Summer in London
University of Roehampton

Gap Year Friendly
LGBTQIA+ Friendly
Summer 2021

A serene, insulated campus at bustling London's doorstep.

Live on in the heart of southwest 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.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 1-2 courses (3-10 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.8

Highlights:

  • A research-intensive, modern university top ranked in the UK
  • Unique London Studies courses that take you around the city
  • 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

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 with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Humanities
  • Education

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

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

COURSE DETAILS– UPDATED FOR SUMMER 2021!  Small changes these offerings may be made on occasion.

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

Software Development 1 – 20 UK credits

London: History, Art and Society – 20 UK credits

Hidden London (Creative Writing) – 20 UK credits

Gods and Heroes in Classical Mythology – 20 UK credits

Londonopolis – Exploring the Global City – 20 UK credits

The Psychology of Murder – 10 UK credits

 

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

Computing and Society – 20 UK credits

Media City and Cultural Capital – 20 UK credits

From Renaissance to Abstraction: The History of Art in London Museums – 20 UK credits

Magic, Murder and Mystery in London Literature (English Literature)– 20 UK credits

Introduction to the London Stage – 20 UK credits

The Psychology of Art: Madness,Creativity and Healing – 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.

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

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

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad 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
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & 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. We’ll cover everything from 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 & 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.

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.

Windsor Castle and Eton

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.

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

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

CIS Abroad's COVID-19 Plan

We want you to have the study abroad semester of a lifetime, and also know that Summer 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.

Our Financial Commitment

CIS Abroad is working 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. See the refund policy page for more information.

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

CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is minimal to no academic risk*.

  • If a student 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.

*If a student cannot travel to their destination due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed on select programs and in certain courses. If accessing remote academics from the US are important to you, please contact our advising team to learn more about which program locations or courses are right for you.  

 

Our Health & Safety Commitment

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 Summer and Fall 2021 programming to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site:

  • COVID compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing. 
  • Access to quarantine housing upon entry, if quarantine is required when entering the country; this housing may incur additional charges*
  • Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country
  • COVID-safe classrooms, campus facilities, and housing as well as access to masks, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies according to country and location specific standards 
  • Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges.
  • Access to COVID testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
  • Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-related illness (except for on programs operating in the USA).
  • La Vida Local cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time.

*if quarantine is required upon entry, we will let you know 60 days before a program starts, or as soon as the information is known to CIS Abroad. Your program coordinator will keep you updated as to any changes in dates, arrival, local restrictions and costs.  If it is required, this may entail an earlier departure date and an additional housing and meal cost. 

We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this year, despite the risk mitigation outlined above.  Should students apply for 2021 programs, and then choose to defer to a future program, we would be happy to move that student’s application to a program with a later start date.  We are committed to providing our innovative virtual programs to meet your internationalization goals.

Quarantine

CIS Abroad is closely monitoring changing international regulations and will help you plan accordingly. We anticipate that as we get further in 2021 quarantine may not be required due to the use of vaccinations. If quarantine upon arrival is required when entering the country, it may incur an additional charge for housing and meals.

Housing

All 2021 students will have COVID-19 compliant housing.

Excursions

We plan to show you the best of what your location has to offer this term; great culture, great food, and interesting people. On the Excursions tab, you can see the day or overnight trips we usually offer. It is too soon to know if we can offer those same experiences or if we’ll stay a little closer to our program base. Just know that great experiences await you. 

Visa

No visa is necessary for this program.

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:
    EXTENDED!Mar 26
    Mar 1
  • Arrival: June 10
  • Departure: July 3
  • Price: $5,190
  • Application Deadline:
    EXTENDED!Mar 26
    Mar 1
  • Arrival: July 1
  • Departure: July 24
  • Price: $5,190
  • Application Deadline:
    EXTENDED!Mar 26
    Mar 1
  • Arrival: June 10
  • Departure: July 24
  • Price: $7,690
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 11 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 4 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,890 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: July 2 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 25 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,890 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 11 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 25 (Estimated)
  • Price: $7,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

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.