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Incoming Exchange Opportunities

Welcome to Cardiff Metropolitan University!

We hope that your stay at Cardiff Met will be beneficial for you both academically and culturally. It will give you the opportunity to not only improve your written and spoken English (if applicable) but also to learn something of Welsh and British culture. To this affect, you should try to mix as much as possible with the other students you are studying with and not just with fellow exchange students.


Information on deadline dates, term dates and who to contact can be found by accessing the Cardiff Met Fact Sheet​​ -


​Welcome to Cardiff Met

Located in a vibrant European capital city, Cardiff Metropolitan University is a thriving and modern university. Integral to the city of Cardiff for more than 150 years, we continue to invest in our students' future with a focus on student employability and enhancing the student experience ; providing education and training opportunities of the highest quality to students from over 140 countries worldwide.

Cardiff Metropolitan University is made up of five Academic Schools:

Cardiff School of Art & Design
Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy
Cardiff School of Sport and Health Science
Cardiff School of Management

Cardiff School of Technologies

All our schools specialise in courses that are career orientated and have been designed in conjunction with business and industry. Each school is also heavily involved with research and enterprise activities in their fields and offer thriving study environments for our students. Our academic teams are at the forefront of their fields and are supported in developing their knowledge and skills through the University's staff review and development scheme.

Global Cardiff Met Ranked as the top UK University for overall international s​tudent support six years in a row*, Cardiff Metropolitan University is proud to educate students from over 140 countries worldwide and be ass​ociated with a number of high-calibre partners in the UK and internationally. For further information please visit our international and partnerships​​ web pages. *International Student Barometer (ISB) survey ​

Cardiff Metropolitan University is proud to be associated with such high-calibre partners in the UK and internationally. A number of different models of collaboration are employed, to ensure that the programmes meet the particular needs of students and employers as well as being of the highest quality.

Our students have many different reasons for choosing to study here. For some, the quality of the course is important; for others it is the social life and facilities offered by the city. A proportion of students tell us they chose Cardiff because the city does not leave them feeling overwhelmed; others wish to be close to their home. Whatever the reasons for choosing Cardiff, our students say that when they leave us at the end of their course they take with them memories of friendship, warmth and hospitality.


Your Programme

British students normally undertake three-year degrees. Cardiff Met is no exception to this. Students in Britain normally start studying at university at the age of 18. They graduate when they are 21.

Degrees are split into three years (levels 4-6) and students study for 120 Cardiff Met credits (60 ECTS credits) per year. These modules are taken across two Terms. You should be studying around three modules per Term.  British students also study in a progressive system of education in which the academic subjects develop over a three year period. For this purpose they are allocated to set groups which they retain for the whole three years of their study. This is similar to the system you may have had at school.

Your modules therefore will be restricted to level 5 (Year 2) of the Study Programme. There are two reasons for this, firstly timetabling issues mean that it is very difficult to have modules that cross different levels. The second reason is that incoming exchange students have felt in the past that they have not been able to integrate effectively with British students because they do not share sufficient classes with them. By studying at one level this helps better integration.



One of the main changes incoming exchange students find between Cardiff Met and their home institution relates to assessment. In Cardiff Met there is far more emphasis on different methods of assessment that are spread across the academic year. Students can expect one or two pieces of assessment per module per term. Assessment on the degree programmes is normally undertaken in the following ways:

Written: assessment through examination, case studies, portfolios, essays or reports

Oral: through seminar presentations or groups presentations.

You will be expected to undertake all assessment on any modules you undertake. Any exemptions from assessment can only be given by agreement with both the Programme Director, Module Tutor and Global Opportunities. If you do not undertake the assessment then Cardiff Met will not recognise that your exchange placement was valid and will not endorse any exchange documentation.

The Programme Director will be responsible for ensuring that your grades are collected and allocated to your Cardiff Met profile.



You are required to attend all lectures and seminars. There is 100 per cent attendance requirement.

If you are unable to attend for any reason you should contact your Course Director, if you cannot contact him/her you will need to e-mail . You must give details of the nature of the absence.

If it affects your work you will need to apply to go through the mitigating circumstances procedure. You can discuss this with your Course Director.


Applying to Cardiff Met

If you are interested in undertaking an exchange at Cardiff Met, there is now a new online application system where you can register your interest and upload all supporting documents.

Click here to access the system : Application System

For information on how to complete an application, click here for the application guide: Application Guide

Click here to download a copy of the Global Opportunities Exchange Information - Pre-Acceptance form: Pre-Acceptance form

International students from outside the EU are required to have proficiency in the English language. A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum of 5.5 required in each part of the test.  An English certificate is needed for both a semester and year long placement.

Students coming from the EU for one academic year will also need to provide an English language certificate, as per the information above.

More information on English language requirements can be found by accessing the following link - Language

Programmes are taught over the five Cardiff Met Schools. For further information including what modules are available during which term please refer to the links below.

Cardiff School of Art & Design
Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy
Cardiff School of Sport and Health Science
Cardiff School of Management
Cardiff School of Technologies

Acceptance does not guarantee your provisional module selection. You will confirm your final module selection once you have arrived and are enrolled at Cardiff Metropolitan University.



For halls of residence enquiries please contact Accommodation Services.

Halls of Residence are mainly for first year undergraduate students. Some exchange students therefore find them to be too noisy for their own use and prefer to rent a house (a room within a house) directly. Other students, however, find them to be the best way to integrate with British students. You can also find private accommodation through the various letting agents in Cardiff. The city has a student population of around 40,000 students so there are lots of privately rented houses which you can share with other students. Normally exchange students wish to see the accommodation before they arrive and will stay in a local hotel while they sort this accommodation out. You need to be aware, however, that the later you leave the selection, the less choice may be on offer.

The university DOES NOT offer a service to place exchange students in private accommodation. Students who are coming for the first term only need also to be aware that obtaining accommodation for three months can be quite difficult. Sometimes it is possible to obtain this accommodation by offering three months rent in advance.

Halls of Residence are only offered on a five month rental agreement. Most landlords require six months rent.


Deadline Dates

The current deadline dates are: 

Term 1 (September start) - 1st May 

Term 2 (January start) - 15th October