Queen Mary University provides a small and intimate study abroad experience within the bustling city of London. When choosing a university, some people are drawn to the big city life, whereas others prefer a centralized campus. Queen Mary offers you the best of both worlds: a campus-based university in London with a tremendous sense of excitement and an overwhelming friendliness about the place. This program is open for the academic year, spring semester, and fall semester.
Program Specific Information
General Study Abroad Information
Where you will study
Queen Mary is a fully integrated campus where students will live and study at Mile End, part of London's Historic East End district, and close to the London 2012 Olympic Park. The campus is served by two underground stations, allowing students to get around the city quickly and easily.
Queen Mary has a rich heritage as it just celebrated its 125th anniversary. This year, Queen Mary also accepted an invitation from the Russell Group of leading UK universities committed to maintaining the very best research, outstanding teaching and learning experience, excellent graduate employability, and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.
Living on campus is incredibly convenient: everything is nearby, the distances are short, and you'll soon know your way around. Cafés and bars, libraries and computer suites, lecture theatres and classrooms, gym and squash courts - all the facilities you'll need are within a few minutes' walk. The Student Village provides a shop, launderette, café and common room, plus 24-hour security, making for a real community feel and a place where you'll feel at home right from the start of your time at university.
The Students' Union has a club venue, bars, and eating areas in both its own building on Bancroft Road and in the Student Village. There is a general shop, a well-equipped multigym, saunas, and squash courts as well as computing, binding, and photocopying services. The Students' Union also plays host to a wide range of social and sporting activities.
Queen Mary has a long-established and successful study abroad program designed for students at overseas universities who would like to study for one or two semesters. Queen Mary operates a course unit (credit) system, which allows students to take courses from a variety of departments.
A full course load is four courses per semester of study. Courses within the colleges of Arts & Humanities and Science & Engineering are open to study abroad students, and students can choose to concentrate in one area or choose courses from up to four different subject areas. Many departments now offer pre-registration, making the enrollment process easier.
Students can earn up to 36 hours of credit for the academic year and 12-18 hours of credit per semester.
For a full listing of courses offered, please click here.
For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, please click here.
Classes are taught in the British style of combining lectures, seminars, small tutorials, and practicals. Classes are relatively small with classes ranging from 10-15 per seminar and 1-6 per tutorial.
All classes (called “modules” in the UK) in this program will be taught in English.
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International Student Office
Queen Mary University of London has its own onsite international student office to assist students with local issues (from classes to accommodation) and may host social gatherings throughout the semester. Find out more about Queen Mary's International Student Office by clicking here.
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You will be offered accommodation on, or within a few minutes walk of, the campus. Queen Mary's accommodation is of a high standard and you will typically be offered accommodation in a modern, self-catered, single study bedroom with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. You will be fully integrated, both in class and in your accommodation, with students from the UK and from the many other countries around the world. You will be one of around 150-200 Study Abroad students that Queen Mary welcomes each semester.
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- Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Completed 2 university semesters at the time of application
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Illinois Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date.
*See official deadlines at the bottom of this page.
How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Systems Fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
This program has a two-step application process:
Step 1.) The Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange Application which includes:
Only application materials for Step 1 must be turned in by the corresponding term’s deadlines as listed above.
Step 2.) The Host University Application (TO BE COMPLETED AFTER YOU ARE NOMINATED BY AN ADVISOR IN STEP 1):
If you are nominated by Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange based on your application in Step 1, you will then submit a host-university application to Queen Mary. Your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will follow.
Resources and Contact Information
Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Illinois Abroad Advising & Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
First Steps Info Sessions:
Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.
Program Contact Info
112 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Reception hours: 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
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