Cardiff University - Chemistry


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)


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


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. 


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.


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.

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.

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.

Online Approved Program Seat Application

This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.

Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.

1. Date of application:

2. Semester:

3. Program:

4. In order to study abroad, all students are required to attend the safety and security meeting, the pre-departure seminar, and the re-entry seminar. (Unless your program is in the United States, please check all three.) I understand that in order to study abroad, I will be required to attend:

Safety and Security Meeting
Pre-Departure Seminar: 1 full-Saturday course at the end of the semester before you study abroad
Re-entry Seminar: 1 full-day, Saturday course at the beginning of the semester after you return to campus
Not Applicable: My program is in the United States

5. Last Name:

6. First Name (Given Legal):

7. Middle Initial:

8. Gordon College ID #:

9. Gender:


10. Date of Birth:

11. Place of Birth:

12. Country of Citizenship:

13. Valid Passport:

Not necessary for my program

14. If yes, what is the expiration date on your passport?

15. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

16. Email Address:

17. Campus Mailing Address:

18. Campus Phone/Cell:

19. Parent/Guardian (Last, First, MI):

20. Parent/Guardian Phone:

21. Parent/Guardian Email

22. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

23. Emergency Contact if other than Parent/Guardian: (Provide Name, Address, Phone and Email in full)

24. Off Campus study can affect your eligibility for institutional, federal and state financial aid. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, etc.?


26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of?


28. Current Class Level:


29. Expected Graduation Date:

30. Major Field of Study 1:

31. Major Field of Study 2:

32. Minor Field of Study:

33. Current Overall GPA (Grade Point Average):

34. Name of Major Advisor:

35. Major Advisor’s Email:

36. Name of Faculty Reference:

37. Faculty Reference’s Email:

38. Name of Student Affairs Reference (someone in Student Life or an RD - not an RA):

39. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals? (AT LEAST 250 words)

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program? (AT LEAST 250 words)

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christian experience. What is your experience with such engagement? (AT LEAST 250 words)

43. The program for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom? (250 word minimum)

44. PIKE and IA MAJORS only: Please identify the name and provide a brief description of this program fits the specific requirements of your major/contract. (Has your IA advisor approved the program, or is this specific program written into your Pike contract?)