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As a study abroad student at Cardiff University you will be fully integrated into the student body and will take your courses alongside UK and international students pursuing their degree.
You can be assured of the quality of teaching at Cardiff University. Cardiff degrees are accredited by more than 40 professional bodies and the latest assessment of teaching at the University won the highest possible award from the UK Government.
Part of your study abroad experience will involve adapting to a new academic culture and system. This section will give you a better understanding of how studying in the UK may differ and what type of classes you will attend.
The grading system at UK universities differs from those in other countries and can cause confusion if you are used to high achieving.
In the UK system it is impossible to get 100%.
70% or above is the top band of grades (a 1st) and 40% is a pass (a 3rd). 60-69% (called a 2:1) is considered a good mark.
While UK education is similar to the US system in that the main study semesters are autumn/fall and spring, the UK system generally starts 'later'. For example: the autumn semester usually starts in late September. Cardiff University does not have a summer semester.
Exact dates are available on the semester dates page.
If you study humanities or arts based subjects you may find that you have less contact hours per week than you are used to in your home university.
This is because university study in the UK is aimed at encouraging a high level of independence and self-directed study. This means that you will be given guidance and help but you will be expected to do a great deal of self-directed research which you may be asked to present or discuss.
Classes in UK universities are delivered through the following types of classes:
While assessment methods vary between courses there will probably be a difference to what you are used to in your home university. In arts/humanities subjects especially, you can expect to have a smaller number of longer assignments which you have to plan effectively in order to achieve high grades.
Assignments will require your own research and, where possible, your own ideas. You will commonly be able to write assignments on areas of particular interest to you within a broad area.
Examinations take place at the end of each semester.
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