Small enough with just under 4,000 students yet large enough to provide unique course offerings and a vibrant campus life, St Mary’s University, Twickenham London is a great option for those who want to experience London when they choose yet want a suburban campus-based environment. With academic strengths in communications, drama, education, sports, and tourism to name a few, students can design their own semester to meet the needs of their major as well as general education requirements.
Founded in 1850, St Mary's is the only Catholic university in London and the largest in the UK. The Catholic ethos enables St Mary's to provide students with a values-based education that is open to all, and where all students and staff are respected and valued. St Mary's has a strong commitment to the academic, social and personal development of each individual. The beautiful campus is situated on the grounds of the historic Strawberry Hill House making it a welcoming community for our students. At St Mary's you get the best of both worlds with the beautiful green space close to the hustle and bustle of Central London only 25 minutes away by train. At the same time you will have all the advantages of the restaurants, pubs and malls of nearby Kingston and Teddington.
A personalized approach combined with an active campus vibe, from events organized by the Students' Union to a range of sporting opportunities, complement your academic studies.
St Mary’s prides itself on its student-centered, friendly atmosphere where teachers are easily accessible. This places it as one of the top universities in the UK for teaching excellence (NSS UK wide survey). With fewer than 6,000 students, you will benefit from a friendly atmosphere and excellent support structures. The Students’ Union is at the heart of campus and allows you the opportunity to join one of more than 30 clubs and societies, attend the many social events throughout the year, or get to know your classmates over coffee at the Dol.cHe Vita Espresso Bar.
Today, students can choose from a wide range of undergraduate degree courses. Programs are housed in four academic Schools: the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of Education, Theology and Leadership, the School of Management and Social Sciences, and the School of Sport, Health and Applied Science. As a study abroad student you have access to all of the courses in our curriculum which allows you to build an academic schedule that fits your needs.
St Mary's has been voted one of the top universities in the U.K. for sports by the Which? University student survey. As the pre-Games training camp for athletes from 10 nations during the 2012 London Olympics the athletic facilities are first-class. You'll have access to the the Olympic-level sports facilities used by well-known athletes such as Usain Bolt, Paralympic gold medallist David Weir, and former St Mary’s student Mo Farah.
St Mary's strives to provide a home away from home for study abroad students. If you study there during the Fall semester you will enjoy the annual Thanksgiving dinner. If you study in the Spring semester, staff will make sure you will not be on your own at Easter. Studying at St Mary's University will give you the chance to enjoy the wealth of cultural, historical, social and sporting opportunities that London has to offer. With Heathrow Airport only a 30 minute bus ride away, the rest of Europe will also be easily accessible to you.