Wales Study Abroad Program at Cardiff University
About Cardiff University
Sut Mae! We're so excited that you're preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the Cardiff University as your destination. You will find Cardiff to be a vibrant capital with plenty of entertainment and some of the friendliest people in the United Kingdom. We're sure you're going to love studying there!
What Cardiff has to offer
Cardiff University is a semester or yearlong study abroad program. Students take a varied number of courses depending on course weight. Courses at Cardiff are worth 10, 20 or 30 credits; the U.S. equivalents can be found on the "Credits" tab. Students can take 60 Cardiff credits per semester or 120 Cardiff credits dring the academic year.
Cardiff courses (modules) are divided into levels; undergraduates take levels 4 (L4), 5 (L5) and 6 (L6). Due to the differences in academic structure from U.S. universities, please follow the guidelines below:
L4 - courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience
Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
What departments can I study in?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course. You must take all courses for academic credit, and must complete all coursework and exams in order to obtain credit on the Butler University transcript.
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
You must take a full course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. For information on the credit weight, please consult see below.
10 module credits at Cardiff = 2.5 U.S. semester credit hours
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
Is my housing included in the program fee?
What are my housing options?
The following housing options are available during your semester or year abroad. Semester students are placed in one of the three following options:
The residences available for year students include those listed above, as well as the options below:
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Dates & Fees
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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the “Program ends” date.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Wales, exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals.
*Alternate assessment may be offered in December for some modules. Please consult the online course catalog for applicable modules. It is the student's responsibility to verify the exam schedule and program end date upon arrival at Cardiff University.
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Program Fee Bills
† Housing Deposit
Personal Cost Estimates
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**Travel to Wales: Students must arrange travel to London for the IFSA-Butler orientation before the start of the semester. IFSA-Butler will arrange transportation from orientation to Cardiff, but students are responsible for arranging their own return flight home from Cardiff.
These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
*Student Visa: U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are allowed to remain in the U.K. for up to six months but are not allowed to undertake any paid work or unpaid volunteer activities. Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler TeamIFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Wales:
Program Advisor Michelle Mannweiler prepares students to study abroad by assisting them with the application process and answering program, cultural and academic questions. Michelle is a Butler University graduate and majored in both middle/secondary education and Spanish. Michelle also studied for a semester in Costa Rica through IFSA-Butler. She joined the IFSA-Butler team in order to assist students in achieving their goals in new and interesting places. Michelle currently advises students planning to study in England and Wales. Michelle can be reached at the email link provided above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4267.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
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