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TCU-In London – Roehampton

TCU-In London – Roehampton is one of two flagship semester programs TCU offers in London. Home to more than 8 million people, London is one of the world’s most multicultural cities.

The University of Roehampton hosts about 10,000 students and is London’s only campus-based university, located in some of the city’s loveliest neighborhoods. Students live and take classes on the beautiful, parkland campus, interacting with British students on a daily basis.

Roehampton offers a wide array of courses including hard-to-find disciplines such as dance, kinesiology, and religion. The program is designed for students looking for an authentic British experience and immediate access to one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.

Grove House at the University of Roehampton

TCU-In London – Roehampton students enroll directly in classes at the University of Roehampton. The courses (modules) are taught by Roehampton faculty, and TCU students take classes alongside British and international students.

Students enroll in 60 UK credits made up of any combination of 10 and 20 UK unit modules. (The 10 and 20 unit designations are embedded in the Roehampton course numbers.) Modules are worth 3 TCU credit hours if they show 10 in the module number, or 5 TCU credit hours if they have 20 in the module number. Course selections must range between 12 and 18 TCU credit hours.

Students receive TCU credit that applies towards the TCU GPA. As part of the application, students must have their courses pre-approved on the TCU Credit Approval Form.

For more information about how credits work, see our Study Abroad Basics page.

State of the Art Library

TCU students are required to live in residence halls on the University of Roehampton campus with British and other international students. Study abroad students are guaranteed on-campus housing if they meet application deadlines. Rooms are primarily single occupancy bedrooms with shared kitchen facilities, internet connections, and en-suite (private) bathrooms.

Room assignments occur after students are admitted to the program. Upon arrival, students receive bedding and kitchen packs that are included with the accommodations at no extra charge. There are plenty of cafes and diners on campus if you’re not sure of your culinary skills. Coffee shops and a thriving student union create a collegiate atmosphere much like TCU.

Any damages to housing will be posted to your TCU account after you return.

Elm Grove Hall

Semester Costs for 2020-2021

  1. London – Roehampton Program Fee: Fall 2020 – $5000 and Spring 2021 – $6000, collected as:
    $500 Non-Refundable First Payment, to confirm your spot in the program after admission
    $4500 (Fall) or $5500 (Spring) Remaining Balance/ Final Payment, billed to your TCU Student Account before the semester begins.
    This includes:
    — Residence hall housing
    — Bedding and kitchen packs
    — Excursions through the Roehampton Social Programme
    — TCU start-up and mid-term activities
  2. TCU Tuition: $25,785
  3. Estimated Additional Expenses: For other outside expenses not included in the program fee. London is an expensive city and individual budgets are highly variable. This may include:
    — Airfare: $1,400
    — Books: $200
    — Class Excursions: $200
    — Local Transportation: $300
    — Meals/Groceries: $2,000
    — Personal Expenses: $2,000
    — Travel Expenses: Highly variable

Billing & Withdrawals

Tuition and Program Fees are posted to your TCU Student Account, just like any other semester at TCU. After admission to the program, students will be asked to pay a non-refundable enrollment fee of $500, and then TCU will invoice you for the Program Fee and Tuition prior to the beginning of the semester. Withdrawals are subject to official TCU policies outlined in the TCU Student Handbook. Financial penalties are assessed on a sliding scale set by Roehampton in London. More information is available in the TCU-In London – Roehampton Handbook.

Visit the Scholarships & Aid page to learn about study abroad scholarships, through TCU and other organizations. In particular, TCU-In London – Roehampton applicants should look at the:

  • TCU Center for International Studies Scholarship
  • Roehampton Vice Chancellor Scholarship for Diversity in Study Abroad
  • BUTEX Scholarship for study in the UK

I know many of you have questions about studying abroad in the Spring 2021 semester.  There continues to be much uncertainty surrounding international travel and the structure of our programs with our international partner universities.  We are very pleased with your interest but ask for your patience as the situation is dynamic.  We continue to monitor a variety of sources and health and safety indicators. We anticipate that we will have more information to share after the Fall Semester has begun.  Please continue to watch our website and be assured that if we are able to offer spring study abroad, we will provide adequate time for the application process.

Semester Event Date
Spring 2021 Program Start January 13
Spring 2021 On-Site Orientation January 14 - 16
Spring 2021 Classes Begin January 18
Spring 2021 Spring Break March 29 - April 12
Spring 2021 Final Exams May 3 - 21
Spring 2021 Latest Departure June 11
Fall 2020 Program Start September 16
Fall 2020 On-Site Orientation and Welcome Week September 17 - 25
Fall 2020 Classes Begin September 28
Fall 2020 Classes End December 18
Fall 2020 Latest Departure January 2, 2021

I know many of you have questions about studying abroad in the Spring 2021 semester.  There continues to be much uncertainty surrounding international travel and the structure of our programs with our international partner universities.  We are very pleased with your interest but ask for your patience as the situation is dynamic.  We continue to monitor a variety of sources and health and safety indicators. We anticipate that we will have more information to share after the Fall Semester has begun.  Please continue to watch our website and be assured that if we are able to offer spring study abroad, we will provide adequate time for the application process.

Applications will open TBA

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.8 GPA; petitions may be considered
  • At least two semesters in residence at TCU by the start of the program
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at TCU
  • A valid passport (that will not expire until at least 6 months after your return)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Programs: March 16
  • Spring Programs
    • Priority Deadline: TBA
    • Regular Deadline: TBA

Application Steps

If applications exceed enrollment maximums, a lottery system will determine admission.

  1. Complete the Global TCU Study Abroad Forms. (already started an application? Login here to finish it).
  2. Complete the Credit Approval Form with all signatures. Watch the video tutorial on YouTube.
  3. Complete the Roehampton Online Application. You will need to create an account and then proceed with the application.
  4. Submit the TCU-In London – Roehampton Application to Reed 214, along with:
    — Official TCU Transcript (hardcopy or pdf sent to studyabroad@tcu.edu )
    — Two official 2×2 passport-sized photos (obtained at Walgreens, CVS, etc.)
    — Completed Credit Approval Form

Study Abroad programs often include field components that require the ability to perform tasks beyond what is expected in a typical classroom. Many programs require extensive walking and/or the ability to stand for extended periods of time; the ability to independently use public transportations; and/or sleeping in shared quarters. Program and housing facilities may lack central heat and air-conditioning, elevators, and other conveniences. Unless prior accommodations have been made through TCU Student Disabilities Services, students must be able to transport and manage own luggage through airports and public transportation centers.

UK Visas

The UK requires a visa only for student interns and students planning to stay in the UK for more than 6 months. If this applies to you, you’ll need to apply for a visa at least 6 weeks prior to departure. Biometrics (fingerprints) are now required for the UK visa application. See gov.uk/apply-uk-visa. Visas are approximately $600 and may be charged to Visa or MasterCard.

Do not plan to travel outside the U.S. during the two months prior to your semester abroad because you must surrender your passport when you apply for a visa. Visa processing for the UK can take 3 – 6 weeks.

You MUST have a round-trip ticket prior to departure for your program abroad.

Before Departure

You must attend the mandatory TCU-In London – Roehampton orientation. You should also review the TCU-In London – Roehampton handbook and information about Preparing to Depart and Health, Safety & Emergencies.

Arrival and On-Site Information

Upon arrival, Roehampton staff will meet you at the airport and provide transportation to campus. During your first days in London, you’ll participate in Roehampton’s orientation before classes begin.

Because you are not enrolled in TCU classes, the TCU system will show 12 hours of coursework as a placeholder while you are abroad. Your classes will not transfer back to TCU until 8 – 12 weeks after the semester ends. At that time, the correct credit hours will be posted to your TCU record.

For more information about making the most of your experience abroad, see our While Abroad page