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.
The Summer School
offers a range of courses, from English to Economics, and also a ‘Principles of Economics’ course for those without any economics knowledge. Lecturers from St Mary’s will be offering a course on ‘Public Policy and Economics’, which will include a lecture at the Bank of England by Andy Haldane, their Chief Economist, and a tour. The Summer School will also provide a programme of conversations and debates with many influential guest speakers, which in past years has included Nobel laureates, MPs and business leaders.
is standard or ensuite accommodations in Residence-Hall style buildings. Accommodation for the Summer School can be booked through St. Mary's online store.
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.