Global e3 Cardiff University- The United Kingdom


Founded in 1883, Cardiff University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, placing it among the top 20 research-led universities in the United Kingdom.  Located in and around the portland stone buildings, parks, and tree-lined avenues of Cardiff’s magnificent civic center, the University is home to more than 27,000 students, including 3,000 students from outside the European Union. 

This exchange program is College of Engineering (ENGR) specific, meaning only undergraduate ENGR students may participate. Cardiff and Pitt are members of Global E3, an exchange consortium of over 60 Engineering Schools from around the world. This consortium is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE)

For more information about the university, see the  Global E3 Cardiff page and the Cardiff University website   

Note: Cardiff accepts Global E3 exchange students for Spring or Academic year only.


Learning Objectives

As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop: 

  • the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment. 
  • non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path. 
  • a global network of peers in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in the United Kingdom  


Partner Information

Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Study Abroad Office   |
Global Opportunity Centre
Cardiff University
51a Park Place
Cardiff CF10 3AT
Wales UK

Location Description

Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, is known as an affordable place for students to live.  A British Tourist Authority (BTA) survey identified it as the cheapest among 16 capital cities around the world.  The survey included items such as accommodation, travel, food, entertainment, shopping and services. 
Cardiff has a distinctive character and provides a unique cultural experience but is only 2 hours from London by train, and offers flights to explore Europe via nearby Cardiff and Bristol airports.This laid-back capital city combines modern culture with a Roman heritage, transforming an urban atmosphere into a peaceful retreat filled with friendly, hard-working individuals.

Housing Description

The University guarantees a single-occupancy room in one of the University Residences to all exchange students who apply during the normal admissions cycle.
Shortly after you have been made an offer to study at Cardiff University, you will receive information on how and when to apply for a place in the University Residences. Details about the University residences, cost, and how to apply for accommodation are available on the Global E3 site and the  Cardiff Accomodation site

Academic Description

Use the links below to see if the specific departments offer the types of courses you would like to take while studying abroad. 

Academic Departments: 

Visit the University's website to learn more about course offerings and check the GE3 website for general course information. The following disciplines are available:

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic and Communications Engineering
  • Integrated Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Engineering 

Of note: 

  • All courses must be approved by the Faculty Director of your department in the Swanson School of Engineering. A course approval form must be completed and submitted to SSoE’s Engineering International Initiatives Office. 
  • Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours.   
  • Courses taken at Cardiff will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. However, students must receive a C grade or higher in order for the credits to transfer. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university. 
  • Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers may be required to show evidence of English proficiency.


Students who have attended this program in the past have taken classes in the areas of:


For information about the grading scale at Cardiff, please see the website.  



Request Cardiff to provide a hardcopy transcript to the Engineering International Initiatives Office. Make sure that you follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of your grades are received. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: International Engineering Initiatives, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 152 Benedum Hall, 3700 O’Hara Street,  Pittsburgh, PA  15261, USA.

Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received. 


Experiential Learning Description


Program Fees

Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.

Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad. 


Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $10,331 $18,530
Program Fee $545 $545
Study Abroad Fee $400 $400
Total Billed by Pitt $11,276 $19,475

* The tuition rate listed is defaulted to reflect the Swanson School of Engineering. The listed costs are defaulted to one semeter.  Multiply the costs by two for two semesters.


How Much To Budget

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit  $2,000  
Room & Board $3,000 - 5,000  
Personal Expenses $1,000 - 5,000  

The Estimated Costs reflect information provided by exchange partner and are reported to OAFA to calculate financial aid packages. The listed costs are defaulted to one semester. Multiply the costs by two for two semesters.Personal expenses vary with individual students. Review Cardiff's website , the Global E3 Cardiff specific page as well as our budgeting page for more information.

The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage will be provided to you by the International Engineering Initiatives Office. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the exchange school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.

Questions about funding? Check out our funding pages and note the SSoE has funding specifically for engineering students! There are many other national funding sources you can review. One place to search is the Institute of International Education website.

Program Dates

Typically, semesters are Fall: mid September to mid January & Spring: mid January to mid June. Pitt students may enroll at Cardiff for either spring semester only or a full academic year (two full semesters). The Academic calendars of Cardiff may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Like Pitt, the University of Cardiff’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second.

Dr. Kristine Lalley

Bonjour! I became the Swanson School’s first Director of International Initiatives in August 2007. In this role I have collaborated with Swanson School faculty members to create international education opportunities for engineering students- including studying abroad, international internships and service learning projects along with other research opportunities abroad. I have also conducted research on learning processes in the context of international education. I studied in Paris, France during my junior year and continue to love visiting countries around the world whenever possible, learning as much as I can about other cultures. I enjoy supporting engineering students and seeing them change from their experiences abroad.  Come talk with me about studying abroad! |  412-624-3489 | 152 Benedum Hall @SSoEIntPrograms   |


Application Instructions

 You must first be accepted by the Swanson School of Engineering International Initiatives Office, then you will be directed to apply to Global E3. (Typically SSoE application deadlines are late September for Spring and early February for Fall.) A formal nomination from SSoE Engineering International Initiatives is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at Cardiff. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt steps in addition to Cardiff's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Engineering International Initiatives does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.  

Prior to being accepted, please visit the Global E3 website and read the application instructions and application deadlines. (In the past, Global E3 application deadlines have been October 1st for spring semester programs and March 1st for fall semester programs.) 

Each university might have an additional application.  Please refer to the Global E3 Cardiff website for details.  


  • SSoE student in good standing 
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA for engineering students to study abroad
  • For the University of Cardiff, students must have the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale. 
  • Sophomore standing or higher 


Additional Information

Questions about funding? Check out our funding pages and note that SSoE has funding specifically for engineering students! There are many other national funding sources you can review. One place to search is the Institute of International Education website. 

Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers will be required to show evidence of English proficiency.

Typically, semesters are: 


  • Fall: mid September to mid January  
  • Spring: mid January to mid June


Insurance Requirements

The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as a part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage will be provided to you by the Engineering International Initiatives office.  However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program. 

Visa Requirements

In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival. 

For those without the host country’s nationality, students may need to obtain a student visa to study on this exchange. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.  

In general visa application requirements may include, but are not limited to, the following requirements:  

  • Visa application 
  • Valid Passport 
  • Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university) 
  • Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.   
  • Passport photos 
  • Application fee 
  • Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)