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ACES in the UK: University of Reading
Reading, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Program Description:
ACES in the UK at University of Reading 
Semester or Academic Year
Reading, United Kingdom

Program Overview

Students will take courses at the University of Reading. Located just west of London, the University of Reading sits near the coast and has lots of activities nearby to fill the time between classes.

More information can be found at the University of Reading's website:

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The City of Reading

Reading is situated on the Thames River and is composed of red brick and modern commercial buildings. It is a mix of town and countryside that is a relief from nearby London (35 minutes away by train). 

The campus, known as 'Whiteknights' after the old estate owner, is located in 300 acres of landscaped parkland a mile and a half from the city. There are groves of cedar, an ornamental grotto, exotic trees, a lake and a conservation area located in campus. 

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Academic Environment

Agriculture is particularly strong at Reading, with over 2200 acres of farmland for teaching and researching. The main library serves as the center of the campus, surrounded by the Student Union and academic buildings. It houses one million books and 4700 periodicals. There are also specialist libraries for music and agriculture. Computers are available around campus, with several 24 hour sites.

Accommodation is spread out among fifteen Halls of Residence at the northern edge of campus. As usual with British universities, students have their own room and have to share bathroom facilities, though there are some doubles available. Each hall has a library, common rooms, a TV room, and a laundry room. Some halls also have music rooms, games rooms, tennis courts and weight rooms. Sibley and Sherfield Hall are the self-catered halls on campus. 

Student Life
Reading offers around 80 clubs and societies to its students. Wolfenden Sports Centre houses a large sports hall, martial arts and dance studio, squash courts, a weight room, a fitness studio, and eleven tennis courts. Facilities are available for rowing and canoeing on the Thames River.  Reading's Student Union houses shops, banking services, a travel agent, several bars and coffee lounges. Live music is often held in the Union. The Hexagon Theatre serves as a center for top-class entertainment, including drama, orchestral music, indoor sport and major bands. There are several large clubs in the city and plenty of traditional pubs to visit.
For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, go to

Students can earn up to 36 hours of credit for the academic year and 12-18 hours of credit per semester.

Minimum 3.0 GPA. Students who wish to participate in this program must show a strong commitment to academic achievement and be in good academic standing. Applicants should be at least in the second semester of their sophomore year by the time the program begins. Space is limited and participants are chosen on a first come, first serve basis. Late applications are accepted if space is still available. 
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Program Costs

For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
See Budget Sheets at the top of this page!

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Finacial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to

ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at
For more information about general costs, please watch the First Steps Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarship videos found here for tips and advice:

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Withdrawal, Change & Cancellation Policies

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail 

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (

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Passport/Visa Information

You must have a valid passport to participate on this program with at least two blank VISA pages. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
You may also be required to get a visa for your program.  Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries.

For more information visit our website:

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Application Process

First Steps Info Session
Watch the First Steps videos found on our website or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  
Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
Application Components
The Study Abroad Office Application includes:
·         Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
·         Personal essay questions
·         Photocopy of passport
·         Signature verification form
·         Official Transcript
·         Online questionnaires

After you are accepted into your program by the Study Abroad Office, you may be required to complete post-decision components such as the host university’s application.  

All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.
See Dates and Deadlines at the bottom of this page.

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Pre-Departure Resources

The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information.  Explore both sites for more information on the topics below or logistics such as travel plans and what to pack.

Pre-Departure Course, LAS 291 1 credit 
All students are required to enroll in a second 8 weeks pre-departure course, LAS 291 for 1 credit.  During this course, topics such as culture shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. 
Course Approval
Before you study abroad you must get the courses you plan to take abroad approved by your college’s study abroad office.  ACES Students should view the “Academic Information” section of the ACES Study Abroad Website.  This section provides information on the course approval process and a link for the pre-approval database which contains all courses with UIUC course equivalents.
Health and Vaccinations
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty.
Once you have been accepted into the program you may need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also

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Contact Information

ACES Study Abroad
123 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380

Walk-in hours: 2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/22/2017 01/14/2018 06/08/2018
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018
02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018
02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA

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