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Students can take part in this exchange in the second semester of their sophomore year but the range of classes available to them will be limited.
Note: Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University to study abroad. Each applicant’s disciplinary record will be reviewed, and students must be cleared by the Office of the Dean of Richmond College or Westhampton College. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of their intended program. Situations of housing probation and honor probation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for the program.
Robins School of Business students may transfer back credit from only one (1) business course taken while enrolled on this program to count towards their business degree. Specific course approval must be given by Dr. Tom Cossé. RSB students may transfer courses back from non-business subjects to count towards any non-business majors/minors and general education requirements (pending departmental approval) and towards the total units needed for graduation.
Students applying to Queen Mary must obtain two recommendations (most other programs require one). The online application will explain how to request them.
You may enroll in any course as long as you meet prerequisites and places are available. English majors are encouraged to go in the fall semester, as there are more courses available. Non-English majors wishing to take English classes (either semester) may take only 100-level classes. Queen Mary offers no courses in sociology, music, education or fine arts. Check the online catalog for specifics.
Semesters 1, 3, and 5 are the fall semesters for years 1, 2, and 3 respectively. Semesters 2, 4, and 6 are the spring semesters of years 1, 2, and 3.
The normal course load is four Queen Mary "modules" per semester, each weighted at 15 Queen Mary credits. You must register for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 modules. The chart below shows how Queen Mary credits convert to Richmond units:
Queen Mary credits
one 15-credit module
three 15-credit modules
four 15-credit modules
Be aware that there are a small number of modules that are worth 30 Queen Mary credits each, equivalent to 2.4 UR units.
Please see this page on the website of the Office of the Registrar for an explanation of how academic credit earned abroad is transferred to UR.
The only subjects for which you can pre-register are biology, English, history and politics. You should be cautious in noting your course selection on your Queen Mary application because changes will not be allowed upon arrival to London. If any of the pre-registered courses are not offered, you will be offered a place in a related course.
Queen Mary modules listed as Level 4 are typically taken by first-year students in the three-year British university system. Level 5 modules are usually meant for students in their second year of study. Level 6 modules are for students in their final year of university and/or honors students.
Queen Mary offers many opportunities for students to be involved with the local community. Please click here or here for details.
An increasing number of US students are choosing to do graduate degrees in the UK because they are shorter (most Masters programs in England are one year, not two) and less expensive than in the US. If you have been a study abroad participant at Queen Mary, you are eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are later accepted to one of their Masters programs. Click here for details.
Students taking part in the Queen Mary program are required to live in housing that is affiliated with the program. Students may not take part in this program if they obtain housing of another kind.
Queen Mary guarantees on-campus housing to students who apply by their stated deadline. The residence halls accommodate both domestic and international students. All halls are self-catering, meaning they are equipped with kitchens, enabling students to prepare their own meals. Once you have signed up for a residence hall, it is difficult to change or cancel your request. If you decide to move out or change residences, you will be responsible for the rent until the room is let to another individual.
Click here for the University's accommodations site.
NOTE: Travel allowances, reimbursements, health insurance premiums and other payments above tuition costs paid by Richmond on behalf of its semester and year abroad students are available only to Richmond degree-seeking students accepted to participate on UR-affiliated abroad programs.
This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.