Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025


Tamara Ingram

Cornell Affiliations:

Industrial and Labor Relations

Off-campus partner:

Cardiff University


Opportunity Description

Cardiff University was founded in 1883.  It is one of the UK's Russell Group universities and is one of the top 5 universities in the UK, with a global reputation for research, teaching, and learning. Its world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact. Driven by creativity and curiosity, Cardiff strives to fulfill its social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.

The ILR-Cardiff University exchange is with the Cardiff Business School, a world-leading, research intensive business and management school with a proven track record of excellence. Cardiff Business School is proud to be the world’s first public value business school. Guided by its progressive public value strategy and principles, Cardiff Business School is committed to delivering economic and social improvement through interdisciplinary teaching and research that tackles the grand challenges facing the world today. Currently ranked sixth for research quality (out of 101 UK business schools), 86% of Cardiff Business School's output is classed as world-leading, while its research environment came joint first. Cardiff Business School is also consistent as one of only two business schools in the UK to rank in the top 10 in each government research exercise since 1992.

What is unique about this program?

  • Only open to ILR students.
  • Earn up to 15 ILR elective credits.
  • Take a variety of courses in the following areas within Cardiff Business School: Accounting and Finance; Economics; Logistics and Operations Management; Management, Employment, and Organization; and Marketing and Strategy.
  • Connect with an ILR alum who teaches in the Cardiff Business School.
  • Pursue other academic interests by taking up to two courses in other schools if desired.

What is unique about this location?

Cardiff is the capital of Wales and its largest city. It has a distinctive character with an excellent quality of life and an international reputation.

Many national cultural and sporting institutions are based in Cardiff, including the National Museum of Wales and the Principality Stadium. Cardiff Castle sits in the center of the city, bordered on one side by beautiful parkland and on the other by excellent shops, restaurants and nightlife.

The waterfront area at Cardiff Bay is home to the Welsh Assembly and the Wales Millennium Centre arts complex. There are regular food, arts and craft festivals and visitors can walk across the barrage or take a boat trip around the bay.

Students living in Cardiff benefit from the combination of a small, friendly, inexpensive city with the cultural and recreational amenities of an ambitious and progressive capital city.

Due to the size of the city and the central location of campus buildings, it's very easy to get around on foot. Public transport links are good, and cycling is also very popular in the city.

Students in Cardiff lead a busy life, both with their academic studies and the social and cultural activities that take place.

Program Dates

Cardiff Academic Calendar*

* Note that fall students would be able to finish the term by the start of Cardiff's Christmas recess. Orientation dates not included.

How do I apply?*

1. Meet with the program advisor in ILR (Tamara Ingram, to discuss your plans and eligibility.

2. Complete the online application by clicking on the "Apply" button on this web page. You must log in with your NetID and password to access the application.

3. If accepted and nominated to study at Cardiff, complete Cardiff's application.  Application instructions will be sent to nominated ILR exchange students.

*Applications reviewed on rolling basis according to the following timeline:

Fall Exchange Study

January 1st: Application opens; March 1st: Application deadline

Spring Exchange Study

June 1st: Application opens; September 15th: Application deadline

To preview the application, please click on "Application Preview."  Clicking on "Apply" will create an application, so only click on "Apply" if you intend to apply to this program.