Term dates

Find term dates below for the International Foundation Year, Pre-Master's and English Language Programme.

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International Foundation Year

The International Foundation Year is a 3-term programme preparing students for undergraduate study.

  • Term dates

    September 2020

    Term Start End
    1 28/09/2020 18/12/2020
    2 11/01/2021 26/03/2021
    3 12/04/2021 18/06/2021

    January 2021

    Term Start End
    1 11/01/2021 26/03/2021
    2 12/04/2021 18/06/2021
    3 21/06/2021 06/08/2021

Pre-Master's programme

The Pre-Master's prepares postgraduate students for master's-level study at Cardiff University.

  • Term Dates

    January 2021*

    Term Start End
    1 11/01/2021 26/03/2021
    2 12/04/2021 18/06/2021


    April 2021

    Term Start End
    1 12/04/2021 18/06/2021
    2 21/06/2021 27/08/2021

    *Computer Science pathway has a January 2021 start date only.

English language programmes

Our English language programmes are designed for undergraduates or postgraduate students who do not currently have the English language level required to study on a pathway programme.

  • English Language Preparation programme

    Depending on your level of English, you may require one or two terms of English. Check the entry requirements page for more information.

    Term Start dates
    1 September 2020 or June 2021
    2 June 2021

    The English Language Preparation programme is not available for students who are aiming to study Medicine, Dental Surgery, Optometry, Medical Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Journalism and Communications; Journalism, Communications and Politics; Media and Communications or Media, Journalism and Culture.

  • English for Pre-Master's
    Course duration Start dates
    10 weeks September 2020*^ for a January Pre-Master's start or
    February 2021 for an April Pre-Master's start
    5 weeks November 2020^ start for January Pre-Master's start or
    March 2021 for April Pre-Master's start

    *If you are starting in September, the English for Pre-Master's programme is 11 weeks and includes 1 week of induction and 10 weeks of teaching.
    ^ For students studying the Computer Science pathway commencing in January, the 10 week September start and the 5 week November start are only available.