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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 – an intensive, fast-track programme allowing you to progress to an undergraduate degree in just five months.
The International Year One is the equivalent of the first year of undergraduate study leads to year two of an undergraduate degree, and is designed for international students who need help an support to transition to UK study.
Our Online English programme can help you boost your IELTS score before starting your Pre-Masters, International Foundation Year or International Year One 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.
You will need to meet English language and academic entry requirements to study at Cardiff University International Study Centre.
You can enrol on our Online English language preparation programme if you need to raise your English level before applying for your International Foundation Year, International Year One or Pre-Masters.
Our expert teachers will deliver face-to-face teaching, supported by an online hub and other online resources. At the International Study Centre, you can expect classes of no more than 25 students. 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.
The 3-week Enhanced Induction programme is designed to help you settle into your new home in the UK before commencing your main pathway programme in January. The Enhanced Induction focuses on three key areas that will help you succeed on your academic programme: language, life and learning skills.
Find out more about what to expect here.
There are no additional tuition fees to pay. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period including living costs and accommodation. You can request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly about the options available.
No, this will be available face-to-face only. You must be in the UK ready to start the Enhanced Induction on the first day of the semester.
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.