Roehampton University

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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

  • 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.

City Facts

London, England

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.

Campus Facts

University of Roehampton

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must:

  • 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

Academic 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:


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

English, Literature &
Creative Writing

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

Television, Film & Theatre

World Cinemas
Forms of Documentary
British Television Drama
Film as Art
Socialist Theatre in Britain
Theatre & Interculturalism
Approaches to Directing
Design & Scenography


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.

Program Academic Calendar

Semester From–to
Fall Semester Late August–Mid-January
Spring Semester January–May

Financing Your Semester

Estimated Costs

SJSU Tuition & Fees 3,585.00

These costs are current as of 2012–13. 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.

Round Trip Transportation 1,100.00
Room & Meals 5,300.00
Books & Supplies 300.00
Insurance 350.00
Personal Expenses 2,400.00
Total $13,035.00

+ $400 visa costs if applicable; Student Visa is required for stays of 6 months or longer.

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