Randolph College Abroad: Program in England

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Enroll directly and study abroad at the University of Reading, one of England's most prestigious universities. Study abroad students can elect to spend a semester or full academic year here, located just 40 miles west of London. You'll be studying alongside local students and other international students form over 40 different countries. Cultural diversity is definitely a highlight of this study abroad program.

All students are required to take an interdisciplinary seminar entitled "The World in Britain." This seminar gives you the context for many things that you will see and do while in England through a survey of the principal social, political, and cultural developments during the periods 1485-1750 (fall semester) and 1750 to the present (spring semester).

This is an academically strong study abroad program for students interested in the subjects listed below. Please visit our website to learn more about studying abroad in Reading with Randolph College Abroad.

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  • Academics 9.5
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.9
  • Housing 9.6
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maconite
10/10

A year that will change your life

I wish that I could express how much my year in Reading meant to me, but there are no words for how this program changed my life. It has been 14 years since I left the program, and the memories from that year are still so vivid. The education that you receive through this program and from immersing yourself in English culture for a full year is like no other. Reading is just a half hour from London by train, so you can easily access everything the historical, phenomenal city has to offer. It's also just a short distance from Oxford, Bath, and everywhere else in Great Britain and Europe, so the education that you receive from travel alone is worth every penny. I consider the professors who run the program to be among the best that I have had. And living in the three houses just outside of the University of Reading campus afforded us access to everything on campus and the freedom to explore the city around it.

Yes, I recommend
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Victoria
9/10

Work 40 hours, play 40 hours, sleep 40 hours

I learned early in my year abroad that the British student takes work very seriously, but then has guilt free play time! Attend tutorials and seminars, do the research and written work, then join your friends for the evening.

I would wake up, have breakfast in the cafeteria, go to the library, tutorial, whatever - then there was always some dance somewhere!

I also joined friends to take a local bus to explore the country on weekends, or take a day trip to London - train tickets are inexpensive for a day-return - students can go into art museums for free! See first hand all the things you are learning about in books, it makes it all come to life, makes you really care about what you are learning. I was poor, so I'd pack marmalade sandwiches from breakfast, and buy a cup of tea somewhere!

Don't know about now, but there were always cheap - nosebleed - seats for great theatre or opera performances, and for dance, the panorama is best from up above anyway!

I traveled to Germany for my winter break, Greece and Italy for spring - again, poor, but rail passes, grocery store or market for food - one learns the language very quickly when negotiating for staples. I met so many people who were willing to help.

The experience at Reading is one I will never forget. I had tutors who would answer every question, or send me to find even more questions, which is even better.

The group tours we took to stately homes, palaces, gardens, after having the information about history, architecture, political climate - opened my eyes which, I hope, have remained open.

Yes, I recommend
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RobinMPH
10/10

The best

My year in the World in Britain program was formative and life affirming. While in Reading, I made many new best friends, gained cultural experience and sensitivity, had the opportunity to take graduate level classes in my area of interest (public health) and travel to amazing places. The program administration is the best with an in house program director to coach students through new experiences. The rapport the program has with the University of Reading virtually guarantees admission into exciting and interesting classes and an identity on campus. Reading is a great city only 30 minutes from Paddington by train and boasts the second best location in the South of England to shop next to London. The camaraderie I was able to establish with my peers and housemates is one that I carry well after graduation and the opportunity to return to Reading a few months ago, 2 years after I left, reaffirmed my opinion that this is the best program for study abroad in England.

Yes, I recommend
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harmony001
10/10

Best year of college!

I loved attending classes, working, and living in England for an entire year! I would definitely recommend attending for the year, instead of just one semester if possible. The field trips were amazing as we were able to see history that America simply doesn't have. The houses were wonderful to live in, and the roommates are great. Students who go to Reading in this program are interested in having fun, but also have an educational experience. That's a great combination... you'll make lasting memories and friendships!

Yes, I recommend
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mlhodge
10/10

Best year of my life

I graduated in 2004, and my year abroad in the Reading program is still the best year of my life, for many reasons--the opportunity to take tutorials with Oxford professors, the proximity of Reading to London and the continent, and the sheer wonderfulness of the program director. One of my fondest memories is of taking a Victorian novel class with just one other student at the program director's house, where we'd discuss the 800-page book of the week over tea and with his cat purring next to us on the couch. Heaven!
Another wonderful thing about this program is that you go with a cohort of classmates, so you aren't just thrown abroad to fend for yourself; you're on a learning curve with other students from your institution. My sister spent her junior year abroad in Leeds but as an individual student, and she often felt overwhelmed because she didn't know who to ask for help.

Yes, I recommend
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Somer
9/10

Best year of college!

I had the best time on my study aboard year! As a history major I got to travel and see so many things I had learned about. As I look back over college it was the best decision I made to spend that year traveling and studying in England.

Yes, I recommend
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abbrennan
10/10

Randolph College Abroad: The World in Britain

My year in Reading was truly a life changing experience and one that I think of often. The friendships made there are some of my closest and most cherished friendships. The close relationships that we made among ourselves as well as with the faculty and university students were so special. There were so many wonderful opportunities to travel, both during the term breaks and once a term as a group for our seminar course. I would highly recommend this program to anyone thinking of studying in England. Reading is so close to London and Oxford which gives you so many more opportunities to study and explore

Yes, I recommend
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shawka
10/10

I want to go back!

The Randolph College study abroad program in Reading, England is a world-view changing experience for the lucky students who attend. This program offers a balance of individualized attention and guidance while also encouraging students to go it alone and explore new activities, cultures, and experiences.

Attending the Randolph College program is not only is an avenue to great experiences but connects students to an amazing group of the study abroad program's alums. The program even holds 'reunions' for those who attended.

I spent my junior year abroad at Reading and absolutely recommend the program. The only negative was that the year ended far too soon!

Yes, I recommend
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C
10/10

Randolph-Macon Woman's College Year at Reading, England

The year I spent with 29 women who became among my closest friends was the most challenging and rewarding, both intellectually, socially, psychologically, and in every way, of my life. The living situation, in small houses, was most conducive to making lifelong friends; the academic challenges at the university and through college-provided seminars, very challenging; the field trips all over Britain offered oppportunities to get to know both the country and its history;being close to a rail line made it easy to experience London and its culture; taking courses at the University of Reading made it possible to get to know British students, as well. Long vacations were well-spent in travelling around GB and Europe. This unique program had a lasting impact on every student who attended.

Yes, I recommend
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money
9/10

Randolph College Abroad: The World in Britain

Wonderful program. Met a lot of great people. Education is different in England since they are so much more advanced in their studies than we are, but the professors woudl always schedule meetings with you, if needed. So much to do not only in Reading, but in the neighboring cities as well. One of the best experiences I have ever had!

Yes, I recommend
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A.
10/10

Wonderful Program

I continue to use what I learned from this incredible year abroad--over thirty years later.

All of the classes and seminars were valuable, and the experience taught me to be adventurous.

I have recommended this program, frequently.

Yes, I recommend
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GoReading!
10/10

More than just a study abroad program....

Randolph College Abroad: The World in Britain was definitely the highlight of my college career and arguably the highlight of the first quarter of my life! Who I am today was directly shaped by this program, the exceptional staff who became my family, the women I lived with, and the unique educational and travel opportunities that were available to me because of this experience. Today I am more adventurous, curious, independent, savvy, thoughtful, and aware thanks to The World in Britain!

Yes, I recommend
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Anneross
10/10

Best year of my life

My program was academically challenging with wonderful opportunities to get to know the English people and lifestyles. Reading is a real, "non-tourist" city close to London and Oxford, with lovely villages and Windsor castle nearby.

Yes, I recommend

About Randolph College Abroad

Randolph College believes that learning from other cultures is an essential part of a college education. By learning and living abroad, students learn to broaden their horizons, learn about other cultures, and gain a better understanding of global...