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Tufts in London

The Tufts-in-London program, which enrolls up to fifty students, is completely integrated into University College London (UCL), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL). University College London, founded in 1826, is the oldest, largest, and most distinguished college of the University of London. UCL was the third university to be set up in England, preceded by Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to admit students regardless of class, religion, race, or sex. With 22,000 students of whom approximately one-third come from more than 130 countries outside the UK, and a faculty of more than 3,800 academics and research staff in 72 departments, it is one of the most diverse universities in England. The college is also known for its strong scholastic tradition, and even boasts 20 Nobel Prize winners among its graduates and past faculty.

With a student population of around 3,000, of whom approximately one-quarter are from outside the UK, SOAS is considerably smaller than its close neighbor, UCL, but since its formation in 1916, it has built an equally strong academic reputation as a world center for the study of an extensive range of subjects- including languages- concerned with Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

UCL and SOAS are located in the heart of the Bloomsbury district, in the center of London. Surrounded by museums and other institutions belonging to the University of London, and with the British Museum amd British Library only yards away, UCL and SOAS offer unrivaled opportunities for study and research. The cultural attractions of London are all within easy reach of the college. Nearby are more than twenty theaters, the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery. The National Theatre, the Victoria and Albert and Geological Museums, and the Museums of Science and Natural History are also within easy traveling distance. The colleges' central position in relation to the cultural and social life of the capital city makes traveling and access simple and inexpensive.

RHUL is a member college of the University of London, situated near the historic castle city of Windsor in the beautiful English countryside region of Surrey, but still less than an hourís journey to the heart of London. RHUL is a campus university, similar in size to Tufts, with a cosmopolitan student body drawn from over 130 countries. Besides its academic excellence, RHUL is also recognized as the University of Londonís top sporting college.

Tufts in London is designed as a one-year program of academic study, and students applying to UCL or SOAS must do so for the full year. Students may apply to RHUL for either the full year or for the spring semester.

Director: Simon J. Steel, B.Sc., Physics & Astronomy, Sussex University; P.G.C.E., Physics Education, Oxford University; M.A., Physics, Brandeis University; Ph.D., Astrophysics, University College Dublin.

Tufts in London maintains a program office at UCL staffed by a full-time resident director who provides a full range of academic counseling and student services, acts as liaison between students and UCL, SOAS, or RHUL, provides a program of extracurricular cultural and social activities, and coordinates all aspects of the program. The resident directorís office is open to students on a daily basis. Each student is also assigned an academic adviser from within the faculty of UCL, SOAS, or RHUL.

Applicants should have completed two years of study at Tufts University or another approved university prior to their entry to UCL, SOAS, or RHUL and should meet the requirements listed here. Additionally, for applicants to UCL, a minimum GPA of 3.3-3.5 is normally required. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is expected of applicants to SOAS and RHUL. The following UCL departments require a GPA of 3.5: Economics; European Social and Political Studies; History of Art; Mathematics; and Physics. A GPA of 3.4 is required by the UCL department of Political Science and International Relations. Applicants wishing to study either History or Drama at RHUL must have a GPA of 3.3. All applicants must show college-level coursework in the subject of the department through which they wish to be admitted at UCL or the area in which they wish to study at SOAS or RHUL.

Comprehensive Program Fee 2014-2015
$30,912 for the spring semester (RHUL only),
$61,823 for the academic year includes:

  • One-week orientation;
  • Full room and board (accommodations excluding meals during vacation provided);
  • Full tuition and fees for University College London, the School of Oriental and African Studies, or Royal Holloway University of London;
  • Use of all facilities at UCL, SOAS, or RHUL such as email, libraries, and clubs;
  • Free or heavily subsidized tickets for a variety of cultural events such as plays, concerts, operas, and group meals;
  • Subsidized day and weekend excursions as indicated here.
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