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International postgraduates

International postgraduates have a crucial role in the department's life, and postgraduates from all over the world choose to do their Masters and PhDs here.

In recent years, students have come from countries as diverse as Argentina, Brunei, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Ghana, India, Iran, Japan, Lithuania, Mauritius, Sweden, Taiwan, the USA, and Zimbabwe.

The department takes pride in the way in which it cares for its international postgraduate students. A special pack of materials is made available to all new international postgraduates, and includes guidance on such things as:

  • study methods in the UK
  • financial issues for international students
  • international students and culture shock
  • student Survival Guide.

In addition, the College runs a programme of support services, including language training, specifically designed for international students.

Members of the Geography Department participate in a range of international research and teaching events, and are well versed in the cultural issues facing students coming to do research or Masters programmes in the department. Staff also serve in official roles in organisations such as the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission and the British Council. They are therefore exceptionally well placed not only to supervise international students, but also to provide an excellent and supportive environment where international students can achieve outstanding results.

Key comments that international students make about the department include:


“The quality of the academic staff is outstanding”

“The department is a world leader in its areas of expertise”

“The campus environment is friendly, and Royal Holloway's Founder's Building is exceptional”

“The campus is situated in a beautiful part of England – and is near Heathrow airport”

“The staff in the Geography Department really care about their postgraduates".

Typical careers that our successful international postgraduates have gone into include government service, the financial sector, university research and teaching posts, civil society organisations, international development work, environmental agencies, resource management, tourism, and a wide range of consultancy work.

Links that potential and existing international students might find helpful include:


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