Queen Mary University of London

  • Location: England - London
  • GPA Requirements: 3.0 GPA
  • Other Requirements: None.
  • Program Structure: Direct enrollment
  • Program Term(s): Fall, Spring
  • Official Website: Queen Mary University of London
Program Dates
Term Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 January 11th, 2024 May 31st, 2024
Fall 2024 September 14th, 2024 December 13th, 2024
Spring 2025 January 9th, 2025 June 6th, 2025

These dates are tentative. Confirm program dates before booking travel.


This program is open to students who are at least first-semester sophomores. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to participate.

Where: London, England

Study in one of the most dynamic, diverse, and exciting cities in the world: London! Situated in the Mile End neighborhood of East London, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is only 20 minutes from central London via the Tube.


QMUL has fourteen academic schools and 950+ modules (courses) available to study abroad students. Of particular interest for Allegheny’s Public Humanities program, the English department, and the Communications, Media, and Performance department, QMUL offers specific English & Drama focused study abroad programs. These programs include a designed curriculum of courses around a particular academic theme. Also incorporated in these programs is the option to take 1-2 self-selected topics from across the general QMUL curriculum. These thematic programs include: 

  • Shakespeare in the World: Then and Now
  • London and the World 
  • Writing in the Twentieth Century
  • Introduction to the London Scene 
  • London and the Arts

Another program for visiting students (called “associate students”) at QMUL allows for credit-bearing internship opportunities run in collaboration with QMUL’s partner, Arcadia University, the College of Global Studies, which has a center in London. These students take three courses at QMUL and their fourth course is the internship with placement provided by Arcadia. Placement options include: advertising; arts; business operations; film & television; accounting and entrepreneurship; hospitality; journalism; law; politics (including Parliament); marketing; non-governmental organizations; psychology; public relations; and theater.

Academic Structure

Students enroll directly in university courses open to visiting international students. Students take classes alongside local British and other international students.

Course Credit

Queen Mary uses a different credit and grading system than at Allegheny. Most classes (or “modules”) are normally worth 15 credits per semester and a full load of classes for a single semester is 60 credits.  Each 15-credit class at Queen Mary equals four Allegheny credits.  So, students can directly enroll in four courses of their choice throughout the curriculum each term for the Allegheny equivalent of 16 credits.


View available modules with Queen Mary’s Module Directory. Make sure you select “Associate student modules” from the first drop-down in order to see courses available to visiting students. Semester 1 refers to the Fall term and Semester 2 refers to the Spring term. Also, look for courses in levels 4, 5, and 6, which are undergraduate courses at QMUL. Level 4 is an introductory university-level module (often equivalent to courses taken in the first and second years at Allegheny), level 5 is an intermediate university-level module (typically junior-level courses at Allegheny) and level 6 is an advanced university-level module, typically equivalent to advanced junior/senior year courses.

Housing & Student Life

Queen Mary prides itself on being a residential campus, like Allegheny, and houses students both on and near the Mile End Campus. All residences are within a maximum of five-minute walk of each other. Their accommodation offers comfortable, modern, self-catered flats. Self-catered means students living in them will not have a meal plan and will cook on their own in shared kitchens in addition to eating at a variety of cafes and restaurants on and near campus in Mile End. Students have easy access to food and grocery delivery services from local supermarkets. All rooms are singles and most have a private bathroom.  They’re grouped in flats of 4-6 students with a shared kitchen. Allegheny students will be placed in flats with UK and fellow international students.

Students apply for housing after accepting their offer to study at Queen Mary. Explore the different residences in Mile End!

Application Process

Allegheny students must apply for approval to study off-campus from the Global Education office AND apply directly to their chosen program. For this program, students should work on the Allegheny approval application simultaneously as the host program application. The Allegheny approval application deadline is February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. Study away approval applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. The separate application deadline to apply directly to this program will vary and could be before or after Allegheny’s approval application due date. Check directly on their website (linked at the top of this page) for deadline information. For more information about the study away application process, please visit the application steps page.

Visa Information

U.S citizens do not need to apply for a student visa for their study abroad period in England unless they are undertaking an internship, in which case students must apply in advance for a visa. Non-U.S. citizens should consult their home country’s British embassy or consulate.

Fees & Costs

Below find information on estimated costs for a semester abroad. You will receive a bill from Allegheny College, as you normally would, for the amount shown under “Costs Paid to Allegheny College.” All other study away program costs will be paid directly to a non-Allegheny entity and are listed in part two below. These amounts are estimates and will vary depending on individual choices. A total estimated cost of attendance for this program is shown at the bottom.

All financial aid awards can be applied to study abroad costs with the exception of federal work-study awards and certain tuition exchange scholarships. For more information, visit our page about Financing Study Away.

Part One: Costs Paid to Allegheny College

Tuition (12 to 20 credits)
Students do not pay tuition directly to QMUL. Instead, students continue to pay tuition to Allegheny College. This covers tuition at QMUL.
Study Away Fee $800
SUBTOTAL Paid to Allegheny College $28,710

Part Two: Costs Paid to non-Allegheny Entity

– Paid directly to QMUL; QMUL has a variety of housing options and costs at each facility vary from about $2,900-$5,000 per term. The cost quoted here is for non-catered standard housing. Students could pay more or less than this estimate depending on their housing selection.
Estimated Costs for Meals
– Students live in non-catered housing without a meal plan. Students grocery shop and cook on their own. Quoted here is approximately $25/day for independent meals.
Estimated Airfare $1,200
Estimated Visa and Immigration Expenses $0
Estimated Books and Academic Materials $200
Estimated Local Transportation $500
Estimated Personal Expenses
Personal expenses include: the basic expenses for laundry, toiletries and other incidental expenses. It does not include an estimate for personal travel, entertainment or social outings.
SUBTOTAL Paid to NON-Allegheny entity $8,450


Subtotal Part One: Fees paid to Allegheny College (in section 1. above) PLUS $28,710
Subtotal Part Two: Fees paid to non-Allegheny entity (in section 2. above) $8,450
***Compare this to the cost of a semester at Allegheny in Meadville: $37,694.


Study Away Fee includes: administrative support, transcript translation and processing, pre-departure orientation, and emergency travel insurance.