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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 the 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 Sophomore standing
  • 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.


The following is included in your bill:

  • 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 a UK visa. Students who have not obtained a visa must avoid flying through Ireland (i.e. Dublin airport) on their way into the UK.

The Global Education Office will work with Student Financial Services to reassess each applicant's institutional aid for their off-campus semester. Institutional aid includes Gordon-awarded merit scholarships and grants, honors program awards, and major-or department-specific awards. Federal and private aid will not be affected. Factors in the reassessment process include financial need, GEO program flexibility within your major/minor, and program cost. SFS will provide a breakdown of costs to each student after approval has been issued by the GEO. 


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.

All Gordon students applying to the program must first submit an online seat application to the Global Education Office before applying directly to your program. Fall and Spring seat applications must be submitted to the GEO by March 1.

After the Global Education Office has notified you of your approval, you may then proceed with the program's application. See Cardiff University's website for more information on application and deadlines. 


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