Located in London’s vibrant, culturally diverse East End, Queen Mary’s urban campus is the only self-contained campus in London. Queen Mary’s five faculties emphasize high-quality interdisciplinary teaching and research. Queen Mary is a comprehensive university, and has particular strengths in English, drama, and the sciences.
Students are integrated into the regular university curriculum at the host university. Each institution offers a wide-ranging curriculum that enables students to design a discipline-specific program to suit their major program of study.
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Students can take courses in two to three subjects. Students should take courses that are offered in the first or second year/level. In some cases, third year/level three courses may be appropriate. The academic system at Queen Mary is different than what students find at Boston College. A full course load at Queen Mary is four modules (classes). Students are expected to do much more independent reading then at BC. Students’ grades will be based on a limited number of assignments. It is likely grades will be based on one final exam or paper.
Course and additional information for Queen Mary is available here
Please note that the 3.4 GPA is the minimum BC GPA required. Due to the competitive nature of Queen Mary applicants, a 3.4 does not guarantee approval by BC. It is recommended that students research a second, less competitive program outside of London as a back-up choice.
Students should consult the host university’s course pages to review any course requirements, restrictions or limitations. Students should review and understand the information provided by the host university.
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-September and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in early June.
Housing fees will be paid directly to Queen Mary and costs vary according to the type of accommodation. The Student Village has flats (apartments) which house 4 to 11 students in single rooms with bathroom facilities (some private, some shared) and shared kitchen facilities.
All rooms are carpeted, equipped with a single bed, wash basin, wardrobe, fridge, bookshelves, desk, chair, desk lamp and storage space, data points for (free) internet connections. Shared Kitchens are equipped with refrigerators/freezers, cookers, storage cupboards, food preparation and dining areas.
Queen Mary will do their best to honor housing preferences; however, housing is based on availability.
For more information about Queen Mary residences, students can visit the residence website.
The Union organizes various social and cultural events and provides excellent facilities such as a multi-gym, squash courts, sports hall, saunas, pool tables, game machines, and a student nightclub. The Union also sponsors numerous societies and clubs for a variety of interests including politics, religion, sports, and the arts. BC students are also encouraged to participate in one of the Union’s local community projects.
All students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of their membership to the Queen Mary Student Union
In addition to Queen Mary events, BC students are encouraged to participate in monthly activities organized by the BC resident director. In the past, activities and excursions have included museum and theatre visits in London and trips to Brighton and Hastings.
London has one of the most extensive public transportation systems in the world. Options include using the Underground (Tube), bus, Docklands Light Rail, or tram system for less expensive transportation options. The Oyster Card is available for all of the previously mentioned methods of transport and is the cheapest and most efficient way to pay for public transportation.
Helpful websites are:
Transport for London