Richmond American International University Exchange Spend a semester in the heart of London
(This program is open to in-state students only - non residents should consider the AIFS Richmond Program)
Overview Richmond University is a unique institution in the UK. It is one of the very few private schools in the country and one whose degree has both US accreditation (Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools), plus institutional approval in the United Kingdom by The Open University(OU). Students graduating with Richmond do so with an American and a British degree. This means that ISU students participating on the exchange will feel academically at home at Richmond since the institution will feel, and operates, very much like a four-year liberal arts college.
Richmond Campus First and second-year students attend our Richmond Hill campus. The campus is set in a splendid six-acre site at the top of Richmond Hill, one of London's most sought-after areas. An impressive neo-Gothic building constructed in 1843 and a modern five-level library, house classrooms, computer and science laboratories, art and photography studios and an auditorium. The campus also accommodates student residences, a dining hall, student common room, and faculty and administrative offices. There is also a multipurpose sports court of tennis, volleyball, basketball and mini-soccer (football). After completing two years at our Richmond Hill campus, students move to our campus in the London area of Kensington for their last two years of study.
To learn more about the history of Richmond and Richmond Hill see http://www.richmond.gov.uk/
Third-year, fourth-year and graduate students attend our city campus in Kensington, one of London's most beautiful residential areas. Its several buildings house classrooms, computing facilities, library, a dining hall and University offices. Students live in University buildings or live in off-campus housing of their choice. Within easy walking distance are the Royal Albert Hall, famous for its concerts, the Royal Colleges of Music and Art, Imperial College of Science and Technology, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Geological Museum and many cinemas, cafes, restaurants, clubs and department stores.
London's extensive underground train network, called "the tube," links Richmond or Kensington and the rest of the city. Frequent rail service into Victoria, Paddington and Waterloo stations connects you to the rest of the UK and to Europe through the Channel Tunnel between the UK and the Continent. Both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports are easily accessible.
The Kensington campus also hosts a number of visiting students from the United States and other countries who spend a semester or a year in London.
To learn more about the Royal Borough of Kensington Chelsea see http://www.rbkc.gov.uk