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Last updated December, 2018

Academic Information

Course Information

Cardiff campus 2Undergraduate exchange students within Sciences and Humanities.

  • Cardiff course descriptions
  • Choose your programme
  • Psychology students (based on 2018/19 course offerings): students majoring in psychology in a single degree could only go in third year – either/both semesters; majoring in psychology in a single degree, planning to apply for honours/masters in psych, could only go in semester 2 of third year because they need to take PSYC311, which is offered in semester 1 at Otago, and has no equivalent at Cardiff;  minoring in psychology in a single degree could potentially go at any time in second or third year, but if they go in second year they would probably need to take one Otago psych second year paper after they return. (This could change if either uni changes when they offer particular courses)

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: September - June
  • Autumn Semester: September - January
  • Spring Semester: January - June

Cardiff semester dates

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

The full workload for the year is 120 Cardiff credits  - 60 Cardiff credits per semester.

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living


Cardiff University accommodation

Estimated Cost of Living

  • Cardiff campus 1£4,211 for one semester.
  • £8,4221 for a full academic year
  • The minimum cost of living as recommended by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for studying outside London is £1,015 per month.
  • Cardiff University Cost of Living

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

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Exchange Experiences 

2018 S1 BCom BAppSci ECON ENVI EMP (430K PDF format)

The University, City and Region

The University

Cardiff campus 3Cardiff 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. The University is composed or three Colleges: Arts, Humanities and Sciences; Biomedical and Life Sciences; and Physical Sciences and Engineering. The University is consistently recognised as providing high quality research-based university education and was ranked 122nd in the world by QS World rankings in 2015-2016 as well as achieving the highest student satisfaction rating in the 2013 National Student survey for universities in Wales. The research quality of Cardiff University was ranked 5th overall in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework with some areas ranked top in the country. The impact of Cardiff's research was also ranked 2nd in the UK.

Cardiff University

The City of Cardiff and Region

Cardiff is the capital of Wales and its largest city. It has a distinctive character with an excellent quality of life and international reputation. Many natioanl cultural and sporting institutions are based as Cardiff, including the National Museum of Wales and the Principality Stadium, Cardiff Castle sits in the centre of the of the city, bordered on one side by beautiful parkland and on the other by excellent shops, restaurants and nightlife.

The waterfront area at Cardiff Bay is home to the Welsh Assembly and the Wales Millennium Centre Arts complex. There are regular food, arts and crafts festivals and visitors can walk across the Barrage or take a boat trip around the bay. Due to the size of the city and the central location of campus buildings, it's very easy to get around on foot. Public transport links are good and cycling is also very popular in the city.

Cardiff is a very accessible city with good road, rail and air connections. London can be reached by train in just over two hours. Cardiff International Airport is located just outside the city and the M$ motorway provides fast links to the rest of the UK.

The City of Cardiff

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Further Information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email