Queen Mary University of London - Semester or Year Abroad


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at Queen Mary, University of London through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about Queen Mary.   


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this program in England with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.


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Queen Mary is one of the largest colleges of the internationally renowned University of London. The College has a student population of over 16,000 students, around 20% of whom are from overseas, contributing to a truly cosmopolitan environment that is extremely welcoming to students from all over the world.

Queen Mary is one of London and the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. Queen Mary's 3,000 staff deliver world class degree programmes and research across a wide range of subjects in Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws, in Medicine and Dentistry and in Science and Engineering.

Overall, the Times Higher Education, ranked Queen Mary 13th in the country for the quality of its research and the Guardian even higher, placing Queen Mary 11th in the UK.

Queen Mary is a campus based university and all Study Abroad students are offered housing on campus giving every opportunity for participants to fully integrate with other Queen Mary students. Studying and living on the Queen Mary campus gives all the benefits of a campus community as well as the limitless opportunities of living in London. The 2012 Olympics site is also just one mile east of the College campus and the Olympic stadium and other buildings can be seen from the campus.

 Queen Mary has been a popular destination for US students studying abroad for more than thirty years and the College has a wealth of experience in meeting the academic and social needs of this group of students.




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Mile End Campus

Queen Mary’s Mile End campus is a distinguishing feature of the College. The campus provides a secure and friendly environment only a few yards from the bustle of the Mile End Road and the East End of London. It is a compact urban campus bringing together all the facilities our students need: a modern library, cafes, restaurants and bars, bookshop and bank and the Students Union building which houses “Q-motion” - a state of the art fitness centre which includes cardio and weight machines, free weights, fitness studios, team sports hall and a squash/racquetball court. Although the Queen Mary campus is very much in an urban area there are a number of landscaped squares and green areas on campus and the adjacent Mile End and Victoria parks give additional green spaces for sports and relaxation.


Public Transportation

The campus is well served by public transport with underground stations at either end of campus and bus routes running directly outside the campus. The journey time to the main downtown shopping areas of London is around 15 to 20 minutes.


London's East End

The Queen Mary campus is located in the East End, one of the oldest and most socially and ethnically diverse areas of the capital. The East End has a long history of immigration, integration and shifting population that reveals itself in the changing architecture, culture, religion, commerce and industry of the area: synagogues converted to mosques; warehouses transformed into expensive riverside flats; pubs becoming wine bars. The religious, cultural and ethnic mix displays itself in a huge variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and markets that would be hard to match anywhere else in the UK.

The area is less expensive than many others in London, both for accommodation, living costs and social activities. Shopping in the district’s street markets means a huge variety of produce from all over the world is available at good prices.

2012 Olympics

The campus is located between the two financial districts of London: ‘The City’ to the west and Docklands to the south. The 2012 Olympics site is also just one mile east of the College campus and the Olympic stadium and other buildings can  be seen from the campus. 


Students  share what it's like being in Europe while studying at Queen Mary


Overall you will experience one of the most exciting and vibrant parts of London.






Around the University

Queen Mary at Mile End

The Queen Mary campus is located at Mile End, part of London’s historic East End district. The campus is served by two underground stations - Mile End and Stepney Green – allowing our students to get around all parts of the city quickly and easily. Surrounding the campus are many vibrant neighbourhoods rich in history and today some of the most interesting and fashionable areas to visit in London.

Brick Lane

A short walk from campus is Brick Lane, also known as Banglatown and the heart of London’s Bangladeshi community, renowned for its markets, art galleries and many restaurants serving wonderful Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine. Brick Lane is lined with restaurants serving delicious and cheap food; it also has some excellent bars and nightlife, making Brick Lane a favourite destination for students from Queen Mary and Londoners in general looking for an exciting and (relatively) cheap night out. Near Brick lane is Spitalfields market, one of the oldest in London.



Another historic neighbourhood a short walk from campus is Whitechapel. Dating back to Roman times the area was a route into the City of London with many pubs & coaching houses along the route. In 1881 the area became infamous because of the Whitechapel Murders, some of which were committed by the legendary serial killer known as 'Jack the Ripper'. Walking tours are a popular way of exploring the area and learning more about the history. London Walks is a popular one.

Writers including Dickens have written about Whitechapel. Whitechapel features in Charles Dickens's Pickqick Papers where it is characterised by Sam Weller "as not a very nice neighbourhood". Today the area has become more gentrified and is a thriving east London neighbourhood, as with Brick Lane it is home to a sizable Bangladeshi community.

 Since at least the 1970s, Whitechapel and other nearby parts of East London have figured prominently in London's art scene. Probably the area's most prominent art venue is the Whitechapel Art Gallery, founded in 1901. Near Whitechapel are the areas of Hoxton and Shoreditch, known to Londoners as cool and alternative areas of the city with numerous fashionable bars and clubs, it is a popular alternative to nights out in the more traditional areas in the West End of London.



East London is home to the Docklands which is a large business and entertainment area. The area is home to the tallest building in the UK, Canary Wharf and is one of the fastest growing areas of London. The area has a large shopping centre, cinemas, restaurants & bars. Narrow Street is popular with Queen Mary students as the street overlooks the river and has many trendy pubs and restaurants, including a gastro pub owned by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.


2012 Olympics - London

Queen Mary University of London had the advantage of being the London research-focused university closest to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games. The 2012 Olympics took place in a host of new venues as well as using existing and historic facilities. Many of the new facilities will be reused and the plans are part of the regeneration of Stratford and Lower Lea Valley in east London.

This will be the third time London has hosted the games having also done so in 1908 and 1948.

Many students find it interesting to visit the areas around the Olympic site, such as Stratford to view the area and sites that were built for the games. 


Students will definitely have a lot to explore when studying at Queen Mary!



Academic Highlights


Highly Ranked

In the government’s last Research Assessment Exercise (2008) the College excelled, ranking in the top 12 overall and with many departments, particularly in the humanities sector, among the leading departments in the country. In 2012 Queen Mary, University of London accepted an invitation to join the Russell Group of universities, a group of 24 leading UK universities committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, excellent graduate employability and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.  


Academic Overview

Queen Mary offers the opportunity to study for a full academic year or for the fall or spring semester. A full academic load is normally four classes, or "modules," in a semester. All subject areas, except medicine and dentistry, 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. Queen Mary operates a pre-arrival module registration system, and there is rarely any problem in getting into any required classes. As well as having access to all the colleges teaching and learning facilities, study abroad students are also supported by dedicated advisers in each academic department to assist with module selection and other academic issues.



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Guaranteed Housing

All study abroad participants are guaranteed housing on the Mile End campus. Students are offered single rooms, mostly with private bathrooms. Rooms have ample storage space, study facilities, internet connections and fridges. Rooms are arranged in flats of between 5 and 10 students with shared cooking facilities. There is no meal plan so students either cook for themselves or eat on a pay-as-you-go basis in the catering outlets on campus or in the surrounding area.



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University Services


Study Abroad Office

Study abroad students are supported by a dedicated Study Abroad Office who provide a thorough orientation and are available to assist and support students throughout their time at Queen Mary. Students also have access to all other campus services including: 

  • Advice and Counselling Service - Immigration queries, finance and general advice and guidance, professional counseling service.
  • Health center - Students can see a doctor on campus during the week and get information about access to other health services such as dentists and opticians.
  • Multi-faith chaplaincy center - for students and staff of all faiths or none. St Benet’s, the College chaplaincy, is a weekday workplace church on the Mile End campus.
  • Library – The facilities available to you in the library range from book and DVD loan to group and individual study space. The library collections of all other University of London colleges are also available to you via Inter-Library Loan, as is the Senate House Library
  • Q Motion sports centre - state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Centre
  • Internet and Computers - There is an extensive computer network throughout the College. These computers (including PCs and Macs) are used for class teaching but are also available to students for general academic use.
  • Student Support – Students will be provided with a dedicated academic advisor who can answer questions throughout the programme
  • Volunteering Scheme - The Students' Union operate the ‘Provide’ volunteering programme.
  • Miscellaneous - ATM's, a bookstore, cafes, laundry facilities & student union are all located on campus


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Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

University Orientation

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, all students will participate in a university specific orientation. 

The Queen Mary study abroad office organizes a detailed orientation program at the start of each semester. Queen Mary welcomes students with a free airport collection service from Heathrow airport during suggested arrival days. Over the following days the orientation program usually covers:

  • A welcome by the Vice President
  • Introduction to the program
  • Health & Advice services at Queen Mary
  • Introduction to St Benet's, the College chaplaincy
  • Advice and Counselling Centre - staff from the Centre will give a presentation on the services they offer
  • 'All about London' - study abroad staff will present on the local area and transport system in London 
  • Introduction to the Students' Union and sporting facilities
  • Academic Procedures

They also run social activities which usually include an optional bus tour of London and a Thames river cruise for a small additional fee.

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Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Europe.  To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad programs, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources.  Learn more about our scholarship opportunities

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad participant, you will be directly enrolled as a student in the university abroad. This allows you to take advantage of every opportunity to be culturally integrated in the campus environment and culture by participating in university activities with resident students. There are plenty of ways to get involved in campus life once you arrive at Queen Mary. From socializing in one of the cafes, bars, and food outlets on campus to joining one of the many clubs and societies or playing for one of their sports teams: all enable you to make new friends and add another dimension to your study abroad experience. The campus environment will give you every opportunity to become a fully integrated member of the Queen Mary student body.

The Students' Union is run by and for Queen Mary students and you will automatically be a member, allowing you to use their excellent range of facilities and services. The Students' Union runs numerous sports clubs and special interest group societies, ranging from rowing and football to belly dancing and Politics.


Community Involvement

Getting involved abroad can enable you to meet local students, make a meaningful connection with your campus and community, and enhance your study abroad experience. Your program manager will connect you with local resources if you wish to volunteer for community projects through your host university. It is important for you to find the right combination of academic, cultural, and leisure activities in order to take full advantage of international learning and cultural immersion.


All students are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities at or near their campus, where permitted under host-country immigration regulations. Service learning is an integral piece of a well-rounded education, and we support students’ efforts to integrate into the local culture through volunteer activities. Students are provided with information on volunteer opportunities on campus or within the community during the orientation and preparation process.


Example of how you can get involved in the community:

Provide Student Volunteering Program

The Students’ Union also operates the Provide volunteering program. Through Provide you can find volunteering opportunities working with a wide variety of organizations and charities in the local area and all over London. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people in the wider community and can greatly enrich your experience of London life.



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Special Programs/Excursions

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.


Other Trips and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>



Optional visits and events are offered during the semester, usually including a trip to a match at one of London’s football stadiums. Additional trips around London and the UK are also organized by the College and the Residences, meaning there are plenty of events and trips students can participate in.




Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.


Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.


If you have any questions about course availability, please contact studyabroad@globalinksabroad.org.  


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Photo Slideshow


Watch a short slideshow of photos of the Queen Mary, University of London campus and the city of London 

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Queen Mary University of London
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing without MealsApproximately $4,700 - $5,200 (Spring); $4,400 - $5,000 (Fall)
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

  • Multi-day on-site Bridging Cultures Program
  • Local Discovery Activities hosted by on-site Resident Coordinator
  • Welcome and farewell events
  • HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
  • Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.


Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level (sophomore or higher) by the time of enrollment Students with a slightly lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 3.00

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

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