St Mary’s University College
offers a student-centered, friendly atmosphere and consistently receives very high student satisfaction rates. As one of the few Catholic institutions in England, their ethos is rooted in a well-earned tradition of making people of all faiths or no faith feel welcome.
Established in 1850 St. Mary’s has a reputation for academic excellence and has a strong research culture. Areas of research are “world leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour” (Research Assessment Exercise 2008). St. Mary’s is arguably one of London’s top-performing higher education institutions for sports and will be a pre-games training camp for the South African team for the 2012 Olympic Games.
St. Mary’s offers a beautiful, safe, self-contained campus with a great social life and community atmosphere. With just under 4,000 students studying at SMUC it is easy to make friends and feel at home. St. Mary’s has all of the advantages of a leafy location, with busy towns nearby and a mere 30 minute train ride to central London.
The buildings are steeped in history, set on the grounds of the original Strawberry Hill mansion, a world-famous example of Gothic Revival. The peaceful, self-contained campus also includes modern and well-resourced teaching blocks, accommodations, a learning resources center, and sports facilities.
St. Mary’s University offers a broad range of courses
taught by engaged faculty. In fact, St Mary's provides a first-class education with teaching excellence listed in the top 15 of English Universities and with student satisfaction of teaching rated at 90% overall. While many course offerings are available, St. Mary’s is especially known for their Theatre and Drama program including Film and Screen Media as well as Sports Science. Education coursework is also available on campus including opportunities to experience and observe British classrooms while you are studying in the UK.
To plan your academic course work at St. Mary’s and explore possible class options, visit http://www.stmarys.ac.uk/international/study-abroad/modules-and-timetable.htm. As you explore programs, please be aware that courses there are called modules. These modules will be worth 15 or 20 UK Units; both translate to 4 MU credits when the courses are transferred back to Marquette. You should plan to take 3-4 classes while you are there. You will need to be full time at Marquette (12 Credits) and at St. Mary’s (60 Units). Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided that a grade of “C” or higher is earned.
In addition to courses, the study abroad experience at St. Mary’s can include an internship or teacher traineeship. To learn more about these opportunities, please visit: http://www.stmarys.ac.uk/international/study-abroad/. Please note that these additional opportunities may require additional application materials with earlier deadlines. These details are available at the website listed above.
St Mary's University is on a beautiful, safe, self-contained campus in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham with busy towns nearby, great local transport links and central London only 30 minutes away by train. We are proud of our community atmosphere and with just 6,000 students studying here, it is easy to make friends and feel at home.
St. Mary's offer a variety of accommodation options
including residential housing on-campus and homestays. Housing on campus is limited, so you may not get your first choice option.
Please refer to the "Budget Sheets" link above
Twickenham is a large suburban town 10 miles southwest of central London. Nearby Richmond Park and Bushy Park in Teddington have hundreds of acres of beautiful, secluded woodland for get-away-from-it-all walks and space for cycling and running. The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace, museums, galleries and several historic houses open to the public, are also all located within the city.
London is just 30 minutes away by train, from Strawberry Hill to Waterloo, giving the opportunity to take advantage of everything it has to offer from shops and entertainment to the cultural and educational benefits of access to theatres, galleries and the latest exhibitions. Public transport is frequent and runs late so it’s easy to get to and from the Twickenham.