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

BA Degree in International Sports Management

The BA in International Sports Management will let you fully develop your soccer potential as you earn an American-accredited degree.

You will play in a top quality soccer academy with professional coaching and playing opportunities and be taken through a rigorous training and playing schedule, with coaching focusing not only on your technique, speed and tactics on the field but on your nutrition and health. You’ll attend the Leeds-based Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (RIASA) for your coaching and all of your studies.

Alongside the practical side of the programme, you will examine the theory and practice surrounding the management and the business of sports in various parts of the world, and gain the vital business skills required for a successful career in sports management.

Your degree’s firm theoretical base, allows you to explore the central role and functions of sports management, giving you a comprehensive and critical grounding in business management principles, allowing you to apply this grounding to practical and realistic sport and leisure settings.

In addition to graduating with a BA in International Sports Management, you will also gain:

  • Up to a Level Two Certificate in Coaching
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Award in Management & Leadership
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Reasons to study here

  • Show your pitch skills in league games every Saturday and become ‘the one everybody’s watching’
  • Immerse yourself in a true soccer culture as you play in showcase games against professional youth league teams and potentially even play in the UK and European leagues
  • Coached by professionals holding a UEFA A Licence, you can take UEFA coaching courses and qualify as a licensed UEFA coach yourself, and be recognised as one of the best in the world
  • If you’re thinking about a professional career in coaching you will also be able to pursue further awards through The FA and UEFA via the West Riding County FA
  • Specialise your studies in an area of particular interest such as sport marketing, healthy lifestyles, sport event management and coaching


The RIASA program is everything our family was hoping for and expecting! My son has always wanted an opportunity to play soccer, this program not only allows him to showcase in front of some of the top clubs in the professional soccer world, but it also allows him to get his 4 year college degree as well!

All aspects of the program are professionally run with great accommodations, top notch professional training, and quality care for the boys at an affordable cost.  We are extremely pleased with the quality of soccer and academics RIASA offers! We recommend RIASA to anyone interested in an International soccer experience and college education, the only program of its kind!

Troy & Cynthia Roane, San Antonio, Texas

We teach our kids to reach for the stars, to pursue their dreams.  We want them to follow their hearts — but not at the expense of a College Degree.  As parents, we also know the tremendous value of that four- year- degree and how critical it is to any “post soccer” success. The idea of pursuing a soccer career while earning an American Accredited Degree in Europe was not possible — until now.  The Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (RIASA) is the World’s first opportunity for the North American player to earn an Accredited American Four-Year-Degree while playing in a professional academy in the UK — it is the real deal.

Hollie Stray-Gundersen, Dallas, Texas

I wanted to tell you how impressed I am with the program and congratulate you on the excellent results for the team. Chip left home with trepidation, but I have heard only enthusiasm and excitement from him since his arrival. He says these are the best coaches he has ever had in his life, people who really understand football. Even more impressive, he likes his classes and is engaged in the academics!

It is obvious to me that you care a great deal for the boys and truly want them to improve and succeed. The program is such a great way for the North American players to matriculate into a foreign system and style of play. Throughout the years, I have seen several boys head off to Brazil and Europe for tryouts with teams and have a very difficult time fitting in, usually returning without making the teams. But with this program there is the time to learn and prepare for a higher level, build confidence and skill.

Kim Northrop, San Francisco, California

It’s not just about study, this is your story

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Graduates from this programme are eligible to receive a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Award in Management & Leadership

Duration: FT– 4 years

Where: Leeds Beckett University

Tuition and Accommodation fees for 2017/2018 are £25,000 inclusive.

Please Note: All fees include accommodation and students are expected to take housing for the duration of the programme.

RIASA Fee Sheet 2017/18

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Entry requirements: For information on application and acceptance please visit the RIASA website