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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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Program Description:
About the program Accommodations
About the city Dates and costs
Eligibility Immigration requirements

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About Goldsmiths College, University of London

  • Goldsmiths, a Richmond affiliate university, was founded in 1891 and has been part of the University of London since 1904
  • Fourteen academic departments and several smaller centres and units
  • Unique approach to the study of creative, cultural and social subjects
  • Approximately 8,000 full-time students, 4,000 of whom are undergraduates
  • International student population of 12%, excluding those from the EU
  • Located in New Cross, southeast London, just 20 minutes by train from central London
  • Minutes from Blackheath's open spaces and Thames waterfront at Greenwich
  • Excellent public transport connections
  • Students who have taken part in a study abroad program at Goldsmiths are eligible for substantial tuition discounts if they return there for a Masters degree.
  • Click here to access campus maps.
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About the city
London is one of the world’s largest and most diverse cities.  It offers limitless discoveries and opportunities for learning.


  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 but with some flexibility depending on subject selection
  • Available for academic year, fall semester, spring semester (Goldsmiths' spring and summer terms), or short spring semester (Goldsmiths' spring term only)
  • 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.
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Academic calendar

Goldsmiths' fall term runs from September to December.

Their spring term runs from January to June.

Subject selection

You may select courses available to visiting students, provided they meet prerequisites. Goldsmiths is particularly strong in anthropology, design, drama, education, English, mathematics and computer science, media and communications, music, psychology, social policy and politics (including economics), sociology, and visual arts. Goldsmiths has the largest music department in the UK outside of the conservatory. TV & journalism practical courses are only offered to visiting students in the summer term.

Studio Art is available only to students who go to Goldsmiths for the full academic year.

Art History classes are listed under Visual Cultures.

Course load

The normal course load is 60 Goldsmiths credits per semester.  Most classes are worth 15 Goldsmiths credits, so students will take 4 classes per semester.  (However, please note that some classes are worth 30 Goldsmiths credits.)

Conversion to  UR units

Goldsmiths uses the European Union's ECTS (European Credit Transfer system) for assigning credit to its classes.  Most classes there are valued at 7.5 ECTS credits.

UR's Office of the Registrar uses the following formula to convert from ECTS to UR Units:

Divide ECTS by 7, then round up to nearest tenth of a Unit.

Credit conversion to units

Please see this page on the website of the Registrar for an explanation of how academic credit earned abroad is converted to UR units.

Grading Scale
Goldsmiths grade US equivalent
70 and above A
60-69 B+
56-59 B
50-55 B-
48-49 C+
45-47 C
44 and below C- to  F; not transferable to Richmond

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                                             Loring Hall, where most international students live.

Students taking part in the Goldsmiths 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.

Goldsmiths guarantees on-campus housing to Richmond students who submit their applications by the stated deadline. For information about types of accommodation, please see the Goldsmiths accommodation website.


Dates and Costs

See details of Dates and Costs for Goldsmiths.

Click here to read about scholarships for study abroad.

Since Goldsmiths is affiliated with the British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX), students approved to study there are eligible to apply for the BUTEX North American Scholarship.

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.

Immigration requirements

Citizens of the US and some other countries who study abroad for one semester may enter the UK with either Short-Term Student status or a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa.  
You must obtain a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa if any of these conditions apply:
  • You will study in the UK for more than one semester
  • The British government always requires citizens of your home country to have a visa to study in the UK
  • You need to have a part-time job while on study abroad in the UK
  • You will do an internship (paid or unpaid) in the UK
  • It is likely that you will extend your stay in the UK beyond one semester
If both options are open to you, the OIE encourages you choose Short-Term Student Status.

Citizens of the UK, or of another country that is a member of the European Union (EU), or of the Economic Area (EEA), or of Switzerland, do not need a visa to study in the UK.

For More Information

For additional information about this program, contact Chris Klein in the Office of International Education.

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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.

Updated March 2017