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International Year One

Make a strong start to your degree

The International Year One is an intensive programme that leads to year two of an undergraduate degree at Cardiff University. The programme is tailor-made for international students who are not ready to apply direct to the University, but don’t want to delay their studies. Support focuses on easing the transition to the UK higher education system and improving your English skills. You will graduate with a degree after only three years.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Check our academic and English language entry requirements


Visit the Fees page for full details.

Programme is subject to approval

Who is the programme for?

The programme is designed for international students with a strong academic profile and a good level of English.

What will I study?

You will study a range of modules relating to your chosen degree, giving you broad subject knowledge and transferrable skills for when you graduate and start your career.


of Cardiff University International Study Centre students who completed their International Year One programme in 2023 were offered a place to study at Cardiff University.

Sajidah from Malaysia

I applied to the International Study Centre first because it had a January intake, and I wanted to start as soon as possible. And also, I just wanted to be surrounded by international students. Because the International Study Centre offers smaller classes instead of huge lectures, so I can form relationships with teachers or closer friends. So the ISC has given me that opportunity, and I used it to the maximum.

Sajidah from Malaysia
Studied the international Year One in Accounting and Finance
Progressed to  BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Join us today

We're here to support you throughout the application process. Use our online application form and our student enrolment advisors will be available to answer your questions.