How to Apply - International Students


​Please click on each section of the How to Apply flowchart to see further details on​ each stage:​​

Choose​ your course

If you have not yet chosen which course you would like to study please check out our A-Z course lists:​

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate courses

Check the entry requirements

Entry requirements differ from course to course. The University values both work experience and academic qualifications and will consider students from a wide range of academic backgrounds. You may also need to undertake an English qualification before being admitted onto a course. For guidance on entry requirements from your country please check our Country Specific Information Page.

Our team of International Recruitment team travel all over the world to meet potential students and assist with your queries and application. In some cases, you can be interviewed and be made an offer in person in your own country. Found out where our officers will be next by viewing our Country Specific Information Page​.​​​

Complete an application

For both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes, International applications can be made directly to the University using our International Student Application Form. To assist with the completion of your application form please refer to the International Ap plication Guidance Notes.

For International Undergraduate applicants we also accept applications from the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), details of how to apply can be found on their website.

Current students please visit this page to make an application.

For Post graduate applications to Cardiff School of Art and Design, as well as completing the above application process, you will also need to complete the supporting online form.

Submit supporting​ documents

In order for us to assess your application, it is very important to provide us with as much information about your academic qualifications as possible. Therefore, you will also need to submit the following documents with your application:

  • Photocopies of your exam certificates and transcripts

  • Statement of Purpose/ personal statement - this is your opportunity to tell the University more about your previous qualification/experience, why you wish to study the course and in the UK. When writing your SOP, explain reasons for wanting to study the subject, how your skills/experience/knowledge meet the entry criteria, how the course will help your career or long-term personal development plans and what else you have done outside of the classroom setting (e.g. voluntary work/work experience/ hobbies or special interests).  A Statement of Purpose is not required for the International Foundation Course

  • English language certificate or NARIC Statement of Comparability - if applicable. Please see the English Language Requirements page for more details.

  • 1 educational reference (2 employer references are required for offers based on work experience). Your reference must be submitted on official headed paper. A reference is not required for the International Foundation Course and Foundation Leading to courses.

  • Evidence of sponsorship – if applicable

  • Art and Design courses only – you should send a copy of your portfolio which should include 10-20 clear and informative slides or photographs on a CD ROM or through an appropriate online resource such as Flickr. This should be accompanied by an explanation of the dimensions, medium, subject matter and any other information. We would also welcome any further statements about the influences, aims and ideas in your work, your ambitions and other achievements

  • Sports courses only – evidence of personal sporting achievements

Supporting documentations are uploaded using the International Student Application Form. You will not be required to send hard copies of your documents unless requested by the International Office.​​

Important d​ates

To stay updated on important dates, make sure to add the following important dates to your diary. Click here to view the full calendar of important dates.​

If you have any questions about your application or what you need to qualify for entry onto your chosen course, our team will be very pleased to give you advice. Please email:​​

Additional Information:

English Language Requirements

Our English language requirements will vary depending on your level of study.​
Please note: Research degrees i.e. MPhil, PhD, Professional Doctorate and Taught Doctorate require IELTS 6.5 with 6.5 in reading and writing or t​he equivalent in a UKVI recognised English Language test. For further details on acceptable English qualifications please visit our English Language Requirements page.

Cardiff Metropolitan University Disability Service

If you have been diagnosed with a disability you will be please to hear that there is support available​ to you at Cardiff Met. For full advice ​about this support please read the International Student Guidance for Disabled Students.

Cardiff Met’s Disability Service assists students who have a disability or specific learning difficultly to access support enabling them to fully participate in their studies.
At Cardiff Met we currently support over a thousand students with a range of disabilities which include:

  • Hearing Impairments
  • Visual Impairments
  • Medical issues such as Epilepsy, Diabetes, and ME
  • Dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Mental Health support
  • Autism and Aspe​rgers Syndrome (ASD)​
  • Physical Disabilities

If you think that any of these apply to you please ensure that you declare this on your application form. Any declared disabilities will be treated confidentially as stated in our Confidentiality and Disclosure policy.

For more information on disabilities and available support please see Cardiff Met’s Disability Service webpage and the Equality Act 2010.​​

Application timescales and imp​orta​nt information

​​​​​A confirmation email will be sent to you upon receipt of your application. A decision on your application should be received by email within 5 working days.

​The International Office admissions process adheres to the University's Admission policy which is available here.

If you are successful and you are made an offer, you should contact the International Office as soon as possible to tell us if you wish to accept your offer. We will then provide you with further information regarding the progress of your application and preparing to arrive at the University.

Under 18s Student Policy 

The University does not discriminate on the basis of age and admits a small number of students annually who are aged under 18 at the commencement of their programme of study. The University is, however, an adult environment and treats all its students as mature and independent individuals, and students aged under 18 are treated in the same way. 

The full arrangements for under 18s are outlined in the Admission of Students Aged Under 18 Policy. This document aims to be explicit about the respective individual responsibilities of the University, the student, and parents/guardians. All students aged under 18 are required to have a named guardian within the UK and parents are required to formally sign a Consent Form before an unconditional offer is made. This Form will be sent directly during the admissions process.

Applying from an overseas Partner (TNE) Institution

We welcome applications from students studying Cardiff Metropolitan courses within our overseas partner institutions. The following information is provided as guidance to students wishing to transfer to the UK t​o complete current qualifications or to undertake further studies with us.

I wish to transfer my studies, what do I need to do?
If you are wishing to transfer and complete your studies, please provide a copy of your transcripts and provide details of all completed and pending modules. We will then request the relevant Programme leader to map across your modules to ensure that we can transfer you directly and ensure that you are allocated the correct fee amount for your remaining tuition.

I have completed a Cardiff Metropolitan degree overseas, can I now study masters in the UK? Yes – we welcome all our overseas graduates for further studies with us in Cardiff. You would also be eligible for our £2000 Alumni scholarship awarded to students who have completed their Undergraduate studies with Cardiff Metropolitan and progress onto Masters in the UK.

Application Process
In order to apply, please use our International Student Application Form. With your application, please provide the following support documents:

• Academic transcripts and degree certificate where available
• High School qualification
• Statement of purpose
• Letter of recommendation from current institution
• Copy of passport information page

You will not need to provide a recognised English language qualification, instead the successful completion of the Cardiff Metropolitan University English Language Interview will form part of a conditional offer.