Information for visiting students

If you have an offer to study at Richmond as a visiting student – congratulations! We look forward to welcoming you to London and to helping you explore one of the world’s most exciting and cosmopolitan cities.

We appreciate that the current situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the implications for studying at Richmond may be a concern for you. This is a very unsettling time for all prospective students; but please be assured that if you have an offer to study with us, it still stands.

Ensuring the welfare of our students and staff is our absolute priority. Dependent on the outcome of social distancing measures, we plan to continue a blended approach to learning with both online and on-campus teaching at our Richmond campus in Spring 2021.

We are confident that this strategy is the best way to ensure that you will have a real chance at an extended physical study abroad experience.

Due to recent changes in government guidance from the UK Department of Education, UK universities have been advised to encourage students to return to campus later in January in order to relieve pressure on transport, medical centres and to better manage student accommodation across the country. This means that Richmond will be starting in-person teaching one week later than planned, on Monday 25 January with the initial week of teaching, 18-22 January, being online only.

Over the coming weeks we will register you for classes with a personal advisor who will remain your ‘go to’ friend for all advice and queries.

Our virtual Spring orientation will then start on Monday 11 January. Spring classes will start on Monday 18 January. Due to current UK government guidance, Spring classes will be held online only for the first week (Monday 18 January-Friday 22 January). Starting from Week 2 (Monday 25 January), learning for all courses will be blended. Courses will have one timetabled in-person, on-campus session per week, with the rest of the course content delivered online. Online course content, which could take a variety of forms, including, for example, recorded lectures, supervision hours, readings, videos, and participating in virtual discussions, will be accessible to students on Blackboard, the University’s virtual learning environment.

Once in-person teaching commences, we are hoping (government guidance permitted) to run a variety of events to help you acclimatise to campus and London. So watch this space!

For those students who are living on campus and need to quarantine, they need to move into the campus from 8-10 January, to give them 14 days quarantine which will finish on 24 January. This service is being offered only to residential students who have signed a housing contract to live in University halls of residence for the Spring 2021 term. Housing and meals during the quarantining period are being offered free of charge to all residents.

Those students who do not need to quarantine can then move into the campus on 23-24 January.

We will contact all visiting students if anything changes, as soon as we have more information.

If you have any questions, our Admissions and Recruitment team would be happy to help. Please email our team on enquiries@richmond.ac.uk.

Q&As

If you have an offer to study at Richmond as a visiting student – congratulations! We look forward to welcoming you to London and to helping you explore one of the world’s most exciting and cosmopolitan cities.

We appreciate that the current situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the implications for studying at Richmond may be a concern for you. This is a very unsettling time for all prospective students; but please be assured that if you have an offer to study with us, it still stands. Whilst the situation on Coronavirus is continually evolving, we guarantee that you will be able to start your courses at Richmond, The American International University in London, in early September 2020 and that you won’t risk falling behind in your studies elsewhere.

Ensuring the welfare of our students and staff is our absolute priority. That’s why we have taken the decision to start the Fall 2020 semester with a blended combination of online and on-campus teaching for all students. This way, we can guarantee that students will be able to start their studies in September and possibly have an extended physical study abroad experience in London.

Our virtual Fall orientation will start on Tuesday 1 September, with the online courses beginning on Monday 7 September, all with supported learning for new students.

Dependent on the outcome of lockdown and social distancing measures, we then plan to commence the rest of our on-campus teaching at Richmond in London itself on Monday 2 November, with students being able to move into their campus accommodation from Monday 26 October.

This will be accompanied by an exciting on-campus, real-time orientation, taking place from 26-30 October, replete with a Thames boat tour and numerous guided visits throughout the city. These details will be confirmed once UK Government guidance has been clarified. We are closely monitoring the situation and planning for all eventualities. If all goes to plan, we will end the semester at the normal time in mid-December.

Over summer, once a student has applied and been accepted into the programme, we will register them for classes with one of our Personal Advisors; these advisors will remain their ‘go to’ friend over summer for all advice and queries.

From late June we will then be able to start registering students for Fall 2020 classes so they know exactly what they are taking and when.

Our award-winning Student Affairs team will have a special online programme of activities to welcome visiting students to the University and support them.  More details will be released in due course.

Because of the current situation regarding Coronavirus, we have reduced our Fall freshman semester tuition pricing from $19,000 to $13,000 for ALL visiting students. There will no longer be any scholarships for this Fall as we want to give as many students as possible the option to experience a more affordable study abroad experience.

The price for accommodation and three meals/day for the students coming in the second half of Fall will be $3,088 (for 8 weeks, starting Monday 26 October and ending the last week of exams).

Note from Gemma – is this for the one semester US partners only? (USC, SMU, Tulane etc.). If so, what about other visiting students – will they have a discount too? We’ll need a pricing plan for students who are billed in £ as opposed to $. Also, what about USC TTP who come for a year – what will they be charged?

For USC TTP, we have also reduced our Fall and Spring tuition pricing to $19,000.

If you wish to seek funding for September 2020, we would encourage you to continue with your application to the relevant funding bodies as normal. For further details, please see our Fees and funding website page.

We will contact all prospective students if anything changes, as soon as we have more information.

Once you have confirmed your place on the blended option for learning for Fall 2020, the fee deposit is non-refundable as administration costs will be incurred by the University.

The fee deposit for visiting students will be refundable if it is paid prior to an announcement being made by Richmond on our blending learning option for Fall 2020 or in the event that no on-campus teaching can take place at all in Fall 2020.

Yes, you can book your housing requirements now, based on arriving at the campus by Monday 26th October for the start of orientation.

If visiting students confirm their place on the blended option for learning for Fall 2020, the housing deposit is non-refundable as administration costs will be incurred by the University.

Housing fees will be based on a pro-rata basis.

The health, welfare and safety of students, staff and faculty is the number one priority for the University.  In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are closely following UK Government guidance with any information updates for students regularly posted on our website.

If you would like more information or have any questions, our Admissions and Recruitment team would be happy to help. Please email our team on enquiries@richmond.ac.uk

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