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Information for 2021/22 academic year

  • What are my study options?

    We are continually updating our courses to ensure you get the best out of your time at the International Study Centre. This means that intakes are liable to change with each academic year, so please visit our pre-arrival page for the most up-to-date information

  • What if I can't make it to the UK to start my programme?
    If you are unable to travel for the start of term, you can start your programme online from home.
  • How will you help me to prepare to start my programme?
    We offer an online preparation course, Prepare for Success, to help you gain a head-start before you start your academic programme. Find out more about preparing to study with us.


  • What programmes are available?

    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. 

    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.

  • What are the entry requirements?

    You will need to meet English language and academic entry requirements to study at Cardiff University International Study Centre.

    You can enrol on our English language preparation programme if you need to raise your English level before applying for your International Foundation Year.

  • What are the teaching methods?

    For the 2021/22 academic year, teaching will take place through a blend of virtual and face-to-face learning. If you are unable to travel to the UK, you have the option to start your studies virtually from home this autumn. 

    Whichever way you study with us, you will be encouraged to take an active part in seminars and tutorials, where you will discuss course content. This will prepare you for the style of learning you will experience at Cardiff University. Small class sizes mean you will receive individual attention from our experienced and supportive tutors.


  • How much does it cost to study at Cardiff University International Study Centre?

    View tuition fees here. You should also consider accommodation and living costs. Cardiff's living costs are relatively low compared to the rest of the UK. You can use the University's living costs calculator here. There are currently no scholarships available.

  • How much does accommodation cost?

    Accommodation fees vary, depending on the length of stay and which halls you are living in.


  • What accommodation is available?

    You can choose from a range of Cardiff University halls of residence, all near the city centre. Find out more on our accommodation page.

  • When can I book accommodation?

    You can book accommodation once you have accepted your offer of a place and paid your confirmation payment.


  • Do I need a visa to study in the UK?

    You will need a Student visa to study in the UK. Find more information on the visa process.

  • How do I apply for a UK student visa?

    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.

  • When should I apply for a visa?

    You can apply for a UK visa up to three months before the start date of your programme. Make sure to start your application early, so there is enough time for it to be processed before you need to travel to the UK.

Where is Cardiff University International Study Centre?

Cardiff University International Study Centre location

4th Floor
Cardiff University Student Union Building
Park Place
CF10 3QN

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