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University of Reading

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Quick facts:

  • Ranked in the top 200 universities in the world
  • 94% of graduates in work or further study within six months
  • Located 30 minutes from London and 40 minutes from Heathrow Airport
  • http://www.reading.ac.uk/

The University of Reading is home to around 5000 international students from over 140 countries, creating a truly diverse and international community. As well as being located near to London and International Airports, the university is also well within walking distance of the town which boasts a wide range of shops, bars, restaurants and arts and sport venues. It also has fantastic transport links, and you can reach London within half an hour by train. There are also direct trains that run to major cities around the UK, including Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Cardiff, so you’re free to explore as you wish!

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Studying at the University of Reading

Choose from over 350 undergraduate and postgraduate courses taught by leading academics. The majority of courses also offer the opportunity to spend a year abroad or a placement year in industry in order to gain valuable experience.

Undergraduate students can choose to study one subject area in detail through a single honours degree, or to study two subject areas through a combined degree (both subject areas 50:50).

The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduate students in 2017/18 is £9,250 per year. The Government has confirmed (October 2017) that fees in 2018/19 will remain at £9,250. There is a different tuition fee for a year spent abroad or working in industry.

Courses and specialties at University of Reading

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

Regarding Computer Science, the university has superb links with 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. Their dedicated placement team will enable you to secure a year-long paid employment during your degree with 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 school, including those offered by Modern Languages and Henley Business School.
The study of Law prepares students not only for the legal profession but also for a wide range of careers to further enhance your knowledge and skills.

It is impossible to talk about Reading without mentioning their world class business faculty. Henley Business School is one of the very best schools in Europe and consistently ranks amongst the world’s top 40 business schools.

The campus

Regarding accommodation, there are both self-catered or catered options as well as 40- or 51-week residency periods. Students who have previously lived in your hall will show you around, help you move in and arrange social events throughout the year.

First of all you have Whiteknights Campus which is the main campus. It set in 130 hectares of beautiful parkland and 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, places to eat 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 Students’ Union building also includes Blackwells bookshop, Korean food store (Seoul Plaza), Cerealworks Bagel shop, Bubble Tea bar, a hairdresser, personal mailboxes and a printing and binding service. There is also a bank on campus and two ATM cash machines. Everything you can possibly need!

Secondly, the London Road campus has recently undergone a £30 million transformation. 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.

Finally, Greenlands Campus is home to one of Europe’s top business schools 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.

Applying to the University of Reading

Applications and admissions to the University of Reading are made through UCAS. Study Experience is a specialist in supporting and helping international students through 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 Baccalaureat, 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.

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