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What are my options?

What are my options?

If you are a Royal Holloway student and want to study abroad for part of your studies, there are a number of options open to you.

These options depend on whether you’re a first year, second year or PhD student - see below to find out more. If you’re a third year student or a Masters student, you can’t apply for a year abroad.

You have two options:

Option 1 Students from all departments can apply to spend their second year abroad except those below:

  • Classics
  • English
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law and Criminology
  • Media Arts (with the exception of the BA Film & Television Studies students, who can)
  • Music
  • Psychology

If you take this option, you will be assessed on the marks obtained at the partner university. These will be converted and transferred to your Royal Holloway student record. For details on this process, please see the Credit Transfer Guidelines.

Option 2 You can apply for a place on an International Summer school.

 

You have three options:

Option 1 Students from the following departments can apply to study abroad between their second and final year on ‘An International Year’ pathway

  • Classics
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Liberal Arts
  • Politics, International Relations and Philosophy

If you take this option, you will be assessed on the marks obtained at the partner university. These will be converted and transferred to your Royal Holloway student record. For details on this process, please see the Credit Transfer Guidelines.

Option 2  You can apply to take a ‘Placement Year' pathway between your second and final year

All second year students can apply to study abroad for either a semester or a full year as part of options available through the Placement Year. If you want to study abroad for a semester then you must also have arranged to either work or volunteer during the rest of the year. Studying abroad for the full year is also possible under the Placement Year scheme. You will be assessed at the end of the year by means of written work set by Royal Holloway which will aim to give you the opportunity to reflect on the skills developed during the year.

Note: With both the 'Placement Year' and 'International Year' pathways, if you are successful in obtaining a place at a partner university, you will transfer onto a 4 year degree. This means your degree title will include ’with an International Year‘ or ‘with a Placement Year’.

Option 3 You can apply for a place on an International Summer school between your second and final year.

You have one option:

Option 1 You can apply to do an integral year or a semester on an International Exchange (i.e. your time abroad will count towards your PhD). You must apply in the Autumn term alongside the International Year and Placement Year students.

 

The application process is competitive, taking place through the Autumn term and starting with the the Study Abroad Fair late in October and the Information Evening in early November. The application form will be available shortly afterwards and you must submit your own application by the last day of term 1. 

The Study Abroad Fair will be online this year in the last week of October and we will be releasing details here, closer to the time.

Contact us

Got a query? Email studyabroadstudents@rhul.ac.uk

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