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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.

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 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 English language preparation programme if you need to raise your English level before applying for your International Foundation Year.

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.

We offer a free online preparation course, Prepare for Success, to help you gain a head-start before you start your academic programme.


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.

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


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.

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

Central Student Services will contact you with further information on what to do next.


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

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
Park Place
CF10 3QN

University Hall*:
University Hall - Birchwood House
Birchwood Ln
CF23 5YB

*For 2022/23 some classes will take place at the main ISC building and other classes will take place at University Hall each week.

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