“Studying Abroad really does enhance your degree and career prospects!”
Erasmus Impact Study confirms EU student exchange scheme boosts employability and job mobility

At the Royal Veterinary College, our study abroad and exchange students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a cutting-edge research environment, whilst cementing their knowledge of essential scientific processes. Our global reputation drew students from over 50 different countries, as well as our staff which represent over 48 different countries, so whilst studying and researching at the RVC you can be assured of a familiar welcome. The RVC has a central London location which provides students with access to one of the most amazing cities in the world. London’s diverse culture, sport, history, business and food provide great opportunities for exploration and enjoyment. As a transport hub, London also gives students the chance to explore all of the UK and further afield. Paris is just two hours away by train.

To enquire further please see the relevant sections below which includes information for Study Abroad, International exchange, Erasmus+ students and visiting international students:  

What should I apply for?

At the Royal Veterinary College, we have a variety of schemes that you can come to study with us on, and all the terminology can be quite confusing, so let us simplify it for you. The main differences you have to be aware of is whether you're studying at an EU institution or not, how long you want to study here for, and where your institution has an exchange agreement with us. 

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is a scheme is for you if you want to study with us for a semester, but you study at an institution that does not have an exchange agreement with the RVC. This is commonly known as 'free mover'. You will have to pay full international tuition fee to us, although you will not pay the annual rate as you will only stay for one semester.

International Exchange

International Exchange is for you if you want to study with us for a semester, your institution is outside the EU, and you study at an institution that has an exchange agreement with the RVC. You do not pay tuition fee to the RVC, but rather to your home institution as normal. 


Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. It is funded by the European Commission and is managed in the UK by the British Council. It is the scheme for you if you want to study with us for a semester, and you study at an institution in the European Union (or an Erasmus participating institution), and your institution has an exchange agreement with the RVC. The Royal Veterinary College is a participating organisation in the programme. The main benefit of Erasmus+ is that you receive grants to assist with your cost of living. 

Study Abroad Academic Programmes

The academic programme comprises a wide range of modules and projects, that will help you to become engaged with the latest research in your field.

Most students choose to study in accordance with the main academic calendar, either studying abroad during term one or two or the full academic year. Please note these dates are subject to change, but shouldn't change significantly from the dates below: 

Term 1 (Blended Teaching - Off Campus):

  • 5th October - 11th December 2020
  • Term 1 module exams will be held in w/c 11th January 2021

Term 2:

  • 18th January - 26th March 2021
  • Term 2 module exams will be held in the Summer Exam period (between 26 April and 4 June).

Students are also able to study short term throughout June and July, via our STEM Summer Research Internships, please see more information in the sections below: 

Credit Load

The regular course load at RVC for a typical study abroad semester comprises 60 UK Credits:

  • One full module (approx. 15 ECTS Credits, 8 US Credits, 30 UK Credits)
  • One half project (approx. 15 ECTS Credits, 8 US Credits, 30 UK Credits)  

Where possible, you will be able to combine two half modules in lieu of one of our whole module offerings. If your home university does not use ECTS, the US Credit system or the UK system, we will provide advice on the recommended credit transfer of courses. The course content on offer will depend on the semester in which you plan to attend the RVC. Please note it is not possible to take a module outside of the term in which it is offered at the RVC. At the end of your programme you will either complete your assessment at the RVC or at your home university and we will provide a full transcript of your courses and results.

Academic Modules

Our current modules for each term are shown in the tables below.

For details about each module see Study Abroad Academic Programmes (pdf) 

Term One (Blended Teaching - Off Campus)

Advanced Concepts in Reproduction (ACIR) 15 credits Camden Ali Fouladi 1 Th
Advanced Skeletal Pathobiology (ASP) 15 credits Camden Scott Roberts 1 Th
Animal Behaviour & Cognition (ABC) 15 credits Hawkshead María Díez León 1 Th
Applied Molecular Microbiology (AMM) 15 credits Camden Rob Noad 1 Th
Comparative Animal Locomotion (CAL) 30 credits Hawkshead Richard Bomphrey 1 M/F
Development & Disease (D&D) 15 credits Camden Imelda McGonnell 1 Tu
EMS (Endocrine & Metabolic Syndromes) 15 credits Camden Rob Fowkes 1 F
Parasitology of Human & Veterinary Tropical Diseases (PHTVD) 15 credits Camden Rachel Lawrence 1 M
Science of Animal Welfare (SAW) * 15 credits Hawkshead Siobhan Abeyesinghe 1 Tu

* ABC is strongly recommended as a co-requisite of SAW

Term Two

Advanced Concepts in Biobusiness (ACBB) 15 credits Camden Mehroosh Tak 2 F
Applied Animal Welfare (AWW) 15 credits Hawkshead Troy Gibson 2 Th
Comparative Models of Disease (CMoD) 15 credits Camden Rachel Lawrence 2 Th
Epidemiology: The Bigger Picture (E:TBP) 15 credits Camden Julian Drewe 2 F
Infection & Immunity (I&I) 30 credits Camden Sharon Kendall 2 M/Tu

Please note, that some modules may have an upper limit in terms of student numbers.

Erasmus+ Students

The RVC holds the  Erasmus Charter For Higher Education 2014-20  to support and encourage students and staff, studying, teaching and training in Europe. We welcome BSc Bioveterinary and BSc Biological Science students that would like to apply to the RVC supported by the Erasmus+ programme. Please follow the guidance below to enquire further:

Student Exchange: If your home university has an Erasmus+ partnership with the RVC, you maybe eligible to apply to study at the RVC. Please follow the 'Study Abroad and International Exchange' student application procedures above to apply. If your home university does not have a partnership with the RVC, please request that they contact studyabroad@rvc.ac.uk to enquire further. 

Student Traineeships: Before applying you should consider the requirements below, including the English language requirements  and that not all requests can be granted. This is due to the limited availability of supervisors at the RVC to host students for research as part of the Erasmus+ programme. Please follow the steps below to enquire further:

1. Identify the academic research area and academic supervisor you would like to collaborate with, you may find our staff directory a useful tool to search for the relevant academic contact RVC People.

2.  Inform the Study Abroad and Short Courses Administrator of your interests, including the name of the supervisor, a copy of your C.V, nomination letter from your home institution and draft training agreement. Please send enquiries to: studyabroad@rvc.ac.uk  

3. If there are any available supervisors to support your research, you will be contacted by the Study Abroad and Recruitment Administrator and requested to complete and submit the the following documents:

  • Visiting application form 
  • A Erasmus+ Traineeship learning agreement.
  • A copy of your C.V 
  • A nomination letter from your home university
  • A transcript / statement of results
  • A copy of your passport
  • If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of your spoken and written English proficiency. Approved certificates include IELTS (Academic) overall score of 7.0  with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub-test or Pearson Test of English overall score of at least 65.

4. You should submit all of the above documents to: studyabroad@rvc.ac.uk 

NB: The RVC does not award academic credit for Erasmus+ traineeships and any funding would be provided by your home university. Please contact your home university for more information about funding.

STEM Summer Research Internships

At the RVC you have the fantastic opportunity to challenge yourself by studying abroad and taking a research project. The academic programme commences on 28.06. until 02.08.2019. We offer an array Biological Science focused projects, that will help you to develop your research skills and knowledge. The projects will also involve clinical or laboratory research on a topic selected by your supervisor. At the end of the programme you will learn how to present your results as a research article and oral presentation and shortly after your return home we will send you an academic transcript and grade. The equivalent of 15 UK Credits (4 U.S credits), If you do not use the US Credit system or the UK system we can provide advice on the recommended credit transfer of programme. We have campuses in London, Camden Campus and in Hertfordshire, Hawkshead Campus both offering outstanding word-class facilities to research at, as well as the perfect setting for you to enjoy London and the English countryside. Please see the list of the research projects and locations below:

Title Campus
Therapeutic testing for a childhood neurodegenerative disease CT
Regulation of equine placental development by Rho GTPases CT
Do reduced extracellular ATP levels contribute to the development of diabetes-associated vascular calcification? CT
Investigating gene expression in Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour disease CT
Does movement drive patella formation in the embryonic limb? CT
Breaching the blood-brain-barrier: protecting astrocytes from liver disease CT
Does cell signalling alter the blood vessel structure in some cancer tissues? CT
Do extracellular vesicles play a role in vascular inflammation in hyperglycaemia CT
Can extracellular vesicles isolated from cows milk affect human immune cell responses in vitro CT
Long and short term walking activity prior to lameness in dairy cows HH
Assessment of fibrinolysis using t-PA stressed kaolin-activated thromboelastography in critically ill dogs HH
Sensitivity analysis of determinants affecting the tuberculin test in cattle HH
What controls testis size? CT

To apply you will need to be in the 2nd year of your degree and meet the standard entry requirements for the study abroad programme. For more information and to complete an application form please see the section below Study Abroad 'How to Apply'. 

We will provide you with assistance in searching for accommodation. There is limited availability for accommodation at the Hawkshead Campus, Odiham Hall,  requests cannot be guaranteed unless rooms are available. Alternatively, you may choose to live in London and take a short 20 minute commute to Potters Bar station to access our Hawkshead Campus. There is no availability for accommodation at our Camden Campus however, however, we will provide you with assistance in searching for private accommodation in London.. 

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us: studyabroad@rvc.ac.uk 

Study Abroad and International Exchange - How to Apply

We are delighted that you want to apply to study at the Royal Veterinary College! Applying is straight-forward, and all the requirements are listed below. Please ensure that you meet the requirements before applying. 

 We request that if you are applying from a university that is not a partner university of the RVC or an academic programme provider, you contact us in advance for guidance before completing an applicationstudyabroad@rvc.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of your proficiency in spoken and written English. You will be required to achieve an overall score of 7.0 in IELTS (Academic) with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub-test or Pearson Test of English overall score of at least 65.
  • Students applying from an American education system should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. We welcome applications from students from other countries and we advise on particular entry requirements for students from all systems. Generally we expect applicants to have at least a B average or equivalent.
  • Students should be undergraduate level currently enrolled at a Higher Education Institution.

How to Apply for Study Abroad / STEM Summer Programme

1. Submit an Application Form for : Term 1 , Term 2 , Full year ,STEM Summer Programme 

If you are applying through an academic programme provider, you should complete the provider’s application forms and procedures as these vary from the RVC: Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies

Application Deadlines 

Please complete and submit all documents before the deadlines:

  • STEM Summer Internship Programme: TBC
  • Term One / Full year: 31st May 2021
  • Term Two: 6th November 2020

Study Abroad - Finance

Tuition Fees

Study Abroad Students

For information about the current fees, please view: Student Finance Information

Tuition fees can change on an annual basis, for further guidance please contact: studyabroad@rvc.ac.uk   

If you are applying via an academic programme provider, you will pay fees directly to the provider. Please contact Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies for more information.

Whilst studying at the RVC you have the option to take your assessments at your home institution. To facilitate taking your exams at your home institution there is an additional fee of approximately £100.00.

Exchange Students

All inbound exchange students who apply from one of the RVC’s partner universities, pay fees directly to their home university. Please contact your home university to clarify the tuition fees.

For further guidance please contact: studyabroad@rvc.ac.uk

Study Abroad Pre-Arrival Information

All study abroad and exchange students are provided with a thorough induction that we hope will help you prepare for an amazing experience at the RVC. The orientation period for students starting in September generally commences from early September 2019. Students studying for term two will start from early January 2020. 


For information about orientation, healthcare, academic issues and opening a bank account, please see: Pre-Arrival Information 

Visa and Immigration

Please see our Visa and Immigration information to help you through the steps to apply for a Visa if required.


You should ensure before you arrive in the UK that you have a comprehensive travel and health insurance policy for the duration of your time abroad. 


There is very limited availability for rooms in the RVC accommodation, you should source private accommodation.  You are able to use the University of London Housing Service, The Private Sector Housing Unit that can advise you on private accommodation, tenancy agreements, landlords and letting agents in and around London. They also have a forum on their website for people advertising or looking for accommodation. 

If you are applying via Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies, you should contact the academic programme provider for accommodation as arrangements are made by them.  

Visiting International Students

Graduate visiting international students interested in applying for research programmes should contact the RVC Graduate School Office: researchdegrees@rvc.ac.uk

Any other enquires for visiting international students seeking admission should contact the admissions office for more information: admissions@rvc.ac.uk 

Your Study Abroad staff!

Study Abroad staff work within the RVC Access team in Camden.

E: studyabroad@rvc.ac.uk

T: +44 (0)20 7468 1257


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