University of Reading
Reading, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Located in the county of Berkshire, midway between London and Oxford, Reading is a thriving commercial center with links to information technology and the insurance industry. The town lies on the River Thames and holds a major annual music festival. It also has a lively theater scene, both professional and amateur—both Kate Winslet and her husband Sam Mendes hail from Reading. Both London and Oxford are within a short train ride of Reading, as are beautiful stretches of the Thames, and Windsor Castle.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the University of Reading website.
When looking for courses (modules), be sure that you are looking at modules for undergraduate students only and that they are being offered during the correct term of study. Generally modules that have an M as the third character in the module code are Masters level, so not usually available to undergraduate exchange students. Please also note that modules listed as Autumn & Spring are taught over the two terms, not offered separately for each.
The spring and summer terms together constitute one spring semester, so do not worry if your course is listed as part of the “summer” term: this simply means that it takes place after your spring break in March-April. Do check that your selected course is not a year-long if you only plan to study abroad for a single semester.
Universities in the UK are typically use a three-year curriculum; thus, courses listed as “Level 1,” “Level 2,” and “Level 3” do not necessarily translate into first, second, and third year courses in the American system. Students in the past have recommended taking courses at Level 1 or Level 2. Unlike the U.S. university system, universities in England offer upper-level courses at Levels 1 and 2. Courses at Level 3 tend to be rather advanced, much like our graduate courses, and students should pay particular attention to prerequisite requirements.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Reading and Rutgers University. That means that you will take 60 Reading credits or 15 Rutgers credits per semester. The credit translation system between Reading and Rutgers University is 4:1, meaning a 20-credit course at the University of Reading will be a 5-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late September – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January – Early-July
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the University of Reading web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students are normally housed in university residence halls in single or en-suite rooms with private or shared baths. There are no “American-only” residences. Accommodations are located on or near campus. Your particular placement is made entirely at the discretion of the University of Reading. You may choose between housing that includes a meal plan (catered housing), or housing that provides kitchen space in which you can cook your own meals (self-catered housing).
You should not count on being able to stay in your room during official university breaks. You will need to visit University of Reading Accommodation Office upon your arrival in order to reserve space during university breaks. You may be charged a fee per day for using rooms during the breaks. You may also be asked to change rooms during the breaks so that repairs can be done.
In order to learn more about your choices of accommodation, please visit the University of Reading web page.
Financial InformationProgram Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
AASAP Scholarship - Each year the AASAP offers one 1000 pound scholarship. This application does take a bit of time to complete and is very competitive, so please give yourself ample time to complete it. Information about this scholarship and details about the due date can be found on the AASAP website.
BUTEX Scholarship- Each year BUTEX awards sixteen scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. For more information please visit the BUTEX website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.