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Academics - January Term 2020

Richmond, The American International University in London

Like the city in which it is located, Richmond, The American International University in London provides a diverse, multicultural environment. The University offers small classes in a wide variety of disciplines taught by faculty from leading British, American and international institutions in fully accredited MA and BA programs. During the academic year, students come to Richmond from more than 100 different countries, although the January term is predominantly American. Small classes and personal attention from the faculty make Richmond an ideal place to study abroad.

Richmond is an independent, coeducational, non-profit international liberal arts and professional studies university. The original Richmond College, founded in 1843, was a constituent institution of the University of London until the founding in 1970 of the present university which bears its name and occupies its site. The University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to the U.S. degree granting authority, it has U.K. taught degree awarding powers granted by the U.K. Privy Council. It is the first university in the U.K. to have dual degree awarding powers.

Academic Overview

Academic administration is carried out by the Divisional Deans under the supervision of the Richmond Provost. Instructors are drawn from Richmond or other London institutions of higher education.

Admissions requirements Open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Lower GPAs will be considered on a case by case basis. Evidence of academic ability is required in the form of your most recent transcript.

Assessment and grading The course work required varies with the nature of the material covered. Instructors are likely to use some combination of quizzes, papers, final exams, projects and class participation. Grades are awarded by instructors on a 4.0 scale, which assigns values to pluses and minuses within the letter grade awards:

Outstanding achievement
Achievement above that necessary to complete the course requirements
Work barely meets requirements
Incomplete (this grade may stand only for one week after completion of the course)

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Course selection Choose one 3-credit course from the two listed. Courses taken for transfer credit should be approved by your advisor or appropriate person at your home school prior to registration.

Credit hours are in parentheses. Credits for each course are equal to American credits based on one credit for a minimum of 15 classroom hours plus home study. Classes are taught Monday through Friday for a total of 45 hours.

Transcripts are issued by Richmond, The American International University in London. On completion of the program an official copy of the transcript will be sent to your home institution.

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