International Study Centre

Student life

Get involved with student life on campus

Studying at the International Study Centre is not all about learning in class. Here, you will get a well-rounded education which will also allow you to discover your personal and social interests, and make friends for life.

Experience campus life

When you study at Royal Holloway International Study Centre, you will have access to all the University's facilities. This means you will be immersed in university life from the day you arrive. The campus has everything you might need in one place, from places to eat and socialise with friends, to study rooms and a library where you can do research as your programme requires.

Clubs and societies

Getting involved in student activities on campus will introduce you to other students and help you find others who share your interests. You can join 140 student-run clubs and societies, where you can for example:

Build your first app

Start developing your entrepreneurial and programming skills as a student.

Relax with yoga

Take the time to have a break from yours studies so you are more productive.

Join a music band

Take the opportunity to develop new creative skills.

Act in a play

This is a great to way to work on your public speaking skills.

There are no classes at the International Study Centre on Wednesdays, giving you the opportunity to join sports clubs and societies at the University. This is a traditional part of the university experience, giving you some extra free time when you can explore the campus.

If you have a unique interest but can't find a dedicated society or club for it, you can start your own. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop transferrable skills like leadership, organisation, time and people management, and problem solving. Such an experience where you have showed initiative will benefit your career development and impress employers.

Find new friends and hobbies

You will find yourself in a friendly environment where you can enjoy yourself outside the classroom. Take the time to explore your interests, get involved, and become a well-rounded individual with strong academic skills and many talents.

New buildings to support your development

Royal Holloway has recently invested in a number of new teaching and learning spaces to create a modern, inspiring study environment. You will benefit from new and fully equipped places for teaching, learning, getting active, and meeting with friends. 

University facilities

  • The Emily Wilding Davison Building: a modern, well-stocked library that opened in 2017 with 1,150 in different study zones for individual or group work
  • The Founder’s Building: a spectacular Victorian building from 1886 at the heart of university life, containing lecture halls, a picture gallery and the campus's chapel
  • The Beatrice Shilling Building: the latest investment opening in 2018 with a lecture theatre, seminar rooms and the brand new home of the Department of Electronic Engineering.

The University is working on more projects to improve your student experience and create learning and collaboration opportunities. This includes:

  • Refurbishing the Bedford Building, where latest technology equipment will enhance your study in Mathematics, Information Security and Computer Science
  • Constructing a new music and media building, allowing you to get creative while you are studying, or focus entirely on the arts in your degree.

“I like that the campus is very quiet and it’s quite serene here, it’s not like you’re on a city campus where it can feel crowded at times. Here you get a really relaxed environment and you feel like everyone is part of the community.”

Willow from Malaysia
Studied International Foundation Year in Arts and Social Sciences, progressed to BA English and Philosophy

Royal Holloway's overall satisfaction score is 87%

4% above the national average

National Student Survey 2020