Richmond University is the only University to award a U.S. and U.K. three year liberal arts degree, based on the U.S. model, in the world. Through these programmes, students get all of the advantages of a liberal arts education in just three years. The ‘Degree in Three’ will provide a comprehensive collection of courses that will provide students with a cross-disciplinary education. Students will have five classes each semester with one extra elective course in either their second or third year. Students will also still be able to undertake an internship or participate in a study abroad programme as part of this programme. All degrees programmes fulfill the same credit hours and overall requirements of a four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree.
Students will have high contact hours with academics and complete their liberal arts degree in only three years. These advantages combined with generous scholarships are a fantastic return on investment for those who strive to assemble a broad foundation of knowledge in multiple disciplines that can be used in a wide spectrum of careers.
The International History programme at Richmond aims to demonstrate how the past has impacted upon, and shapes, the present, by making use of the intercultural and international resources provided by faculty and students, as well as the museum and archival collections of London itself.
The programme provides a broad base of contemporary and classical knowledge in International History in the first year, upon which is built a gradually more complex and more specific understanding of key themes and periods. The curriculum emphasizes varied methodological, interdisciplinary and comparative approaches, ranging from ancient to contemporary facets of International History.
The International History programme strongly focuses on empires and imperialism, flows (of peoples, cultures and goods), the international order (including the rise of nations and nationalism), war and peace, and the international significance of cultural and visual history. Within this focus, the programme strives to foster research and scholarship in historical enquiry, and to teach key critical and transferable skills. By responding to the interests of the students and by providing a supportive, fair and intellectually challenging cultural environment, International History at Richmond aims to be rewarding for its own sake, while simultaneously preparing students, especially by way of the internship programme, for careers and postgraduate study.
A minor in Media Production, American Studies or Marketing may add depth to your major of choice.
5 Reasons to Study International History
Study International History taught by international historians in an international environment
Interdisciplinary programme combining areas of study from the Humanities
Senior students have the opportunity to collaborate on research and co-write papers with professors which will be desirable to employers and to higher education institutions
Participate in exciting educational trips to Turkey, historical institutions in London, and Europe
Gain vital work experience that is desirable to employers, by partaking in an integrated international internship
After you graduate
Whitgrift School, University of Virginia, Greenpeace USA, WorldStrides- Capstones Programs,The United Nations Children’s Fund, BBC, Bloomberg L.P, NBC News, Al Jazeera
London School of Economics and Political Science, SOAS, University of London, University of Cambridge, Frostberg State University, Antony’s College, Oxford University
Career paths for International History graduates
Research, Teaching, Museums, Galleries, Media, Communications, Advertising, Public Relations, Graduate Study/Academia
We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment. Work while you study across 5 continents through our partners Connect123 and CRCC Asia with destinations in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.
*All other equivalent eligible transfer credits will be determined by Admissions.
English Language Requirements (Non Native English Speakers)
☐ IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in each Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
☐ TOEFL (IBT) 80+ overall with: Listening 17, Reading 18, Writing 17, Speaking 20
☐ Petersons Test of English (PTE) 51
☐ Overall Cambridge English Scale score of no less than 168 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
How to apply
You apply directly using the Common Application ($50.00) or the Richmond One Line Application. In order to submit your application you will need the following information
Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
A personal statement – this can either be emailed as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
An electronic copy of your in process or completed high school (secondary school) transcript and graduation certificate
When to apply
We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you are completing your undergraduate programme of study. In this case you will be offered a place that is conditional on successfully completing a specified qualification and English language qualification if applicable. If you would like your application to be considered for a Richmond bursary, an early application is strongly recommended
Admission is by interview unless you live outside the UK when we may interview you via Skype or by telephone. We may also determine your suitability on the basis of their application and qualifications alone. Find out more about applying.
“In 2007, I graduated from Richmond with my BA in History and went on to further study at the University System of Maryland’s Frostburg State University, (online platform), which I am pursuing to obtain my MBA. Richmond provided me with the resources and space to expand and stretch my capacity of understanding through history, diversity, and awareness. This is key to better appreciating and advancing the human condition.
Currently, I am the Director, Student Account Operations at the University of Virginia. Previously I was the Account Manager for WorldStrides- Capstone Programs based in Charlottesville, Virginia. My roles and responsibilities were to guide the complete management process of university’s international travel programs – from itinerary conception including business/educational meetings, cultural experiences, and risk management through to program execution.”
Isaiah BehnkeBA International History (4 year programme)
“I studied the BA in History at Richmond from 2007 to 2011, after which I went on to further study as a graduate student at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, where I obtained a Master of Science degree in Russian and East European Studies.
Richmond provided me with broad knowledge and understanding of history and historical research methods, which has prepared me well for my current research position. I believe that the strength of Richmond’s history degree lies in the variety of the courses on offer and the excellence of the teaching. I learned a great deal from all of my tutors and during my studies I was not only motivated to improve my skills and acquire more knowledge, but also received good careers advice, as well as assistance with any academic issues.
I would advise any students to consider the history degree at Richmond as it will give them a chance to develop their their analytical skills and acquire knowledge in many different subjects, from which they will significantly benefit in today’s marketplace, in which employees need to be able to adapt and learn quickly. The greatest compliment that I can pay to Richmond is that the individual attention that I received often equalled and sometimes even exceeded what I got at Oxford. In the history programme at Richmond it is the personal touch that really makes a difference.
Currently, I am working as Research Assistant for Whitgift School’s upcoming WWI exhibition Remembering 1916: Life on the Western Front. My responsibility is to carry out all research on the wide range of WWI artefacts that will be displayed at the exhibition, as well to examine the historiography of the war, the perspectives of different nations, and any other pertinent subjects.”
Zapryan DumbalskiBA International History (4 year programme)
Where to find us
Richmond Hill Campus
Queen’s Road Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 6JP England