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Study in Wales and build the skills you need for a successful future.

A warm welcome awaits at Cardiff University International Study Centre

Cardiff University is a respected Russell Group university with a proud history of celebrating difference. Its research is making a difference around the world, and leading academics share their findings with students in the classroom.

Join the community at Cardiff University International Study Centre. Our programmes prepare you to succeed in your studies and enjoy student life in an exciting, multicultural capital city.



Cardiff University is ranked 154th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2019.


Research excellence

Cardiff is ranked 2nd nationally for the impact of its research and is among the top 5 universities in the UK for research excellence.


Student experience

Cardiff offers a wealth of opportunities for its students, both in and outside of the classroom.

Studying at the International Study Centre

Cardiff University International Study Centre is the ideal place to prepare for your degree. We know that studying abroad is a big step and we will support you as you adjust to living in the UK. You will study academic classes, as well as study skills and English language to help you improve so you will be ready to join the University at the end of your programme.

International Foundation Year

The International Foundation Year is a three-term programme preparing you for an undergraduate degree at Cardiff University, with a combination of English language preparation and subject-specific content.

Choose from pathways in:

Arts, Humanities, Law and Social Sciences

Choose this pathway to progress to degrees in subjects like English, Journalism, History, Politics and many more. There are four routes: Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, Music, and Psychology. Modules vary depending on the route and include Globalisation, Contemporary Legal Systems, Introductions to your chosen route, as well as the option to work on an extended essay relevant to your pathway.

Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance

Studying business-related subjects will give you the option to progress to a degree in subjects including Accounting, Business Management, Financial Mathematics or a dual honours degree with a humanities subject, like politics, history or philosophy. Modules include Contemporary Business Issues, Understanding Organisations and their Environment, Economics of Business and Society, Introduction to Accounting and Finance, and Mathematics and Statistics.

Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture

Learn more about how humans can work in harmony with the natural world and choose to progress to a degree in Architecture, Environmental Geography, an engineering subject, or others. You can specialise in one of five routes: Architecture, Chemistry, Computing, Earth and Ocean Sciences or Engineering, Physics and Mathematics. Modules could include: Fundamental Programming Concepts, Design Thinking and Idea Generation, and Geology and Environmental Science.

Health, Medical and Life Sciences

Start your studies and work towards a career in health sciences by selecting one of four routes leading to a range of progression degrees. The routes are: Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacological and Life Sciences, or Psychology. Modules will vary between routes but include Core Biology, Pure Mathematics, Core Chemistry and Introduction to Psychology.

Need to improve your English?

If you need to improve your English language level before beginning your International Foundation Year, you can study the English Language Preparation Programme.

2020/21 prospectus

Download our prospectus for more information on the International Study Centre experience.


This two-term programme prepares you for a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University, with a combination of English language preparation and subject-specific content.

Choose from pathways in:

Business, Social Sciences and Humanities

Work towards studying your master’s degree in a wide range of subjects including Business Management, Education, Journalism and Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy. There are three routes: Business Management, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Human Geography and Planning with modules including Global Perspectives, Contemporary Business Issues, Globalisation and Urbanisation.

Science and Engineering

Prepare to study Computing, Computing and IT Management or Software Engineering at master’s degree level by choosing one of two routes: Computing or Software Engineering. Modules include Mathematics for Masters, Statistics for Research and Programming Concepts for Postgraduate Study. There are also additional modules in Academic English Skills and Becoming a Researcher.

Need to improve your English?

If you need to improve your English language level before beginning your Pre-Master's Programme, you can study the English for Pre-Master's Programme.

2020/21 prospectus

Download our prospectus for more information on the International Study Centre experience.

Questions about coronavirus

If you are due to begin your studies with us soon and have an urgent enquiry regarding the coronavirus outbreak, please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions.

Experience life in Wales

One of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom, Wales borders England on its east coast. Wales has its own proud identity, forged around music, myths, and rugby.

Come to Cardiff

A respected university with a strong research record in the UK's most affordable student city.

Your arrivals guide

Read our helpful arrivals guide to settle in to life at the International Study Centre.

An exciting home city

Only two hours from London by train, Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. It borders England on its east coast. Cardiff is a vibrant, affordable modern city with a multicultural history. It is close to beautiful Welsh beaches and mountains.

Cardiff is a small city and almost everywhere can be reached on foot from the University. It is safe and friendly, with students making up 20% of the population. It is also affordable; the 2019 NatWest Student Living Index ranked it as the most cost-effective university city in the UK.

An unforgettable student experience

Cardiff is a fantastic place to be a student. It is one of the greenest cities in the UK, with over 330 parks and gardens. It also has a brilliant arts and music scene, as well as plenty of international restaurants and all the major shops.

At the weekends, you can explore one of many historic castles in the local area, visit the stunning Brecon Beacons or relax on the sandy beaches of The Gower.

Cardiff University places just as much importance on personal development as it does on academic development, and you will have the opportunity to join any of 200+ societies. Cardiff is also known for its great Students’ Union facilities and excellent student services. You will find it easy to find friends in this inclusive community.

Your new home in Cardiff

The majority of International Study Centre students live in Cardiff University accommodation, which is all a short walk from the University and the city centre. There is a range of shared flats, some en-suite, in different areas of the city. You can choose from a range of halls of residences, including:

  • Aberdare Hall – all-female accommodation
  • University Hall – near the Heath Park campus for health sciences students
  • Senghennydd Court – 10 minute walk from the University's Main Building and the city centre
  • Talybont Gate – Cardiff University's newest development, with on-site facilities
  • Talybont North – the largest and most sociable halls.

Download our accommodation factsheet to find out more.

You can apply for accommodation online, selecting up to 10 options in order of preference. You will be contacted with further guidance on how to apply for accommodation once you have received an offer from the International Study Centre.

For more information on university residences, visit the Cardiff University website.

Contact us

Our student enrolment advisors are available to answer your questions and help you with your application.

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