CARDIFF: Cardiff University

Wales, Wales

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  • Fall Semester - Mid-September - Late January
  • Spring Semester - Mid-January - Mid-June

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Lane Marder (

Cardiff University's academic system is modular which means you will be able to choose classes from several different subjects. You will be able to build your own programme to suit your interests and match it with the degree in Northeastern. The full list of courses that you can choose from can be found in the online module catalogue. This can be found online at: At Cardiff University, you will be fully integrated into the classroom experience, studying alongside British, European and other International students.


Students must have each course evaluated by NU faculty of the respective department. Each semester-long course at Cardiff is equivalent to one NU course (4 credits). A full semester at the Cardiff is 60 points. Each student must enroll in courses that equal 60 points; this may be a combination of 10, 15  and 20 point courses. Most students typically enroll in 3 (20-point) courses. Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad. Students will transfer back a full semester's worth of NU credit, between 12 and 16 NU credits. It is the students' responsibility to review their registration upon arrival, determine their NU equivalents and the number of NU credits they will transfer upon program completion.  If students enroll in more than four classes at Cardiff, they will still only transfer back 16 NU credits.

Modules in the catalogue are listed by subject area. However, you are able to take courses across academic schools. It is recommended that you do not select courses across too many academic schools as this makes the possibility of timetable clashes more likely. You will be allocated a "Home School". This will be the academic school in which you study the majority of your modules and you will be given a personal tutor from this school. Every student of Cardiff University is allocated a personal tutor and they will be your first point of contact for any academic or pastoral concerns. It is recommended that you take 60 credits per semester. This is the same amount of credits that students studying for their full degree at Cardiff University take. Most modules at Cardiff are worth 10, 20 or 30 credits.

The course catalog for study abroad students can be found here

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If you are interested in enrolling in a course not in our database, please send this course for evaluation.

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Host University

If you choose Cardiff University you will study at a top-ranked University with a unique Welsh cultural experience. The University is one of the UK's most popular and is an internationally recognised centre for teaching and research. It was founded in 1883 and is based in the very centre of Cardiff, the capital of Wales.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 4 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application
    • Cardiff University application form and all attachments: Online Application

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Study abroad students are guaranteed a single-occupancy place in University residences for the full duration of your studies. University residences The advantages of housing at Cardiff University include: Your own study bedroom; You will have your own study bedroom. Cardiff University does not have shared rooms or dormitories; An immersive experience; Many UK universities house all Study Abroad students together. At Cardiff University you will be integrated with UK, European and international students. You will be close to campus and the residences are located around the campus area within walking distance to the University and local shops. The campus is safe and supportive and each University residence has a network of staff, including student wardens and security staff that can provide 24 hour assistance. Only students, guests of students, and staff are allowed on University residences sites. Students have high-speed internet and all University Halls of Residence are connected to the University's network and high-speed internet. This makes it easy to work and stay in touch with friends and family back home. Each room has a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe and storage. You won't need to buy additional furniture. You will also have access to a shared kitchen/dining room. This area includes a cooker, refrigerator, sink, table and chairs.


Cardiff is a medium-sized city with a population of around 330,000 people. Approximately 20% of the population are students, which makes it safe, friendly and affordable. Cardiff however is also a Capital city with all the culture, sports, shops, entertainment, work opportunities and atmosphere you would expect of a modern European metropolis. This means you get a small cheap city you can easily walk around, but also an exciting city where there is always something to do. Where is Cardiff? Cardiff is located on the coast of South Wales, with beautiful national parks and beaches only 30 minutes away and is approximately 230km (145 miles) west of London and is easily accessed by train in about 2 hours. Cardiff has excellent transport links (ranked 1st in the UK for the most transport friendly city) with an international airport that has more than 30 flights a day to many cities within Europe. Top Facts about Cardiff include: Cardiff is a compact city where most amenities are within a mile radius, including Cardiff University; Cardiff has a 70,000 seated stadium (located in the city centre), and an international sports village; It was European City of Sport in 2009; Cardiff is home to the Wales Millennium Centre performance venue and opera house, and has its very own Cardiff Castle; Cardiff has a new 675 million shopping mall; Cardiff has more than 330 parks and gardens. Bute Park is next to the University and has history dating back to Roman times; Cardiff was recently ranked the 7th best city in Europe in the fDi's 2008 Cities of the Future shortlist.