London is calling. Are you ready to explore this hub of culture, fashion, music, and politics? As a student embarking on the London Semester, you’ll study at the top-ranked University of Roehampton, giving you A-plus academics with a strong support system, including on-campus social events – new friends are in your future! Everything on campus is within walking distance, so you can zip from class to your dorm to the student union. This serene campus gives you a break from the bustle of the city—that is, until you’re ready to tackle it again. Roehampton is in a beautiful neighborhood in London, so you can easily visit iconic places like Big Ben, Parliament, and the famous Buckingham Palace.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Fall: May 15
Spring: October 15
- Avg Course Load
- 3–4 courses (12–18 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Vast array of courses in many fields to support your major
- Wide selection of sports teams and student activities
- Trips to Big Ben, Parliament, Oxford Street, the London Eye, and more
- Large international student population
- Walkable, serene campus near public transportation
- Supportive on-site staff to help you transition to life in London
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in London
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in a comprehensive orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in London, like how to get around by public transportation, how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency and who to contact if you have any questions. We’ll also give you tips on how to budget in a city that is renowned to be one of the most expensive in Europe, if not the world. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (ever had fish and chips or a Sunday roast?) so that you can start to taste the local flavors.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to London and England.
As a CISabroad student on The London Semester at University of Roehampton, you’ll live in one of the residence halls on campus.
- Private room
- Bed linens, blankets, and pillows provided.
- The hall is self-catered, meaning you’ll be able to prepare your own meals. You’ll receive a kitchen pack with basic cooking and eating utensils from the University of Roehampton.
- You can buy groceries in the village, which is a short ten-minute walk from the main campus, or at ASDA (a large supermarket), only a short bus trip from the campus.
You may also opt to live in Premium Accommodations for an additional $1400, and enjoy an ensuite bathroom in Roehampton’s newest, sleekest dorms!
Living in the residence halls provides you with the opportunity to meet students from different cultures and backgrounds. There are also cafeterias, shops, and coffee and snack bars located on campus, as well as student union facilities, where you can relax and spend time with your new friends!
- Picnic in the Park: Londoners love their green spaces and are avid picnickers. Bring a blanket, we’ll bring the food!
- Victoria & Albert Museum: This incredible museum houses over 4.5 million objects and spans over 5,000 years of art. No wonder it’s one of the world’s largest museums!
- Afternoon Tea: Indulge in this fancy British tradition first introduced in 1840.
- Portobello Road Market Walking Tour: Let your onsite staff take you on a tour of one of London’s most famous neighborhoods and markets! (It’s also where the movie Notting Hill was filmed.)
- Evensong at Westminster Abbey: Hear the angelic voices of the Westminster Abbey choir during the traditional afternoon service that takes place every day in this famous UNESCO World Heritage site.
More About London
A hotspot for art, fashion, film, history, music, theater, and nightlife, London is an experience in itself. Explore the many diverse markets across the city, including the punk-rock-inspired Camden market and colorful Portobello Road. Visit the Globe Theatre to see some of Shakespeare’s most famous works performed live. Many of London’s museums are free and house some of the most renowned works of art and artifacts. Cruise down the River Thames or find a rooftop with a sweeping view of the spectacular city below. As the saying goes, coined by famous author Samuel Johnson, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”
The London Underground makes navigating this big city easy. Also called "the Tube," it's the oldest underground railway in the world. Combined with London’s train and bus systems, the entire city is well connected and accessible. Walking is also a great way to see the sights. You'll glimpse contrasts between beautiful Victorian architecture situated next to some of the most modern buildings in the world. Stroll to one of the nearby well-preserved parks to enjoy green surroundings in the midst of a bustling city.
Feel like taking a weekend trip to the Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool? Or checking out a Manchester United football match? Or taking a quick jaunt to a traditional seaside town? Thanks to England’s rail system, the whole country is easily accessible by train. And if you want to travel farther afield, London's international rail and air links make European excursions both easy and affordable!
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Join us for a daytrip to one of England’s most famous seaside towns. With its iconic pier and beautiful pavilion built by King George IV, Brighton is a popular, easy to reach destination for those looking to escape London’s bustle. Spend time walking along the rocky shore or playing in one of the many arcades. And complete the trip with a bit of fresh fish and chips!
Hampton Court Palace
Visit Henry VIII’s elaborate Tudor palace on the banks of the River Thames. See the Great Hall where he entertained hundreds of guests with sumptuous banquets and entertainment. Listen out for the cries of Catherine Howard’s ghost as we tour the Haunted Gallery. Then tour William and Mary’s apartments, designed by the great architect Christopher Wren before exploring the gardens and getting lost in Hampton Court's world famous maze.
The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site
Wander through the Old Town or explore the majestic terraces of the New Town. You'll want to bring your camera to capture these UNESCO World Heritage sites.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
On The London Semester Program at University of Roehampton, over 400 areas of study means options galore! Roehampton is front and center, with some of the best academics around. The Higher Education Quality Council recently commended Roehampton for its outstanding academic standards and quality assurance systems. The University allows you to choose “modules” (aka courses) from different disciplines, so you can fulfill both your elective and major requirements. You can study within the following Colleges: Arts, Business and Social Sciences, Education, and Human and Life Sciences.
Class descriptions and catalog: Click here for more information.
Simply click on the area(s) of study you’re interested in to view all the modules (courses) on offer.
How to read the Roehampton University course guide:
You will find courses offered at the 100, 200, and 300 levels. The 200- and 300-level courses at Roehampton are often equivalent to junior- and senior-year courses in the U.S. They will likely have prerequisites.
Within each program, you will find course listings in this format: ANT020C151Y.
The 3 initial letters refer to the program. The 3 numbers that follow indicate the credits that the course is worth: 010 is 10 UK credits (3 U.S.); 020 is 20 UK credits (4 or 5 U.S.). The next letter refers to the year of study: C = year 1, N = year 2, X = year 3.
The following 3 numbers are the actual course number. The last letter is the course code: “A” courses are only offered during the autumn semester and “S” only during the spring semester. “Y” courses are yearlong and are available only to students attending for the full academic year.*
So, the course code ANT020C151Y means: Anthropology, worth 20 UK credits (4 or 5 U.S.), first-year level, course number 151, yearlong.
*Please note that some yearlong modules have been split in credit to allow autumn- or spring-only attendees to enroll for half with appropriate assessment and credit. Preapproval is required. Please select “A” modules when attending in autumn and “S” modules when attendance in the spring.
The maximum number of credits in which a student can be enrolled during a term at the University of Roehampton is 60 UK credits. Most full-time students are enrolled in three or four courses for a total of 60 credits. One can take three 20-credit courses, or a combination of 20 and 10-credit courses to reach that 60-credit maximum.
You will be informed by University of Roehampton which classes you are registered for 1-2 weeks prior to arrival for the semester.
London Studies modules may require a small additional charge of around £50-£150 to cover the cost of field trips and excursions.
IMPORTANT: 10 UK credits can be received as 3 or 2.5 US credits, depending on the home university’s policy. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm with their home school advisor how many credits their classes will be awarded, and to maintain full-time status in the eyes of their home school.
The University of Roehampton is a friendly, lively community. Roehampton is dedicated to providing the best academic, cultural, and social opportunities imaginable. The beautiful and historic campus is situated in one of the most attractive suburbs of London. The locale provides a stimulating environment where you can pursue your studies. To maximize your experience, you'll receive support from on-site staff throughout your summer abroad.
Roehampton's four colleges and its student union offer a strong sense of community. You'll quickly feel at home, make friends, and start enjoying the many campus activities. With students from over 80 countries, Roehampton offers exceptional support to its international students. Advisors can guide you on everything from course registration to fun excursions.
Founded in 1975, Roehampton has an incredible reputation. It ranks as the best modern university in London in 2016 according to three sources: the Complete University Guide, the Sunday Times Good University Guide, and the Guardian University Guide. Roehampton is a research-intensive, modern university on a beautiful and historical campus in London.
Accreditation(s): Ministry of State for Universities, Science and Cities and also the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
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Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Program Coordinator - England, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, British Isles, Celtic Culture, European Experience
Site Director London
Application DeadlineMay 15ArrivalSeptember 12OrientationSeptember 13 - 15Classes StartSeptember 24Classes EndDecember 14DepartureDecember 15PRICE$16,290
Application DeadlineOctober 15ArrivalJanuary 9 (Estimated)OrientationJanuary 10 - 12 (Estimated)Classes StartJanuary 14 (Estimated)Classes EndMarch 29 *After classes end there is a Spring break, then an exam period prior to departure. (Estimated)DepartureJune 7 *Subject to change (Estimated)PRICE$16,890 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
Add on even more adventure with CISabroad’s Explore Europe Weekends – for only $450! Travel to Paris or Rome during your semester program and meet up with other CISabroad participants. Our trusted CISabroad site directors will show you the most famous excursions as well as how to truly live La Vida Local. Your all-inclusive Explore Europe Weekend package includes travel around the city, accommodations, and entertainment – an incredible value for $450.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Full-time tuition and fees
- Medical and accident insurance
- CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Predeparture orientation
- Airport pickup
- University of Roehampton orientation
- On-campus internet access
- On-site support
- Student Union fees
- University of Roehampton official transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program