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Welcome to
Richmond American University London

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Richmond American University London is a unique and independent institution, global in outlook and in practice, diverse and cosmopolitan in its cultures.

Awarding both UK and US degrees to all students, Richmond occupies a unique standing in global education, blending two of the world’s leading educational systems.

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“I would like to wish you a very warm welcome to Richmond. I’m honoured to be President and Vice Chancellor of Richmond, a diverse, dynamic, vibrant and international University that is passionate about its mission to educate and to inform.”

Professor Phil Deans
President and Vice Chancellor
Richmond American University London

Explore and find out more about Richmond

Why we do what we do

A different way of learning

We have moved, but we are still Richmond

Details about on campus facilities

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A hub for students to see what life is like here

The University has always had a strong social mission

We are committed to the environment and its future

Students that received honorary degrees from Richmond

Meet our University Board

Meet our Board of Trustees

Have your questions answered

Find employment opportunities at Richmond

Our faculty

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A strong heritage

Choosing a university is about more than finding a programme. It’s about asking questions and taking a step towards fulfilling your potential. From the University’s inception almost 50 years ago, more than 15,000 students from over 100 countries have graduated from Richmond, creating a vibrant global network of alumni.

Our graduates are highly employable. Richmond students not only achieve a qualification, but leave the University equipped with life-changing skills. We ensure our students graduate as confident and career-ready individuals prepared to make a difference in their chosen field.

Ever since Richmond was established as a community with ‘a scholarly yet social purpose’, the University has offered an international experience and a global outlook. This is more important now than ever.

Today, Richmond is a leading liberal arts university and the UK university which awards both a UK and US degree.

Students who come to Richmond become part of a vibrant and diverse international student community, where students are encouraged and supported to flourish in a mix of diverse cultures, backgrounds and perspectives.

Richmond is committed to developing students’ passion for learning. Students are fully supported throughout their programme so they engage, work with and participate in a vibrant academic community where interdisciplinary teaching and learning is key to the curriculum.

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Top 5 reasons to choose Richmond

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Dually-accredited UK & US Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees

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Generous scholarships that can reduce student debt & Funding available (including SFE +US Government loans)

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Flexible American Liberal Arts system, extensive contact hours and mentorship (average 15 hours per week)

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Integrated Internships (in the UK and overseas)

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Great London location in Chiswick Park with managed accommodation option

The story of Richmond American University London (RAUL)

Richmond American University London (RAUL) is a unique and independent institution, global in outlook and in practice, diverse and cosmopolitan in its cultures. A leading independent institution, the University is accredited in the United States by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and registered with the Office for Students in the UK, with Taught Degree Awarding Powers.

The University’s history is one of progression and development. Awarding both UK and US degrees to all students, RAUL brings together the best of British and American higher education and is the first university to have met the highest benchmarks of two of the world’s leading educational systems and therefore occupies a unique standing in global education.

RAUL was established in 1972 as a study abroad centre for American university students, and quickly developed into a full US University, granting degrees under US authority. In 1978, RAUL was officially incorporated as a not-for-profit educational institution in Washington D.C., moving in 1994 to the State of Delaware as a recognised 501(c) (3) public educational charity under US law, a status it maintains to this day.

From 1978 onwards, RAUL began to award US Associate of Arts (2-year) and Bachelors (4-year) degrees and went on to incorporate masters-level offerings into its curriculum.

In 1996, RAUL entered into a successful partnership agreement with The Open University to secure complementary validation for its US degrees in the UK, which led to further improvements of academic quality.

In May 2018, a significant milestone was achieved when RAUL was granted UK Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) by the Privy Council, with the first degrees issued on September 1 2018. This authorisation empowered the University to independently award UK degrees in addition to its US degree offerings. Additionally, in the same year, following changes in the UK legislative framework, the University registered with the new government regulator, the Office for Students (OfS) in the ‘approved’ category.

In March 2020, the University developed a strategic partnership with China Education Group (HK), the leading provider of private higher education in the People’s Republic of China.

A major strategic project for the University was the relocation of the London site to a new single site campus in Chiswick Park in 2022. The move to the new campus provided an opportunity to enhance the student experience with modern flexible classroom space and learning resources with up-to-date facilities and technology, and access to new internship and graduate employment opportunities.

In August 2023, Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (RIASA) also moved to new academic and sports facilities in Weetwood Hall Estate, Leeds, to continue to deliver the BA (Hons) in International Sports Management with Men’s Football and BA (Hons) in International Sports Management Women’s Football.

Richmond American University London today

Our vision, mission and values encapsulate a unique student experience that acknowledges the diversity in the University community and the various perspectives and approaches towards the world.

At RAUL, the faculty and staff strive to cultivate a community of critical thinkers equipped with interdisciplinary skills and encourage students to engage in academic enquiry and challenge while promoting a culture of responsibility that inspires our graduates to influence the world positively.

With approximately 1,100 students, the University has five academic departments:

The University’s academic structures and features are characteristic of American Higher Education, including:

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree structure
  • A US academic calendar consisting of a Fall semester and a Spring semester of approximately 15 weeks each, and an optional intensive summer session of 6 weeks
  • Use of a US credit system to encourage student mobility
  • Use of Grade Point Average (GPA) to record achievement

These features have been successfully translated in terms of formal UK quality expectations (FHEQ levels, UK and ECTS credits, GPA into Degree Classifications etc).