Royal Holloway's lively country campus is located in a beautiful part of county Surrey. Surrey is famed for its historic market towns, parks and woodlands, and lively cultural and sporting scene. Surrey also includes the town of Windsor, a short bus ride from campus, which is home to the Royal Windsor Castle, Britain's renowned Eton College school for boys, as well as numerous shops and restaurants. While Royal Holloway is part of the University of London system, the town of Egham is located 19 miles outside of London.
Royal Holloway is proud to be one of the major colleges of the prestigious University of London. RHUL is a center for excellence in management education and social sciences, enrolling 7,700 students from more than 130 different countries. Royal Holloway's campus environment offers the best of both worlds: friendly and relaxed on the one hand, dynamic and busy on the other.
Royal Holloway offers coursework across a range of disciplines. Courses are worth 4 credits, and students enroll in a total of four courses. Students make preliminary course selections in their Royal Holloway program application. However, final registration takes place upon arrival.
Classes are typically taught in a large lecture style that could include well over 100 students. Complementing most courses are smaller tutorial groups, allowing for discussion of content. Courses at Royal Holloway are usually assessed through a final examination or essay at the end of the semester. In the final exams and essays, it is assumed that you have taken the initiative to do extensive reading to cover the areas not touched in the lectures and seminars.
Accommodations and Meals
Housing is provided in modern halls of residence on campus. Students have the use of a single study bedroom, often with en suite bathroom facilities. The halls are "self-catering", which means that there are kitchen facilities including basic cooking equipment that are shared among the students in the flat. Students also have access to the College's food outlets on a "pay-as-you-go" basis in the dining halls on campus. There are special discounts if you sign up for the College's loyalty card.
Royal Holloway's campus is a 15-minute walk to Egham's town center, and there are also frequent buses connecting campus with the town. Student can also easily access the neighboring towns of Windsor and Staines by local bus. Egham's railway station provides students with access to central London, which is a 40 minute train ride away. London Heathrow airport is located just seven miles from campus.
Special Program Features
Orientation: At the start of the fall and spring terms, a special induction program is organized for study abroad students. The program runs over a number of days and includes registration, information sessions on various aspects of academic and social life and a campus tour. This provides students with the opportunity to settle in to a comfortable daily routine and to gain familiarity with the College and with life in England.
Excursions: A dedicated program of social events is available for study abroad students. This program runs throughout the year and includes a mixture of campus-based activities and excursions. Students can participate in day trips to sites of historical and cultural interest within the UK, such as Hampton Court, Stonehenge, or Stratford-upon-Avon. Such visits are structured to give international students basic background information on the main points of interest to explore, as well as guided tours of the sites tailored to engage the curiosity and involvement of university students. The events are optional and provide an easy way to network with other students and to enjoy different aspects of the rich cultural life in the UK.