International Exchange

Interested in studying outside of Europe as part of your degree? Find out more from previous International Exchange students about their experiences abroad!

What my American dorm room is like

Posted on 5 December 2019 by Katie Hawkins

Perhaps one of the most daunting parts of spending a semester abroad in America is the thought of dorm rooms, I’m sure we all have enough horror stories from our time in Taly to last a lifetime. Unlike Taly however, in America, the chances are you will be sharing your dorm-room and as most college
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Making friends on your Year Abroad

Posted on 4 November 2019 by Phoebe Grinter

@cardiffunitravel Phoebe Grinter You’ve finally submitted all of the paperwork, found somewhere to live, renewed your passport and bought your plane ticket. Suddenly the fact that you’re going to study abroad seems very real. Even though the excitement is there, it is hiding behind a wall of nerves. Will I understand anyone? Will I get
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The Land of the Rising Sun – RWC 2019

Posted on 8 October 2019 by Phoebe Grinter

@cardiffunitravel Phoebe Grinter After more than 20 years in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, The Rugby World Cup 2019 has finally made it to Asia. Between 20th September and 2nd November 2019 Japan anticipates that more than 400,000 international fans will arrive for the 43-day tournament. British citizens can visit Japan for up to 90
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Foreign Fieldwork #2

Posted on 6 October 2019 by Niamh O'Reilly

Today I embarked on my second (likely my final) fieldtrip here in Vancouver. I really enjoyed writing about my previous fieldtrip, and you seemed to enjoy reading it so why not write about today too! Like last time we left UBC at 8am- a struggle for me as my beloved Aston Villa kicked off at
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Mount Meager- Foreign Fieldwork

Posted on 26 September 2019 by Niamh O'Reilly

Early on Saturday morning I packed my bags with all my brand new fieldwork gear ( literally brand new- after learning about this fieldtrip on Tuesday  had to go on a shopping spree and buy a coat, a sleeping bag and various other bits and pieces ) before heading off to uni at half 7.
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Staying out of trouble in Italy

Posted on 17 September 2019 by Phoebe Grinter

@cardiffunitravel Phoebe Grinter Italy’s reputation for pizza, pasta and bureaucracy is well known. What people are less aware of are the new visitor-aimed rules and regulations that they have introduced in a bid to combat over-tourism. Having just completed a year studying in Italy, I have become well acquainted with these quirky laws. Their zero-tolerance
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My Homecoming Experience

Posted on 17 September 2019 by Niamh O'Reilly

I believed Homecoming was just an American tradition so when I arrived in Canada I was surprised to be surrounded by numerous advertisements for the event. For those that don’t know, Homecoming is the day when the school/university American Football team play their first home game of the season. There are lots of attractions on
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My first month in America

Posted on 16 September 2019 by Katie Hawkins

I’ve now been in Los Angeles for a month, so I thought it was time I shared some of my experiences of living and studying in a different country so far! Read on to find out what I’ve been getting up to in the last month! I’ll be honest and tell you that the first
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Class Differences- Adjusting to Canadian Courses

Posted on 13 September 2019 by Niamh O'Reilly

Today marks the end of my first full week of classes at UBC. I have noticed some major differences in teaching/learning styles between the UK and Canada. I’ve listed 5 main differences I have noticed so far. Interactive lectures My lectures are in small classrooms with drop-down screens; the lecturers walk around, engaging with students,
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American VISAs 101

Posted on 3 September 2019 by Katie Hawkins

So you’ve been offered a place to study abroad in America! That’s great, but once the excitement has worn off you may start to worry about getting an American VISA. That’s why I’m going to explain the process that I went through to get my VISA to hopefully make the process a little less stressful for you!
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Top 10- Fears and Cheers!

Posted on 29 August 2019 by Niamh O'Reilly

It’s now just over a day until I embark on my journey to Vancouver- I have contemplated the parts I am most looking forward to as well as those I am definitely not. Here’s my top 10 fears and cheers for going abroad. Cheers last so it doesn’t get too depressing! Fears (In no particular
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My first week at UVM

Posted on 25 August 2019 by Anna Rees

My first week at UVM is over, and I’m kinda sad about it. From the chaos of moving in day to pep rallies and beach days, it has been the best start to my semester at university. Moving In Day Moving into UVM was an experience to say the least. I had been on holiday
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Applying for a year abroad- my story

Posted on 22 August 2019 by Niamh O'Reilly

One of my major inspirations for studying Geology was the opportunity to travel- this dream has finally come true! This is due to some very hard work and a pinch of good luck. My A-Levels weren’t what I expected, and I ended up at Cardiff through clearing (best thing that ever happened to me) so
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My top 10 packing tips for anyone studying abroad

Posted on 8 August 2019 by Anna Rees

Everyone knows just how monotonous packing is, do any of us really look forward to it? When studying abroad, packing becomes much more complicated as you’re essentially packing your whole life into a couple of suitcases! Here are my top 10 tips to make the process a tad less monotonous and a little bit quicker.
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Cultural Immersion: Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on 12 July 2019 by Kimberly Field

Being in a different country does not mean you are suddenly immersed in the culture. To really absorb a new culture, you have to make the effort! If your goal is to have a completely new experience, which allows you to explore a new culture to its fullest, then hopefully these points will help! Food
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Unique travel destinations for NYE 2018

Posted on 12 December 2018 by Kimberly Field

Christmas is over but that doesn’t mean the fun is! Luckily, we have New Year’s Eve to keep our spirits high after a mad, merry and magical Christmas. It’s the time to ring in the new year ahead with (again) lots of food, drink and festive fun. To celebrate this global occasion, we’ve put together
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A quick update from an aspiring kiwi

Posted on 11 May 2018 by Jade Rushby

Welcome to my newest blog post. I’m nearing the end of my exchange in New Zealand now, with only around a month or so left to go! I miss home and am looking forward to being reunited with my friends and family but I will be extremely sad to leave this beautiful country. I was
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My NZ studies so far

Posted on 23 March 2018 by Jade Rushby

Okay so, this is my second blog post since arriving in Auckland. It has been a while but as they say, beauty takes time! I’ve now been here around a month and a half. After starting off with a lot of exploring (since my last post I’ve visited Hobbiton, glow worm caves, a basketball game,
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Selecting a programme abroad

Posted on 8 March 2018 by Kimberly Field

Hi everyone! I thought this would be a very important topic to discuss since it’s that time of the year when we start to think of our year abroad options or about a summer internship. You have all these amazing opportunities staring right at you, all different countries, activities and program, but which one do
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Exchange in Auckland, New Zealand

Posted on 27 February 2018 by Jade Rushby

Hello, this is my first blog post so far since arriving in Auckland, New Zealand. As most people write, I have just been so busy! I’m here for one semester as an exchange student from February until June. Today is the first time I have sat down to try and find my bearings. I’ve now
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Year Abroad Impressions

Posted on 26 February 2018 by Nancyanne

Hello everyone! Sorry it has been a while, just been a little bit busy. Being away has not been “as expected”. However, I am very pleased with the support I have been given and the facilities that have enabled me to keep striving! Studying in China is challenging yet rewarding at the same time. It
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Pre-departure: what you need to know

Posted on 28 November 2017 by Kimberly Field

Bonjour everyone! Today’s blog topic is about all the things you need to know before going away abroad. It’s all good and well me telling you about all the things I’ve been doing so far, but for people planning on working or studying abroad, one of the most important things to know is how to
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Chemistry in China- the Adventure begins

Posted on 8 November 2017 by Nancyanne

Over 10 weeks ago, my life changed completely. For the better. I was moving to China for a year! I was very apprehensive about it and even considered dropping out last minute. Somehow, I managed to pull through the apprehension, apply for a visa and travel to China all in a space of 4 days.
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You Should Have Never Let Me Write

Posted on 2 November 2017 by Pepper Swan

Two months after being kicked out of sixth form at my secondary school, I was accepted into a college where I would go on to achieve three A Levels. Two months after the Brexit referendum of 2016, the value of the British pound dropped to the lowest level it had been at in over 10
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Getting started in Korea

Posted on 11 September 2017 by Mikolaj Mroszczak

Hi everyone, I’m Nick, I am doing Mechanical Engineering in Cardiff and I decided it is a great idea to spend half of the year in the extended range of North Korean artillery. So far, it is great, even though a nuclear trial triggered some F-17s and fully armed choppers flying over the campus at
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This is actually my current Tinder bio

Posted on 5 September 2017 by Pepper Swan

After just 10 long days of existing within the confines of the Special Administrative Region, I think I can safely say that Hong Kong seems to be the truest dichotomy of man and nature; obnoxiously large skyscrapers exploding with light nestle snugly into rolling hills of beautiful greenery, against a calming backdrop of the deep
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Québec, am y tro olaf…

Posted on 19 May 2017 by Elin Arfon

Salut, Dyma fy mlog olaf wrth imi ddod i ddiwedd fy nghyfnod fel monitrice d’anglais yn Polyvalente Saint-François, Beauceville (Québec). Fodd bynnag, mi fyddaf yn aros yma dros yr haf er mwyn teithio a pharhau i ymarfer fy Ffrangeg. Dwi’n caru Québec a dydw i ddim eisiau gadael! Felly, cyn imi eich gadael chi, dyma
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Québec: Diwrnodau Cenedlaethol

Posted on 18 May 2017 by Elin Arfon

Bonjour eto, Y thema y tro hwn : diwrnodau cenedlaethol.  Rhaid egluro rhywbeth cyn mynd ati i sôn am y thema hon. Y mae Québec yn wahanol iawn i weddill Canada. Yn gyntaf, Ffrangeg yw iaith y dalaith. Yn ail, y mae eu hanes yn wahanol i weddill Canada sy’n golygu pan geir diwrnodau cenedlaethol,
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Québec: Teithio a Chludiant

Posted on 17 May 2017 by Elin Arfon

Bonjour o Québec, C’est Elin! Blog mis Mawrth oedd hwn i fod ond rhaid imi gyfaddef, yr oedd mis Mawrth yn brysur iawn imi, a’r rheswm pennaf am hynny oedd oherwydd imi DEITHIO llawer! Felly maddeuwch imi, teitl y blog sydd wedi achosi imi fod yn hwyr yn ei ysgrifennu. Dyma’r ffyrdd yr ydym ni’n
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Québec: Bwyd a Diod

Posted on 23 January 2017 by Elin Arfon

Yn gyffredinol, tebyg iawn yw’r bwyd yn Québec i’r bwyd a gawn ni adref yng Nghymru, bwyd traddodiadol tatws a chig i fwyd tramor sushi a chyri. Ond mae yna tri pheth  sy’n angenrheidiol, hanfodol, hynod bwysig sôn amdanynt: maple syrup, Tim Hortons a poutine.   Maple Syrup Mae yna ddiwydiant enfawr maple yma yn
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Québec: Technoleg a Chyfryngau Cymdeithasol

Posted on 23 January 2017 by Elin Arfon

Felly, dyma gynnig cyntaf ar flogio…a’r teitl…technoleg a chyfryngau cymdeithasol. Gyda llaw, dwi yn Québec, Canada ar fy mlwyddyn dramor yn dysgu mewn ysgol uwchradd, ac ydy, mae hi’n oer iawn iawn yma!! Ta waeth, yn ôl at y pwnc dan sylw. Nid oes fawr ddim yn wahanol o ran technoleg a chyfryngau cymdeithasol. Mae fy
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Snow place like Vancouver

Posted on 22 December 2016 by Lorna Hayne

We’ve had snow in Vancouver!! They say it never snows here but we’ve had snow on the ground every day this week, which has made concentrating on studying for finals so much harder! I have just finished my last final, exam season has been hard (hence the silence in my blog writing), but with the
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Seattle

Posted on 16 November 2016 by Lorna Hayne

I’ve only got 2 and a half weeks of school left before finals start- where has the time gone?! In Canada, you get a day off for Remembrance Weekend, so we bussed to Seattle for the weekend- we stayed in City Hostel- which was in an amazing location. We went to Pike Place Market- which
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I’m half way!

Posted on 20 October 2016 by Lorna Hayne

It’s week 7 here out of a 12-week term, it’s scary how fast time here is flying by and I’m beginning to panic that I won’t get everything I want to do done before I leave! Cramming my weeks full of school work so that the weekends are free, so I can make the most
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A Seat with a View

Posted on 19 October 2016 by Anna Ingram

Hi everyone, so I just thought I would do a short post about my favourite places that I like to visit here in Hong Kong, when I am maybe missing home or I just want some peace. As a big lover of impressive skylines, I probably couldn’t be living anywhere better. The first place I
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A quick summary of 7 weeks in Hong Kong

Posted on 8 October 2016 by Anna Ingram

Hi everyone, my name is Anna and I’m a second year Psychology student currently on a one-semester exchange at the University of Hong Kong. I love to travel and see new places, so when the Psych department at Cardiff said this exchange was available, I was sure I wanted to go for it, and I got a
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Starting classes at UBC

Posted on 27 September 2016 by Lorna Hayne

I’ve just finished my second week of classes here at UBC and to say it’s been pretty intense. The timetable here works very differently to the UK- instead of doing 6 modules over the course of a year they do a minimum of 3, normally 5 for a full time student per semester. As an
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Week One at UBC

Posted on 10 September 2016 by Lorna Hayne

So I’ve been in Vancouver for a week now and I’m still sane and functioning which I have to say has been a shock to most of my friends and family and especially to myself. Admittedly I may still be in the honey moon stage with this amazing city and university  (the pictures really don’t
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Sara Rahmen standing on a cliff near the ocean.

No thinking, no boundaries, all heart.

Posted on 29 February 2016 by Sara Rahman

In the the last year I travelled to 11 countries, and 8 of those were in Asia. I visited Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Asia, it’s a crazy place I tell you. Each country I visited in Asia brought something new to the table, every culture was so different and
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Some advice.

Posted on 21 February 2016 by Sara Rahman

After 4 months of studying abroad, 5 and a half weeks of backpacking, and 4 weeks of settling back into Welsh living, I’m back in Cardiff to tell you about my experience away. I still remember it like it was yesterday, walking through the different coloured zones in City University Academic 1 building, everything seemed
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Withdrawal Symptoms

Posted on 20 September 2015 by Naomi Machin

Two months home and these withdrawal symptoms have not faded… I need to go back. It seems like only yesterday I was typing away for my previous blogs on departing for Australia and settling into my temporary home, and now I’m looking back wondering where time has gone. For all of you future Globetrotters, get
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We’re not in Kowloon anymore..

Posted on 19 September 2015 by Sara Rahman

So it has been over 3 weeks since I landed in Hong Kong and I’m not even sure where I should begin? My arrival to Hong Kong was pretty surreal as the airport is located on Hong Kong Island and City University Hong Kong is located in Kowloon. The whole bus journey from the island
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Paris before Hong Kong

Posted on 18 August 2015 by Sara Rahman

My name is Sara Rahman and I am a student going into my third year of University. Within my third year of university I will be studying Philosophy at City University Hong Kong. I officially leave for Hong Kong in under one week and if I’m honest the last few weeks have been really stressful.
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Solo flyer

Posted on 11 August 2015 by Amber Luong

When I inform people that I am going to New Zealand for a semester, they’re initial reaction is almost always, “that’s so far!” It is far indeed, as if you think about it, New Zealand is the furthest part of the world that one can go from the United Kingdom. At first, thinking about the
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Settling in!

Posted on 8 March 2015 by Naomi Machin

So, it has taken me a few weeks to post my second blog – the WiFi here isn’t too great :-(!! However, I finally am able to record my experience at Macquarie University, Sydney more! First and foremost, I absolutely love it here in Sydney! The weather, the city, the university, and most importantly the people
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Preparation!

Posted on 30 January 2015 by Naomi Machin

So, 16 days until departure; I cannot believe how quick time has gone. It seems like only yesterday I was applying to study abroad for my second term at Cardiff University, despite it being at least 9 months ago! Since then so much has happened, I have received my acceptance letter to study at Macquarie
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