Richmond, The American International University in London

Richmond, The American International University in London

Richmond, United Kingdom
student ratio
total students
$27,000 | $27,000
in-state | out-of-state tuition
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


Historic Location Enhances Richmond Students' Cultural Experience

For hundreds of years, Richmond has been a favorite retreat of royalty and the rich and famous. The town center is bursting with shops, restaurants, and a busy night life, which combine to enhance students' university experience. This British setting is also a living museum comprised of historic houses, theaters, castles and galleries rich with exhibits.

First- and second-year students reside and study at the university's Richmond Hill neo-gothic campus, which dates back to 1843. Third- and fourth-year Richmond students study at the school's central London campus in Kensington. The world-renowned Victoria & Albert and Natural History Museums are only a short walk from the Kensington campus. Kensington High Street, with its lively mix of shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs, night clubs, and cinemas, is also just around the corner. Both campuses are easily accessible via London's excellent network of public transportation.

Richmond's Programs Have a Liberal Arts Foundation with an International Perspective

Richmond offers a range of majors. The most popular majors include international business, international relations, art, design and media, history, political science, and psychology.

The international focus of these programs reflects the international experience Richmond students encounter at the school.

Unique Courses Based around Faculty Members' Interests Ensure that the Classroom Is Never Boring

Richmond's faculty members bring their research interests into the classroom at Richmond.

By designing courses that reflect their personal interests, Richmond faculty members are not bound by having to repeat the same curricula time and time again. This ensures that courses are unique and fresh and that professors are engaged in the subject matter and in students' learning.

Richmond Focuses on Students, Helping Them Adjust to College Life and Keeping Classes Small

At Richmond, no student is a number. The average class size at Richmond University is between 15 and 20 students. The university works to maintain this small class size in order to provide individualized attention to students.

This commitment to students extends into Richmond's First Year Program, which is designed to ease students into life at an international university in a global city. The first year seminar courses are meant to be fun (example: Bond and Beyond) and are designed to engage students as active learners, encourage reflection on goals and personal development, and develop core academic skills. Students will come away from these classes with transferrable skills.

Dually Accredited Degrees and International Study Opportunities Contribute to Students' Global Future

Richmond prides itself on the fact that its unique environment allows student to truly learn from an international perspective. A Richmond degree gives a student a lot of options.

This is possible in part because Richmond degrees are accredited in the United States and validated in the United Kingdom, countries that are home to the world's two most highly regarded higher education systems. This dual accreditation ensures that Richmond degrees are acknowledged worldwide.

Additionally, students can bolster their international studies with a semester, year, or summer session in Italy at the university's study centers in Florence and Rome.

Internship Opportunities at Big Companies and Organizations Give Richmond Students an Edge in the Job Market

In an increasingly competitive world, an international internship can be a major advantage when looking to enter the job market.

At Richmond University, internship opportunities combine an academic program with the opportunity to work in a major British or international organization, while also allowing students to earn academic credit toward graduation. Companies in which Richmond students have held internships include CNN, The British Museum, E! Entertainment, the Global Policy Institute, the Travel Channel and the United Nations (to name a few).

Financing Your International Education

There are a number of options available to Richmond students to contribute to the affordability of a university education. Student visas issued to students from the United States allow them to work up to 20 hours per week during the semester, either on or off campus. Students can also apply for merit-based Dean's or Presidential scholarships at up to $12,000 per academic year. The application can be found on our website ( Direct Stafford loans, Parent PLUS loans, and private student loans are available for use at Richmond, as well. It is possible to borrow the full cost of your Richmond education through these programs pending the outcome of a credit check.

Location & Contact

Queen's Road
Boston, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6JP

Mr.Nick Atkinson

Director of United States Admissions

Phone: 617-450-5617
Fax: 617-450-5601

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Visual and Performing Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


73% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,353
    • Accepted996
    • Acceptance Rate73%
    • Enrolled1,035
    • Female Applicants
    • Females Accepted
    • Female Acceptance Rate
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$50
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.30
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 560 495 625
    • SAT Math 570 485 610
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 25 24 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$27,000
    • Out-of-state tuition *$27,000
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *$13,100
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,035
    • Male Student Percentage36%
    • Female Student Percentage64%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/LatinoNot Reported
    • Black or African AmericanNot Reported
    • White or CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian or Alaska NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state StudentsNot Reported

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 54%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Union, Green Project, community service, Richmond International Society, Model United Nations
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Not Reported
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other Not Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty106
    • Full-time Percentage39%
    • Part-time Percentage61%
    • Female Percentage39%
    • Male Percentage61%
    • Student:Faculty RatioNot Reported