step into the famous white tent and don your apron for this immersive baking experience. Perfect for fans of The Great British Bake Off, you’ll work in pairs and bake a dessert against the clock that will be judged by the head baker. You’ll even be able to take home your creation at the end!
  • Welsh Parliament Tour: Commonly known as the Senedd, the Welsh Parliament is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people. Join a guided tour and learn more about the work of the Parliament, the new building’s landmark architecture, and the history of Cardiff Bay.
  • West End Theatre Performance: No time in the UK would be complete without a trip to the West End, London’s famous theater district. Shows are chosen that provide context or different perspectives on London, the UK, or Europe. Recent examples include Operation Mincemeat and Cabaret.
  • Wales Millennium Centre Show: One of the UK’s top attractions, Wales Millennium Centre is Wales’ home for the performing arts in Cardiff Bay. This landmark building stages musicals, opera, ballet, circus, and contemporary dance performances.
  • Tour of Principality Stadium/Cardiff City Stadium Tour: Step behind the scenes of the famous rugby stadiums in Wales and follow in the footsteps of Welsh rugby heroes! Visit and learn about the inner works of iconic Welsh stadiums while also learning about Welsh rugby culture.


  • 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.
  • Yorkshire Adventure: Explore the vibrant and historic county of Yorkshire on a weekend trip where you’ll discover how this English region has contributed to the UK’s cultural landscape. Highlights may include the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, the Piece Hall in Halifax, the Victorian model village of Saltaire, or the imposing Harewood House in Leeds.
  • Piers and Queers Brighton Trip: Since the 18th century, Brighton has become a cosmopolitan place of recreation, escape, and freedom. A destination for people who didn’t conform. With an LGBTQ+ population now estimated at 15%, Brighton celebrated England’s first civil partnerships, and hosts the UK’s largest Pride event as well as Europe’s first Trans Pride, rightly earning its title as the LGBTQ+ Capital of Britain. Peers and Queers is a tour of Brighton from LGBTQ+ perspective. This colorful 90-minute walk along the beach and historic city center takes in more than 200 years of history including Regency Dandies, 1950s lesbian and gay life, and political activism. Afterward, there’s time for a walk on the pier and fish and chips, just watch out for seagulls!
  • Stonehenge and Bath Visit: Stonehenge has stood on Salisbury Plain for around 5,000 years and it’s still unknown how the prehistoric monument came to rest there! Make up your own mind during this visit and discover the fascinating theories behind these rocks. You’ll learn about Stonehenge from the fascinating exhibits and be able to enjoy a virtual sunrise as it rises over the prehistoric stones! Afterward, travel to the Roman city of Bath for a walking tour of this World Heritage city once home to Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Gainsborough, Lord Nelson, and Beau Nash. Then prepare to travel back 2,000 years to the Roman era with a visit to the Roman Baths.

Housing and Meals


Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option




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
Fall 2024
September 18, 2024
December 14, 2024
Academic Year 2024-2025
September 18, 2024
June 14, 2025
Spring 2025
Mid-Jan. 2025
Mid-June 2025
$25,725 (estimated)
Oct. 1, 2024

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Kevin Canas

Kevin Cañas

Enrollment Counselor