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CARDIFF UNIVERSITY, UNITED KINGDOM

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University description :

Cardiff enjoys an international reputation for academic excellence. Government assessments of both teaching and research quality rate Cardiff very highly, and students have access to state-of-the-art computer systems and over 1.5 million books in the University''s impressive libraries and resource centres.
Set in the city''s magnificent civic centre, it is difficult to imagine a more attractive place to study.
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain''s leading teaching and research universities.
Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research with its proud heritage of service and achievement.
The University''s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.
From its outstanding central location amidst the parks, Portland-stone buildings and tree-lined avenues that form the city''s elegant civic centre, the University''s students and staff are drawn from throughout the world, attracted by its international reputation and commitment to innovation and excellence in all areas of activity. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain''s leading research universities.
Having gained national and international standing, Cardiff University''s vision is to be recognised as a world-leading university and to achieve the associated benefits for its students, staff and all other stakeholders.
The student population is drawn from a variety of backgrounds, with students attracted from throughout Wales, the rest of the UK and world-wide. International students comprise some 17 per cent of the total student population. Government performance indicators show that our students are more likely to succeed in their studies, with first-year completion rates considerably higher than national averages and also higher than some similar universities.

Many of the Universityas degree schemes provide partial or complete exemption from relevant professional examinations and more than forty schemes of study benefit from accreditation and input from professional bodies. More than twenty per cent of Cardiff University students pursue postgraduate study.

Promoting health and welfare with special reference to the needs of Wales is an important role of the University and one which is fulfilled via a strongly inter-disciplinary and multi-partnership approach. Central among our partners in this all-Wales role is the National Health Service (NHS) in Wales, with which the University is linked at all levels
The University is located in and around the Portland stone buildings, parks and tree-lined avenues that form Cardiffas magnificent civic centre. In recent years, substantial investment has been made in the University estate, including the expansion of life sciences facilities, recent development of a new brain research centre and a new building for Optometry and Vision Sciences.
Unusually for a civic university, most of the Universityas student residential accommodation is within easy walking distance of lecture theatres, libraries and the studentsa union, saving our students time and money.

A place in one of the Universityas 4,700 student rooms is guaranteed to all first-year undergraduates entering through the normal admissions cycle. The vast majority of student residences are single en-suite study bedrooms in self catered flats a and students enjoy some of the lowest rents in the UK, according to a survey by the National Union of Students.
Networked computers offering a wealth of software applications are available to every student, there is a dedicated Graduate Centre providing support and facilities for postgraduates additional to those available within their Schools.



Importance is attached to ensuring that Cardiff University graduates have the personal and intellectual skills demanded by employers, and this results in very high levels of graduate employment.

The University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales, with the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning providing several hundred courses in venues across South East Wales. The Universityas lifelong learning activities also encompass the professional development work carried out by schools for employers, and many of these courses are custom-made to suit an individual companyas needs. The Centre also offers business language training at all levels.
The University is one of the largest employers in Cardiff, with a staff of some 5,500 and is a substantial purchaser of goods and services, making a major contribution to the prosperity of the region. Academic expertise and research facilities are used to advantage by industry and commercial partners, government bodies and other organisations.
These contracts, combined with the provision of professional updating courses and the provision of sophisticated equipment and specialist skills, enable the University to help improve the efficiency, competitiveness and profitability of industry and commerce.

The University also helps to generate new business ideas and spin-out companies in the region; technology transfer activities, from start-up companies and the licensing of new products to industry, contribute tens of millions of pounds to the economy each year.
The acclaimed Cardiff University Innovation Network has introduced several hundred companies to the expertise, knowledge and facilities of the University. The Universityas Manufacturing Engineering Centre, has a customer base of some 100 small and medium size enterprises and it regularly disseminates the results of its ground-breaking work to more than 2,000 companies throughout the UK.

Contact:
Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/
Contact email: international@cf.ac.uk
Scholarships section: Scholarships website section
Scholarships email: Enquiry@cardiff.ac.uk

Academic Schools:
Biosciences A major modern academic unit with an excellent
research infrastructure
www.cardiff.ac.uk/biosi

Business One of the UKas leading business schools attracting
students from all over the world
www.cardiff.ac.uk/carbs

Chemistry Teaching excellence, vibrant research and
industrial contracts offer a first class course
www.cardiff.ac.uk/chemy

City and Regional Planning An outstanding record of
achievement, research here has been awarded a top 6* rating
www.cardiff.ac.uk/cplan

Computer Science Located in the A35 million Queenas
Buildings, it has modern, purpose built facilities
www.cardiff.ac.uk/comsc

Earth Sciences Has trained leaders in the field for more
than 100 years
www.cardiff.ac.uk/earth

English, Communications & Philosophy With a unique mix
of disciplines, it offers a range of specialised and innovative courses
www.cardiff.ac.uk/encap

European Studies A grade 5 rating reflects high standards
achieved as well as the scholarship of research
www.cardiff.ac.uk/euros

History and Archaeology From conservation and archaeology to
modern history and politics, it is easy to specialise
www.cardiff.ac.uk/hisar

Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies A premier UK centre
for teaching and research with internationally reputable staff
www.cardiff.ac.uk/jomec

Law A thriving, high-quality institution committed to
maintaining excellence
www.cardiff.ac.uk/claws

Mathematics Links to industry and commerce through contract
work means a wide range of opportunity
www.cardiff.ac.uk/maths

Psychology A 5* research rated school, it is now the leading
department of its kind in the UK
www.cardiff.ac.uk/psych

Religious and Theological Studies Academic skills studied
include linguistic & textual analysis and philosophical argument
www.cardiff.ac.uk/relig

Social Sciences With its international reputation the
schools offers an outstanding study environment
www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi

Welsh Friendly and relaxed, with excellent academic
care
www.cardiff.ac.uk/cymraegInternational Students
Cardiff University has a long tradition of welcoming international students. With over 3000 international students currently studying at Cardiff, representing over 100 countries, the University has a unique multi-cultural environment.
The International Development Division is here to help you whether you are already studying at the University, have applied for a course or are thinking of studying in the UK.

We represent International students at all academic levels, including International Foundation and English language students, and because of this we are able to deal with all your queries from one place.

International Development Division, Cardiff University,
42 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3BB, Wales, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)29 2087 4432 Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4622
Email: international@cf.ac.uk

Undergraduate Admissions Procedure
You will find details of how to apply in our Undergraduate Prospectus and also on the UCAS website. The following guide has been written to help you understand the process. This process is the same for applying for an undergraduate course at any university in the UK.

Step One
Do your qualifications meet our entry requirements?
The majority of courses at Cardiff University request an IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL 580 (230 Computer Based Testing). Some courses have higher requirements than this - for example Journalism for which students need an IELTS score of 7. For details of academic entry requirements for our courses, please see the entry for your course in the Undergraduate prospectus or use the online courses database. If you are not sure if your qualifications meet our requirements please e-mail the International Office who are happy to advise. Alternatively please contact one of our registered education advisors who have offices throughout the world. They can advise you further on applying and whether you would be made an offer of admission.

Step Two
Apply Online
Applications are made for undergraduate programmes to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). It is an online process. One UCAS application form enables you to apply for up to 5 universities in the UK.
Please note that you cannot make a direct application to any university in the UK, it must be done through UCAS. However if you would like to know if you are likely to be made an offer please contact the International Office and we will be very happy to advise you.

Please note that the last date for UCAS to receive your application form is 30 June 2008, however candidates are strongly advised to complete an application form well before this deadline.
Dentistry and Medicine courses have a much earlier deadline and applications for these courses should have been made via UCAS by 15th October 2007 for 2008 entry.
For more information on UCAS and how to apply online please visit the UCAS website

Step Three
Completing your UCAS application form
Once you have completed and submitted your UCAS form online, UCAS will distribute your application form to all the Universities that you have applied to. Your application is then considered by the Admissions Tutor for your particular degree scheme and their decision is sent to UCAS. You will receive e-mail confirmation from UCAS when the admissions tutor has made a decision on your application. If you have been successful you will also receive information from Cardiff University.

The response will be either:
Unconditional
This means that you do not need to send further proof of your qualifications or English Language level; or
Conditional
You must fulfil all the conditions before you will be permitted to enrol. If your offer of admission is conditional on examination results, evidence of these should be forwarded to the Undergraduate Registry (Admissions) as soon as they are available.
Reject
This means that your application has not been successful and you have not been made an offer to study.
After you receive an offer we will send you the following:
A Welcome Brochure giving you further information about living and studying at Cardiff University.
Further information on your course
An e-mail containing a electronic Residences Brochure and a link to the online Accommodation Request Form. Please note these are not sent out until February/March.

Step Four
Making your decision
You must now consider the variety of offers you have received from different universities and inform UCAS of your choice. UCAS then informs us. You have three options for responding to offers:
Firm Acceptance
This means that the university selected is your first choice, and you are prepared to accept this place; or
Insurance
If you accept a place as insurance it means that if you do not meet the required entry conditions of your first (firm) choice, and you do meet the conditions of your insurance choice, then you accept the place offered by your insurance university; or
Decline
This means you do not wish to accept the place offered to you.
Whatever you decide to do, you need to let UCAS know. You will have information from UCAS explaining how to do this. UCAS then informs the universities concerned of your decision.

If you propose to accept your offer from Cardiff University as your firm choice you will be able to reserve your accommodation immediately on receiving the Residences Brochure. This will give you access to the greatest range of our accommodation and the highest priority in the allocation process.
If you accept our offer of a place we will send you the Guide for International Students . The Guide aims to answer all of the questions you may have about coming to study here. The Guide reflects our experience with overseas applicants and our knowledge of the sort of questions they have. The information in The Guide can also be found on these webpages.

Receiving no offers
If you do not receive any offers from any of your five choices you may be eligible for UCAS Extra. If you are interested in applying to Cardiff via this method please contact UCAS directly (www.ucas.com). Please note however if you have already applied to Cardiff and have not received an offer, it is unlikely you will be considered for a second time.

Step Five
Meeting the conditions, if any, of your offer
If you hold a conditional offer, which you have firmly accepted, and achieve the examination grades required your place will be confirmed through UCAS and you are guaranteed a place at Cardiff. If you hold a conditional offer, which you have accepted as your firm or insurance choice, and narrowly fail to achieve the grades required then your application may be reconsidered by the Admissions Tutor and UCAS would inform you of any decision.
It is essential that you provide us with copies of your exam results (including English language exams) as soon as you receive them.
These should be forwarded to the Undergraduate Registry (Admissions).
Once it is confirmed that you have achieved the grades to come to Cardiff, the following information will be sent to you:
Joining Instructions / Enrolment Information.
The Undergraduate Registry will be sending out Joining Instructions / Enrolment Information in August and September; these will help guide you through the steps you need to take to become a registered student at the University in late September. Do not worry if you do not receive these before you leave as they can be collected on arrival; it is not essential to have this information before you come to Cardiff (On-line Joining Instructions will also be available; and printed copies can also be obtained upon arrival in Cardiff.);

E-Offer of Accommodation and Information Pack.
The Residences Office will notify you of where you have been allocated a place in an electronic Offer of Accommodation and Information Pack. This will include all the information you need to take up your place in one of our halls of residence.

Pre-Departure Briefing Notes.
The International Office will send you detailed travel information to help you get to Cardiff. This will include details of our coach collection service from Heathrow and Cardiff airports together with a programme of induction events to help you settle in to life here.

Postgraduate Admissions Procedure
This section is designed to explain the application process, and to give immediate access to all our application materials in electronic format. You will find guidance on when to apply, completing and submitting your application form, English Language Requirements, and the decision process.
A note about start dates:
With some exceptions, most postgraduate programmes at Cardiff University start in October each year, with enrolment in late September. However, some taught courses do have different intakes, and research degrees are more flexible; the University allows research programmes to start on one of the following dates: October 1st, January 1st, April 1st, July 1st (subject to the approval of the academic school concerned).
Please contact your chosen academic school for more information.

Applications
For the majority of postgraduate programmes it is possible for applicants to apply at any time in the year; therefore the actual time scale will vary depending on the date of your application, but the sequence of events will be the same. Generally there are no closing dates for postgraduate applications; the course simply stops accepting applications once it is full, with the following exceptions:
Taught courses in the School of Journalism - please check the prospectus for details as the closing dates differ for each course
Doctorate in Educational Psychology - applications should be made in the period 1st September - mid-October prior to the start of the programme.
We recommend that you do your best to apply before April to allow enough time for your application to be processed and for you to arrange your visa and your move to Cardiff. It is advisable to submit your application form as early as possible in the academic year, particularly if you are applying for sponsorship, studentships, or scholarships.
With very few exceptions, taught schemes of study commence in September. Research degree programmes can be commenced throughout the year in arrangement with your supervisor. Before applying for a Research programme we first recommend following our advice on finding a supervisor.
You are now able to apply online to Cardiff University

Once you have completed and submitted the form it will be processed through the Postgraduate Registry and sent to the appropriate admissions tutor. You will need to send two references and copies of your exam results, English Language score and any other relevant documents to the Postgraduate Registry. If you do not have exam results or English Language test results yet, don''t worry, you can send these after your application.

When you have submitted an online application, you will also be able to use the online application service to:
view your application form;
download a referee report form to assist with the submission of references;
determine your provisional fee classification;
monitor progress of your application;
accept or decline an offer, if appropriate;
view correspondence issued to you by the University Registry in relation to your application;
contact the University by email;
update your personal contact details.
For further information on Postgraduate procedures, application guidelines and other forms, please visit the Postgraduate section of the website

Offers
Applications are made for postgraduate programmes via the Postgraduate Registry. Your application is considered by the Admissions Tutor for the particular degree scheme of your choice and their decision is notified to the Postgraduate Registry. The Postgraduate Registry then sends you an e-mail and issues you with a formal offer letter to study at Cardiff University. This decision can take anything from two weeks to a few months, depending on what course you have applied for. (The decision for an application to a Research Degree (MPhil or PhD) usually takes the longest time).

Your offer is either:
Unconditional
This means that you do not need to send further proof of your qualifications or English Language level; or
Conditional
This means that you must fulfil all the conditions before you are permitted to enrol. If an offer of admission is conditional on examination results, evidence of these should be forwarded to the Postgraduate Registry as soon as they are available. Once you have met the conditions your offer will become ''Unconditional.''

On being made an offer they will automatically send you the following:
Further information on your course
An electronic Residences Brochure and a link to the online Accommodation Request Form. Please note these are not sent out until February/March.
A Welcome Brochure giving you further information about living and studying at Cardiff University.
Selecting Cardiff

You must now consider the variety of offers you may have received from different universities. If you wish to accept an offer of admission to Cardiff University it is essential that you complete and return the acceptance slip at the foot of your offer letter. We will consider you as having a firm place once you have accepted our offer and met any conditions specified in the offer letter. Only when you have firmly accepted your offer and met the conditions of that offer will it be possible to allocate accommodation to you. Please note accommodation allocation only begins in August/September.

If you decide to accept your offer, you will be able to reserve University accommodation immediately upon receiving the electronic Residences Brochure. If you require University accommodation you should submit the online form well before the 10th of September with a L200 deposit, failure to do this means you will not be guaranteed accommodation. From mid-August, accommodation will be allocated to students who have accepted their offers and met their conditions. It is very important that you inform the Postgraduate Registry as soon as you have met the conditions of your offer. Students who are late submitting information relating to meeting the conditions of their offer, but have paid the deposit and submitted a form by the stated date, will be allocated accommodation on their arrival.

Guide for International Students
If you accept our offer of a place we will send you the Guide for International Students. The Guide aims to answer any questions you may have about coming to study at Cardiff University. The Guide reflects our experience with overseas applicants and our knowledge of the sort of questions they have. All of the information in The Guide, and the rest of our publications is available on this website.

Coming to Cardiff
Once you have contacted the Postgraduate Registry and it is confirmed that you have achieved the results needed to come to Cardiff, the following information will be sent to you:
Joining Instructions. For students starting their course in September the Postgraduate Registry will send you Joining Instructions. These instructions will help guide you through the steps you need to take to become a registered student at the University. Joining Instructions are despatched from July onwards to all students who have satisfied the conditions attached to their offer. Do not worry if you do not receive these instructions before you leave for the UK, it is not essential for you to have them before you arrive in Cardiff (On-line Joining Instructions will also be available; and printed copies can also be obtained upon arrival in Cardiff.)
E-Offer of Accommodation and Information Pack. The Residences Office will notify you by e-mail of where you have been allocated a place (this takes place in late August/early September). This e-mail will include all the information you need to take up your place in one of our halls of residence.
Pre-Departure Briefing Notes. We will send you detailed travel information to help you get to Cardiff in July and August. This will include details of our coach collection service from Heathrow and Cardiff airports. In addition, you will receive a programme of induction events for overseas students.

Once You''ve Received an Offer
What now?
Once you have received your offer to study at Cardiff University there will be many questions going through your mind. You will now be sent further information about your accommodation, your course and details of what to expect once you arrive in Cardiff. From receipt of your offer letter to your eventual arrival in Cardiff there are a number of important steps you must take to ensure that your place to study, and accommodation, are guaranteed.

The two most important things you need to do are:
Decide whether to accept your offer or not
Let the university know.

Your Offer
On your offer letter it will say whether your offer is:
Unconditional: This means that you do not have to send us any more information about your exam results etc. or:
Conditional: The conditions of your offer will be stated in the offer letter. As soon as you receive your exam results please send copies of them in to either the Undergraduate or Postgraduate Registry accordingly. If you narrowly fail to meet the necessary requirements please send in your results anyway, and contact us as your offer may be reconsidered. If you meet the conditions then your offer becomes ''Unconditional.''

Accepting your Offer
If you change your address at any time after you have applied it is essential to let us know so that we can get information to you about your offer, accommodation, coach collection service etc. The most common reason that people do not receive information is that they didn''t let us know of an address change.

Undergraduates
You must now consider the variety of offers you have received from different universities and inform UCAS of your choice. UCAS then informs us. There are three options for responding to offers:
Firm Acceptance - This means that the university selected is your firm choice and you are prepared to take this place.
Insurance Acceptance - If you accept a place as insurance it means that if you don''t meet the entry requirements of your firm choice and you do meet the conditions of your insurance place you will take this place instead.
Reject - You do not want to accept the place offered to you. Please note that it is very important that UCAS receives your choice by the date stated on your offer letter from UCAS. If you feel that you need further information before you are able to make a decision then please contact The International Office at any time.

Postgraduates
At the bottom of your offer letter there is a reply slip. Please detach this from your offer letter and return it to the Postgraduate Registry with your decision marked on it. If you mislay the reply slip or are concerned about time, you can e-mail the International Development Division with your decision (interoffer@cf.ac.uk) and we will pass it on to your department - when doing this please make sure to state your name, student number and course. If you feel that you need further information before you can make a decision please contact The International Office at any time.

Accommodation
You will be receiving a Residences Brochure with an Accommodation Request form (usually from March onwards). You can apply for accommodation as soon as you have decided that you will be accepting our offer. All accommodation contracts will be posted out in August and September, so don''t worry if you don''t hear anything before that. Returning your Accommodation Request form as soon as possible means you have a greater chance of being offered one of your first choices for accommodation.

Undergraduates
All single undergraduate students are guaranteed a place in University-owned accommodation, providing they apply through the normal admissions cycle and complete the residences forms as instructed. All you need to do to is to fill in the Accommodation Request form that will arrive with the Residences Brochure. If you do this as soon as possible after accepting your offer, this will give you access to the greatest range of our accommodation and the highest priority in the allocation process.

Postgraduates
Should you intend to accept our offer you can apply for University accommodation immediately upon receiving the Residences Brochure. To guarantee accommodation you need to return your Accommodation Request form by the 10th of September with L200 deposit (for exceptions please see the Residences Brochure). Accommodation will not be allocated to you until you have: firmly accepted your offer; met any conditions of your offer; and returned your Accommodation Request form with deposit. We don''t want you to worry about your accommodation so please make sure that you let us know if you have any questions.

Accommodation Questions
If you have any questions regarding your accommodation please contact the Residences Office on: Residences@cf.ac.uk
Coming to Cardiff
Once you have met any conditions of your offer and the time of your arrival in Cardiff approaches, you will receive the following:
Guide for International Students
This publication is designed to answer all your questions about living and studying in Cardiff. Hopefully it will help you plan your departure and ease your worries about moving to a different country. This will be sent to you once you have accepted your offer.
Joining Instructions
For students starting courses in September the Academic Registry will send out Joining Instructions. These will be posted from July to new students. If you do not receive your pack please don''t worry, all the instructions will be available on the website.
Offer of Accommodation and Information Pack
The Residences Office will notify you in late August or early September where you have been allocated accommodation. Please do not worry if you do not hear anything before this time, this is quite normal. You will need to sign your contract and return it as soon as you receive it. Please make careful note of the date you are expected to pick up your keys; if you are unable to make this date please let the Residences Office know to ensure that your accommodation is kept for you.
You can email the Residences Office on: residences@cf.ac.uk
Induction Programme Information
You will receive information that will allow you to book onto our coach collection service from Heathrow & Cardiff.
Change of Address forms
It is vital you inform us of any changes of address so that you can receive correspondence. If you do not receive correspondence it may seriously affect your ability to take up your place in Cardiff, reserve accommodation and gain a visa.
You will be sent forms so that you can keep us informed of address changes or:
E-mail at: international@cf.ac.uk

English Language Requirements
All overseas applicants whose first language is not English must have a standard of written and spoken English that will enable them to benefit fully from their course of study.
The English Language qualifications accepted by the University and the normal scores required are listed below (please note that we have stated the normal admission requirements; for some courses the admissions tutors may ask for higher grades). If you would like to improve your English before starting your course, or are required as a condition of your offer to attend an English language course at Cardiff University then you can access information about our English Language Programmes for International Students on their web site, or by emailing: elt@cf.ac.uk

Recognised English Language qualification requirements:
IELTS (Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Services)
A minimum grade of 6.5 is normally required, although some departments may have a higher requirement.
TOEFL
A minimum score of 580 is normally required (237 in the computer based test)
TOEFL iBT
The TOEFL iBT scores are comparable to the following IELTS scores:

IELTS 7.0 = TOEFL iBT 100
IELTS 6.5 = TOEFL iBT 90
IELTS 6.0 = TOEFL iBT 78
IELTS 5.5 = TOEFL iBT 68

NB: This is a new exam and equivalencies have been based on sample materials provided by TOEFL. Equivalencies will be reviewed when the University has experience of students with this qualification.
GCSE or IGCSE English
Grade C or above
IGCSE English as a 2nd language
Grade B or above
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
Grade C or above
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
Grade B or above
Cardiff Universityas preferred test of English language competence is IELTS.
Please note that in some cases students may be made offers to attend pre-sessional English courses instead of or in addition to an English Language qualification.

Fees and Finances
Funding Your Degree
One of the biggest concerns for all students is, of course, finances. You will probably have lots of questions about how you will fund yourself, what the tuition fees are and whether or not you can work in the UK. This page aims to answer your queries, but should there be anything you would like help or advice with then please contact the International Office.
Finding sources of funding is a challenge for all prospective students, especially undergraduate students. The only undergraduate sources of funding at Cardiff University are from our Business School, Law School, School of Engineering and our School of English, Communication and Philosophy.
Cardiff University offers a limited number of postgraduate studentships for both taught and research schemes, including Journalism postgraduate bursaries, Cardiff Law School LLM scholarships, MSc in Bioinformatics Bursaries and MSc in Education Bursaries. Other scholarships will be advertised on the studentships pages.
The following sections provide a guide to funding your studies. Any application you make for funding will not be considered if you do not have a firm offer of a place to study. It is therefore important that you apply for your chosen scheme of study well in advance of the closing date set by the funding agency.
Tuition Fees
Tuition Fees 2008-09:
Tuition fees for international students are divided as follows:
Arts Courses L9,100
Science Courses L11,700
MBA L15,990
To help self-financing students meet the expense of studying in the UK each year''s tuition fees are payable in three equal instalments. Payment of tuition fees can be made by Visa and Mastercard credit cards, and Switch and Delta debit cards. For more information about the payment of fees please go to Paying your Fees

Undergraduate Tuition Fees
International Students: Undergraduate Fees 2008-09
Listed below are the fees for undergraduate students for the academic year 2008-09. They are divided into two categories arts-based and science-based courses. The fee for the year on placement/year abroad on relevant degree schemes will be set at a level which is at least half the relevant international fee. For mixed courses, the tuition fee to be charged depends upon course content. Where a science course, such as Archaeology, Computing, Mathematics, Music or Psychology, forms at least half the course, the science fee applies.
If you are unsure of the fee for any course, please e-mail the International Development Division.
Arts-based courses: L9,100
These include the following:
BScEcon courses
BSc/Diploma City and Regional Planning
LLB
All undergraduate Business courses
Science-based courses: L11,700
These include the following:
Archaeology
Biology
Chemistry
Computing
Engineering
Music
Psychology
Medicine Fees
Year 1 and 2 - L11,700
Years 3, 4 and 5 - Clinical fees - L21,500
Dentistry Fees
Year 1 - L11,700
Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 - Clinical fees - L21,500
Please note that part time fees are not normally available for International Students. This is because visas are not issued for part time study. International Students are usually only permitted to come to the UK to study full time courses.
The fee for some courses may be subject to final approval. Any alterations will be published on this web page.

International Postgraduate Tuition Fees
International Students Postgraduate Fees 2008-09
Listed below are the fees for postgraduate students for the academic year 2008-09. They are divided into two categories arts-based and science-based courses. There are however a number of exceptions which are also listed. You should check these exceptions carefully to see if your course has a different fee.
If you are unsure of the fee for any course, contact the International Development Division for more information: international@cf.ac.uk
Arts-based courses: L9,100 (these normally include the following, but there are a number of exceptions, please see below)
Please contact fees@cf.ac.uk is you wish to clarify the fees payable for your course.
MSc Advanced Social Work
MSc Comparative Political Economy
MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice
MSc Education
MSc Equality and Diversity
MSc Housing
MSc Planning Practice & Research
MScEcon Political Theory
MSc Regeneration Studies
MSc Social Science Research Methods
MSc Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy
MSc Transport and Planning
Exceptions: Business Courses
DBA L9,100
MBA L15,990
MSc Human Resource Management L12,060
MSc International Economics, Banking & Finance L12,060
MSc International Transport L12,060
MSc Financial Economics L12,060
MSc Marine Policy L12,060
MSc Strategic Marketing L15,990
Diploma in Port and Shipping Administration L9,480
Law Courses
Bar Vocational Course L9,900
LLM Commercial Law L9,600
LLM Legal Aspects of Medical Practice L9,600
LLM European Legal Studies L9,600
PGDip Legal Practice Course L9,900
Journalism Courses
MA International Journalism L10,600
MA International Public Relations L10,100
MA Journalism Studies L10,100
PGDip Journalism Studies L10,374*
PGDip Public and Media Relations L9,600*
*(non-refundable deposit of L500 to be paid after acceptance of an offer)
Science-based courses: L11,700
These include the following:
Mathematics
Engineering
Psychology
Computing
Music
MSc Environmental Design of Buildings
Exceptions
MSc Occupational Psychology L10,137
Please note that part time fees are not normally available for International Students. This is because visas are not issued for part time study. International Students are usually only permitted to come to the UK to study full time courses.
The fee for some courses may be subject to final approval. Any alterations will be published on this webpage.

Paying Tuition and Accommodation Fees
Paying your Tuition Fees
If you are a self-financing student (i.e. you or your family are funding your studies) then you can pay your tuition fees in three equal instalments. The payment dates will be as follows:
On or before Enrolment Day 2007
7th January 2008
3rd March 2008
Each instalment is exactly one third of your total tuition fee; there is no extra charge for paying in this way.
If you are paying your tuition fees before enrolment, which will save you time at enrolment, you should ensure that payment is received by Friday 8th September 2007 at the very latest.
Sponsored Students
If you are a sponsored student then your sponsor will be invoiced for your fees in October and will be expected to pay by December. Please note that you are responsible for payment should your sponsor fail to pay your fees. All sponsored students must provide a letter of sponsorship as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay their tuition fees.
Transferring Money to the UK
You should make arrangements to transfer money to a UK bank before you depart. If you have not lived in the UK before, you may not be able to do this until after you have arrived in Cardiff and opened a bank account. Alternatively you can pay your tuition fees directly to the University account, details of which are :
The Co-Operative Bank plc
16 - 17 High Street,
Cardiff, CF10 1AX
Account: Cardiff University General Account
Account Number: 70002203
Sort Code: 08-90-03
Swift Number: CPBKGB22
IBAN Number: GB33 CPBK 0890 0370 002203
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOUR FULL NAME AND STUDENT NUMBER ARE QUOTED WHEN TRANSFERRING FUNDS TO THE UNIVERSITY''S BANK ACCOUNT.

Methods of Payment of your Tuition Fees
Payment can be made by:
Banker''s draft - costs 25p per L100, with a minimum charge of about L10 and a maximum charge of L50. You post this yourself to the Fees office. This is the University''s preferred method of payment. Please send the draft with a covering letter including your full name, date of birth, student number, course and department.
International Money Order - costs about L5 and is the cheapest method of money transfer but some banks only issue these in dollars and, in addition, place restrictions on the sum that may be transferred. You post this yourself to the fees office - please include a covering letter as recommended for a banker''s draft (see above).
Telegraphic Transfer (see details above);
Credit and Debit Card. Payment can be made by either Visa or MasterCard at enrolment, or in advance by telephoning the Fees Officer on: +44 (0)29 2087 4962 with your card number and details.
Ordinary cheque from overseas. This can be made out in foreign currency but must be equivalent to the due tuition fee in Pounds Sterling. All of these methods incur bank charges which vary according to the country of origin, but are usually between L5-20.
Foreign Exchange Letters
If you require a letter for the transfer of currency please contact:
Cardiff University
Finance Office (Fees Office),
PO Box 497,
Cardiff,
CF10 3XR

Tel: +44 (0)29 2087 4399 / 4167 / 4962
Tel: +44 (0)29 2087 5253 / 9263 / 3962
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4020
E-mail: fees@cardiff.ac.uk
Paying for your Accommodation
Direct Debit Mandate
All fees for Residences, as well as most of the associated charges, are payable by Direct Debit (this means that you sign an agreement with your UK bank and fees are automatically deducted from your account.) This includes payment for such associated costs as Key Deposit, Parking Permit, Evening Meal Option and Network Connection Point (if you have opted for any of these). When you are offered accommodation, you must complete the Direct Debit Mandate and return it, along with your Accommodation Agreement, to the Residences Office. Further information on the system of Direct Debiting will be sent to you with your Offer of Accommodation and Information Pack. For those students who do not have a UK bank account you can set one up on your arrival in Cardiff. You will then need to complete the Direct Debit Mandate and forward it to the Residences and Catering Division by 29th September 2007.
Payment Dates
The accommodation payment dates for the 2007/2008 session are:
Wednesday 24th October 2007
Wednesday 23rd January 2008
Wednesday 23rd April 2008
In order to keep residences'' fees as low as possible, we require students to pay such fees promptly. Late payment will mean that you will lose your entitlement to pay the fees at the rate quoted in the fees information (which will be sent to you with your Offer of Accommodation and Information Pack) and incur an initial 5% charge. If the payment remains outstanding after 30 days, you will incur a further 5% charge on the balance outstanding.

Living Expenses
Minimum Living Expenses:
L5,640 For 9 months (Sept 2007 - June 2008)
L7,520 For 12 months (Sept 2007 - Sept 2008)
These are minimum costs based on a single student living in University-owned self-catered accommodation. This estimate includes accommodation, daily subsistence, local travel, clothing, insurance and study-related items. For more information about your budget as a student in Cardiff please go to Planning your budget
When planning to study in the UK it is essential that you are aware of the costs involved and that you ensure you will be able to finance your studies.
Cardiff is one of the cheapest cities in the UK. In a recent newspaper campaign it was discovered that Cardiff is the most cost-effective of all the old University cities. This means that your money will go substantially further than in other places in the UK

Funding Your Degree
Finding sources of funding is a challenge for all prospective students, especially undergraduate students. The only undergraduate sources of funding at Cardiff University are from our Business School, Law School, School of Engineering, School of English, Communication and Philosophy and School of Pharmacy.
Cardiff University also offers a limited number of postgraduate studentships for both taught and research schemes, including Journalism Postgraduate Bursaries, and MSc in Bioinformatics Bursaries. Other scholarships will be advertised on the studentships pages.