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UK-based international students

UK-based international students

Royal Holloway, University of London welcomes applications from international students who are currently studying in the UK to join our growing international community.

We are a pioneering university, steeped in history and culture, yet constantly evolving and adapting to the demands of modern higher education.

Our university was founded by two social reformers who pioneered the ideal of education and knowledge for all who could benefit. Their vision lives on today. As one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, we are home to some of the world’s foremost authorities in the sciences, arts, business, economics and law. As teachers and researchers they change lives, expand minds and help current and future leaders understand power and responsibility. We are strengthened by diversity, and welcome students and academics who travel from all over the world to study and work here, ensuring an international and multi-cultural perspective within a close-knit and historic campus.

Find out more in a one-to-one appointment

The International team offer 30-minute counselling sessions on MS Teams. These meetings are an informal opportunity to ask any questions you have about applying or studying at Royal Holloway, University of London, and do not affect admission. Book an appointment now to find out more about Royal Holloway.

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Entry requirements

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, but please see below for the standard minimum entry requirements for international students currently studying in the UK.

A Levels & International Baccalaureate (IB) 

If you have taken A levels or the IB, you will be considered for direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes. Specific grade requirements can be found in the course finder entry for your chosen course.

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.

The Royal Holloway International Study Centre

The Royal Holloway International Study Centre provides an International Foundation Year and International Year One programme, which are designed for international students who do not quite meet the requirements for an undergraduate course. These programmes will help to develop your academic and English language skills in preparation for university. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at Royal Holloway, University of London.

How to apply

Undergraduate students applications are made online via UCAS. But if you are applying to a University preparation course, then apply to Royal Holloway directly. There is more application information in the Studying Here section of the Royal Holloway website.

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.

Fees vary between courses each year. Specific information about fees can be found in the course finder entry for your chosen course.

You could be eligible for one of our undergraduate or postgraduate scholarships.

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

Over the 130-year history of the university, we have created an environment where a close-knit community thrives.

Just 40 minutes by train from London and seven miles from Heathrow, our campus is one of the most beautiful in the world with numerous teaching and study spaces, bars and cafés, high-quality accommodation, and sports facilities. All this is set in 135 acres of stunning parkland.

You can find out more about life at Royal Holloway in the student life section of our website.

For agent support, events and foundation providers support, please email the International team.

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 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.

Book a campus tour

We are delighted to be able to offer a guided campus tour to any international students interested in studying here at Royal Holloway, whether you have already applied to study with us, or are just exploring your options in Higher Education.

One of our fantastic International Recruitment team members, or one of our friendly and knowledgeable Student Ambassadors, will show you around our beautiful campus and answer any questions you might have about life at Royal Holloway.

Our partners

Royal Holloway also 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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