Cardiff, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Cardiff, or Caerdyd in Welsh (Caer meaning castle), is the capital of Wales and seat of its national assembly. The city’s history can be traced back some 2,000 years to a Roman settlement. In the 19th century Cardiff was a key port, exporting coal from the Welsh valleys to the rest of the world. City landmarks include Cardiff Castle, the cathedral, and the Millennium Stadium. Today, Cardiff is a lively commercial, retail, and recreation center, with nightly music and theater events, and a busy nightlife. Major annual events include the Cardiff Big Weekend music festival, and rugby union international matches (especially Wales v England). The city is well-connected by rail, with direct services to Bristol, London, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Holyhead (for the ferry to Ireland).
PLEASE NOTE THAT PSYCHOLOGY COURSES ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO EXCHANGE STUDENTS FOR THE FALL SEMESTER AND MAY BE LIMITED FOR THE SPRING.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the Cardiff University website. Courses (modules) in the catalogue are listed by subject area. However, you are able to take courses across departments. It is recommended that you do not select courses across too many departments as this makes the possibility of timetable clashes more likely.
Universities in the UK typically use a three-year undergraduate curriculum; thus, courses listed as “Level 1,” “Level 2,” and “Level 3” do not necessarily translate into first, second, and third year courses in the American system. Students in the past have recommended taking courses at Level 1 or Level 2. Unlike the U.S. university system, universities in England offer upper-level courses at Levels 1 and 2. Courses at Level 3 tend to be rather advanced, much like our graduate courses, and students should pay particular attention to prerequisite requirements.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Cardiff University and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 60 Cardiff credits per semester. The credit translation system between Cardiff University and Rutgers University is 4:1, meaning a 20-credit course at Cardiff University will be a 5-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late September – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Mid-January – Early June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the Cardiff web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed in university residence halls in single rooms generally with shared bath facilities. You may choose between housing that includes a meal plan (catered housing), or housing that provides kitchen space in which you can cook your own meals The majority of housing at Cardiff is self-catered which means that the housing will have shared kitchen facilities so that students can prepare their own meals. Cardiff does have a few catered options, which means that most meals during the week will be included. For more information about accommodations on the Cardiff University program, please visit the Cardiff web page.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
AASAP Scholarship - Each year the AASAP offers one 1000 pound scholarship. This application does take a bit of time to complete and is very competitive, so please give yourself ample time to complete it. Information about this scholarship and details about the due date can be found on the AASAP website.
BUTEX Scholarship - Each year BUTEX awards sixteen scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. For more information please visit the BUTEX website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.