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UK-based international students

UK-based international students

Royal Holloway welcomes applications from international students who are currently studying in the United Kingdom.

Applicants to Royal Holloway come from a diverse range of backgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications to our courses. Each applicant is considered carefully on their individual merits.

The Regional Manager responsible for international students studying in the UK is Tara Murphy. For further information or assistance with making an application, please contact 

Tara regularly travels across the UK to attend events and meet with students. Please contact her if you would like to organise a meeting.

As you are already in the UK, you are welcome to visit our campus at a time to suit you. Campus Tours go every Wednesday at 2pm and you can meet with a member of the Admissions Team afterwards. Please visit this page to book one of these tours. If you would like to visit at another time, please contact Alice and she will be able to arrange this.

Book a one-to-one appointment

We are really keen to connect with students interested in studying with us. We offer 30 minute, one-to-one counselling sessions via Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams. These chats are informal and do not affect admission - they're simply an opportunity for you to learn more about Royal Holloway and studying in the UK. We welcome any questions you might have about our application processes, study programmes, and campus life.

Please email in the meantime to request an online meeting.

A-Levels and International Baccalaureate

Requirements are as stated on the programme page on course finder


Foundation Programmes

Royal Holloway considers applications from students taking foundation year programmes for direct entry into our undergraduate programmes. The exact requirement will depend on the programme you wish to study, but will likely ask for 65-70% overall plus any subject specific requirements. English language requirements must also be met.

Royal Holloway offers progression degrees for students on the relevant foundation pathways at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre.

All other foundation programmes are considered on a case by case basis. We consider students taking foundation programmes at providers including OnCampus, CATS, Bellerbys, INTO, Kings, David Game College, Kaplan, Bell Cambridge, Abbey College and DLD College.

Students who have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject with good grades at a UK university will be considered for direct entry to a Royal Holloway Master's degree programme. Exact requirements will depend upon the programme but most departments will ask for either a Lower Second Class Honours (2:2) or an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1).

Pre-Masters Degree

Royal Holloway considers Pre-Masters Degrees and Masters Foundation Programmes from UK institutions for entry to many of our postgraduate degree programmes. We usually require that students have completed a bachelors degree prior to studying a Pre-Masters degree, but students who have high grades in a diploma or equivalent will be considered on a case by case basis.

To apply to any of our courses, you need to prove a minimum level of English language proficiency.


We accept English Language GCSE, essay-based A-Levels, International Baccalaureate Diploma or IELTS to meet our requirements. Please see each programme page for specific requirements.


If you have studied two years or more of your degree in the UK, you are not required to take any further English language tests.

If you are completing a top up year at a UK university, we will remove the English Language requirement if you have achieved either:

IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subscore to enter your top-up degree


IELTS 5.5 overall to enter the top-up degree and successfully completed a pre-sessional English language programme at the top-up university.

Undergraduate students applications are made online via UCAS.

Postgraduate applications are made on our website using the online application form.

If you are applying to a University preparation course apply to Royal Holloway directly. There is more application information in the Studying Here section of the Royal Holloway website.

You could be eligible for a scholarship. If find out about undergraduate scholarships here and go here to find out here if you are eligible for a postgraduate scholarship.

If you are considering postgraduate study at Royal Holloway, there may be external funding available to you.

Royal Holloway works with a number of partners across the UK who have been appointed to assist with your application. Please note that it is not essential to work with an agent, and all independent applications are considered equally.

Amber Education Services


Chelsea Education Consultancy

Edcon Education Consultants

EDM Education Co Ltd

Education Tower


HR Consultants

iAE Global



JT Education


Peony Education






WIN (Westminster International)



The British Council provides comprehensive advice on many aspects of studying in Britain

UKCISA promotes and protects the needs of international students in the UK

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