United Kingdom: Queen Mary, University of London

The Rollins Approved Semester program at Queen Mary, University of London provides students the opportunity to study for one semester at an institution rated among the top fifteen in the United Kingdom.

Experience London!

The program at Queen Mary allows students to experience live as a University student in the London's vibrant East End!

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Overview

Rollins students will have access to a wide variety of courses in a broad range of fields including: English, Drama, Film, Biological Sciences, Psychology, History and Political Science.  Students live in dormitories on the Queen Mary campus and are fully integrated into University life with opportunities to become involved in student clubs, teams, and activities and participate in all campus events.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Juniors and seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA

Deadlines

  • Spring 2018 Deadline: October 2, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Fall 2017

  • Sept 16 - 17: Required Arrival Period
  • Sept 18 - 19: Orientation
  • Sept 25: First Day of Classes
  • Dec 15: Program End Date

Spring 2018

  • Jan 3: Required Arrival Date
  • Jan 4-5: Orientation
  • Jan 8: First Day of Classes
  • Mar 30: Last Day of Classes
  • Apr 2-27: Reading Period/ Break
  • May 1- June 8: Exam Period
  • Jun 9: Program End Date

Getting There

Orientation

The International Office runs an orientation program at the beginning of each semester.  This program includes a welcome service during the arrival days and is designed to help you learn about the campus, your classes, and life in the UK. Students are responsible for booking their own flights. DO NOT FLY THROUGH DUBLIN! This may cause problems with your student status in England.

Visa

US citizens who will be full time students for less than 6 months do not need to obtain a visa beforehand and will be able to enter the UK with visiting student status.

Academic Information

Institution

Queen Mary University of London is one of the four largest colleges of the University of London and is located in the vibrant and diverse East End neighborhood of London and is unique to central London institutions due to its lovely and contained urban campus close to all London has to offer.  All courses are taught by Queen Mary faculty members.

Courses

Students may choose to study at Queen Mary for the fall or spring semester.  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: Biology, Chemistry and Psychology, Business, Drama and Film Studies, Economics, English, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Mathematics, Physics, and Political Science.

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 generally 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. NOTE: Only modules open to "Associates" are available to study abroad students.

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. 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 credit

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.

Housing and Meals

Housing

All students participating in the program will live in Queen Mary on-campus accommodations on the Mile End Campus in the Student Village.  The award-winning Student Village is a modern, residential community for Queen Mary students and features many amenities for students including a restaurant and coffee bar, a cafeé by the canal, student union offices, a convenience store, Laundromats, and a 24-hour security office.  Study abroad students will be fully integrated into the residence halls and will be living with British and other international students. As is common at most universities in the UK, students will live in single rooms with shared bathroom and kitchens.  Most rooms are grouped in apartments (flats in the UK) of four to eleven students. All rooms are carpeted, equipped with a single bed, wash basin, wardrobe, fridge, bookshelves, desk, chair, desk lamp, and storage space, and all rooms have data points for (free) internet connections. 

Meals

As is typical for a British University, there is no meal plan on campus.  Instead, residence halls have shared kitchens and students cook for themselves.  Shared Kitchens are equipped with refrigerators/freezers, cookers, storage cupboards, food preparation and dining areas.There are grocery stores near campus, as well as several on-campus eateries.

Student Life

Like most British Universities, Queen Mary has an incredibly active Student Union that sponsors a huge array of student societies and intramural athletics. For a list of student activities and events, visit the website for the Students' Union, which is run for and by Queen Mary students.  The gym at the Student Union, QMotion, offers both fitness facilities and regularly scheduled exercise classes.  Various student societies and the Study Abroad Office will sometimes sponsor trips offered at discounts to students.  The Study Abroad office typically offers several outings to locations of interest in and around London each semester.  Program participants also find that other international students want to explore the region as well, so it is easy to find travel companions.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition and program administration, accommodation, complete medical and emergency insurance, and orientation.

Does Not Include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,350 (estimate)
  • Housing Damage Deposit: $400
  • Personal expenses and course materials: $800 in the fall and $1200 in the spring (all costs are estimates)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: $1,200 - $2,400 (estimate)
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

Discount on Student Account

  • In July (for the fall semester) and December (for the spring semester) a discount will be applied to your Rollins Student Account for meals not included on the program. For QMUL the discount will cover normal, basic costs for meals/groceries. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on their Student Account at Rollins. In turn, it is *possible* to request this positive balance as a refund. Please contact the Office of the Bursar for additional details about refunds related to your financial aid/discounts.
  • The meal discount is simply posted to your Student Account, rather than given to you directly. So in effect, you’ll actually end up owing less to Rollins than you normally would if you lived on campus.
  • Fall 2017 Comprehensive Fee: $31,534 (including Rollins meal-plan)
  • Meal Discount for FALL: $1,690
  • Total Amount Due After Discount: $29,844

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad. Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during the normal semester. If you are unable to make it at these times, email, call or stop by to set up an appointment. We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program. These are students who have completed a study abroad program and would be happy to share their experiences with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.

Please Note: This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email Becky Johnson (rejohnson@rollins.edu) to schedule an appointment.