Royal Holloway, University of London at Egham, England

Mount Holyoke generally may nominate one or two students each year for our reciprocal exchange with Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL). The exchange is open only to students receiving need-based financial aid at Mount Holyoke; students selected for the exchange are guaranteed Laurel Fellowships. Students who are receiving little or no need-based financial aid are welcome to apply to Royal Holloway as study abroad students rather than as exchange students.

Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Founded in 1886 for the higher education of women
  • Merged with Bedford College (also originally a college for women only) in 1985
  • Co-ed since 1965
  • Part of the University of London
  • Approximately 7,700 undergraduate students (international students from more than 120 countries)
  • Comprehensive university offering a wide range of courses in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences
  • Campus of 135 acres is located in the town of Egham, adjacent to Windsor Great Park
  • Wide range of student activities, societies, and events

Town of Egham

  • Located in the southeast of England, about 20 miles from London
  • Population about 5,700
  • Historically a busy coaching town, now known for its pedestrian-friendly center with shops and restaurants

Academic Program

  • Two semesters of about 12 weeks each (late September to mid-December, and mid-January to late March), plus Summer Term for revisions and exams (late April to mid-June)
  • Many courses offered for the full academic year, but some offered for one semester
  • Exchange students may study at Royal Holloway for the full academic year, or fall or spring semester
  • Students enroll directly into courses offered by Royal Holloway to its degree-seeking students
  • Exchange students may register for courses in any combination of subjects, but generally no more than two different subjects
  • Normal courseload for a full academic year is four “whole units” (which transfers as 32 MHC credits)

Living Arrangements

  • Guaranteed housing on campus

Exchange Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have completed sophomore year (or at least three semesters, for spring entrants) prior to enrolling at Royal Holloway
  • Must be eligible for need-based financial aid at Mount Holyoke

Financial Arrangements

  • Exchange student pays MHC tuition; Royal Holloway waives its tuition
  • Exchange student pays Royal Holloway directly for room fees, and is responsible for her own meals
  • Laurel Fellowship guaranteed (though number of exchange slots is limited)
  • Financial aid award will be based on total budget, including MHC tuition, MHC study abroad fee, and allowances toward room and board, books, personal expenses, and round-trip airfare

Study at Royal Holloway for Study Abroad (Non-Exchange) Students

  • Students receiving little or no need-based financial aid at Mount Holyoke should apply to RHUL as study abroad students, either directly or through the IFSA/Butler or Arcadia University programs
  • Study abroad applicants should follow general procedures and deadlines for study abroad
  • Study abroad students will be billed directly by RHUL or their program sponsor for the (lower) overseas or program tuition and fees, rather than MHC tuition

How to Apply for the Exchange

  • Submit Mount Holyoke’s Request to Study Abroad and Laurel Fellowship application according to the instructions on the Deadlines page; applications are ordinarily due early in December for fall or full year, late March for spring
  • Students will be notified by early February (fall/full year) or early May (spring) whether they have been selected for the exchange
  • McCulloch Center will provide basic information about exchange nominees to Royal Holloway, and Royal Holloway will contact students directly with instructions for applying on-line; students must also be accepted by Royal Holloway