Queen Mary Courses

Courses and Credits

Queen Mary courses available to study abroad students are listed on their website. Please note that you must filter courses on the website so that the Associates option reads "yes." All other courses are unavailable to you.

  • Autumn or Spring Semester students should take a total of 60 Queen Mary credits, or 16 U.S. credits.
  • Academic Year students should choose a total of 120 Queen Mary or 32 credits for the academic year.
  • Most courses are worth 15 credits or 4 U.S. credits; a typical course load is 4 classes per semester.
  • Some intensive Drama, Film Studies and Engineering classes are worth 8 U.S. credits each.
  • Overloading is not permitted.
Queen Mary Course Unit ValuesU.S. Credit Equivalent

15 credits

4 U.S. credits

30 credits

8 U.S. credits

60 credits

16 U.S. credits

Important Notes

  • The Queen Mary academic year is divided into two 12-week terms followed by a 6-week term during which examinations take place.
  • Students applying through The College of Global Studies may enroll for the autumn term, the spring semester (the spring and summer terms combined), or the full academic year.
  • You should secure approval for at least 8-10 courses per semester.
  • In late spring or mid-autumn, your Program Manager will reach out via email with instructions regarding how to pre-register for courses. It is important to look out for this email and to act immediately, as course selections are on a first-come, first-served basis, and departments like English, Economics, History and Biological Sciences have traditionally been in very high demand and fill up extremely quickly.
  • Make sure to list at least one alternate course for every course you select.
  • List your choices and alternates in order of preference.

Selecting Courses


  • Courses offered during Semester 1 are fall semester courses.
  • Courses offered during Semester 2 are spring semester courses.
  • It is not possible to take half of a full-year course if you are a single-semester student. If it splits into semesters, there will be a separate course code to indicate it.

Course Levels

  • Level 4 / First Year - Introductory, No background required
  • Level 5 / Second Year - Sophomore and Junior level. Will need some background, plus satisfy relevant pre-requisites
  • Level 6 / Final Year- Senior, Advanced. Will need significant prior knowledge (at least 5-6 prior courses in the subject, plus satisfy relevant pre-requisites). You can only take level 6 courses if you have a very strong background in the subject.
  • Level 7 - Graduate level; you cannot take these.

Special Course Notes: English Department

  • Due to high demand, Queen Mary will not register students for a full schedule of English classes.
  • Most English classes require a 3.0 cumulative GPA for enrollment.
  • Alternative Literature classes can be found in the Languages, Linguistics and Film department as well as the Area Studies departments.

It is your responsibility to make sure that the courses you take abroad will transfer for credit to your home school. Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration on your Arcadia Passport.

Every effort will be made to place you in the courses you request. However, neither Queen Mary nor The College of Global Studies can guarantee placement in any course. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Alternate course approval and flexibility is extremely important.