Cardiff University International Office

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Cardiff University International Office

Cardiff is a global, ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city.

With over 7,000 international students from more than 100 countries, our campus offers a diverse and truly international environment attracting the best students and staff from around the world.

We develop and support a culture which encourages international exchanges and collaborations, with over 17% of our undergraduate students spending time abroad. Our strategic partners and links with over 200 institutions worldwide highlight our global reputation and international outlook.

International partners

Our partnerships span more than 35 countries including 40 across China, 9 in Malaysia and over 20 in the US.

If you are interested in developing a relationship with us or finding out more about our international activities, please contact the International Office.

International Office

KU Leuven

Leuven University campus
Leuven University

The Cooperation Agreement with KU Leuven builds on our long-standing academic relationship with Belgium’s largest university. It’s designed to boost research income, create new research collaborations and offer more opportunities for students and staff to study and teach abroad.

“As a new central partner university, Cardiff shares in our internationalisation ambitions,” says Professor Danny Pieters, Vice Rector for Internationalisation at KU Leuven.

Xiamen University

Cardiff University and Xiamen University signing ceremony
L-R: First Minister Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan, Cardiff University and President Zhu, Xiamen University

Cardiff was the first city in the UK to twin with a city in China when it partnered with Xiamen over thirty years ago.

Our strategic partnership with Xiamen University supports joint academic programmes, a PHD scholarship scheme and student and staff exchanges. We collaborate closely on fields of mutual interest, including creating more sustainable cities through our Research Centre for Liveable and Ecological Cities and catalysis research.

“We share Cardiff’s international ambition and look forward to collaborating on new and innovative projects that can deliver benefits for both China and Wales.”

President Zhu, Xiamen University

International research

Ranked by REF as 5th in the UK for quality and 2nd for impact, our collaborative research with academic partners across the world makes a real difference.

From our Global Challenges Research Fund project exploring the resilience of groundwater supply systems in Nigeria to our pioneering model of nuclear waste disposal, backed by the European Commission, we take our global responsibilities seriously.

We attract the highest calibre of academics and researchers from around the world, enhancing the learning experience for students and bringing a global perspective to our research.

Study abroad

Giving all of our students the opportunity to gain experience overseas is one of our priorities. Our links with over 300 institutions worldwide mean that over 17% of our students study, work or volunteer abroad for at least a month during their time with us.

Our commitment to students gaining cultural awareness and enhancing their employability through time overseas continues to be a key target in the University’s Strategy – The Way Forward.

Contact details

International Office