International Study Centre

A world-leading research university

Study a research-intensive degree with leading academics

Royal Holloway, University of London is a recognised world leader in ground-breaking research. Through a collaborative approach and expert understanding of the world, the University's research has made a real impact on all aspects of society.

Royal Holloway research has:

  • Helped introduce a new gene therapy to treat muscular dystrophy
  • Reconstructed lost dances which brought back the ballet "Miracle in the Gorbals"
  • Changed the way the UK police interview witnesses and gather evidence.

As a student at Royal Holloway, you will be surrounded by international experts in various fields. University professors are renowned in their subject area – some are fellows of the British Academy; others sit in famous panels like the Experts Reference Group for the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. The teaching staff's reputation speaks to the quality of education you will receive. The pool of expertise you will be able to draw from will deepen your knowledge in the subject you choose.

Top research performance

The University’s dynamic research environment means Royal Holloway maintains academic excellence and provides a strong base for further research growth. According to the most recent Research Excellence Framework 2014:

  • 30% of research carried out at the University is rated 4*, the highest category
  • The quality of research at Royal Holloway is ranked 15th among the 154 universities that took part in the assessment.

In the same rankings, specific departments have reached the top 10:

  • Geography ranked as the top Geography department in England
  • Drama, Earth Sciences, Psychology, Mathematics and Music ranked within the top five departments for their subject in the UK
  • Media Arts and Modern Languages ranked within the top ten, also for their subject in the UK.

You will learn about the most recent developments in the sciences, business, law, and arts from inspirational teachers. Their in-depth knowledge of the subject will make the teaching engaging, and your learning exciting.

Your pathway to Royal Holloway

The International Study Centre gives you the academic and English language skills essential for an undergradaute or postgraduate degree at Royal Holloway. Choose your pathway programme and prepare for a prestigious degree at the University.


University preparation programmes are your pathway to Royal Holloway. Choose between three programmes for progression to undergraduate and postgraduate study, and improve your language skills ahead of studying in the UK with the English Language Preparation course.

Career development

Happy student at RHUL graduation

The International Study Centre will teach you academic and personal skills for professional development. The CareerAhead programme will help you identify your strengths and increase your confidence.

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