Students may choose to study at Queen Mary for the fall or spring semester, or for the academic year. The spring semester includes a required examination period that extends into June, lengthening the program to a full five months. The fall semester runs twelve weeks only and students complete written examinations or additional papers/essays in lieu of the examination.
A full course load is four courses (or modules as they say in the UK) during one semester. Students may choose courses from any undergraduate department and may concentrate on one academic field or take courses from different departments. Just like at Rollins, some courses may be unavailable due to schedule conflicts, over-enrollment or prerequisites, but in general, visiting students may select from a wide range of excellent courses including courses from the following academic fields:
For a full list of available courses, visit the module directory. The Guidance notes in the left hand navigation box will help you understand your options and select appropriate modules. Students generals select five to eight modules during the application process. Queen Mary will attempt to pre-register and notify all students of confirmed modules before departure, but occasionally there are delays. Also, as there is a formal add/drop period during the first two weeks of the semester, students may alter course selections and finalize registration after arrival in London.
A Word About the British Educational System: The academic system in the UK is quite different than the U.S. system. There are generally fewer class, or contact, hours per week than in the U.S., and there is less continuous assessment of students’ academic performance. Study in the UK requires a great degree of self-discipline in order to do self-directed study. Students are expected to be much more independent, and students entering college are already focused on a major or academic specialization. As a result, first-year or second-year courses in the UK may be appropriate for American juniors and seniors. Daily assignments in courses are rare, and students are generally expected to keep up with course work and reading without prompting. Semester grades are typically based on only one or two major assignments such as a paper and final exam. Contact with professors is more limited, and most instructors have a lecture-based teaching style.
Transfer of Credits: Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from Queen Mary, University of London. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.
Faculty: All courses are taught by Queen Mary faculty members.