Undergraduate Admissions


An International Education,
A London Location,
A Global Future

Flexible Curriculum at Richmond University

Flexible Start Dates

With the opportunity to start your
course in the Autumn (Fall) or the Spring


British and international internships

Richmond offers all students the opportunity to take an internship

Richmond The American University in London

Academic Requirements

We accept qualifications from around the world

Undergraduate Admissions

Apply Online by one of the following:

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.

  • UCAS (Click Here) – If you are a UK or EU national then you can apply for an undergraduate course through UCAS. Non-EU nationals, including students from the US, can use UCAS if they are also applying to other UK universities. Our UCAS institution code is R20
  • The Common Application (Click Here) – Students from the USA can apply through The Common Application. Non US students can also use The Common Application if they are applying to other US universities.
  • Direct Application (Click Here) – please download and complete the PDF form electronically and them email it to the relevant office of admissions along with your supporting documents.

Entry Requirements

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 2016 semester starts on 30th August 2016. 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 2016. 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 by1st August 2016. 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 by1st 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: CCC or 240 UCAS Points (Fall 16/Spring 17) or 96 UCAS Points (Fall 17/Spring 18)
  • US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)
  • International Baccalaureate: 24
  • BTEC National Diploma: MMM
  • ABMA Diplomas and Certificates
  • SAT: 1700
  • ACT composite: 24
  • French Baccalaureate: 10/20
  • Abitur (Germany): 2.5 – 2.7
  • Esame di Stato (Italy): Overall average of 60 or above
Admissions Requirements: A complete application will include all of the items below:
  1. Application for Undergraduate Admission
  2. Personal Statement
  3. one Confidential Letter of Academic Recommendation
  4. Official School Transcripts (if a transfer applicant with under 30 credits, you must also submit official High school transcripts)
  5. English Language Test Scores** (required for students whose native language is not English)
**please see below regarding English Language requirement
AMBA *Advanced Credit: Students meeting this standard in relevant subjects will normally be given exemption from introductory courses and may complete the degree programme in less than four 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 If you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK and are not a national of a majority English speaking country then you will need to provide evidence of your English language ability. This should be an IELTS test taken within the last two years with a score of at least 5.5 in each element. Majority English speaking countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and USA. If you do not need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK but do come from a country where English is not the main language then we can accept a wider variety of English language tests as evidence of your English proficiency. Please note that tests marked with a * are not Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) approved by the Home Office and cannot be used to support your Tier 4 student visa application.
Test Score
IELTS 5.5 in each element
Cambridge English: First *Cambridge English: Advanced * Cambridge English: Proficiency* Overall Cambridge English Scale score of no less than 168 in each skill
TOEFL iBT * 18 in reading, 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
Pearson Academic Test of English * 51 in each element
Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola *(Swedish Students) English 5 with grade B or above; or English 6 with grade C or above; or English 7 with grade D or above.
IB Diploma * Pass English Language A with 4 or above at Higher Level (HL) or 5 or above at Standard Level (SL)Pass English Language (B) with 4 or above at Higher Level (HL) only

Information and forms for students holding an offer

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:

New Student Contract – for students applying via the UK Office of Admissions

New Student Medical Form

New Student Photo ID Form (students Admitted via UK Office)

CAS Request Form

Third Party Information Form

Downloadable Forms for students admitted via the Office of Admissions for North America:

New Student Contract – for students Applying through the Office of Admissions for North America

New Student Medical Form

New Student Photo ID Form (students Admitted via US Office)

CAS Request Form

Third Party Information Form

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:

  1. You have met all the conditions of your offer in full; and
  2. You have returned the New Student Contract signed and completed; and
  3. You have paid 50% of the first years tuition fees; and
  4. You have provided us with evidence that you have the nessary finances in place to support your Tier 4 application; and
  5. You have provided a valid Tuberculosis Test Certificate if you are resident in a country where this is a requirement.

To request a CAS please complete the CAS 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.

UK Visa Information Sheet – Applying for your Tier 4 Student Visa

CAS Request Form

Visa Expeditor or Advisory Services for students living in the USA:

If you would like professional assistance with your visa application, you can choose from an array of different companies that provide visa expediting or advisory services.  We suggest you consider using Passport & Visa Advisors, LLC (PVA).  Marc Gilland of PVA can be reached at mgilland@passportvisaadvisors.com or (704) 246-6373. Mr. Gilland and his team have helped many Richmond students to obtain their visas over the years.


Advanced Credit Students

Advanced Credit StudentsThe 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:

Course equivalent charts for A-levels, IB and AP exams

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.

Council of International SchoolsThe 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
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 of the Americas HST 235 HST 235/6
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
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
Antina Zhelcheska

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.

Antina ZhelcheskaMacedonia/UK

Which Office of Admissions do I contact?:

If you are currently living/studying in countries outside of the United States:
UK Office of Admissions
The American International University in London
Queens Road
Richmond upon Thames
TW10 6JP, United Kingdom
Tel : +44 (0)20 8332 9000

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If you are currently living/studying within North America:

Office of Admissions for North America
The American International University in London
343 Congress Street
Suite 3100
Boston, MA 02210-1214 USA
Tel : +1 (617) 450-5617
Fax : +1 (617) 450 5601
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