Freshman Semester in London – Richmond University

Freshman Semester in London

Students who are on waitlists for spring admission may wish instead to undertake a freshman study abroad option rather than defer the start of their university acceptance at home. London is a safe and dynamic option for such students and Richmond, being a US university, is a great place to do this.

Location: London, England

Program terms: Fall, Spring, Summer

Language of instruction: English

Housing: On-campus student dorms with 24 hour security

Deposit deadline: TBC

Program information

Richmond, The American International University in London, is a private non-profit, American liberal arts and business studies university located in London, United Kingdom. It was established in 1972. It has two beautiful campuses in the most prestigious and safest boroughs of London: Richmond and Kensington. They are surrounded by places of extraordinary historical and cultural interest, such as the Thames River, Kew Gardens, the Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Kensington Palace (the London residence of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge), to name but a few. As a major political, financial and cultural center London is one of the world’s most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

The university has some 2000 students, representing over 100 nationalities, with an average student-to-faculty ratio of sixteen to one. 30% of its students come from the US, 30% from the UK and the rest from across the world. The university’s degrees are accredited in the United States by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and are validated in the UK by the Open University Validation Services (OUVS). It was the first university in the UK to be doubly validated in this way. Class run on the American semester system (September to December and January to April).

Richmond’s two academic schools offer a variety of programs in the American Liberal Arts tradition – over 900 classes a year.  Freshman students live and study at our Richmond Hill campus.

What can I study?

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Art History & Visual Culture
  • Communications
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fashion Management & Marketing
  • Film Studies
  • Finance & Investment
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Marketing
  • Politics
  • Psychology


During your time abroad, you will live in Richmond. Accommodations are in double rooms on the University campus and in residence halls. Since housing is usually in traditional buildings not originally designed to be dormitories, rooms may be smaller than you are accustomed to in the U.S. the university has its own cafeterias, meal plan, and exercise room and is next door to Richmond Park, a huge urban park with deer and plenty of trails for walking, running and biking.