Cardiff University

Cardiff University

Location

Cardiff, Wales

Website

cardiff.ac.uk

Availability

Available university-wide


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    Cardiff University has two campuses within the city, Cathay Park and Heath Park. Cardiff University is known to be an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. With world-leading research ranking 5th amongst UK universities and 2nd on its impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality.

    Cardiff provides an educationally outstanding experience for students. With more than 30,000 students and over 7,000 international students, Cardiff is the 8th largest university in the UK in terms of student numbers.

    The University’s Students’ Union is rated 3rd in the UK according to the National Student Survey 2019. Every student enrolled at Cardiff University is automatically a member of Cardiff Students’ Union. Run by students for students, it offers an exciting programme of entertainment, diverse clubs and societies and a comprehensive range of welfare, advice and information services all aspects of student life within a purpose-built complex.

    There are over  200 sports and society clubs available for students to get involved in, ranging from traditional sports (such as rugby and cricket) and course-based societies to the Harry Potter Society. The Students’ Union has plenty of options available to help fill your spare time and encourage you to try new things.

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    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.

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    • Cardiff Castle
    • St Fagans National History Museum
    • Principality Stadium
    • Castell Coch
    • National Museum Cardiff
    • Bute Park
    • Wales Millennium Centre
    • Llandaff Cathedral
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    Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). It is located in the southwest of the island of Great Britain, with a diverse landscape that includes 2,700km of coastline and mountainous regions. There is easy access from Wales to the rest of the UK as well as to mainland Europe via road, rail, sea and air. Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is only 2 hours from London by road or train.

    Wales is home to roughly 5% of the UK's population, with an average population density of 148 people per square kilometre. In the main cities, such as Cardiff, the density is significantly higher, allowing you the luxury of experiencing big city life with easy access to the quiet countryside. Wales is a bilingual country, with both Welsh and English spoken throughout. You may be able to learn some Welsh during exchange, however no Welsh fluency is required to get by.

    Wales has three National Parks which cover 20% of the country's land mass and five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Key industries in Wales include Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, the Creative Industries, Financial and Professional Services and Fintech, Energy and Environment, Food and Drink, Life Sciences, Tech and Tourism. Wales is one of the safest parts of the United Kingdom and crime rates continue to fall.

    Did you know….?

    During the summer solstice, you can experience nearly 17 hours of daylight at Aberystwyth. Wales is home to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysiliogogogoch, a town famous for its incredibly long name. The name means "The Church of St Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio near a red cave". 50% of the world’s passengers fly on aircraft with wings made in Wales

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Cardiff Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Spring Semester (SP2)
January to June

Autumn Semester (SP5)
September to January


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    Undergraduate

    • Accounting
    • Biosciences
    • Business Management
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science and Informatics
    • Earth and Ocean Science
    • Economics
    • Engineering
    • English Language and Literature
    • Finance
    • Geography
    • Journalism, Media and Culture
    • Law and Politics
    • Mathematics
    • Modern Languages
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Physics and Astronomy
    • Psychology
    • Social Sciences
    • Urban Planning and Development

    Postgraduate

    • Accounting
    • Biosciences
    • Business Management
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science and Informatics
    • Earth and Ocean Science
    • Economics
    • Engineering
    • English Language and Literature
    • Finance
    • Journalism, Media and Culture
    • Law and Politics
    • Logistics and Operations
    • Marketing and Strategy
    • Mathematics
    • Modern Languages
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Physics and Astronomy
    • Planning and Development
    • Psychology
    • Social Sciences
    • Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy
    • Urban and Regional Development
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    All students must meet standard exchange selection criteria and any host institution restrictions.

    Dentistry, Healthcare Sciences, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Architecture courses are not available for exchange.

    Due to demand at Cardiff University, some Academic Schools will only be able to offer modules to those students majoring in the discipline. These Schools currently include School Journalism, Media and Culture, School of Politics and School of Psychology. If you would like to take modules in our School of Psychology, you will need to take most of your credits from this School (40 credits per semester).

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    • UniSA official transcript
    • Passport
    • Evidence of English proficiency (if applicable)
    • Academic reference
    • Personal statement
    • Online provisional module selection form
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    Students must take 60 credits per semester (minimum and maximum), which is equivalent to 18 UniSA units. Most modules at Cardiff are worth 10 or 20 credits.

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    Please see Cardiff University website for acceptable evidence of English language tests and required scores.

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Cardiff Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Weather
Autumn/Winter: 0°c to 12°c
Spring/Summer: 4°c to 25°c

Currency
£ Pounds

Local language/s
Welsh | English


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    Cardiff University offers free airport pick up if you fly in from Heathrow, Bristol or Cardiff International Airport.

    More information on other means of getting to the campus can be found here.

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    A limited number of on-campus residence is reserved for full semester exchange students. You can apply for University accommodation after you have accepted your offer to study at Cardiff University. 

    More information on accommodation can be found here. If you would like further advice, please contact studyabroad@cardiff.ac.uk.

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    As an exchange partner with the University of South Australia, you do not have to pay tuition fees to Cardiff University, instead you will pay tuition as you would normally at UniSA. Travel and living expenses are at your own cost. The table below gives an indication of costs you will incur:  

    Items Approximate Cost (AUD)
    Return flights from Adelaide $1900
    Accommodation  $3600 per semester
    Meals/Groceries $250 per month
    Transportation $75 per month
    Entertainment and incidentals including phone, laundry etc. $370 per month

    More information can be found here.

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    UniSA offers a generous travel grant of up to $2500 for a full semester exchange. You may also be eligible to receive an OS-HELP loan of up to $8000. For more information please see funding and scholarships website.

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    UniSA offers travel insurance as part of your exchange for up to 270 days (can be extended up to 365 days). For more information please see travel insurance website 

    Please click hereto read the travel insurance policy. 

    A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here. 

    If you have any further questions about travel insurance, please contact the UniSA Insurance Office on 08 8302 1678. 

    You can also find additional information on Cardiff University’s website here.

Cardiff Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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How to apply

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Visa information

It is your responsibility to apply for your visa for your overseas study experience. You can refer to the relevant consulate regarding a specific countries visa requirement. UniSA is legally unable to provide visa advise. Please see below links for more information.

Australian Government DFAT brief on United Kingdom is available here.

United Kingdom embassy website can be found  here. 

Cardiff University student visa FAQ is available here.

Register your travel

To participate in an exchange experience, you must register your travel with International SOS (iSOS). We will provide instructions on how to do this throughout the process. 
 
UniSA has partnered with iSOS to offer our students medical, safety and security advice, referrals, emotional support and routine and emergency assistance when travelling or living abroad. 
 
For more information please visit the Travel Health and Safety Webpage
 
Before your departure, we strongly encourage you to visit the Smartraveller website.

The website contains important information you need to know about travel documents, up to date travel advisories on destinations you may be travelling to on behalf of the University, travel tips and more. 

Cardiff Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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No available summer/winter school

Cardiff University is not an exchange partner for Summer/Winter School. To see other current short-term opportunities, please click here

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