England: University of Hull
University College Hull was founded in 1927, the foundation stone was laid by the Duke of York (later George VI) in 1928, and the college opened in October with 39 students and 14 ‘one-man’ departments. University College Hull was an outpost of the University of London and offered courses only in the arts and pure sciences. A Royal Charter was granted in 1954 and the University of Hull became a separate institution with the right to award its own degrees. It was Yorkshire’s third university, and only the 14th in England.
In 2000, the university merged with University College Scarborough. The college (originally a teacher training institution) became the University of Hull’s Scarborough Campus, offering specialist undergraduate programmes in the arts, business, coastal studies, education and internet computing.
Research excellence has developed alongside teaching from the earliest days of the university, particularly in the physical sciences. In 1979 the School of Chemistry received the Queen’s Award for Industry for the work of Professor George Gray in the development of liquid crystals, which now have applications in everything from scientific equipment to LCD displays on mobile phones.
The University of Hull is providing a cutting-edge educational experience for some 18,000 students a year. The academic portfolio contains 50 disciplines across the arts and humanities, business, education, health, the sciences and the social sciences.
The City of Hull
Kingston upon Hull is a city leading the way into the 21st century. It is vibrant, progressive and ambitious, and has set its sights on becoming one of the UK’s top 10 cities. Hull is an excellent touring base from which to see parts of the UK and Europe. There are excellent transport links to most major cities in the UK, and London is only 2.5 hours train journey away. There are daily ferries to and from Europe from the Hull ferry post (which is just 15 minutes by car from the Hull campus). Humberside airport has flights to and from all over the world. The airport is just a 35-minute car journey over one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, the Humber Bridge.
The University offers courses and degrees in:
American Studies, Archaeology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminology, Drama, Economics, Educational studies, English, Film studies, French, Gender studies, German, History and Art History, Italian, Law, Marketing, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, Spanish, and Theology.
Normal Course Load: 3 courses per semester
The International Office provides a week-long orientation at the beginning of each semester. Academic counseling is available in each academic department.
Supporting students is a top priority. There are many sources of information, support and guidance on both campuses: the academic department; wardens and tutors in university accommodation; Student Welfare; the International Office; and the students’ union. There are a number of resources available to assist students in their studies such as computing facilities and the libraries A useful starting point is the Support Services web site. In addition, the student union runs the Advice Centre, which is there to provide free, impartial, confidential advice and information to all students at the University of Hull.
As a student of the University of Hull you will have free membership to the Union and have access to over 150 clubs and societies. These include the International Students Association, and over 15 country-specific societies, which work with the International Office to promote further cultural awareness and integration. There is also a wide range of entertainment and sporting facilities available. The Student Union Building is the center of student activity, providing several eating facilities, a student disco voted best in UK, and a StaTravel office
Students will be housed in student houses next to the Hull campus, which offer the following:
- Single rooms
- Close to campus
- Low cost travel
- Student neighbours
- Many shops within walking distance
- Free dial-up internet access to the campus
- Utility bills included
- Personal contents and possessions insurance
- GPA of 2.8 or above
- Strong academic record
- Evidence of good character, maturity, and motivation
- Ability and willingness to adapt to a foreign environment
- Fall Semester: Early September—December
- Spring Semester: Early January—May