About the Program
The University is one of the UK’s most popular and is an internationally recognized center for teaching and research. It was founded in 1883 and is based in the very center of Cardiff, the capital of Wales. As a study abroad student at Cardiff University you will be fully integrated into the student body and will take your courses alongside UK and international students pursuing their degree. You can be assured of the quality of teaching at Cardiff University. Cardiff degrees are accredited by more than 40 professional bodies and the latest assessment of teaching at the University won the highest possible award from the UK Government. Cardiff University, which is located near the center of Cardiff in Cathays Park, maintains a number of musical and drama theaters.
Wales is part of the United Kingdom and only in 1998 formed its own National Assembly. Its people consider Wales to be a separate and distinct nation; they are passionately conscious of their cultural heritage. While the dominant language of southern Wales is English, Wales is a bilingual nation. The Welsh language, a Celtic tongue, is alive and well as a second language and is strongly promoted in the Welsh educational system. Cardiff is an ideal locale for exploring this fascinating culture, serving as a center for the renaissance of Welsh language, literature, and national pride.
Cardiff is one of the UK's most vibrant and dynamic cities with the atmosphere you would expect of a modern European metropolis. Its rich culture has a diverse range of influences from the Romans and Normans of antiquity to the industrial revolution and the coal industry – which transformed Cardiff from a small town into a thriving international city.
The Welsh are justifiably proud of their artistic and cultural accomplishments, as exemplified by city theaters for opera, drama and ballet — the Welsh National Opera and the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra are located in Cardiff — and by the Welsh National Museum. The principal sport of Wales is rugby, and Millennium Park, an internationally known rugby ground, is within walking distance of the University’s campus. It is also a friendly and safe city, compact and easy to walk around. Cardiff is often described as "the perfect student city" because it is an exciting capital city but also safe and affordable. It is a small city located in South Wales, with a population of about 320,000 people. Approximately 20% of the population are students, which makes it safe, friendly and affordable.
Cardiff is also a capital city with all the culture, sports, shopping, entertainment and atmosphere you would expect of a modern European metropolis. It is also the home of Doctor Who. This means you get a small cheap city you can easily walk around, but also an exciting city where there is always something to do.
- 3.0 CGPA
- Completion of 3-4 courses within the chosen field or department of study
Cardiff University's academic system is modular which means you will be able to choose classes from several different subjects. You will be able to build your own program to suit your interests and match with the degree in your home country. The style of teaching at Cardiff will probably differ from what you are used to at home. Particularly if you are studying humanities or arts-based subjects, you may find you have less contact hours per week than at Tulane. This is because university study in the UK is aimed at encouraging a high level of independence and self-directed studies. You’ll be given guidance and help but be expected to do a great deal of self-directed research as well.
At Cardiff, most courses are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, with laboratory work for science based subjects. The lectures form the main teaching frame-work and they provide a guide to the subject matter and set out the foundations on which you are expected to build. The tutorials will consist of a small group of students and will provide the opportunity to develop themes and discuss problems, usually on the basis of written work. You may find that you have fewer hours of direct teaching and are expected to do more independent study. During the induction/orientation, advice and information are provided to help you adapt to their academic style.
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Biological Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, English, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Urban Planning, Urban Studies
As an international student at Cardiff University, you will have access to all of the services and support mechanisms right alongside degree-seeking students. These services include orientation programming, academic guidance, and social engagement opportunities through clubs, societies and the Cardiff Student Union. In addition to serving as the home for Cardiff’s societies, clubs and sports groups, the Student Union also hosts concerts, parties and a number of student trips around Europe. These trips can be a cost-effective, efficient way for international students to travel throughout the continent!
Study abroad students are guaranteed a single-occupancy place in University residences for the full duration of your studies. You will be sent more information about reserving accommodation after you apply. You will have your own bedroom. Each room has a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe and storage. You won’t need to buy additional furniture. You will also have access to a shared kitchen/dining room. This area includes a cooker, refrigerator, sink, table and chairs.
University accommodation is generally self-catered (meal plans are not offered). A shared kitchen is fun, as it provides a great opportunity to mix and cook with other students. There is also lots of cheap dining out around campus, in addition to cafés located in every major University building.
Cardiff Study Abroad Page
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