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Studying, working or volunteering abroad as part of your university experience is a great way to broaden your academic knowledge, immerse yourself in another culture and gain skills that will be highly valued by employers.

Cardiff University has links with over 250 top-ranked institutions and can provide you with the opportunity to embark on an overseas placement in Europe and across the world.

An international experience will not only enhance your CV by demonstrating key skills such as communication, flexibility and collaborative working, but will provide you with valuable networking opportunities and, above all, it is the start of a new adventure.

You will experience other cultures and viewpoints, make new friends and share unforgettable experiences during your time abroad. You will also have the chance to embrace a new language and will experience all of this safe in the knowledge that you are enhancing your career prospects at the same time.

Find out more about what's available:

As part of your degree

European Exchange (Erasmus+)

As part of your degree, students can apply for placements across Europe through our Erasmus+ programme. Erasmus+ is a European exchange programme that enables students to study or work in a European country for 3-12 months as part of their degree programme.

All students who participate in the Erasmus+ Programme (study or work) are eligible to receive an Erasmus grant to help offset the additional costs of living and studying abroad.

International Exchange

We have placements internationally across a range of recognised schemes. Our International Exchanges offer you the chance to spend a semester or academic year studying at one of our many exchange partners outside of Europe, as part of your degree. We have partners globally, including institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and South America.

Taking part in a European or international exchange is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture and make friends from around the world. As an exchange student, you'll get a chance to learn and develop an impressive skill set which will enhance your employability, helping you stand out in an increasingly competitive international graduate job market.

Summer placements

International Summer Programmes

If you’re interested in gaining international experiences outside of your degree, the Global Opportunity Centre organises summer programmes which include study, work and volunteering opportunities. These short-terms placements take place in a variety of locations around the world and will last a minimum of four weeks.  


If you choose to take part in a short-term study programme you have the opportunity to explore a subject unrelated to your degree, or enhance your degree-related subject knowledge, whilst at the same time enjoying a brand new international experience.

Study programmes take place outside of term time during the Easter or summer holidays making them ideal for students who don’t have the opportunity to study abroad as part of their degree programme. You can study in a variety of locations around the world, including Asia, Europe, Latin America and the USA.


If you are looking to gain work experience abroad during your studies, the Global Opportunity Centre can help coordinate and support international placements. We offer guidance on both summer placements and professional training years, with funding available for some programmes. Through our international internships, you will have the opportunity to work for a range of global companies.


Make a positive contribution to the world during your time at University by taking part in individual and group volunteering projects abroad. Starting in summer 2015, you'll have opportunities to volunteer in countries around the globe either individually (joining a team of volunteers from other countries) or through group projects with other Cardiff University students. You can even take the lead and propose your own project.

Studying, working of volunteering abroad will not only enhance your CV by demonstrating key skills such as communication, flexibility and collaborative working, but will also enable you to demonstrate proactive qualities and attributes.

Funding & bursaries

An International Placement doesn’t necessarily have to be more expensive than studying in Cardiff. There is a range of funding sources to make International Placements more accessible to all students.

Students studying or working in Europe receive monthly grants through the European Commission; whilst those students going on International Exchanges receive a one-off bursary.  There is also a range of bursaries available to successful applicants taking part in International Short-term Programmes.

Students remain eligible for Maintenance loans, grants and tuition fee discounts. There is also additional funding available for students from a widening participation background and for disabled students.

Global Opportunity Centre

Speak to us

The Global Opportunity Centre provides a dedicated resource and source of expertise for all of the international opportunities available at Cardiff University. We can support you if you are considering a period of time abroad to study, work or volunteer and offer a range of international opportunities.

For more information, please speak with a member of the Global Opportunity Centre team or email us:

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