Follow our step-by-step guide to apply for a place at Royal Holloway from our European partners and the Erasmus+ exchange programme.
- Check your email regularly for messages from Royal Holloway. We recommend that you disable spam filters or add the Royal Holloway domain name to a 'safe list' to ensure that emails from us are not classified as junk mail.
- Find out what you need to do to apply for a visa.
- You can find our academic term dates here. The move-in date for the autumn term is usually the Saturday or Sunday before the first day of term. The Spring term move-in date is usually the Thursday before the first day of term.
- Please note that due to the uncertainties created by the Covid-19 crisis, we can offer some flexibility regarding application deadlines.
Need help filling in your online application? Not sure about something? Contact us at Admiss-Visiting@rhul.ac.uk. We’re here to help.
Step 1 - Check that your university is one of our European or Erasmus+ partners
Step 2 - Make sure you meet our entry requirements
Check you meet our minimum entry requirements:
- You should normally have completed at least one year of university study
- The minimum entry requirement for most departments is equivalent to a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (out of 4.0).
- Our History department usually asks for a GPA of 3.3 out of 4.0.
- You can find out the specific requirements for a particular module unit on our Choose your modules pages.
English language requirements
Please note updated information below.
Due to visa requirements post Brexit, for students coming for a full year, we can no longer accept a partner institution's assessment as proof of a student's English language level. We now require evidence of the level via a SELT (Secure English Language Test) and students will need to offer this evidence as part of their application. We require the following minimum standard level of English for direct entry to our credit-bearing courses:
- IELTS: 6.5 overall (with no subscore below 5.5)
- Pearson: 61 (with 54 in writing and no subscore below 51)
We are also currently accepting the tests listed on this page - click for more details.
If your IELTS level is between 6.0 and 6.5, and you’re applying to start in September, you can take a four or eight-week Pre-sessional English language programme to bring your English up to the required level.
However, in a change to previously advertised policy, for students staying less than 6 months in 2021/22 we can continue to accept an Erasmus+ partner institution's assessment as proof of a student's English language level where this has been the case in previous years.
N.B. we will review the policy for EU partners for students applying to study in 2022/23 and update our partners and webpages accordingly for that cycle.
Step 3 - Nomination
To apply as an Erasmus+ student, you need to be nominated by your home university.
- Contact the Erasmus+ co-ordinator at your home university and ask about their selection procedures.
- Your Erasmus+ co-ordinator will need to nominate you through our Partner Universities Nomination Form.
- Our deadlines for receiving Erasmus+ nominations are:
- 15 April for September starters
- 15 October for January starters
- For all applications we usually require students to have the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA, except for History department module applications which usually require a 3.3 GPA equivalent.
Step 4 - Choose your modules
- Take a look at our module information and find out what options are available.
- Please be aware that some modules are more popular than others and we can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to get a place on all the modules you request.
- For this reason, if you want to join us for a full year, you should choose modules that total at least 150 - 180 UK credits (75 - 90 ECTS). If you’re joining us for just one or two terms, you should choose modules that total 90 - 120 UK credits (45 - 60 ECTS).
- You can choose modules from up to three academic departments. However, this may lead to timetable clashes.
- We recommend that you first choose modules in the department that has set up the Erasmus+ agreement, that you next choose modules to improve your English language skills (such as Contemporary Britain) and that you then choose modules from other departments, depending on availability.
The following limitations also apply:
- Our English Department and Media Arts Department do not have Erasmus+ agreements and receive many applications. If you want to take a module in one of these subjects, you’ll face a lot of competition and we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to meet your request. Previous study in English Literature is preferred.
- Our History Department is only able to accept applicants studying history full-time at universities with whom they have an Erasmus+ agreement. These are:
- Université degli Studi di Siena, Italy
- Università degli Studi di Roma, 'La Sapienza', Italy
- University of Oslo, Norway
- Université de Paris X-Nanterre (Paris X), France
- Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
- Université François Rabelais, Tours, France
- Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany
- Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
- The Politics and International Relations Department is only able to accept Erasmus+ applications from the Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg, France and Koç University, Turkey.
- The Drama Department is only able to accept Erasmus+ applications from Trinity College Dublin.
Step 5 - Complete an application online
- To register and apply, complete our online application form.
- You will also need to send us copies of the following supporting documents:
- An authorised transcript of your university studies
- An English translation of your transcript (if necessary)
- Our deadlines for applications are:
- 24 May for September starters - Please note that due to the uncertainties created by the Covid-19 crisis, we can offer some flexibility regarding application deadlines.
- 24 October for January starters
Step 6 - Accept your offer and study plan
- We’ll send you an offer by email. This offer will be subject to satisfactory agreement of your module choices.
- Once you’ve accepted your offer, we will send your module requests to the relevant academic departments for their consideration. In some cases (for example, where there are no spaces on a module), they may suggest an alternative module.
- Once you’ve agreed your module choices, we will then send you a Study Plan to accept. This will show the modules you will study during your time at Royal Holloway. Occasionally, changes may need to be made to your Study Plan during your first week due to timetable clashes or other unforeseen circumstances.
Step 7 - Apply for Accommodation
- As soon as you’ve accepted your offer from us, you can register on our accommodation portal and apply for accommodation.
- See our accommodation pages to see the different options you can choose.
- For all accommodation queries, email: firstname.lastname@example.org