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Who can apply for summer programmes?

Any undergraduate student in good academic standing may apply to participate on a summer programme.  The following exceptions apply:

  • Undergraduates in their final year of study, where the intended period of Summer study takes place after the end of Spring Semester
  • International students applying for a Summer programme in their home country

*Please note priority will be given to students who have not previously studied abroad and will not study abroad as part of their degree programme.

I’m an international student.  Can I still apply?

Yes, international students can apply.  However, you must book an appointment to speak with an International Student Advisor in the Student Support Centre to ensure there are no implications for your visa.  You may need to apply for another visa in order to study or work abroad.  Additionally, international students may not apply for a programme in their home country.

How long does a summer programme last?

A summer programme must last for a minimum of 4 weeks.

How much do summer programmes cost?

It depends on the programme.  Because each programme has different accommodation, class structure and locations, there is not one price for all programmes.  Funding available varies by programme as well.  Please see the opportunities page for a description of the funding for each programme.

Can I apply for a loan to participate in a summer programme?

No, unfortunately students cannot apply for loans to do short term programmes.  There is, however, funding from the International Office.

Will I have to find my own accommodation abroad?

Most programmes will either provide accommodation, or will assist and provide you with the resources that you need to find accommodation.

Does the time I spend on a summer programme count towards my degree?

The Summer programme won’t count towards your final degree classification. However, you are still required to pass the courses at the summer programme, or we may ask you to repay the bursary. Even though this opportunity won’t count towards your degree, studying abroad for the summer is an excellent way to gain real-life experiences, develop professional skills, and maybe even learn a language, all of which will help you when you begin the search for your career.  You may even choose to participate in a programme unrelated to your degree to enhance your language skills or some other skill set you’ve always wanted to acquire!

Can I get a part-time job whilst studying abroad?

That depends on the country you’re studying in and the visa that you have.  Some countries will allow you to work, although the short term nature of summer programmes will make finding a job difficult.  It is recommended that you anticipate not having a part time job while abroad.

Will I need a visa to study abroad for the summer?

Whether or not you need a visa will depend on which country you’re studying in and how long you’re going to be there.  Many countries for which citizens of the UK may need a visa allow you to be in the country for a certain length of time without a visa.  If your programme does not exceed that length of time, then you will not need a visa.  Please visit the UK Government Foreign Travel Advice page for additional visa information.

Do I need to be able to speak a foreign language?

The majority of Summer Programmes are delivered in the medium of English. There may be additional language classes offered by the host university which you may be able to take advantage of. 

Do I need to buy insurance?

You will be provided with Cardiff University insurance, which will cover you while you’re traveling on a summer programme, although you’ll need to check with your programme to confirm that this coverage is sufficient for their insurance requirements.

Contact us

Study Abroad Office
Cardiff University
Deri House
2-4 Park Grove
CF10 3BN

Tel: + 44 (0) 29 2087 0813
Twitter: @studyabroadCU