Cardiff

Cardiff University - Chemistry

VISION

From its founding in 1883, Cardiff University has become one of the UK's leading universities. Gordon chemistry majors are encouraged to consider studying there for a semester (preferably in spring semester). With the appropriate prerequisites, students can take courses from "Symmetry, Spectroscopy and Quantum Mechanics" to "Advanced Organic Chemistry." To learn more about courses, lectures, laboratory work, and assessment, please visit Cardiff's Chemistry Department web pages.

Gordon's Chemistry Department requires that its majors who study at Cardiff to take advantage of the opportunity to better understand Wales by taking a course that will help them better understand Welsh (or UK) culture. A few examples:

  • Formation of the British Isles (Geology)
  • Modern Welsh Writing in English (English)
  • From King Coal to Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939–2000 (History)
  • Modern Wales (History)
  • Early Modern England and Wales (History)
  • Modern Welsh Politics (Political Science)
  • Wales and the Welsh Language (Welsh)
  • Welsh Culture and Folklore (Welsh)

QUALIFICATIONS

Students are encouraged to apply if they:

  • Major or minor in chemistry
  • Must have Junior standing at the time of participation
  • Have their advisor's approval
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

CREDITS

At Cardiff University, courses (called modules) are generally listed as 20 or 10 credits (a few are worth 30). Divide those Welsh credits by 4 to convert to the U.S. system. Students who take a 60-credit load at Cardiff (the usual semester load) will receive 15 U.S. credits. Be sure to discuss both load and course selection with your Gordon Chemistry advisor. Please be sure to look at courses for the correct term.

Global Understanding core credit can be fulfilled by this semester program when students participate in COR210 pre-departure and COR211 upon re-entry. Lab fees apply. 

COSTS

As a Chemistry major, you pay regular Gordon semester costs (tuition, housing and fees) and will be eligible to maintain all scholarships toward the cost of the program. Please consult with Student Financial Services to review your particular situation. The following is included:

  • Tuition and direct program costs
  • Room (not board as all housing is self-catered)

Not covered:

  • Flights
  • Board
  • Personal expenses
  • Local travel
  • Course materials
  • Visa*

*The UK visa is not required for students participating in one semester's study in Wales. However, if you wish to work or participate in an internship, you will need the UK visa. Students who have not obtained a visa must avoid flying through Ireland (i.e. Dublin airport) on their way into the UK.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES

Because Cardiff University holds its fall semester exams in January, Gordon students are encouraged to apply for the spring semester. That said, if a student can only participate in the fall semester program, we can contact Cardiff to see if earlier exams can be arranged. Students wishing to study abroad must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with the Global Education Office.

FALL SEMESTER: 
Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by March 1.  You will be notified within five days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. Cardiff University's application deadline for fall semester is April 30.

SPRING SEMESTER: 
Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by September 30. You will be notified within five days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. Cardiff University's application deadline for spring semester is October 31.

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