Program Overview

Live on the doorstep of London for a summer on the lush Harry-Potter-esque campus of the University of Roehampton. 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. Earn 3-10 credits while discussing a Shakespeare play on a field trip to the Globe Theatre, or better understand the effect of the Beatles on British culture by visiting Abbey Road. Relax in the funky vibe of life at Roehampton or spice it up by heading into downtown London.

GPA Requirement
2.8
Application Deadlines
March 1
Avg Course Load
1-2 Courses (3-10 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English
Highlights
  • A research-intensive, modern university top ranked in the UK
  • Unique British-focused literature courses
  • Passionate professors who are experts in their fields
  • Trips to Big Ben, Parliament, Oxford Street, the London Eye, and more
  • Easy access to other parts of the UK and Europe on the weekends
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.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

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)


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. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

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.

GPA Requirement

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.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

On the Summer in London – University of Roehampton program you can participate in one or two sessions. Each session is three weeks long, giving you the opportunity to be in London for an entire six weeks.

You will study one module of 20 UK credits per session or 10 UK credits per session (*the equivalent of 3 – 5 US credits) and you can come for either one or both sessions, earning a maximum of 40 UK credits (*the equivalent of 10 US credits).  As a small note, 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.

*Please check with your Academic Advisor to confirm credit conversions at your home institution.

Classes run 9am – 1pm, four days per week. (Monday – Thursday)

COURSE DETAILS– NOW UPDATED FOR SUMMER 2019!

Session 1:
Choose one of the following courses plus one or two backup selections.

New: Modern Greece: Language and Culture (Humanities)- 20 UK credits

New: Shakespeare and the London Stage (Drama, Theatre and Performance)- 20 UK credits

New: Illegal Economies (Social Sciences) –Credit value to be confirmed!

Gods and Heroes of Classical Mythology (Humanities)- 20 UK credits

Hidden London (English and Creative Writing)- 20 UK credits

Media City and Cultural Capital (Media, Culture and Language)- 20 UK credits

Two Children – Options and Decisions in English Education (Education)- 20 UK credits

The Psychology of Murder (Psychology)- 10 UK credits

Session 2
Choose one of the following courses plus one or two backup selections.

New: From Renaissance to Abstraction: The History of Art in London Museums (Humanities)- 20 UK credits

Introduction to the London Stage (Drama, Theatre and Performance)- 20 UK credits

Londonopolis – Exploring the Global City (Social Sciences)- 20 UK credits

Magic, Murder & Mystery in London Literature (English and Creative Writing)- 20 UK credits

The Psychology of Art: Madness, Creativity and Healing (Psychology)- 10 UK credits

A little guidance on how to decipher Roehampton course codes so you can assess what academic level each class might be:

Sample course code: ANT010C910A

  • The “010” tells you that this is a 10 credit course (20 credit courses have a “020” in that middle position)
  • The “Level” of the course is either specified as “C” (Introductory), “N” (2nd year), and “X” (3rd year).
  • An introductory subject is a year one class in the UK system, thus equivalent to a freshman or sophomore class in the U.S. system. An N or X level subject is a year two or three class, thus equivalent to a junior or senior class in the U.S. system. Roehampton students graduate in 3 years.

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.

Local Life

  • 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.

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!

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad 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

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.

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Windsor Castle and Eton

Windsor Castle has been the royal home and fortress for over 900 years, and along with the surrounding town demonstrates the essence if British life. The castle is the Queen’s official residence and is also used for state visits and other formal duties. In addition to the Castle, Windsor is home to St. Georges Chapel which has been used for hundreds of Royal weddings, christenings, and funerals. Eton College lies just across the peaceful River Thames, and the city is also a perfect place for nature lovers who can explore Windsor Great Park and weave their way around the castle.


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 phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Maggie McCally
Senior Program Coordinator - England, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, Celtic Culture

Travel Tip: Forgive yourself for not always knowing exactly what to do in a new place; if you’re humble, people will be happy to nudge you in the right direction. And always have a deck of cards in your backpack!

Learn more about Maggie

Linda Hallbäck
Site Director London

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!

Learn more about Linda

Student Feedback

Come in with an open mind, make friends, and don’t pass up an opportunity to explore. I now want to go on more adventures and feel more cultured.

Alexa Valenta, Edinboro University of PA, Graphic Design

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

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

DESIGN-YOUR-OWN

Summer in London – University of Roehampton is part of our unique Design-Your-Own Summer Abroad program! (The “Exploring England” leg.) You might want to consider “Unearthing Modern Celtic Culture” before “Exploring England,” soaking up “Spanish Culture” after, or both! Learn more.

Program Inclusions

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

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing pass
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program