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University of Reading

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Quick facts:

  • Ranked in the Top 200 universities in the world (QS)
  • 94% of graduates in work or further study within six months of graduating
  • Located 30 minutes from London
  • http://www.reading.ac.uk/

The University of Reading is home to around 5,000 international students from over 140 countries, creating a truly diverse and international community. The University is located close to London, giving students all the advantages of the British capital without certain inconveniences such as the high cost of living!

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Studying at the University of Reading

Reading offers over 350 undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes and is particularly renowned for a large number of its degree programmes, the most well-known being Business, Law, Politics and Computer Science however, the University of Reading is also 6th in the world for its agricultural degree programmes, including, Environmental Studies, Architecture, Archaeology and Development Studies.

At Reading, students have the option to either specialise in one field or to opt for a 50:50 degree, allowing them to combine two degree programmes. The majority of courses also offer the opportunity to spend a year abroad or a placement yet in industry (normally taking place during the 3rd academic year) in order to gain valuable experience.

The tuition fees for UK and EU undergraduate students in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year. There is a different tuition fee for a year spent abroad or working in industry. Tuition fees for masters vary but are generally around the same price.

 

Degree programmes and specialities at the University of Reading

The University of Reading excels in particular study areas such as Computer Science, International Development, Languages, Law (with Legal studies in Europe) and Politics & International Relations.

Regarding Computer Science, Reading has superb links within the industry. Many of the world’s high-tech and IT industries have their UK or European headquarters within a 10-mile radius of the University and often employ Reading students for placements and post-graduation. Reading’s dedicated placement team enables students to secure a year-long paid placement during their degree within world-renowned companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Motorola, IBM, Siemens and Panasonic.

For those interested in Law, their flexible Law course allows you to select modules from outside the faculty, including those offered by Modern Languages and Henley Business School.

It is impossible to talk about Reading without mentioning their world-class business faculty, Henley Business School. It is one of the very best business faculties in Europe and consistently ranks amongst the World’s Top 40 (Financial Times, QS, Times).

 

The campus

Like most English universities, the University of Reading guarantees on-campus accommodation for first year students. There are both self-catered or catered options available as well as private rooms or shared rooms. The buildings are modern with a reasonable price – a lot cheaper than London rent that is for sure!

Whiteknights Campus is the main campus, set in 130 hectares of beautiful parkland, it is nationally recognised as one of Britain’s top green spaces. The campus has a thriving atmosphere and is home to the social hub the Students’ Union, the main library, eateries, cafés and one the UK’s best student nightclubs. There are also two on-site museums, which house specialist collections relating to zoology (Cole Museum) and Greek archaeology (Ure Museum).

The London Road campus has recently undergone a £30 million renovation. This historic site, one of the University’s original campuses, is home to the Institute of Education. It also features the Great Hall, which is used for concerts and graduation ceremonies.

Greenlands Campus is home to one of Europe’s top business schools (Henley Business School) and is situated on the banks of the River Thames near Henley. It features a fully equipped fitness centre, business facilities, a conference centre, student accommodation and a dining room.

 

Apply to the University of Reading

Applications and admissions to the University of Reading are made through UCAS. Study Experience is specialised in supporting and helping international students throughout the UCAS application process.

The deadline for applications is usually on January 15th of each year for entry in September. Complete applications must include; a CV, a translated Baccalaureate transcript, IELTS results, and a personal statement. The Study Experience team assists students in the writing of their personal statement and directs them towards the most relevant IELTS preparation program according to their level and needs. Regarding the French Baccalaureate or Option Internationale du Baccalaureate, an average score of 14/20 for programmes AAB to ABB or 12/20 for programmes offered BBB to BBC is required.

The minimum English language levels for courses at the University of Reading are IELTS 6.5, TOEFL (paper) 570, TOEFL (internet) 88. Students taking the OIB (Option Internationale du Baccalaureat) with a score of 12/20 in English are not required to take an additional language test.

For more information about programmes or to apply, contact a member of the Study Experience team. 

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