There are currently 88 students from the USA here, studying on undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
Each year, we also welcome approximately 50 Visiting Students from the United States on student exchanges and onto our Study Abroad programme for either a term or a full academic year.
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.
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The qualifications we accept
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 students from the USA.
Students would be eligible to study at undergraduate level by achieving the grade noted in one of the following qualifications:
Advanced Placement Tests (APs)
The standard entry requirement for applicants with American qualifications is Advanced Placement Tests. You will need grades of 4-5 in at least 2 relevant AP Tests.
If you have good results in the SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subjects Tests you will also be considered. We do not generally take the High School Diploma into account. Specific entry requirements for different academic disciplines may vary, but you will need grades of 600 or above in each section of the SAT Reasoning Test PLUS a score of 600 in two relevant SAT II tests PLUS a score of 666 in the essay.
Scores of at least 27 in ACT alongside good grades in the High School Graduation Diploma will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
A Levels & International Baccalaureate (IB)
If you have taken A levels or the IB Diploma you will be considered for direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes. Specific grade requirements are in the course finder entry for your chosen course.
Associate Degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 (year 1 entry; year 2 entry may be considered by a case by case basis).
College Board number
If you need to send us official transcripts of your standardised tests please quote Royal Holloway's College Board number (CEEB number) 4899.
University preparation programmes
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.
If you have a Bachelors degree in an appropriate subject with good grades/GPA and from a reputable university, you will be considered for entry to a Royal Holloway Master's degree programme. Exact requirements will depend upon the programme, but most departments will ask for a GPA of between 2.8 and 3.2/4.0.
Research Degree (MPhil/PhD)
If you have Masters degree in an appropriate subject with good grades/GPA from a reputable university will be considered for entry to a Royal Holloway MPhil/PhD programme. Exact requirements will depend upon the programme, but most departments will ask for a GPA of between 3.0 and 3.2/4.0.
English language requirements
To apply to any of our courses, you need to prove a minimum level of English language proficiency including students from an English-speaking country.
With applicants from the USA we would typically expect either:
- C Grade in High School Diploma English
- SAT 600 in English subjects
- GED 600 in English subjects
- AP Grade 3 or above (in essay-based subject)
Students who do not quite make the English language requirements may be able to take a pre-sessional English language programme.
How to apply
US student loans
If you're a US citizen or eligible non-citizen and have accepted an unconditional offer of a place at Royal Holloway, you may be eligible to borrow US Federal Loans.
Royal Holloway participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Our federal school code is G09086. Further details on eligibility can be found the US student loans webpage.
Royal Holloway in the USA
We often make trips to the USA, so why not take the opportunity to meet us in person? You can find out more about the next Royal Holloway visit to the USA by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have a number of representatives based in the USA.
Across the Pond
Across the Pond
170 S. Green Valley Parkway
Tel: +1 702 318 7127
Fax: +1 702 318 7101
Study in UK (SI-UK USA Office)
Phone number : +1 424 272 8610
Royal Holloway has student exchange agreements with the following institutions:
- Arizona State University
- Boston College
- Mount Holyoke College
- New York University
- Northwestern University
- Tulane University
- University of Florida
- University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- Washington College
- Yale University
Study Abroad Partners
If you are enrolled at one of our Study Abroad partners, you may study for a year or a semester at Royal Holloway. Our partners include:
- Arcadia University College of Global Studies
- IFSA-Butler (Institute for Foreign Study Abroad) at Butler University
- Bentley University
- George Washington University
The local American community
There is a strong community of students from the United States of America here.
The Students' Union runs a wide range of clubs and societies which all students are able to join. The Students' Union has its own award-winning radio station, Insanity, and its own lifestyle magazine, The Orbital. A full list of societies can be found on the Student Union's website.
Royal Holloway is one of the University of London’s best sporting Colleges. We have over 35 student sports clubs and high quality on- and off-campus facilities.
Community Action Volunteering exists to connect, train and support Royal Holloway students seeking to volunteer in the local community.
Royal Holloway is a multi-faith community. For information about our College Chaplaincy and the numerous on-campus faith groups, please see our Faith Support pages.
We have a large community of alumni from the United States of America, including an Alumni Chapter in Washington run by a Regional Alumni Ambassador, and the recently established American Foundation for Royal Holloway and Bedford New College.
British Degrees in the USA
A British degree is a valuable asset in the US job market. Recent research commissioned by the British Council indicates that three-quarters of American employers (73%) consider degrees earned in the UK to be the same as or better than those earned in the USA.