International Exchange Programme 

We are now able to offer Cardiff Metropolitan University SLT students one of the most exciting opportunities we have been able to afford them in recent years.

The chance to undertake their year 3 six week block placement within the United States under the supervision of American SLTs and alongside their students from their Masters programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The Western Illinois University (WIU) staff and students are welcoming, friendly and as excited about this exchange as we are in Cardiff Metropolitan University. The facilities within WIU are exceptional and will open your eyes to the privatised health system which serves the United States at the moment.

A number of Cardiff Met students will have the opportunity to undertake this placement whilst the same number of students from WIU will come to Wales to be placed within our NHS block placement provision and receive support from Cardiff Met. We expect students engaged in the exchange to experience and embrace the cultural differences evident in both work and lifestyle experiences, gain an understanding of the differing health and education systems and learn the transferrable and non-transferrable skill sets required in each country in relation to clinical practice. We also expect students to engage in a programme of information dissemination for SLTs and students alike upon their return to Wales. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to be ambassadors for Cardiff Met and the SLT profession within the UK.

This unique opportunity being offered to Cardiff Met students occurs as the result of exceptional relationships built between the two Universities and substantial preparation to ensure the academic, clinical and personal wellbeing of the students involved. The generosity of both Universities has minimised the costs to the students making this an opportunity accessible to all.

Western Illinois University