Erasmus & international exchange

Study at one of the UK’s top language schools and experience university life in the capital of Wales.

If you are currently studying at one of our many partner universities across Europe, then why not join us for a semester or two in Cardiff? Many students agree that their time spent abroad was one of the best experiences of their lives, providing invaluable skills as well as unforgettable memories.

We offer modules in a variety of languages including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese, as well as courses on culture, history, literature politics and cinema. Over 1400 students and 40 academic staff provide a friendly and vibrant environment with a host of exciting events and activities to get involved with.

All our degree programmes have a modular structure with the academic year divided into two twelve week semesters. Each semester is followed by a period of examinations and/or assessments. Our factsheet gives lots of information on studying Cardiff.

Applying to study in Cardiff

The Erasmus programme allows you to study for one or two semesters at the university. The academic year consists of two semesters, each of which are 12 weeks long. Students are required to complete a total of 60 Cardiff credits each semester or 120 credits in a year.

If you would like to study here, you will first need to consult your home university. Once we have received their nominations and your study period has been confirmed, you will need to fill in an online application form.

Specific requirements in our School of Modern Languages

You will need to enrol for 120 credits if visiting for the whole year, with at least 80 of these credits taken within the school.  Student visiting for one semester are required to enrol for 60 credits, with at least 40 of these credits taken within the school. Please note that one Cardiff credit is worth 0.5 ECTS so that 120 Cardiff credits are the equivalent of 60.

Modules: A range of modules across the University are available to erasmus and international exchange students.


If you will be studying at Cardiff University for a full academic year you are guaranteed a place in University residences.

All students who are coming to Cardiff as part-session Erasmus+ students ‘semester only’ are unfortunately not guaranteed a place in University Residences. We do not advise that you agree to take any property on the private market before visiting the property in person. You may therefore need to wait until you arrive in Cardiff before accepting any private accommodation.

In order to help you with this process, the Residences Office at Cardiff University arranges temporary accommodation in one of the University’s Halls of Residence for part-session Erasmus+ students from Saturday 5th September until Thursday 10th September only. For further information, please email the Residences Office or the Erasmus+ Office.

Arriving in Cardiff

Travel to Cardiff: Our International Office organise a free coach collection service to the University in September from Heathrow and Cardiff Airports.

The majority of undergraduate courses on the Cardiff University Cathays campus start on Monday 28th September, but we recommend that you arrive on Wednesday 16th or Thursday 17th September to ensure you don’t miss any of the important induction events.

International/European Students Induction Programme: There is an Induction Programme to help International and EU students make friends, learn more about Cardiff and the University in a safe environment so that they can settle down to their new academic life quickly. Find out more about the Erasmus programme at Cardiff University.

You will receive a welcome pack when you arrive in Cardiff University. In this pack will be a timetable of events. You can also pick up a pack from the International Student Help Desk on the 2nd floor the students’ union.

Welcome Event: A welcome event will take place in our school shortly after you arrive. All Erasmus & international exchange students are required to attend the School’s Welcome Event where you will meet staff from the School and find out what you need to do now that you’ve arrived in Cardiff.

Erasmus Administrator

In the School of Modern Languages the main contact for incoming Non-degree/Erasmus/Exchange students is:

Esther de Santos Biezma