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Education Abroad Office

Richmond American University London

Area: Global Exchange
Location: London
Country: England
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year

USC's exchange program in London is designed to expose students to English culture. London provides a perfect mix of ancient and modern; founded by the Romans, it is now a major gobal city with a strong influence on fashion, entertainment, finance, technology, and tourism. With a population of over 9 million, London is also one of the UK's most diverse cities, making it a perfect choice for students looking for an international experience. Richmond's campus is located within the up and coming district of Chiswick. With a little help from the tube (the subway), students will be able to explore London's palaces, shops, world class restaurants, and more. 

Cost: USC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements:  3.0 GPA

Although students will be paying in state tuition rates to USC, the United Kingdom is an expensive place to study abroad due to the weak exchange rate between the dollar and pound. Due to this fact, students need to budget accordingly and be aware that prices will be much higher while in the UK for room and board (estimated to be £1,492-£1,651/month)  which will be paid on site in London.

Students typically take 12 - 15 credits  (24 - 30 ECTS credits) per semester. Richmond offers a wide range of courses in the Humanities, Social Science, Business, and Arts. Students can expect small class sizes with substantial weekly contact hours. Students also have the possibility of completing an internship during their study abroad. Internships run 8 - 9 weeks for a minimum of 4 -5 days per week. 

To see courses USC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

The Student Affairs office at Richmond offers a variety of trips around the UK and beyond and a pleathora of on campus organizations. On campus student organizations such as the Richmond Stags Football club and the Great British Baking Society also provide students with the opportunity to get involved with peers and the local community. 

Per university policy, all USC students will be charged for  emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance of  for their time abroad. Students will be enrolled in this insurance by the education abroad office prior to their departure. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details. 

Richmond's recommended housing provider is iQ Haywood House, which is a 25-minute train ride from the Chiswick campus. The accommodation offers en suite rooms in shared apartments and studios with a range of attractive social spaces, regular events and great onsite facilities including a gym, cinema and free, super-fast WiFi. Richmond also provides a list of alternative accommodation partners. Prices for Haywod House and other partners vary by room size and/or location and will be paid on site in London. 

Classes begin in early January and go until early May for the spring semester. Fall semester classes begin in early September and finish in mid December. Students can study at Richmond for the fall or spring semester, or full the academic year. 

 Richmond offers an orientation program for new international students a few days before classes begin. Information on the local area, the university and other important details will be provided during this time.

U.S. citizens who attend Richmond for one semester (less than 6 months) do not need to apply for a visa in advance. Students who are studying for the academic year will need to apply for a visa in advanced. 

Please Note: If you are completing an internship, this will change your Visa requirements. Please see Richmond's Student Visa Guide

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