This is a reciprocal exchange relationship between SJSU and University of Roehampton. It is primarily for the following academic fields: Dance–English, Literature and Creative Writing–Television, Film and Theatre, but students from any major may apply.
- Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses.
- Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees.
- Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships.
- Immerse yourself in British culture.
- Study for one semester or an academic year.
- Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school.
London is the capital of the United Kingdom and Europe’s largest city with a population of seven million. It was founded by the Romans in the first century AD as an administration center and port for trade with the rest of Europe. It has been the principal home of British monarchs for over a thousand years, as well as the center for business and commerce. London is one of the world’s most exciting and diverse cities. In addition to museums, galleries, cathedrals and churches, London is packed with a huge variety of shops and entertainment. Although London has an incredible history, it is also a vibrant city that is constantly changing and modernizing.
University of Roehampton has its history in four teacher education colleges, the oldest of which dates from 1841. The four colleges came together in 1975 to form Roehampton Institute London, which achieved degree awarding powers and then federated with the University of Surrey in 2000 as the University of Surrey Roehampton. In 2004, it changed its name to Roehampton University. The University commenced use of the trading name University of Roehampton in 2011, but its legal name remains Roehampton University.
Roehampton is located six miles southwest of central London, with all its cultural and social attractions, on a beautiful parkland campus. There are about 8,000 students studying from undergraduate to PhD level in eight academic schools: Arts, English and Modern Languages, Humanities and Cultural Studies, Business, Computing and Social Sciences, Psychology and Therapeutic Studies, Life and Sports Sciences, Education Studies and Initial Teacher Education.
- be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure
- have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure
- have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
- have completed lower division coursework in their intended field of study on the program
The academic calendar consists of two seventeen-week semesters and then a week of final exams for each term. Units and grading are based on the U.K. system, but these will be translated to SJSU equivalencies upon return from the program. SJSU students must take 40–60 U.K. credits (equal to 12-18 SJSU units). In addition to choosing the right credit load, students are required to take modules (courses) at the right level. There are three levels that correspond to the year of study in a U.K. degree. Students will be expected to choose the appropriate level for their degree and provide academic evidence for any modules that require pre-requisites.
Studying in Britain can be very different from the styles of teaching and learning in the U.S. At Roehampton there is a strong reliance on personal learning and initiative. Classes are student-centered and participants are encouraged to voice opinions in group work and seminars. Assessments are specific to subject areas but can include essays, examinations, course work and module notebooks. For some courses, 70–100% of the assessment may be based on the final examination.
Some of the course offerings include:
English, Literature & Creative Writing
- Dance Composition
- London as a Resource
- Choreographing for Groups
- Dance & Modernity: Sociolinguistic
- Approaches to the Study of Dance
- Anatomy & Kinesiology for Dance
- The Resourceful Choreographer
- Fundamentals of Dance Movement Therapy
- Dance Performance
Television, Film & Theatre
- Representing Gender
- Storytelling in Everyday Conversation
- Literature & Empire
- Origins & Development of Children’s Literature
- Gothic & Fantastic Literature
- Travel Writing
- Writing by Women of Color
- Literature of Sexual Protest
- Script Writing
- World Cinemas
- Forms of Documentary
- British Television Drama
- Film as Art
- Socialist Theatre in Britain
- Theatre & Interculturalism
- Approaches to Directing
- Design & Scenography
For a complete list of courses available, please check out University of Roehampton's Study Abroad Website
Students may participate in internships or work up to 20 hours per week while studying at Roehampton. The exchange program does not have formalized internship programs, but the University can provide support with internship placements.
SJSU students are strongly encouraged to live on campus as it provides a better opportunity to meet British students and experience campus life. Accommodation is available at all three of the University campuses, with options for self-catered housing or catered (meal plan in dining commons). Students can also live off-campus in shared apartments, hostels or a home stay with a family. Information about accommodation can be found here.
Fall Semester Late August–Mid-January
Spring Semester January–May
BUDGETING FOR YOUR SEMESTER
**These costs are current as of 2018–19. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses may vary among different students, and those who will be doing a lot of traveling during the school break and after the program should estimate higher.
* Health Insurance: All outgoing exchange students are required to purchase the SJSU-approved University health insurance plan through JCB Insurance Services.
- SJSU Tuition & Fees: $3,900.00
- Round Trip Transportation: $1,200.00
- Room & Meals: $4,500.00
- Books & Supplies: $200.00
- Insurance: $350.00*
- Personal Expenses: $2,400.00
- + $400 visa costs if applicable: Student Visa is required if studying for two semesters
- Total $12,550.00 (+$400 visa costs If applicable)
FINANCING YOUR SEMESTER
Students who are participating in certified SJSU study abroad programs can use all of the financial aid including grants, scholarships, and loans (except work study) for which they are normally qualified. For more information click Here
: Scholarships for study abroad come in many forms: SJSU Study Abroad Scholarships, Program Specific, National and International scholarships. Find links for these scholarships and online scholarship search engines by clicking Here