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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering

Take classes in all 19 academic departments, which are organized into three faculties: Arts and Social Sciences, Management and Economics, and Science.

Unique study opportunities

  • Take courses in contemporary Britain designed specifically for international students and gain an understanding of British culture and society.
  • University of London, Royal Holloway, is the only English host institution that offers dance courses to international students.
  • The university also offers courses in performing arts, media studies and production, and drama.


Language of Instruction: English

Language study is available. Check host institution course catalog.

Courses and Credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study while abroad: Four courses for 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per semester.
  • A total of 48 quarter/32 semester UC units are required per year.
  • You may take up to one-third (33%) of your total unit load pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

The university departments are organized into three faculties:

  • Arts and Social Sciences: Classics and philosophy, drama, theater, English, history, media arts, modern languages, Literatures and Cultures, music, politics, and international relations
  • Management and Economics: Criminology, sociology, management, and economics
  • Science: Biological sciences, computer science, Earth science, geography, information security, mathematics, physics, and psychology

Courses may be lower or upper division for UC.

Catalogs and resources

  • Academic Offerings: See an overview of academic offerings at English host institutions.
  • University of London, Royal Holloway: Find courses available at the university. In the UK, a course is usually equivalent to a major academic plan at UC, and a module is equivalent to a course (or class) at UC.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses students have taken on this program. This is not a current representation of course offerings on this program. Reference the above links to review recent course offerings. 
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic Culture

Studying abroad in England helps you develop an independent learning style, with strong writing skills and active participation in your own learning.

  • Introductory courses at an English university (or uni) are comparable to sophomore level in the US.
  • Many courses are the equivalent of UC upper-division, and instructors expect prior knowledge of the subject.
  • There is more emphasis on writing and independent reading than at UC, and your participation can influence the final grade.
  • Differences in teaching style may include less-detailed instructions, fewer in-class sessions (except science classes), and fewer in-term assessments.
  • Many courses are taught with lectures and seminars. Lecture class sizes can be quite large and seminar groups are smaller.
  • Faculty (called lecturers) don't often hold office hours, but welcome individual questions and are eager to help visiting students.


Grades for the fall semester are typically available late March, and grades for the spring semester are typically available late July or early August.

Past exam papers are available and local students use them to prepare for exams. Your final grade will heavily and sometimes fully depend on the final exam. UC policy doesn't allow UCEAP participants to retake exams (called re-sits) and exam dates aren't flexible.