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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement: No Requirement Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Sophomore
Type of Program: Exchange Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Andrew Sandefur
Academic Focus: All Academic Focuses, Business and Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computing and Informatics, Formal and Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, No or Minimal Language Requirement
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Program Calendar | Housing | Visa | Cost & Financial Aid | More Information

Drexel in Wales: Cardiff University

Cardiff Castle Picture

Program Overview

Cardiff University is a large research university located in Cardiff, Wales. The university is ranked 22nd in the United Kingdom and 122nd in the world. Founded in 1833, Cardiff University is the second oldest university in Wales.
This program is open to all majors, with preference given to engineering majors.
Study abroad students at Cardiff are fully integrated into the university and study alongside Welsh and other international students.

Cardiff is the capital of Wales, as well as the largest city in Wales. It’s the 10th largest city in the United Kingdom. Located only 2 hours from London, Cardiff is easy to get to and travel to other destinations in Europe. It’s a compact city, easy to walk around, and very accessible.
Cardiff has it all: great shopping, vibrant nightlife, big sports, beautiful campus with a castle next door, and it’s on the water. It’s also one of the most affordable cities in the United Kingdom.

To learn more about the exchange program at Cardiff, click here.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Sophomore status or higher


Course Availability
Module Catalog: Use this to search for coursework offered at Cardiff University. Note that courses are called “modules” at Cardiff.
Course Equivalencies
This spreadsheet is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken at Cardiff before. Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future.

Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take at Cardiff.  For example, to take a sociology course at Cardiff for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Sociology Department at Drexel.

Students are taught and graded by Welsh faculty at Cardiff. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR, students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. Students must be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel.

Program Calendar

Cardiff University operates on a semester system. Click here for the academic calendar.

Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Date Mid September
Program End Date Late January

Coursework ends before winter break but exams take place in January.  Students will need to work with Cardiff to see if they can either take their exams early or have the Drexel Study Abroad Office proctor their Cardiff exams in January. It is your responsibility to ensure that you can take exams early or at Drexel, and to make the appropriate arrangements with both universities.

Spring Semester Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Date Mid January
Program End Date Mid June

Drexel students will need to leave their fall/winter co-op early in order to be at Cardiff in time for spring semester.  Students will return to Drexel in time for summer term.  


Students are guaranteed a single-occupancy place in University residences for the full duration of their time in Cardiff. To learn more about housing, click here.


U.S. Citizens do not need a visa to go to the United Kingdom. Non-U.S. citizens can verify if a visa is needed on the British Consulate Visa page.

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

The Gilman-Global Wales Award - "The Global Wales program, a partnership consisting of Universities Wales, the Welsh Government, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the British Council have introduced this prestigious scholarship program for high-achieving U.S. students wishing to study in Wales.

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables outstanding American students with limited financial resources to study overseas for up to one academic year as part of their undergraduate studies. The Gilman Program is making study abroad more accessible and inclusive for American students.

This scholarship opportunity supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means for short-term, credit-bearing study at a Welsh university. The award allows students from accredited U.S. higher education institutions to strengthen their skills and expand their educational experiences while living and learning in Wales.

Successful applicants will receive a study grant of up to $5,000, to be used toward tuition, housing, travel, and related costs for up to one academic year at any of the Welsh Universities." -

More Information

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 03/12/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Deadline extended until 3/12/20
Spring 2021 09/01/2020 10/01/2020 TBA TBA

** See NOTE Above*

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