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Cardiff University, Wales (Exchange)

This exchange is open to History, Social Science, Criminal Justice, English, Communication, and Philosophy majors/minors.

The Program

Cardiff University is located in the heart of Wale’s capital, a bustling cosmopolitan city that is home to the Welsh Parliament.  Cardiff’s rich culture combines the attractions of a big city with the charms of an easily accessible small city.  It has an elegant downtown situated a mile from Cardiff Bay and within walking distance of the campus. Cardiff was recently ranked as the 7th best city in Europe and because of its 330 parks and gardens, it is also one of the greenest. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research.

The Academics

You will earn full credit for your semester/year at Cardiff University. The university is a leading research university with a global reputation and a member of the Russell Group, an association of 20 elite universities in the U.K. The Psychology and Sociology Departments at Cardiff University are in the top rankings of all UK universities, while the schools of Science, Civil Engineering, English, Communications and Philosophy and European Studies and Politics are all ranked within the top 7.  Course listings are especially extensive in English, communications, computer science, archaeology, music, journalism, political science and social sciences.  Courses in Welsh language and culture are also offered.  Click here for the Cardiff University course finder. See the table below for a list of Wales-Cardiff, Cardiff University Course Equivalents. The main focus of UConn’s exchange is in the social sciences, but students who are history, archaeology, English, communications and philosophy majors/minors are encouraged to apply.  The Autumn term begins in mid-September with an orientation program for international students and ends in mid-December.  The Spring term begins in late January and runs through mid-June.

You will need either a Student Visitor Visa or Tier IV General Student Visa  to study in Wales.  Click here for general information regarding passports and visas.  If you plan to work, participate in an internship or service learning/volunteer project, or stay for more than six months, you must apply for a Tier 4 General Student Visa.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below, go to the horizontal navigation bar on the Education Abroad homepage; click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 3093 or HIST 1998 Foreign Study or Varieties of History HS 2103 British Prehistory 3 6/30/2018
COMM 4993 Foreign Study SE1373 Visual Communication 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
DRAM 4193 Foreign Study SE2329 Renaissance Drama II 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
ECON 3441 Theory of Labor Markets BS9658 Labour Economics 3 12/31/2021
ENGL 3603 + ENGL 3693 History of the English Language + Foreign Study SE1398 History of English 3+2 12/31/2021
HDFS 3083 Foreign Study SI0924 Children and Childhood 3 6/30/2017
HIST 1998 Varieties of History HS 2104 Post Roman and Medieval Britain 3 6/30/2018
HIST 1998 or ANTH 3093 Varieties of History or Foreign Study HS 2103 British Prehistory 3 6/30/2018
HIST 3361 High and Later Middle Ages HS1001 Medieval Europe 3 12/31/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HS1214 King Coal to Cool Cymru: Wales 1939-2000 5 6/30/2019
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HS1218/1742  The British Civil Wars and Revolution, c.1638-49 3 12/31/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
MKTG 3101 Introduction to Marketing Management BS1630 Principles of Marketing and Strategy 3 6/30/2018
POLS 3418 International Organizations and Law EU 9391 Global International Organisation in World Politics 3 6/30/2018
POLS 3418 + POLS 3993 International Organizations and Law + Foreign Study PL9209 International Law in a Changing World 3+2 12/31/2021
SLHS 3293 Foreign Study PS3313 Speech Communication 3 6/30/2019
SOCI 2301 Criminology S10925 Offending and Victimiisation 3 12/31/2018
SOCI 3251 Social Theory  SI0914 or SI0066 Social Theory 3 6/30/2017
This course is not acceptable for credit ————— BS9543 Strategic Management 0 6/30/2017

The Experience

Unlike many urban universities, Cardiff University is located in the heart of downtown Cardiff, close to the National Museum and other civic buildings. The university offers students more than 100 clubs to chose from and provides excellent sports facilities.  Students live within easy walking distance to the university, as well as to all the downtown cultural attractions, pubs, restaurants, shopping and sports venues. The university offers a wide variety of housing options, ranging from traditional dorms with meal plans to shared flats that have kitchens. Exchange students are housed in these University Residences alongside other Cardiff University students. Click here for more information about student housing.

For hiking and camping enthusiasts, convenient public transportation will allow you to explore the beautiful Welsh countryside and coastline. London is a quick two hour journey away by fast train.


Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Social Sciences, Sociology, Communication, History, Humanities
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3