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United Kingdom & Ireland

A useful resource for evaluating British universities is the Research Assessment Exercise, which rates research at academic departments throughout the U.K. according to a number of criteria.

Most British universities are on a three-term system that does not correspond to the American semester system: students can go either for the full year or for the two terms running from January to June. Because the fall term at a three term insitution is significantly shorter than Smith’s fall semester, fall enrollment is approved only at the institutions indicated.

Smith requires students to submit their applications directly to schools in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland no later than April 1 for fall start or September 1 for spring start, unless otherwise indicated.

England (A–Q)

Cambridge University, Pembroke College
Term: Spring
Location: Cambridge
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: at least 3.7, focused area of study, substantial background coursework in the field of interest
Full Course Load: 2 papers (courses) – one for each eight-week term (Lent and Easter) which comprise the spring semester
Program Highlights: Cambridge University is made up of 31 relatively autonomous colleges. Students may enroll for spring-only to Pembroke College. Students live in college-owned housing.

Note: Students should apply to Cambridge in early January.

Middlebury Schools Abroad - CMRS Oxford Humanities Program
Term: Fall, Spring
Location: Oxford
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.5 GPA
Program Highlights:The Middlebury-CMRS program offers the opportunity to study humanities in the vibrant and historical city of Oxford, England. In partnership with Keble College in Oxford, Middlebury-CMRS offers a culturally immersive and academically rigorous experience that includes seminars, one-on-one tutorials, and field study.

King's College London
Term: Spring
Location: London
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.3 GPA and relevant academic background.
Full Course Load: 16 credits per semester
Program Highlights: Students may enroll in the School of Humanities; School of Life, Basic Medicine, and Health Sciences; or the School of Physical Sciences and Engineering. Enrollment is 13,500 undergraduate students. Orientation and housing help provided.
Strong in: War studies (peace and conflict), life sciences, geography, philosophy, classics, English

Note: Margaret Sarkssian (music) received her BMus from King's.

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA)
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: London
Language of Instruction: English
Program Highlights: LAMDA is among the world's leading drama schools. It emphasizes classical teaching for the modern acting profession. Students may enroll in the Single Semester Classical Acting Course. LAMDA students take advantage of the school's extensive performing arts facilities.

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Term: Year
Location: London
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.3 GPA overall, 3.5 GPA in related background courses in Economcis and Math
Full Course Load: 4 year-long courses
Program Highlights: Visiting students enroll as General Course participants and take four year-long courses. The calendar is broken into three 10-week terms and runs from the first week of October until the following June. Housing applications for LSE and London University housing are available from the program upon acceptance.
Strong in: Economics, economic history, government, industrial relations, information systems, international history, international relations, mathematics, social policy, and statistics.

Note: Professor Elliot Fratkin (anthropology) studied at the LSE, and interested students may contact him.

ALSO Note: LSE has rolling admission. Student should apply to LSE by February 1.

London Theatre Program (Single Semester) Sponsored by Sarah Lawrence College and the British American Drama Acadamy (BADA)
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: London
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: An audition (videotaped or in person) is required.
Program Highlights: Scene study from classical and modern works makes up the core of the London Theatre Program, along with courses in voice, movement, stage fighting, theatre history and dramatic criticism. Includes weekly individual or small group acting tutorials. Each semester culminates in a fully staged production. Frequent excursions to theatrical productions, master classes. Housing is provided.

Note: The application deadline for this program is March 1st.

Queen Mary University of London
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: London
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 60 credits per semester
Program Highlights: Queen Mary enrolls 9,000 students. All subject areas are open to Study Abroad students and students can choose to concentrate in one area or choose modules from up to four different subject areas. Student housing is located on, or within a few minutes walk of, the campus, typically in a modern, self-catered, single study bedroom with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Strong in: Human biological sciences, geography and environmental studies, economics, English literature, history and European studies, linguistics, drama, film studies, dance

England (R–Z)

Royal Holloway, University of London
Terms: Spring
Location: London
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA; 3.3 GPA required for Drama and Theatre.
Full Course Load: 30 ECTS per semester
Course Level: Normally students will enroll in Level 2 courses.
Program Highlights: The College, located just outside London, offers a wide variety of subjects in the Faculties of Arts, Music and Science. Enrollment is 5,500 students. The college offers strong support for overseas students. Housing is on or near campus.
Strong in: Biological sciences, earth and environmental sciences, economics, psychology, music, drama, theatre

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Term: Year
Location: London
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.3 GPA
Full Course Load: 4 courses
Program Highlights: 3,000 students attend SOAS, where the focus is on the economies, societies, and cultures of Africa and Asia. Students live in SOAS residences or dorms.
Strong in: Politics, international studies, anthropology, Middle East studies, Asian studies, religion, history, music.

Note: Professors Sabina Knight (comparative literature) and Elliot Fratkin (anthropology) have spent time at SOAS; interested students may contact them if they wish.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Term: Year
Location: London
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: Previous dance experience
Full Course Load: Students take 17 x 1.5 hour sessions per week. In addition students are expected to attend the One Year Programme Seminar each week.
Program Highlights: An individual programme of study will be created to suit your particular needs and requirements. All students study two contemporary dance styles during their programme.

University College London
Term: Spring
Location: London
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.3 (3.5 for history and English) plus relevant academic background
Full Course Load: 60 ECTS per year
Program Highlights: Enrollment at UCL is 15,000 students. The college provides orientation and housing in halls of residence or college houses.
Strong in: Economics, English, anthropology, architecture, chemistry, math, philosophy, psychology, public health, religious studies.

University of Bristol
Term: Spring
Location: Bristol
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.2 GPA for Arts & Social Sciences, 3.5 GPA for Sciences & Engineering
Full Course Load: 60 points semester
Program Highlights: Bristol is an ancient and modern port city, and the University, a middle-sized institution with approximately 12,000 students and forty different academic departments, is one of the most highly regarded and selective in Britain. The Office of Overseas students arranges trips and an orientation program for visiting students. Students live in university-owned residence halls.
Strong in: Biological sciences, earth and environmental sciences, chemistry, pure and applied mathematics, engineering, economics, philosophy, music, drama, dance

University of East Anglia
Term: Spring
Location: Norwich
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: Recommended GPA 3.5
Full Course Load: 60 credits per semester
Program Highlights: Teaching departments are organized into interdisciplinary schools of study. Enrollment is 8,500 students. The university offers internship opportunities and an orientation for visiting students. Students usually live in on-campus university housing.
Strong in: History of art, architecture and design, earth sciences, environmental sciences, math (pure and applied), film studies, English literature, creative writing, economics, engineering, music, drama, dance

University of Exeter
Term: Spring
Location: Exeter
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 60 credits per semester
Program Highlights: The University of Exeter is one of the top ten universities in England and offers students the opportunity to choose modules (courses) from the entire undergraduate programme (excluding Medicine and Dentistry) from over 30 academic departments. Modules are taught by academics who are passionate about their subject and whose research interests have an international reputation. Enrollment is 17,000 students.
Strong in: Anthropology and archeology, bioscience (physics, engineering, astronomy, math), drama, English literature, politics (international relations), psychology, sports science.

University of Manchester
Term: Spring
Location: Manchester
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 60 credits per semester
Program Highlights: Students may choose from courses in any of Manchester's 50 or more departments and disciplines. Enrollment is 18,500 students. Students live in university-owned single rooms.
Strong in: Drama, biological and health sciences, earth and environmental sciences, chemistry, engineering, economics, English literature, religion, history of art, sociology

University of Oxford, Hertford College
Term: Spring
Location: Oxford
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: at least 3.8 GPA + substantial background coursework in the field of interest
Program Highlights: Academic program based on a system of tutorials. Students have two sets of tutorials a term—one set of eight on one topic and one set of four on another topic—for a total of twelve tutorial sessions per term. Tutorials meet weekly and consist of an hour discussion plus prepared essays to present during the session. Hertford prides itself on its egalitarian ethos and was one of the first all-male Oxford colleges to admit women in 1979.

Note: Students should apply to Hertford College by February 10, 2014.

Hertford College Application Form

University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall
Term: Spring
Location: Oxford
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: at least 3.8 GPA + substantial background coursework in the field of interest
Program Highlights: Academic program based on a system of tutorials. Students have two sets of tutorials a term—one set of eight on one topic and one set of four on another topic—for a total of twelve tutorial sessions per term. Tutorials meet weekly and consist of an hour discussion plus prepared essays to present during the session. Lady Margaret Hall was founded in 1878 to change Oxford University and to change the world as it was then. LMH made it possible for the first time for women to study at Oxford, with all that meant both for intellectual development and for access to new career opportunities.

Note: Students should apply to LMH in early January.

University of Oxford, St. Catherine's College
Term: Spring
Location: Oxford
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: at least 3.7 GPA + substantial background coursework in the field of interest
Program Highlights: Academic program based on a system of tutorials. Students have two sets of tutorials a term—one set of eight on one topic and one set of four on another topic—for a total of twelve tutorial sessions per term. Tutorials meet weekly and consist of an hour discussion plus prepared essays to present during the session. St Catherine's College, which developed out of the St Catherine's Society, was founded in 1962. It is Oxford's newest college and also one of its largest. St. Catherine's treasures the traditional values of Oxford college life, but its modern architecture gives it a distinctive position to pursue a modern agenda. The college motto, Nova et Vetera (the new and the old), reflects this.

Note: Students should apply to St. Catherine's College in early January.

University of Oxford, St. Edmund Hall
Term: Spring
Location: Oxford
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: at least 3.8 GPA + substantial background coursework in the field of interest
Program Highlights: Academic program based on a system of tutorials. Students have two sets of tutorials a term—one set of eight on one topic and one set of four on another topic—for a total of twelve tutorial sessions per term. Tutorials meet weekly and consist of an hour discussion plus prepared essays to present during the session. Although a College in the strict sense only since 1957, the history of St Edmund Hall goes back to the thirteenth century, for it is the sole survivor of the medieval Halls that provided undergraduates with accommodation and tuition before the Colleges began to do so. Modern and progressive in its outlook and committed to a wide range of subjects in the Arts and Sciences, St Edmund Hall offers a matchless chance to live in the heart of Oxford. The college encourages intellectual curiosity and debate, adventurousness, and the enjoyment of ideas exchanged across and between disciplines.

Note: Students should apply to St. Edmund Hall in early January.

University of Sussex
Term: Spring
Location: Brighton
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 72 credits
Program Highlights: Founded in 1961, Sussex emphasizes independent work and innovative styles of teaching, especially small group seminars. Every full-time undergraduate and every tutor is a member of one of 11 Schools of Studies. Each School draws together several related disciplines and has its own special focus and interests. Day trips and a range of housing options are available for visiting students. The university is located on the coast.
Strong in: American studies, life sciences, economics, engineering, English, physics, women's studies, gender studies, neuroscience, international relations, development studies.

University of York
Term: Spring
Location: York
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 60 ECTS
Program Highlights: Founded in 1963, the university has established a national and international reputation for the quality of its academic programmes and its research. The University concentrates on providing a welcoming and supportive environment with teaching and research of the highest calibre. 4,000 students live on or near the main campus, generating a lively and varied social and cultural life. The city of York is a unique mixture of 2000 years of history and high-tech businesses. The development of York Science Park has made York one of the first dedicated Science Cities in the UK.
Strong in: Medieval history, English literature, psychology, biology, history, art history, math, music, sociology, politics.

Republic of Ireland

National University of Ireland, Galway
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Galway
Language of Instruction: English, Irish
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 30 ECTS
Program Highlights: The college was established in 1845 and now enrolls 8,500 students. Irish language is a working language of the college, and non-credit Irish language classes are offered, as well as an orientation day for visiting students. The college consists of seven faculties situated on the banks of the river Corrib, close to the center of Galway. A variety of independent living arrangements are available.
Strong in: psychology, history, English, philosophy, politics, sociology, earth & marine science

University College Cork
Term: Fall, Spring
Location: Cork
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 30 ECTS
Program Highlights: University College Cork (UCC) was founded in 1845 and is one of the oldest universities in Ireland. It combines a rich tradition of teaching, research and scholarship. UCC is Ireland's leading research university. The University has four colleges - Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences: Business and Law; Science, Engineering and Food Science; and Medicine and Health. There are over 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies. The campus is situated along a riverside garden setting, radiating a warm, personal charm, which greatly enhances the learning environment.
Strong in: English, chemistry, government, music, archeology, mathematics, engineering

University College Dublin
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Dublin
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 30 ECTS
Program Highlights:
Established in 1854, the university played a key role in the history of the modern Irish State and today it plays a leading part in shaping Ireland's future. University College Dublin (UCD) is a dynamic, modern university where cutting-edge research and scholarship provide a stimulating intellectual environment—the ideal surroundings for learning and discovery. Over 23,000 students and academics explore and learn in the creative and collegial environment of UCD's Belfield campus. This beautiful leafy 320 acre gem hosts a unique mix of academic facilities, research institutes, libraries and archival collections, enterprise facilities, student villages, and sports and recreational facilities within a short distance of Dublin's city centre.
Strong in: History, English, politics, archeology, sociology, economics, art history, mathematics.

Scotland

Glasgow School of Art
Term: Spring
Location: Glasgow
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA (Smith requirement)
Full Course Load: programme normally consists of four days a week intensive studio practice and one day in the Forum for Critical Inquiry
Program Highlights:Founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, The Glasgow School of Art has grown to become one of Europe's preeminent institutions for creative education and research in fine art, design and architecture. The GSA is one of the few remaining independent art schools in the UK. We have an internationally community of over 1900 students.

University of Edinburgh
Term: Fall, Spring
Location: Edinburgh
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 60 credits per semester
Program Highlights: The University of Edinburgh was established in 1583 by a Royal Charter granted by James VI and has been providing outstanding educational opportunities to students from around the world for more than 400 years. Enrollment is 17,000 students and is located in the heart of Scotland's capital city.
Strong in: English literature, Scottish literature and culture, philosophy, psychology, politics, religion, math, the sciences, engineering.

University of Ediburgh: Parliamentary Programme
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Edinburgh
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: at least 3.3 GPA
Full Course Load: 70 credits per semester
Program Highlights:
Students complete three academic courses which are classroom based for the first five weeks, followed by a research project supervised by a member of the Scottish Parliament and an academic from the Institute of Governancethroughout the remaining 10 weeks of the semester.

University of Glasgow
Term: Fall, Spring
Location: Glasgow
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 60 units per semester
Program Highlights: Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the UK and has maintained a consistent reputation for academic excellence and innovative research. Enrollment is about 21,000 and the diverse university community provides a rich cultural, social and educational mix which appeals to students and staff from all over the world.
Strong in: Archeology, biomed & life sciences, Celtic studies, economics, history, history of art, music, philosophy, physics & astronomy, film and TV Studies, religious studies.

University of St. Andrews
Term: Fall, Spring
Location: St. Andrews
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 60 units per semester
Program Highlights: St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world, founded in 1413. Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research. Located on the seaside in the town of St. Andrews (one hour away from Edinburgh), it offers study in the arts, divinities, and sciences to 6,000 students.
Strong in: Humanities, arts, sciences, neuroscience, computer science, medieval studies.

Wales

Bangor University
Term: Spring
Location: Bangor
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 60 credits per semester
Program Highlights:
Bangor University was founded in 1884, making it one of the oldest and most prestigious degree awarding institutions in the UK. Today over 10,000 students attend Bangor University which is committed to providing teaching of the highest quality, conducting research of the highest quality, taking good care of its students and playing a full role in the wider community of Wales.
Strong in: Biology, English, history & Welsh history, music, theology and religious Studies, Welsh language, psychology.

Cardiff University
Term:Spring
Location: Cardiff
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA
Full Course Load: 60 credits per semester
Program Highlights:
Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research with its proud heritage of service and achievement. Cardiff is one of Britain's major teaching and research universities. The student population of nearly 27,000 is drawn from a variety of backgrounds and located in the centre of the capital city of Wales, the University has an international reputation for the quality of its work which attracts staff and students from around the world.
Strong in: Archeology, English, history, music, computer science, social sciences.