Why Royal Holloway?
10 reasons international students choose to study at Royal Holloway:
1. The UK higher education system:
Degree programmes in the UK are intensive and specialised, meaning that they are typically shorter and more cost effective than equivalent degree programmes on offer in many other countries. Furthermore, living and studying in an English-speaking environment will allow you to improve your fluency in English and so gain one of the most important skills for future success in the international job market.
2. University of London affilliation:
Upon graduating from Royal Holloway you will be awarded a University of London (UoL) degree: a qualification that is recognised the world over, and which will lead to first rate career opportunities. Furthermore, as a student at a University of London college, you will have access to the full range of shared central London-based facilities that the UoL offers to all of its member colleges. These include world class library facilities, a professional careers service and a thriving UoL Students’ Union building which holds regular events, providing the 41,000 UoL students from its 19 different colleges the opportunity to mix and get to know each other in a relaxed and informal environment.
3. Campus environment:
The College is situated within an intimate, friendly and supportive campus environment, featuring world class facilities within rural surrounds thanks to a £100 million investment programme delivered at the college between 2002 and 2008. At its centre, the campus’ focal point is the stunning Founder’s building, which is modelled on the Château de Chambord of the Loire Valley, France.
4. Research excellence:
The college is ranked in the top 20 universities for research in the UK, so you can be confident that your studies will be led in departments staffed by academics who are nationally and internationally recognised within their fields of research; and that furthermore as a postgraduate research student, you will be given the help and support you need to ensure a quality output in the form of your final dissertation.
5. Teaching excellence:
The College offers excellent teaching (as confirmed by the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) across its Arts, Science and History and Social Science faculties by members of staff who are committed to delivering an enriching and rewarding learning experience.
6. Professional career guidance:
Studying at Royal Holloway gives you on-site access to the University of London’s central Careers Service; a service that has been designed to help you to define and achieve your career goals. The Careers Service has links with a range of national and international companies, and employers visit our campus regularly to provide advice to students and promote employment opportunities.
7. A vibrant and diverse community:
The College community consists of over 7,700 students who come to study in the UK from over 120 different countries. You will probably never have a better opportunity to interact with such a diverse range of people.
8. A thriving social and cultural scene:
The College offers many opportunities throughout the course of the academic year to either contribute towards or just appreciate the many social cultural activities on offer; in particular the Students’ Union offers a full and varied calendar of events. Also, for any aspiring journalists out there, there is the opportunity to become involved with the College’s award winning student run radio station and magazine.
9. International student support:
Studying away from your home country can be a daunting prospect at first, so in order to ensure that students get the most out of their studies at Royal Holloway, we have implemented a comprehensive international student support system. This ranges from specialist academic and English language support, to health and counselling services. We have a dedicated team of International Student Advisors, and each student also has a Personal Advisor within their academic department.
The college campus is situated within the beautiful, peaceful area of rural Surrey, whilst still being only 40 minutes by train from the centre of London, one of the most exciting cities in the world. Studying and living on campus at Royal Holloway therefore means that you can get the best of both worlds.
Furthermore, in addition to its proximity to London, the local area around the College campus also has much to offer with attractions such as Windsor Castle (the Official Residence of the Queen of England) and Runnymede (the historical site of the signing of the Magna Carta) right on your doorstep.
For more about living and studying at Royal Holloway you can also view the videos on the home page.