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Got questions about studying at Cardiff University International Study Centre? Find the answers here.
Cardiff University International Study Centre offers a choice of pathway programmes, depending on whether you want to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. All pathway programmes lead to a range of degrees at Cardiff University.
The International Foundation Year is your pathway to a range of undergraduate degrees at Cardiff University. It is a one-year course comprising tuition on English language, study skills, and subject-specific knowledge.
You can choose the Accelerated International Foundation Year – an intensive, fast-track programme allowing you to progress to an undergraduate degree in just five months.
If you do not meet the entry requirements to go directly to Cardiff University, but don’t want to delay your studies, you can take our International Year One - an intensive programme that leads to year two of an undergraduate degree.
Our English language preparation programmes can help you boost your IELTS score before starting your International Foundation Year at the International Study Centre.
The Pre-Master's programme prepares you for your chosen postgraduate degree at Cardiff University. You will study subject content as well as English, so that you can begin your degree programme with confidence.
Our expert teachers will deliver a high-quality blended learning experience making use of both face-to-face teaching and our innovative digital teaching solutions. When you study face-to-face you can expect classes of no more than 25 students, whilst our digital platform allows you to enjoy interactive classes with plenty of discussion opportunities to improve your English. Both types of learning allow for self-study time to help you to learn to study independently. You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who is there to support you every step of the way to help you to stay on track to progress to the University.
You can choose from a range of Cardiff University halls of residence, all near the city centre. Find out more on our accommodation page.
If you are booking your own accommodation, in order to make the most of your student experience and focus on your studies, we recommend that live close to the Centre. You must live within a 60 minute commutable distance of the Centre.
First, you need to apply for a programme at Cardiff University International Study Centre. When you receive an offer of a place, you should accept it by paying your deposit and Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) payment. Once you receive your CAS, you can then start the visa application process online.
You can receive your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) up to 6 months before your course start date (3 months if you are in the UK). You can then start the process of applying for your visa. Make sure to meet all relevant deadlines so there is enough time for your visa to be processed before you need to travel to the UK.
Where is Cardiff University International Study Centre?
The main Cardiff University International Study Centre building is located in the Students' Union Building.
Main ISC building*:
4th Floor - Cardiff University Student Union Building
University Hall - Birchwood House
*For 2022/23 some classes will take place at the main ISC building and other classes will take place at University Hall each week.