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University Study in the United Kingdom: Queen Mary University of London

  1. Program Details

    Live and study at London's only completely integrated residential campus, located in the creative and culturally diverse East End. Explore the largest city in Europe while taking coursework at one of England's best universities.

    Location London, United Kingdom
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session
    Housing Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 3.0 (strict). Students below this mark should explore other options.
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No language prerequisite
  2. About University Study in the United Kingdom: Queen Mary University of London

    London is one of the world's truly international cities and dominates British life as the center for government, law, business, finance, the arts, and popular culture. For its inhabitants and visitors, London offers unrivaled cultural and social opportunities.

    Queen Mary's student population is representative of the cultural diversity found in London's East End—almost half of Queen Mary's 17,000 students hail from countries other than the UK. Off the tourist track but with easy access to the rest of the city, the East End allows you to become a part of a modern representation of the international community that now makes up the city.

    Housing & Meals

    You will live in single rooms with shared kitchen facilities in on-campus residence halls. Choose between a standard room (single room with a sink) or an en-suite room (single room with private bath). You will share a floor with six to ten other British and international students. There is no meal plan; you will generally prepare meals in the residence halls or eat at local restaurants. There is a difference in cost between standard and en-suite housing; refer to the budget estimate and Queen Mary's Accommodations page for further details.


    Queen Mary has an active social life, and visiting students are encouraged to further integrate into campus life joining one of several student clubs and organizations. Queen Mary's student union is ranked one of the best in London, and the International Office provides several optional excursions specifically for visiting students. 

    Learning Outcomes

    Students studying at Queen Mary University of London will:

    • augment their cross-cultural understanding through interaction with British and international students and community members;
    • gain appreciation of the academic culture of the UK and differences between the British and US educational systems through direct enrollment;
    • gain awareness and appreciation of British culture through dorm-style placements with British students, as well as access to a wide range of student organizations and clubs;
    • become more self-reliant through the experience of obtaining enrollment, housing, catering, and transportation independently;
    • become more effective at navigating differences by spending four to ten months of full integration in a foreign academic, cultural, and political climate;
    • and experience British and international perspectives on academic disciplines through direct enrollment at the British host university.

    Faculty & Staff

    Faculty are well known for teaching excellence and student concern. Most are experts in their field and many have international experience. Queen Mary became a member of the UK's prestigious Russell Group – reserved for only the top British universities – in 2012. 

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study
    Program Level 3000 level courses

    16–17 credits per semester, 32-33 credits per Academic Year

    One semester includes a minimum of 16 credits at Queen Mary (typically four modules). 



    Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

    The minimum semester requirement is 60 credit units (equivalent to 16 University of Minnesota credits). Most classes (modules) carry 15 units, meaning a typical semester will include 4 classes.

    For more information including dates, immigration, housing, and more, visit Queen Mary's study abroad page.

    Summer Courses (Summer 2021 is Canceled) 

    Queen Mary offers a broad range of summer courses available to international students. 

    For more detailed course information, dates, fees, and other information visit Queen Mary's Summer School website.

    Internships and Community Engagement

    Queen Mary offers credit-bearing internships in a variety of fields, including advertising; arts; business operations; film & television; accounting and entrepreneurship; hospitality; journalism; law; politics (including Parliament); marketing; non-governmental organizations; psychology; public relations; and theatre. Internships carry 4 UMN credits and take the place of one semester academic module. More information is available on Queen Mary's website

    For students seeking opportunities to engage with the community, the Future Global Leaders Forum offers students a chance to develop leadership skills and work towards positive social change in neighborhoods around East London.   

    Major Advising Pages

    Queen Mary offers coursework that has been identified as a strong curricular match for the following UofM degree programs and student populations:

    Student Populations


    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  4. Queen Mary, University of London Summer School--Canceled for Summer 2021

    The Queen Mary, University of London Summer School offers a broad range of summer courses available to international students. To review course options, click the link below:


    Students have the option of taking one course during each summer program session. Students are welcome to participate in one session, or both. Each course is worth 4 University of Minnesota credits. 

    Session I

    June 29, 2020, to July 17, 2020

    • Anarchists, Rebels, and Revolutionaries: Art in Paris and London. Discover the history of the avant-garde art in Paris and its impact on London's culture.

              This class has been approved for UofM's Arts, Humanities Core

    • British Horror and Fantasy Cinema from Dracula to Harry Potter. This course investigates the alternative history or ‘repressed underside’ of British cinema and the ways in which these films engage with the history of Britain and its capital.

              This class has been approved for UofM's Arts, Humanities Core

    • Chinese Language and Culture Level 1. This course emphasises the growing importance globally of the Chinese world through the study of the language.
    • Business and Politics of the Art World. This course will examine and investigate the relationship between the contemporary art market and art's social, cultural, historical, political and commercial value.

              This class has been approved for UofM's Civic Life and Ethics Theme

    • Issues and Debates in International Relations. This course gives you a sophisticated understanding of international relations, covering such current topics as war and security, globalisation and development, and EU foreign policy.

              This class has been approved for UofM's Social Science Core.  

    • Introduction to International Law. Gain a profound overview of international law and its various areas, its relations to politics, and the current challenges of the international legal system.
    • Gender, Difference, and Rights. The course aims at drawing student’s attention to how and why the relationship between gender and rights has been a highly fraught and tense one in local, regional and global arenas.

              This class has been approved for UofM's Civic Life and Ethics Theme

    • Global Shakespeare.  This course will look at Shakespeare’s afterlives in different parts of the world.

              This class has been approved for UofM's Literature Core.

    • Surgical Skills and Science.  To deliver comprehensive training on basic surgical skills, as well as introduce fundamental research methodology

    Session II

    July 20, 2020, to August 7, 2020

    • International Business.  Students get an overview of the process of economic ‘globalisation’ and changes in international business by examining case studies.
    • Chemistry for Today and Tomorrow: From Bench to Market. Achieve a broad understanding of modern chemistry techniques.
    • London in Modern European Literature, Fine Art and Film.  Explore London’s dominant role as a European city as it is seen in European literature, fine art and film in the 19th, 20th and early 21st centuries.

              This class has been approved for UofM's Arts, Humanities Core.  

    • London Theatre and Performance.  Immerse yourself in London’s rich theatrical history and take advantage of the wide-ranging opportunities the city offers.

              This class has been approved for UofM's Arts, Humanities Core.  

    • Practical Machine Learning.  Study machine learning by using the Python programming language and the TensorFlowTM programming toolkit. (No programming background needed)
    • State Crime: Government Violence and Corruption.  This module is about crime committed by governments and it explores the definition and nature of state crime in criminological, legal and political discourse.

              This class has been approved for UofM's Civic Life and Ethics Theme and Social Science Core. 

    • Timewalkers: Early Humans, Stone Tools and Environmental Chance.  This module takes you on a journey through time to discover Britain’s Stone Age past. This class has been approved for UofM's Historical Perspective Core.  
    • Chinese Langauge and Culture Level 2. This course emphasises the growing importance globally of the Chinese world through the study of the language.

    Live in on-campus housing with other program participants and join in on many of the optional social and cultural events that are offered through the Social Programme. 

    For more detailed course information, visit Queen Mary's Summer School website.

  5. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Summer 2022 Session I Mid-June - Mid-July TBD
    Summer 2022 Session II Mid-July - Early August TBD
    Summer 2022 Sessions I & II Mid-June - Early August TBD
    Fall semester 2021 Mid-September - mid-December Apr 15, 2021
    Academic Year 2021-2022 Mid September - late May Apr 15, 2021
    Spring semester 2021 Mid-January - late May Oct 1, 2020

    *This posted application deadline is for the Learning Abroad Center Application only. The application deadline for the host university will fall a few weeks after the Learning Abroad Center deadline. 

    NOTE: Spaces at Queen Mary are becoming limited during the Spring semester. Applications for Spring should be completed before the deadline if possible.  Late applications will typically not be considered.  

    *Applications after this deadline may be considered. Contact Eric Leinen at lein0032@umn.edu to inquire.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in two parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately one week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Spring 2021 TBD TBD
  6. Fees for University Study in the United Kingdom: Queen Mary University of London

    Fall 2021

    Academic Year 2021-2022

    Spring 2021

    Summer 2020 - 1 Course

    Summer 2020 - 2 Courses

    The Total Program Fee reflects the host university’s international tuition rate converted into US dollars, plus the Learning Abroad Center’s APAAC ($2050 one semester / $3100 for Academic Year) and required UofM international health insurance.

    Fees are based on standard enrollment (60 QM credit units per semester); enrolling in additional units will result in an additional fee.  

    If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Please note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    BUTEX offers scholarships specifically for students going to the UK.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  7. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Dates page for term options
    Program Name University Study in the United Kingdom
    Track Name Queen Mary, University of London
    Country United Kingdom


    May & Summer Programs – University of Minnesota Students

    This program will require additional approval steps for Spring 2021 due to COVID-19. Connect with your LAC program contact for more information.

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Apply Now

    Fall 2021 & Beyond Programs – All students

    All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

    Apply Now


    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received.  Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    • Queen Mary application (including an Official Transcript and one (1) Reference Letter). 
    • First Step

    In addition to completing the Learning Abroad Center's Online application checklist, you must also submit an application and supporting materials directly to Queen Mary, University of London. Once your application has been reviewed and endorsed by the Learning Abroad Center, instructions for how to complete your application with Queen Mary, University of London will be sent to you. 

    Next Steps

    1. After submitting the online application, you will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
    2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit all of the items.  Your application is not considered complete until all items on your application checklist are either received or waived.
    3. Complete Queen Mary, University of London’s application requirements as applicable.
    4. Your completed application is reviewed by our program team.
    5. The host institution makes the official acceptance decision.  You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email.  If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist. log into the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
    6. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application and submit a Cancel Request.  You must also notify your host institution of your cancellation.


    Affiliate organizations and partner universities will not accept applications from UMTC students without the endorsement of the Learning Abroad Center.  Students must participate in affiliate organization and partner university programs through the standard Learning Abroad Center application process. 

  8. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Eric Leinen or call at 612.625.9008.

COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for summer session 2021 due to COVID-19.