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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
Rolling Admission 01/28/2019 06/14/2019
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Patty Welsh
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Class Standing:
Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Non-Rutgers Students:
Yes Resident Director: Catherine Charlton
Program Description:
The Program
  • Cardiff University was established in 1883 and is among the top research universities in the United Kingdom.  Its particular strengths include Town and Country Planning, Celtic Studies, Communication and Media Studies, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Sociology, European Studies, and Business Studies.
  • The university boasts a student population of approximately 27,000, of whom approximately 20,000 are undergraduates.
  • Cardiff University’s academic system is modular which means you will be able to choose classes from several different subjects.
  • Cardiff’s residences are very well located, with most residences being less than 2km to either the Cathays Park campus or Heath Park campus. The majority of students are able to easily walk or cycle to their lectures every day.
Your Host City: Cardiff
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).

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.

Academic Calendar
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.

Financial Information
For more information on the total cost of the program go to the top of this page, locate "Budget Sheets" and click on the appropriate term.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid 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 policies.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.   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.