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Review details below regarding the methods for submitting an online application to Richmond, as well as details regarding which Office of Admissions to contact regarding your application.
Every undergraduate student will first enter the Liberal Arts programme before specialising in their Major. As such, the entry requirements for all undergraduate programmes at Richmond are the same regardless of your chosen Major.
Fall 2015 semester starts on 1st September 2015.
We are accepting applications for Fall entry term.
If you require a visa to study in the UK then we strongly suggest that you submit your application and supporting documents to us by 1st July 2015. We may still be able to consider applications received after this date but this will depend on your individual circumstances.
If you do not require a visa to study in the UK then we suggest you submit your application and supporting documents by 1st August 2015.
Spring 2016 semester starts on 11th January 2016.
If you require a visa to study in the UK then we strongly suggest that you submit your application and supporting documents to us by 14th November 2015. We may still be able to consider applications received after this date but this will depend on your individual circumstances.
If you do not require a visa to study in the UK then we suggest you submit your application and supporting documents by 1st December 2015.
Additional Information regarding Admission:
Applicants typically must meet at least one of the following academic achievements for successful admission into the University:
- A Level*: BBC
- US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)
- International Baccalaureate*: 28
- BTEC National Diploma*: DMM
- ABMA Diplomas and Certificates*
- SAT: 1700
- ACT composite: 24
- French Baccalaureate*: 12 Assez bien
- Abitur (Germany)*: 2.5 – 2.7
- Esame di Stato (Italy)*: Overall average of 70 or above
A complete application will include all of the items below:
- Application for Undergraduate Admission
- £35 Application Fee (refundable against first semester tuition)
- Personal Statement
- one Confidential Letter of Academic Recommendation
- Official School Transcripts (if a transfer applicant with under 30 credits, you must also submit official High school transcripts)
- English Language Test Scores** (required for students whose native language is not English)
- If you are applying for BA Art, Design & Media we will need to see a portfolio containing 20 images covering your most recent creative output
**please see below regarding English Language requirement
*Advanced Credit: Students meeting this standard in relevant subjects will normally be given exemption from introductory courses and may complete the degree programme in 3 years. See the ABMA Advanced Early Qualifications link (below) for advanced entry details for students holding ABMA qualifications. Candidates with US High School Diplomas or other entry qualifications can be considered for entry to year 1 of the 4 year degree programmes.
ABMA Advanced Entry Qualifications
Students with Advanced Standing
A student who has passed an Advanced Placement Test will be given six credits for each subject in which a grade 3,4 or 5 is achieved. A student who has passed an A level (advanced level) examination will be given nine credits for each subject in which a grade of A, B or C is achieved. Six credits will be given for a grade of D or E.
Students with advanced qualifications may be awarded course credit towards the BA or BS degree. Examples are the International Baccalaureate, the Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement du Second Degré (France), the Abitur/Reifzeugnis (Germany), the Diploma di Maturità (Italy), and the School Leaving Diploma from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
University English Language Proficiency Requirements
English is the language of instruction at Richmond.
To meet the entrance requirements for university study, applicants must achieve a designated level of English language proficiency. All students (with the exception of students whose first language is English) must submit either IELTS or Pearson Academic Test of English results when applying for admission. Results must be current within two years at the time of application. Submission of SAT/ACT scores is optional. The University no longer accepts TOEFL.
The Home Office Language Requirements
Non-EU/UK citizens should review the Home Office English language exam requirements and submit the appropriate exam results to us as soon as possible.
The Home Office has clear guidelines and requirements. All applicants must achieve the minimum requirements in all 4 components (listening, reading, speaking and writing). The minimum entry requirement for a degree level course is a Common European Framework grade of B2. IELTS and Pearson equivalents are shown below.
IELTS – a score of at least 5.5 in each element
Pearson Academic Test of English – a score of at least 51 in each element
For further information, contact the Office of Admissions.
Admitted Student Procedures
To confirm their place at Richmond, admitted students must return the applicable New Student Contract by the following priority deadlines:
- May 1 for Fall & Summer entry terms
- December 1 for Spring entry term
*Late deposits will be accepted on a space available basis.
*Please note that deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable
New students are encouraged to live in University Accommodation for their first year and should submit the Housing Application Form and Housing Deposit. The Housing Deposit will be held on account for the duration of the students’ housing lease as a security deposit.
Downloadable Forms for students admitted via the UK Office of Admissions:
Downloadable Forms for students admitted via the Office of Admissions for North America:
Applying for a UK Tier 4 Student Visa (for non-EU/UK citizens)
Richmond will provide a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter when:
- You have met all the conditions of your offer in full
- You have returned the New Student Contract signed and completed
- You have paid 50% of the first years tuition fees
To request a CAS please complete the CAS Letter Request Form.
The Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies letter is just one of the documents that is required by The Home Office in order to submit an application for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa. The Home Office will not accept visa applications without this.
Students that require a visa to study and live in the UK should not attempt to apply for their student visa until they have obtained the CAS letter from Richmond.
For More Information on Applying for your Tier 4 (General) Student Visa, please click on the PDF link below to review our UK Visa Information Sheet. You may also contact your Office of Admissions with questions.
Click here to visit The Home Office website to learn more about UK immigration advice.
Visa Exepeditor Services for students living in the USA:
A Briggs Passport & Visa Expeditors
A Briggs works with the U.S. Passport Agency and foreign embassies and consulates to secure passports and travel visas as quickly as 24 hours.
Mr. Marc Gilland – Richmond Account Manager
Tel: (888)466.4147 or (704)557.9189
Mail: 5970 Fairview Road, Suite 414, Charlotte, NC 28210 USA
Advanced Credit Students
The term ‘advanced credit’ refers to courses at the equivalent level to first-year US university level study, but taken at a secondary or high school rather than at a university. Examples include: the International Baccalaureate, UK AS and A-levels, US Advanced Placement exams, Indian Secondary/Senior School Certificate at Grade XII, German Abitur, French Baccalauréat.
The Academic Registry assesses your academic record to consider all courses for possible transfer credit, ensuring that you receive the most useful credits to you at Richmond. This means that you can enter already having completed some courses from your Richmond degree. What you receive will depend on your choice of Richmond major and how this fits with the subjects you have taken at school.
Up to 30 credits may be awarded for advanced level qualifications, and students receive credit for specific Richmond courses (modules), meaning that they have already earned credit towards their Richmond degree.
For AP exams, scores need to be at 3 or higher.
For IB, scores need to be at 4 or higher.
For A-levels at grades A-C, nine credits are awarded per subject, and for grades D-E, six credits per subject. Stand-alone AS levels passed at grade C or higher are eligible for three credits per subject.
Students who are taking A-levels, IB or AP exams may consult the following chart to find the Richmond course equivalents to their course subjects:
Provisional transfer credits may be initially awarded, if the academic documentation is received in an unofficial form e.g. on-line results. In such cases, transfer credits will not be officially granted until and unless official documentation is received. This may also happen with provisional results from IB or A-level grades, where the official diplomas and certificates are not produced until later in the year.
Council of International Schools
The Council of International Schools (CIS) is the leading organizing body in International Education for the accreditation of schools and in the development of best practice in education standards and development. Richmond, the American International University in London has been a proud and active member since 1972. As a member we uphold the same standards of international education and service to our students as championed by the Council and as practiced amongst all member schools.
The central purpose of CIS is to enable member organizations to achieve and deliver the highest standards in International Education and continually improve the outcome of student learning.
Here are some aspects of CIS membership services:
CIS Accreditation Service
Sets and develops standards for international education worldwide and manages the accreditation process.
CIS Teacher Recruitment Service
Assists schools in recruiting quality staff, and helps teacher candidates to find rewarding employment.
CIS Leadership/Governance Services
Assists schools in selecting the key players to fill senior positions, while assisting school boards and heads to work together efficiently and constructively.
CIS and Richmond
Most if not all CIS members have sent students to us, and many of those students have earned scholarships at Richmond. We believe passionately that if students are looking to extend their international education, here at Richmond we offer an obvious choice for higher education.
Uniquely positioned for a world that is becoming more interconnected and interdependent, Richmond’s dual accreditation and flexible academic programs develop the whole person for positions of international influence after University.
International Baccalaureate Resources
As an International Baccalaureate student deciding on a university, you are undoubtedly faced with numerous questions about how to continue your international education. Wehope you will find these pages provide straightforward answers. We think you’ll quickly discover how Richmond’s offering of an American education in a British setting will prepare you for a global future beyond compare.
The liberal arts curriculum offered at Richmond works hand in hand with the IB program, to enable a smooth transition from secondary school to university studies. This is why over the years Richmond has become an attractive destination for IB students from around the world, with 30% of our student population coming from IB schools.
If we can be of any assistance to you do not hesitate to contact us.
Admissions Office, UK
Office of Admissions for North America
Advanced University Credit Offered for the IB Diploma and Certificates
Students with advanced qualifications may be awarded course credit towards completion of degrees after review by the Academic Registry. Typically, these students are granted exemption from some courses in the Richmond Core Curriculum or for lower-division courses in their majors.
International Baccalaureate credits are determined by the guidelines outlined by the International Baccalaureate Organization. The IB awards six credits for grades of 4-7 on higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) subject examinations; three credits are awarded for grades of 4-7 on subsidiary level IB subject examinations. No credit is awarded for grades less than 4. Last year, students admitted to Richmond University had an average score of 33.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit Awards
|IB SUBJECT (GRADES 4, 5, 6, or 7)||SL (3 cr)||HL (6 cr)|
|Art/Design||ADM 103||ADM 103/110|
|Biology||BIO 113/4||BIO 113/4|
|Business & Management||ECN 103||ECN 103|
|Chemistry||CHM 113/4||CHM 113/4|
|Computer Science||CSC 121||CSC 107/121|
|Design Technology||SCI ELECTIVE||SCI ELECTIVE|
|Economics||ECN 211||ECN 210/211|
|English A1 or A2||ENG 111||ENG 111/LIT 200|
|Environmental Systems||ENV 150/1||ENV 150/1|
|French B||FRN 111/112||FRN 111/112|
|Geography||ENV 101||ENV 101|
|History||HST ELECTIVE||HST ELECTIVE|
|History of the Americas||HST 235||HST 235/6|
|History of Europe||HST ELECTIVE||HST ELECTIVE|
|Info Tech in a Global Society||CSC/SCL 215||CSC/SCL 215 + ELECTIVE|
|Math, Advanced||MTH 117||MTH 117 + ELECTIVE|
|Math Methods||MTH 105||MTH 105/115|
|Math Studies||MTH ELECTIVE||MTH ELECTIVE|
|Philosophy||PHL 203||PHL 203 + ELECTIVE|
|Physics||PHY 123/124||PHY 123/124|
|Psychology||PSY 150||PSY 150/205|
|Social Anthropology||ANT 150||ANT 150 + ELECTIVE|
|Spanish B||SPN 111/112||SPN 111/112|
|Theatre Arts||THR 204||THR 105/204|
|Visual Arts||ADM 103||ADM 103/110|
|World Cultures||HST ELECTIVE|
My Richmond experience to date has exceeded my expectations, from the faculty and staff who are there to support and guide you, to the Liberal Arts Core courses where I have been encouraged to explore new areas of study.