England Study Abroad Program in London
About Royal Holloway University in London, England
We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at Royal Holloway, University of London for your semester or year abroad. Although Royal Holloway is a University of London, it is actually located in Egham, near Windsor, about 40 minutes by train from downtown London. You will be studying on a self-contained campus rather than living in the big city, so be aware of the difference between Royal Holloway and other London universities when applying for this program. We're sure you're going to love studying there!
What Royal Holloway has to offer
We look forward to working with you!
CoursesWhere can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Open the Royal Holloway, University of London online course catalog.
What courses am I eligible to take?
You are limited to three departments at Royal Holloway, University of London. You are not permitted to take classes in more than three departments during your semester or year abroad. Once a decision is made by the department(s) at Royal Holloway, a formal offer of admission will be sent to you, detailing the study option for which you are provisionally enrolled and the course units for which you will be provisionally registered. This will be your study plan, which will be finalized upon your arrival at Royal Holloway. Please be aware that courses can be cancelled at the last minute, so your study plan could change. If this happens, your advisor at Royal Holloway will work with you to come up with alternative courses.
When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the English academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
What if I need to take a required course?
Are there any course or departmental restrictions?
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
What are the registration conditions?
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. You will be officially registered for courses before you arrive on campus.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What are my housing options?
Please note that spring semester residents of Founders Hall must move out during the Easter vacation period (luggage storage is available) or book a vacation room in the building in advance for a nightly fee.
Most accommodations at Royal Holloway are self-catering. If you are assigned catered housing, you will be able to purchase meals at a discounted rate on a pay-as-you-go basis. Meals cost approximately £2.50 (after the 50 percent discount) in Founders dining hall. Students in catered housing will also have access to a small kitchen where they can prepare breakfast and snacks.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Living and Studying Abroad in London, England
Dates & Fees
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Important: Once you are abroad, please verify the program end date with the department(s) in which you are studying. Ending dates may vary from department to department, and you will be expected to complete all course obligations prior to your departure. Program housing is available only until the program end date.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
In the United Kingdom, exams are taken under formal conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals. Exams must be taken where and when scheduled.
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Program Fee Bills
† Housing Deposit
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. Rates are current as of 12/9/2016.
They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
*Student Visa: U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are allowed to remain in the U.K. for up to six months but are not allowed to undertake any paid work or unpaid volunteer activities. Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in England:
Program Advisor Michelle Mannweiler prepares students to study abroad by assisting them with the application process and answering program, cultural and academic questions. Michelle is a Butler University graduate and majored in both middle/secondary education and Spanish. Michelle also studied for a semester in Costa Rica through IFSA-Butler. She joined the IFSA-Butler team in order to assist students in achieving their goals in new and interesting places. Michelle currently advises students planning to study in England and Wales. Michelle can be reached at the email link provided above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4267.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.
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