The St. Mary’s program is designed to provide students with a personalized and integrated living and learning experience in a British university. St. Mary’s, originally founded in 1850 as a Catholic College, welcomes students of all faiths and traditions, both Christian and non-Christian. With a total enrollment of about 3,500 students, St. Mary’s occupies a single, self-contained campus, consisting of around thirty acres of lawns and playing fields near the River Thames. This picturesque site is surrounded by the quiet, leafy avenues of an attractive residential district. St. Mary’s is located to the west of London at Strawberry Hill in the Borough of Richmond Upon Thames, which has a huge range of interesting shops, restaurants and deli’s, and also an excellent choice of pubs, nightclubs, and cafes. The UK’s efficient train system puts cities like London, and it’s museums, concert halls, theatres, galleries, and nightlife within an evening’s or weekend’s reach.
Location: Twickenham (population: 52,000)
University: St. Mary’s University College (6,000 students)
Minimum Application Requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status
Visa Information: See the Visa Information: United Kingdom page for detailed information.
St. Mary’s University College offers courses in business administration, drama/theatre, education, English/literature, geography, history, media studies, philosophy/religion, psychology, sports rehabilitation, and sports science.
Students enroll in 4 courses, including a required course focusing on British life and culture. Other courses are taken from the regular St. Mary’s curriculum. Because the St. Mary’s program is integrated within a British university, it offers full academic facilities, including a Learning Resources Centre and British instructors in all courses. Students also can use the library at the University of Surrey and can make arrangements to use other university libraries.
To view the course selection, visit the St. Mary’s University College course catalog.
For more information about life at the university, go the St. Mary’s University College website.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the foreign transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
At St. Mary’s University College, students have the option to live in a homestay with a local family or, if available, an on-campus residence hall. Note: The on-campus residence hall option is very limited. Students should be prepared to live with a local family in a homestay setting.
The Accommodation Office at St. Mary’s will arrange for the American students to live in British homes in the surrounding community, and in most cases, the accommodation will be within a half an hour’s walk of the campus. Some householders take just one student, while others take two, but no more than two students placed in a given accommodation.
Breakfast is provided by the householder, the evening meal is taken on campus with the other SMUC students, and the cost of both meals is covered by the accommodation fee paid by the student. Most hosts will allow students to use their kitchen to prepare drinks and snacks, and students are responsible for their own lunches.
Students may elect to live on-campus in the Lady Frances De Marillac Residence Hall. This option provides single en-suite rooms with internet access and includes a meal plan for 5 breakfasts, 2 weekend brunches, and 7 evening meals.
Note: De Marillac Hall is subject to availability. If rooms are not available, students requesting accommodations in De Marillac Hall will be housed in a homestay.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$17,559.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, and HPU fees.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||Varies. Check with your Host University||Host university, housing office, or landlord abroad||Check with your Host University|
IMPORTANT: High Point University affiliates with the University of Wisconsin at Platteville (UWP) to provide this educational program to HPU students. Students looking for information online may find discrepancies in program fees between what HPU charges and what UWP charges. Due to the terms agreed upon in our affiliation agreement, HPU students cannot apply directly to UWP for this program, nor can they opt to pay program fees directly to UWP.
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
Weekend excursions included in the program fee include such locations as Stratford and Warwick and Canterbury. Also on the weekend, the UW-Platteville program staff offers American students a wide range of optional excursions at an affordable price. A very popular option is the overnight trip to Wales, including 12th-century fairy-tale castles, rugged coastline, quaint thatched-cottage villages, astounding mountain scenery, the amazing Rhonda Valleys, the capital city of Cardiff and one of the most interesting open-air museums in the world. You’ll go down a coal mine, hear a “foreign” language, taste regional foods and learn something of the Celtic myths and magic.