Richmond, The American International University in London

Why Richmond, The American International University in London?

Richmond, The American University in London, has a strong educational and social mission. The university prides itself of the fact that its graduates have a commitment to the well-being of others and society, with a learning culture which aims to support the development of the whole person.

Undergraduate education is available in 19 subjects and a portfolio of professional postgraduate degrees. Richmond teaches in the American liberal arts tradition, which provides students with a broad, US-style multi-disciplinary foundation combined with a British approach of in-depth study in a specific area of interest.

All students can study one programme and gain two degrees, from the US and UK, providing international career opportunities.

The university has two campuses in London, located in Richmond and Kensington, with additional study centres in Florence, Rome and Leeds.

International Students

With students from more than 60 countries, taught in classes with an average size of fewer than 20 students, Richmond provides an international and unrivalled education in central London.

Undergraduates spend their first two years based at the university’s beautiful, historic building on a six-acre site in Richmond, south-west London, close to Richmond Park and the river Thames. The Kensington campus is the location for their third and fourth years and is also where all postgraduate programmes are taught, right in central London.

Employability is a key part of the student experience at Richmond, through curriculum design, integrated internships and out-of-class leadership activities, to enhance career opportunities for students.

The American International University in London has a highly dedicated, award-winning Student Affairs team at Richmond, offering an extensive range of services to support and empower students through all kinds of challenges – personal, social and emotional – helping them make the most of their time at university.

Scholarship opportunities are also available for all students.

What Students Say:

“The reason I chose Richmond’s BA programme in American Studies was because I wanted to gain a broad understanding of American politics and culture, and it was important for me to study in a genuinely American environment, which is provided at Richmond. As we study so many different topics we can choose any minor, I’m planning on doing Political Science which I think will be really helpful for my career options.”

Alice, UK, BA in American Studies

Quick Facts

  • Richmond was originally an American college, founded by social entrepreneur and politician Sir Cyril Taylor, chairman of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
  • 19 undergraduate programmes and nine postgraduate programmes
  • Psychology is the university’s most popular programme
  • Average class size is 18
  • 62% of undergraduates are from the UK/EU and 38% are from either the US or international students
  • 15,000 alumni from more than 100 countries

Contact

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Queens Road, Richmond upon Thames, TW10 6JP

Student Testimonials

“The reason I chose Richmond’s BA programme in American Studies was because I wanted to gain a broad understanding of American politics and culture, and it was important for me to study in a genuinely American environment, which is provided at Richmond. As we study so many different topics we can choose any minor, I’m planning on doing Political Science which I think will be really helpful for my career options.”

"Making the decision to study abroad was just as hard as deciding what to study in the first place. However, after looking back on the four years I spent studying a BA in International Sports Management in London, I couldn't imagine doing it anywhere else.

Along with my studies, I was also playing at a high level of football (soccer). Being able to continue my playing career while studying was very important to me, and being able to do so in a country that lives and breathes the sport was a dream come true. The RIASA programme in Leeds gave me the chance to do both and to meet some lifelong friends as well."

“International relations classes here are so enriching and engaging, not only because I love what I’m studying but also because of the structure in which classes are taught.

The students and teachers here are so diverse in background that when discussing international topics, you’re able to learn first-hand about different countries, their governments and how they live. The classes are interactive and never overwhelming in size, and I am amazed how much I have enjoyed learning and growing in these past two years.

The diversity within Richmond also helps to create a very unique peer environment. It’s the perfect school for a student who wants to learn and live globally and have a lot of fun along the way.”

“I chose to study at Richmond because of the small class sizes and the amount of attention that is given to each student. To all students considering Richmond as an option, I would say that nowhere else will you be able to find such a diverse student body and a faculty that are always helpful and encouraging.

One of the greatest aspects of studying at Richmond was the liberal arts element to my International Relations degree. As well as being able to study my main subject, I was able to supplement this with other courses that I would not have necessarily been able to study in a typical British university.”

“This summer I had the chance to work as a Research Intern for an MP. During my internship I learned a lot from the people I met, worked with, or listened to. However, I also felt like I was making a concrete contribution through my work and that was extremely satisfying. Experiencing the ‘behind the scenes’ of Parliament at Westminster and understanding better the political processes of the country I now consider home has been truly amazing. After this summer, walking by Westminster Palace will always feel a bit special.”