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Richmond University

City: London, United Kingdom
Established Year: 1972
Popular Courses: Liberal Arts, Business, International Relations
International Fees range: £7,500- £14,750

About Richmond University

Established in 1972, Richmond University is a one of its kind London-based University that offers time-honored education in American Liberal Arts. In the whole of the United Kingdom, only Richmond University provides ‘dually accredited degrees’ that grants global recognition to its students from virtually 100 countries that are presently enrolled. The University is based in West London and has two campuses in Richmond Hill and close to Kensington High Street. Since the year 1981, the Richmond University has been awarding US Degrees that are accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Richmond University offers a wide range of majors and minors at undergraduate level in business, economics, political science, international relations, media, the arts and humanities. Most degrees are four-years long though some may be completed earlier through transfer credits from US Advanced Placement classes, UK A and AS Levels, the International Baccalaureate and other similar qualifications. All undergraduate programmes at Richmond follow a broad, US liberal arts approach to education, this is combined with the British system of specialisation. In addition to this, the University offers a range of postgraduate degrees including Master of Business Administration (MBA), Luxury Brand Management, International Relations, Art History & Visual Culture and Advertising & Public Relations. The university is the first and the only university in the UK that has been granted the power to award dual taught degrees, this means students will receive a UK as well as a US degree. This will be useful to graduates while looking for employment opportunities and make them stand out from the crowd.

This highly ranked university makes quality education a priority by giving a small class experience to students, with the typical class attendance being maximum 20. Committed to employability, Richmond offers a transformative educational environment with proficient faculty that enables unprecedented growth of the student. Students are also provided a platform to volunteer for significant causes, partake in personal development seminars, and avail international internships. An interdisciplinary approach by the University integrates arts and sciences with business, leadership studies and even law. Being a liberal, American international university, Richmond University focuses on enriching its students’ study experience taking into account various intercultural aspects.

Richmond University is has three schools, these include:

  • Richmond Business School
  • Richmond School of Communications, Arts & Social Sciences (CASS)
  • Richmond School of Liberal Arts

Campus and facilities at Richmond University

Richmond University has two campuses situated in two of London’s highly revered locations. First year, second year as well as foundation students are required to be at the Richmond Campus. For centuries, Richmond has been a favored sanctuary of the rich and the famous, and is positioned only a few minutes from prime locations in the city. Another campus, known as the Kensington campus is for students in the third and fourth year as well as for the students pursuing a postgraduate degree. Located in the heart of London, the campus is in close proximity to the abundant cultural, financial and historical boroughs of the capital. Richmond University’s library facilities across both the Hill as well as the Kensington Campuses include more than 60,000 books and a large collection of DVDs, over 39,000 e-journal titles and nearly 36,000 newspapers and newswires. The University also offers soccer training and a wide range of sports facilities.

International Student Services at Richmond University

Richmond University welcomes intellectually ambitious students from across the world for all its programs. The University has an International Student Support Team that assists students at the University in case issues arise during their studies. The support team typically deals with problems like visa restoration as well as helping incoming students to adapt to the UK culture. The London-based University has a department of Student Affairs that takes care of the health and welfare of the international students beyond the classroom. The University of Richmond also conducts orientation meetings to ease out the process for international students to blend into the life on campus.

Accommodation on Campus for Richmond University

First year students at Richmond University are guaranteed accommodation. The main building of the university is located in a calm residential area and is primarily for students enrolled in first or second year. In total, there are 151 rooms with 192 beds. All rooms are modern and well fitted, they provide abundant space with personal safes. There are plenty of facilities available for students including laundry services, mail lockers, coffee shops, computer labs, fitness centre, dining room and more. The entire campus is equipped with wireless network to ensure that you stay connected.

Students pursuing a course at Richmond University can also explore off-campus accommodation. The University can help find privately rented accommodation either in a hall of residence or in University-approved housing.

Scholarship Programs at Richmond University

Every year Richmond University offers 25 different scholarships to its students. Most Universities in the UK offer scholarships to gifted international students including the International Excellence Scholarship, Commonwealth scholarships, etc. To find out more about the grants, scholarships and bursaries available in the UK and your eligibility for the same, speak to one of the education consultants at Global Study Link.

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Current Ranking of Richmond University

  • No. 23 amongst the nation’s ‘Best Liberal Arts Colleges’ according to U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 24 for “Best Value” amongst national liberal arts colleges according to U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 26 in the 100 best value private liberal arts colleges according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Richmond University backed a rank of #6 on the ‘Best Schools for Internships’ list. Further, the university bagged an award for the ‘Most Innovative Schools’,  ‘Best Value’, and ‘Campus Ethnic Diversity’ lists by the U.S. News in its Best Colleges 2021 guide.

Notable Alumni from Richmond University

  • Bobby Chinn, restaurateur

BA Business Administration and Economics, 1986

Bobby Chinn is a celebrated chef, restaurateur, television presenter and cookbook author. He started two restaurants in Vietnam and one in London. He hosted the series World Café Asia and World Café Middle East on TLC and won the title of ‘Best Entertainment Presenter’ and ‘Best Entertainment Programme’ by the Asia TV awards. He also hosted Globe Trekker Food Hour: Ireland, Globe Trekker Food Hour: Sicily and Bobby Cooks Asia and is currently a Judge on Top Chef Middle East.

  • Prince Louis of Luxembourg

BA in communication

Prince Louis of Luxembourg is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

  • Nazia Hassan, singer

Business Administration and Economics

Nazia Hassan was a popular Pakistani singer-songwriter. She was also a lawyer and social activist. Nazia was the first Pakistani singer to make it to the British charts and is a recipient of Pakistan’s highest civilian award, Pride of Performance.

  • Evangelos Marinakis, football club owner

B.A. international Business Administration

M.Sc. International Relations

Evangelos Marinakis is a shipowner and owner of the football clubs Olympiacos Football Club and Nottingham Forest Football Club.

  • Bill Paxton, actor

Bill Paxton was an American actor and director who appeared in films like Terminator, Commando, tombstone and Titanic. His work earned him three Golden Globes nominations, a Primetime Emmy Award nomination besides numerous others.

  • Ajeenkya D Y Patil, educationist


Ajeenkya D Y Patil is a well known Indian educationist and economist. He is the Chairman of D. Y. Patil Group, Chancellor of Ajeenkya D. Y. Patil University and Pro Chancellor of Dr. D Y Patil University. He was appointed as the Economic Adviser by the Hon. President of Guyana.

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A  supportive international faculty, flexible curriculum that allows you to explore study areas outside your main specialisation, small classes and campuses in two of London’s most beautiful areas, you will find Richmond University a great place to earn a dual undergraduate or a master’s degree that is recognised in the UK and USAt Global Link we can help you get a place at Richmond University. Speak to one of our consultants now who will answer all your queries about applying successfully for a program in UK. From English Language Requirement to application and visa process, our UK education advisors are always at hand to help you. Speak to one of our advisors now to get answers to all your questions answered about the upcoming intakes, programs, application process, IELTS  waiver, scholarship offers and more.

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