Located in Egham, a residential town on the western fringe of London, Royal Holloway is a thirty-five minute train ride from central London and is part of the University of London. Royal Holloway’s strengths lie in the social sciences, arts, humanities and sciences, and it is especially strong in music, ancient history, and economics. Student life on its parkland campus revolves around the Student’s Union with over 100 societies and sports clubs, and the college. Royal Holloway is ranked as London’s best sporting college.
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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Royal Holloway International
Royal Holloway, University of London
Royal Holloway, University of London
Academics & Support
Royal Holloway will have an orientation prior to the start of term. Royal Holloway will provide more details at a later date.
Students should carefully read and review the course selection policies. The academic system at Royal Holloway is different than what students find at Boston College. Per semester, students at Royal Holloway must enroll in two units (total 4 classes, typically) and modules are less structured than courses at Boston College. Students are expected to do much more independent reading. Student’s grades will be based on a limited number of assignments. It is likely that ones grade will be based on one final exam or paper.
Spring students study during both the spring and summer terms. Full Year and spring students must plan to stay overseas for the entire exam period. All exams must be taken as scheduled.
Course information for Royal Holloway is available here
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 Royal Holloway and costs vary according to the type of accommodation. BC students are guaranteed college housing as long as all forms are submitted on time. Most rooms are singles and contain a bed, desk and storage space. Many of these also have en-suite (private) bathroom facilities.
All residences are in locations convenient to the campus to ensure full participation in campus life. For spring and full year students, if exams are over in the early part of the examination period students will still be responsible for paying the rent on the housing to the end of the exam period.
For more information, go to the Royal Holloway Accommodation Office
The available residences for study abroad students are all self-catered with shared kitchen facilities.
Past participants recommend buying food at larger supermarkets instead of small convenience stores. Another good idea is takeout (called "take away" in the UK) from small local restaurants.
The BC resident director organizes monthly activities for all students studying in London. In addition, as members of their host university, students are also encouraged to participate in university-sponsored events and student union activities, clubs and societies, and sports.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of their membership at the Students' Union
. The Union organizes various social and cultural events and has its own newspaper and radio station. It also supports over 100 societies and sports clubs. Royal Holloway also has a social program for study abroad students, which includes a mixture of campus-based events as well as excursions to sites of historic and cultural interest.
In addition to RHUL events, BC students are invited 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.
Students may purchase pre-paid cell phones upon arrival. These do not require a contract.
RHUL provides a bus service that runs between several main points across campus. The bus also runs between the Egham railway station and main campus.
Transport for London