England Study Abroad Program in London
About Royal Holloway University in London, England
- Minimum GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
3.3 (4.0 scale) for drama and history
- Application deadlines: October 15 for spring semester (Jan-June)
- Program advisor: Michelle Mannweiler
- Please note: We are no longer accepting applications for this program after the spring 2017 term. Please contact IFSA-Butler to discuss alternative program options for fall 2017 and beyond.
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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
- Outstanding academics on a beautiful, self-contained campus
- Excellent teaching in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences
- A friendly and supportive environment
- Easy access to central London without its high cost of living
- On-campus restaurants, shop, bank, bookstore, chapel, health center and two libraries
- The University of London's best sporting college with superb new sports complex and playing fields
- An active students' union that sponsors more than 100 clubs and societies as well as entertainment, bars, a newspaper and a radio station
- Part of the University of London, so students can use the University of London Union's excellent facilities
- On-campus housing is in Royal Holloway's self-catered apartment-style residences or catered dorms
- Housing includes single bedrooms and private or shared bathrooms
- Students purchase meals in the college cafeterias or prepare their own meals in shared kitchens
- Students may study in up to three departments
- Students take four courses per semester
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?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.
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.
- First-year (Level One) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
- Second-year (Level Two) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
- Third-year (Level Three) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
- Fourth-year courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.
Are there any course or departmental restrictions?
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.
Fourth-year courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. A full course load at Royal Holloway is two course units for the semester (equivalent to 16 U.S. semester credit hours) and four course units for the year (equivalent to 32 U.S. semester credit hours).
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full Royal Holloway, University of London course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
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?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting an academic record appeal for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at Royal Holloway, University of London. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
What are my housing options?
Most students live in single bedrooms in halls of residence on Royal Holloway's self-contained campus. Students have private or shared bathrooms, depending on the hall of residence. Residents in self-catered housing share kitchens to prepare their own food. Students living in a catered hall have a meal plan and eat at Founders Hall, but will have areas to prepare snacks or breakfast in their hall.
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?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur. 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.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in England for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Yes. IFSA-Butler requires a refundable housing deposit of $300 before going abroad. We will return this deposit to you after March 1 for fall programs or September 1 for spring and year programs, less any fines, damages or outstanding debts in your name.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.
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
Population: 9 million
Location: Southeast England
- One of the most cosmopolitan, hip cities in the world, with an atmosphere of excitement and sophistication
- A major global city with remarkable cultural, historic, artistic, political and intellectual offerings
- Home to many universities scattered throughout different neighborhoods, each with its own atmosphere and attractions
- A diverse population with more than 300 languages spoken within the city
- One of the world's leading business and financial centers
- Use London's excellent transportation links to explore continental Europe
- Take advantage of Britain's extensive rail system to visit other areas of the U.K.
- Take a break from the constant bustle of London and experience the beautiful and historic regions of England
London On Line
Time Out: London
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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What's included in our England program fees
Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due: November 15
Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.
† Housing Deposit
This program requires a housing deposit of $300. This payment is in addition to the program fee but is due on the same date. The deposit is held separately from the program fee and should be paid separately. The deposit is refunded to the student after the program, less any damages, fines or outstanding debts in the student’s name.
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 Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.
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.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident directors. Click here to read more about Resident Directors Lynne Alvarez and Andrew Williams.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs Rhonda Hinkle processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record appeals. Rhonda completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Evansville and received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University. She also has taken doctoral courses at Ball State University. For Rhonda, study abroad not only increased her awareness of the world around her but also ignited her passion for travel and education. Rhonda can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4259.