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.