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!
There are just a few more forms to complete before your application is ready to be submitted to Cardiff University for an admissions decision.The forms can be found under the Forms tab.
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?
As part of your application to Cardiff University, you are required to write an academic statement. A well-written academic statement can make the difference between an average application and an incredible one. The departments at Cardiff University admit applicants who are driven, motivated and prepared for an academically rigorous semester. Writing a strong academic statement will strengthen your application and help differentiate you from other applicants.
Your academic statement should be about 500 words and outline the reasons why you want to study at Cardiff University and the departments you've chosen. A statement can be especially useful for providing additional information which is not immediately apparent from your transcript and which is relevant to your course and departmental selection.
You should discuss your reasons for applying, preparation you've done to be academically suited to Cardiff University, and specific study and research interests that you intend to pursue while at Cardiff University. Mention a course you'd like to take at Cardiff University and discuss why it's important to you: Is it not available at your home university? Is it in an unusual or interesting subject area that would be inaccessible outside of the U.K.? Why will studying at Cardiff University broaden your academic horizons?
Your statement should also describe how and why a study abroad year/semester at Cardiff University will assist you in achieving your academic and professional goals. For example, if taking a specific music course offered at Cardiff University will round out your academic background for your application to graduate school, mention this.
You must complete and submit your academic statement along with the other forms included in this document. Your application is not considered complete until you have sent in an academic statement.
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:
When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Yes. IFSA-Butler requires a refundable housing deposit of $300 before going abroad. We will return this deposit to you after March 1 for fall programs or September 1 for spring and year programs, less any fines, damages or outstanding debts in your name.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.
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 December 1 for spring and semester 1 programs or by May 1 for fall and semester 2 programs. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after these dates.
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.
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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.
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.
Applicants to the program at Cardiff University must complete two additional forms in addition to the academic statement(instructions for the statement can be found under the Academics tab) . Please download, print and complete the following:
Remember, there is not a form for the Academic statement you need to submit. Please submit your statement, along with the two forms above, with the remainder for your IFSA-Butler application. Your forms can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax, or regular mail. You can track which application forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into the Student Portal.
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 Chris Dixon assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Chris can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4266. Chris graduated from the University of Indianapolis with bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Spanish, and has been an IFSA-Butler program advisor since 2009. During his time at the University of Indianapolis, Chris studied abroad in China, Mexico and Argentina. Chris currently advises students planning to study in England, Wales, Australia and New Zealand.
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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