England: Royal Holloway
Fall Semester Only
Royal Holloway is a unique blend of history, tradition and innovation. Famous for its Founder's Building, one of the most spectacular university buildings in the world, the College also enjoys an international reputation for the highest quality teaching and research across the sciences, arts and humanities. Today, a combination of distinctive character, academic vision and membership of the University of London has established Royal Holloway among the top ten research-led university institutions in the country.
Royal Holloway is renowned for having a friendly environment - home for a vibrant community of 6,600 undergraduate and postgraduate students of all ages and backgrounds and from more than 120 countries. The spacious 135-acre campus provides an impressive range of modern academic and social facilities in a parkland setting in Surrey, close to London.
The entire campus is very attractive, with lots of green space. Royal Holloway's location on the A30 between the village of Englefield Green and the town of Egham, is just 19 miles from the centre of London, minutes from the M25 and M3, M4 and M40. London Heathrow Airport is just 7 miles away, and trains from Egham to Waterloo (and Eurostar) take just 35 minutes. College buses run to and from Egham station during term time.
The campus is the focal point of student life, and home to student residences and restaurants, the college shop, bookshop, bank, health centre, chapel, careers centre, a superb new sports complex and playing fields, and a Students' Union giving students an active social scene and over 100 clubs and societies. Students appreciate the convenience of living in halls of residence that provide comfortable accommodation within easy reach of academic departments and all main facilities. Academic resources include a library with half a million books and subscriptions to 4,500 journals, computer centre, a Language Centre and an Electron Microscopy Unit.
Students enroll in one or possibly two academic departments, taking courses equal to two whole units per semester (for example semester could be comprised of one whole unit course plus two one-half unit courses), using lectures and tutorials. Students need a minimum GPA of 3.0. Exams are before Christmas, for autumn term and in May-June for spring/summer term. Transcripts are issued within 30 days after end of term or assessment.
RHUL offers courses and degrees in the following areas:
- Biology and Biomedical Sciences
- Computer Science
- Drama and Theatre
- European Studies
- Hispanic Studies
- Politics and International Relations
The International Office staff provides airport pick up and an orientation during the first week of term in September and a 2-3 day orientation for the January term.
In the Founder's building the rooms are singles with shared bath, most other dorms are en-suite and self-catering. Housing is guaranteed for all Study Abroad students and there is Internet access in all Residence Halls. There is a Warden (adult) in each Residence Hall.
- GPA of 3.0 or above.
- Strong academic record.
- Evidence of good character, maturity, and motivation.
- Ability and willingness to adapt to a foreign environment
- Fall Semester: mid-September - mid-December