Semester in London
University of Roehampton

Athlete Friendly
Gap Year Friendly
LGBTQIA+ Friendly
Spring 2021

Nerd out with a vibrant campus community in the heart of southwest London.

Study at the University of Roehampton, your Harry Potter dream school (4 colleges with their own mascots and a yearly competition for the class cup!) tucked away in a lush neighborhood in southwest London. Roehampton is unique among London universities with its cozy central campus – housing, support services, classrooms, shops, and the student union are all within a 15-minute walk. Whether you’re drawn to the university’s stellar academics, verdant lawns, or its award-winning “Growhampton” sustainability program, you’re sure to find a home at Roehampton.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 3–4 courses (12–18 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.8

Highlights:

  • Large international student population
  • Wide selection of sports teams and student activities
  • Trips to Big Ben, Parliament, Oxford Street, the London Eye, and more
  • Walkable, serene, Harry Potter campus near public transportation
  • Supportive on-site staff to help you transition to life in London

Program Details

University of Roehampton - England

The University of Roehampton is a friendly, lively community. The beautiful and historic campus is situated in one of the most attractive suburbs of London – and the university’s “Growhampton” sustainability program works to make being green easy and fun! 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 time abroad.

Roehampton is dedicated to providing the best academic, cultural, and social opportunities imaginable. Renowned for its Performing Arts and Biological Anthropology departments, the University of Roehampton offers a wide range of classes for students in the liberal arts.

Roehampton’s four colleges (did someone say Harry Potter?) and its central student union offer a strong sense of community. Since most students (and all study abroad students) live on campus, 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)

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Humanities
  • World Languages

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

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.

Why Life in 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!

Live La Vida Local

  • 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 on-site 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.

Roehampton Residence Halls

Location

As a CIS Abroad student on at the University of Roehampton, you’ll live in a single room in one of the residence halls on campus. Wifi is available in common spaces, but you may want to bring an ethernet cable for a stronger internet connection in your private bedroom.

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!

Watch Oscar’s video tour of his accommodation to get an idea of what your housing could be like.

Meals

The hall is self-catered, with a communal kitchen for student use in each corridor. Each kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, oven, stovetop, microwave, kettle and toaster. A kitchen pack will be provided, which includes plates, a bowl, utensils, cutlery, pans, corkscrew, and can opener.

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.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomSharedEnsuite
  • Bed linens
  • CommuteWalking
  • Desk
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Single Room
  • Wi-Fi

Upgrade to get your own bathroom

You may also opt to live in Premium Accommodations for an additional fee, and enjoy an ensuite bathroom in Roehampton’s newest, sleekest dorms!

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Accommodation
  • Excursions
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • University of Roehampton orientation
  • On-campus internet access
  • On-site support
  • Student Union fees
  • University of Roehampton official transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival, take part in a comprehensive orientation program. 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. Your site director will also give you tips on how to budget in a city that is notorious for being one of the most expensive in Europe, if not the world. Also learn all about the favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets, and more). And 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 & 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 and help you reflect on your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. And, of course, a grand farewell meal to say goodbye to London.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in 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.
Brighton

Brighton

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

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

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.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

Save money on your Oyster Card and walk everywhere. There are so many different neighbourhoods that await to be explored and hidden treasures to be discovered. Get lost in the city and take time to enjoy the experience!

Travel Tip:

Save money on your Oyster Card and walk everywhere. There are so many different neighbourhoods that await to be explored and hidden treasures to be discovered. Get lost in the city and take time to enjoy the experience!

About:

Anna holds a B.A. in English and German from Ca’Foscari University of Venice. The Italian village where she was born was never enough for her, and from a young age she decided she wanted to see the world and meet a lot of people from different cultures. Fascinated by foreign languages and traveling, she first studied abroad in London when she was in high school and then at Humboldt Universität in Berlin a few years after. New York City holds a special place in her heart, ever since he was an intern at the Italian Cultural Institute there. After volunteering and working for the not-for-profit association AFS Intercultural Program, helping hundreds of high school students enroll and prepare for their experience abroad, she moved to London and focused on working with university students. She has been part of the CIS Abroad on-site team in London for almost five years now and has extensive knowledge about all our London programs. She loves musicals, fashion, playing tennis, hiking, drinking green tea and matcha, and is an intrepid backpacker.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us—be it through a text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Hadley Byrne
Travel Tip:

When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

CIS Abroad's COVID-19 Plan

We want you to have the study abroad semester of a lifetime, and also know that Spring 2021 is a unique time to be having this experience. We want to provide useful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety.

We are making three commitments to you.

Our Financial Commitment

100% Refund 22 Days Before Your Program Starts

CIS Abroad has worked with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. 

  • 100% refund of total program costs 22 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program 
  • 80% refund of total program costs 21-15 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • 50% refund of total program costs 14-8 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • 20% refund of total program costs 7-1 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • Academic continuity is guaranteed, see below.

To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance.

Our Academic Commitment

Course Continuation Guaranteed

CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is zero to minimal academic risk. 

  • If a student cannot travel to the country or does not wish to, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.
  • If a student arrives in-country and must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.
  • If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.

Our Health & Safety Commitment

COVID Care Package Included

CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. 

We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee for all Spring 2021 programming to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site: 

  • COVID-19 compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing.
  • 14-day Quarantine housing cost, if quarantine is required when entering the country
  • Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country
  • Welcome packet of masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies
  • Single rooms in host families (Costa Rica only), student residences, or apartments.
  • Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID-19 test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges. 
  • Access to COVID-19 testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
  • Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-19-related illness
  • La Vida Local cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time. 

 

We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this Spring, despite the risk mitigation outlined above.  We are committed to providing our Virtual Global and Virtual Accelerated Internships so that we can bring international learning & career skills to you.

 

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Oct 15
  • Arrival: January 13
  • Departure: June 12
  • Price: $15,590 - $17,890
  • Application Deadline: Oct 15
  • Arrival: January 13
  • Departure: June 12
  • Price: $15,990 - $17,890
  • Application Deadline: May 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 16 (Estimated)
  • Departure: December 19 (Estimated)
  • Price: $16,990 - $19,190 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Low price range is standard housing, high price range is premium housing.

Please note that if a 14-day quarantine is necessary, the dates and the price remain the same as the quarantine is built into the structure of this program.

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.