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Apply for Undergraduate Programmes

There are 3 ways in which undergraduate students from the United States can apply to Richmond:

Information about our programmes
Every undergraduate student will first enter our 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.

Direct Application (No Fee)

For students who prefer to apply to us directly, please submit the Direct Online Application for Admission.

Required documents

  1. A completed online Application for Undergraduate Admission.
  2. A personal statement which outlines why you want to study your chosen degree/major, what you hope to gain from your studies and why you have chosen an American Liberal Arts style of degree at Richmond University
  3. Official Transcripts of secondary and post secondary school work.
    Important note: Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified English language translations.
  4. A completed Confidential Reference Form from a teacher or guidance counselor who can assess your academic ability and maturity.
  5. If you have not been at school or college within the last six months please provide a copy of your CV/Curriculum Vitae/Resume to let us know what you have been doing.
  6. English Language Proficiency Requirements:
    • If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK and you are not a national of a majority English speaking country** then you will need to provide us with results of an IELTS test taken within the last two years. You will need to obtain a score of at least 5.5 in each element for undergraduate study. If you are not a visa national but are from a country where English is not the first language we will ask for evidence of your English language ability. We can accept a variety of English language tests including IELTS, Pearson Academic Test of English and Cambridge English. **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.
  7. Submission of SAT/ACT scores is OPTIONAL.
    • Richmond’s ACT CODE is 5244
    • CEEB/ATP/SAT code is 0823L

Universal College Application (No fee)

If you are a US national then you can apply for an undergraduate course through the Universal College Application.

The Common Application

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.

The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization that, since its founding over 35 years ago, has been committed to providing reliable services that promote equity, access, and integrity in the college application process.

Many students applying from the United States prefer to use The Common Application. Students wishing to apply to Richmond via The Common Application can login and search for:
“Richmond University”
“Richmond University in London”, or
“Richmond, The American International University in London”

to submit their application to Richmond via The Common Application

Advanced Credit and Transfer Students

The 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.

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.


“Transfer Student” would be a student who has studied previously at a university and is looking to transfer from their current institution to Richmond to earn their degree at Richmond.

The process:
Once a student applies for Admission to Richmond, 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 the university having already completed some courses from your Richmond degree.

Note: The amount of transfer credits that you receive will depend on your choice of Richmond major and how this fits with the subjects you have previously taken at university level study.


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 (for example: 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 university transcripts, IB or A-level grades, where the official transcripts, 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 our Admissions Office by email at: admissions@richmond.ac.uk

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
Classical Latin ELECTIVE ELECTIVE
Computer Science CSC 121 CSC 107/121
Design Technology SCI ELECTIVE SCI ELECTIVE
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
German B ELECTIVE ELECTIVE
History HST ELECTIVE HST ELECTIVE
History of the Americas HST 235 HST 235/6
History of Europe HST ELECTIVE HST ELECTIVE
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
Math Studies MTH ELECTIVE MTH ELECTIVE
Music ELECTIVE ELECTIVE
Philosophy PHL 203 PHL 203 + ELECTIVE
Physics PHY 123/124 PHY 123/124
Psychology PSY 150 PSY 150/205
Russian ELECTIVE ELECTIVE
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

Apply for Master’s Programmes:

There are two ways students can apply for Master’s level programmes here at Richmond. You can apply directly to us which carries no application fee or you can apply via the UCAS postgraduate application service.

About our Postgraduate Progammes:

The Postgraduate programmes are one-year (full-time) programmes designed to prepare candidates for careers in their desired field of study. For this purpose, innovative courses on contemporary issues are taught, opportunity for practical application is fostered, and seminars are conducted by leading guest speakers. These complementing and supporting elements combine to create a learning opportunity that is profoundly challenging and awakening.

Location:
Richmond’s Postgraduate programmes are based at our Kensington campus, a vibrant area of central London, providing easy access to the Capital’s arts, cultural, political, and business sectors – especially valuable for the workplace internships which are an integral element of the Postgraduate programmes.

Accreditation:
Postgraduate students at Richmond will study for either an MBA or a Master of Arts degree. Richmond is Accredited in the US by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Richmond is also registered in the US as a not-for-profit corporation.

Admissions Policy

The admissions process is a multi-step team approach. Typically, applications are reviewed by the Postgraduate Applications Review Committee which consists of the Programme Director and the Head of Admissions. These parties will be responsible for deciding upon all matters pertaining to this area.

Applications are reviewed holistically. Applications are not eliminated for admission based on test scores, nationality, gender, ethnicity or other factors. Each criterion is considered to provide a holistic picture of an applicant’s qualifications. This process allows the committee to select those candidates most likely to be successful in our Programmes.

Privacy and Security of Student Information

Richmond takes the privacy and security of our prospective students seriously and therefore we would prefer to discuss details of your application and enrolment with you directly rather than with parents, relatives or friends. In exceptional circumstances we may talk to a third party about your application but we will need your permission before we do this so that we are compliant with UK and US Data Protection Laws.

If you need us to talk to a nominated third party on your behalf then please complete and return this form.
Permission to discuss Application with Third Party

Please feel free to contact your Office of Admissions (as outlined opposite) if you have any questions about the status of your application.

Application FAQs

When should I apply?

When should I apply?

If you are a new student, a transfer student or visiting student, you can join Richmond in September, January or May.

Richmond operates two semesters and a summer session. For the exact dates of each semester please see academic calendar

Spring 2018 semester starts on 8th January 2018.

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 17th November 2017. 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 by 1st December 2017.

Fall 2018 semester starts on 28th August 2018.

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 document to us by 1st July 2018. 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 by 20th July 2018.

Richmond runs a rolling admissions procedure for all its degree courses. Once we have received your completed forms and all the necessary accompanying documentation, we will consider your application and provide you with a decision as soon as possible. If you are waiting for references or final exam results, you may still send your application and may be accepted on a provisional basis. Any remaining documents required by the University must be submitted to the Admissions Office before registration.

What happens after I apply?

What happens after I apply?

Once all required documents have been submitted for review by the admission committee, it generally takes four weeks for the admission office to return a decision.

Upon admission to the University, a student may be invited to make a non-refundable deposit to the University which will secure the student’s position in the new entering class at Richmond. Please check the terms and conditions of your offer.

Deposit deadlines:

  • 1 May for Fall applicants
  • 1 December for Spring applicants

Find out more

Privacy and Security of Student Information

Richmond takes the privacy and security of our prospective students seriously and therefore we would prefer to discuss details of your application and enrolment with you directly rather than with parents, relatives or friends. In exceptional circumstances we may talk to a third party about your application but we will need your permission before we do this so that we are compliant with UK and US Data Protection Laws.

If you need us to talk to a nominated third party on your behalf then please complete and return this form.
Permission to discuss Application with Third Party

Please feel free to contact your Office of Admissions (as outlined opposite) if you have any questions about the status of your application.