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Study Abroad (JYA)

Choosing your programme

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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 program to suit your interests and match with the degree in your home country.

Creating your program - a step by step guide

  1. Check if your home university has any restrictions on courses that you can study abroad. You may also find it useful to consider Cardiff University's semester dates.
  2. Take a look at the online module catalogue for the full list of courses on offer at Cardiff University. If you're wondering what studying will be like in the UK read the Studying at Cardiff University section.
  3. Build your study abroad program ensuring that you have selected sufficient credits - 50-60 for each semester. You will need to pay attention to the level and credit value of each course. 
  4. Check with your home university that credits can be transferred for the modules you have selected.
  5. Read the how to apply information, complete the application form and send it to Cardiff University.

Common questions

  • Can I take modules across different academic schools?
    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.
  • How many credits should I take?
    It is recommended that you take 60 credits per semester. This is the same amount of credits taken by students studying for their full degree at Cardiff University. Most modules at Cardiff are worth 10 or 20 credits. See some examples of how to build your study abroad programme. They demonstrate how you can build your program using different credit amounts.
  • When will I get my timetable?
    In contrast to education systems in countries like the USA, students at Cardiff put together their timetables when they complete the enrolment process on campus. As with every step of the process, you will be fully supported by the Study Abroad Office at Cardiff University.
  • Can I change my mind about my selected modules?
    When you reach Cardiff there will be an add / drop period of a maximum of two weeks after the beginning of the semester when you will be able to change modules.


If you need advice about any of the courses that you are interested in, please do contact us. We can put you in contact with the relevant academic member of staff who will be happy to answer any questions.

See also

Study Abroad (JYA)