International Studies Education

Study Abroad


St. Mary's University
Twickenham, United Kingdom




St. Mary’s University is in a great location near the River Thames, on the west side of London. The campus is in the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames, a safe, suburban area that is loved for its peaceful parks and historic estates. The villages of Twickenham and Teddington are both located a short ten minute walk from campus. In either village you can find a large range of interesting shops and restaurants. 


Famous attractions such as the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew and Henry the VIII’s Hampton Court Palace are just a short bus ride away. You can also walk, bike or run for miles along the banks of the River Thames. London’s museums, theaters, galleries, concert halls and nightlife are just 35 minutes away by train. 



St. Mary’s University College
St. Mary’s University (SMU) is a private, Catholic institution founded in 1850.  SMUC has a total enrollment of 4,000 students and has many outstanding degree programs, including history, philosophy/religion and sport rehabilitation. In addition to academic excellence, SMU has a long tradition of sporting achievement, with facilities for dozens of sports on its 30-acre campus. 

As this exchange program is integrated within a British university, it offers full academic facilities, including a Learning Resources Centre, and British instructors in all courses. In addition, extracurricular activities (including a sports program) and student services (such as a health service and a counseling service) are available.

Academic Program 
Exchange students at SMU enroll directly in undergraduate courses along with British and other international students. Courses meet only once per week, in three hour segments. This program is particularly well-suited to Neumann students majoring in Athletic Training, Business, English, Communications and Arts Production. Students choose four or five courses from among the following departments:


  • Business Law

  • Cultural Studies

  • Drama and Physical Theatre

  • Education and Employment

  • English

  • Film and Television

  • Geography

  • Health and Exercise

  • History

  • Management Studies

  • Media Studies

  • Nutrition

  • Philosophy

  • Psychology

  • PE in the Community

  • Professional and Creative Writing

  • Sociology

  • Sports Science

  • Theology and Religious Studies

  • Tourism


Consult the full course timetable here. 


Students who are Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors at the time of application are eligible to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for admission. 

The Accommodation Office at St. Mary's arranges for the American students to live in dorms on campus or in British homes in the surrounding community. In most cases, home-stay accommodations will be within a short walk of the campus. Some host families take just one student, while others take a maximum of two. Home-stay students will have their own keys and will be free to come and go as they please, however they must be considerate of the other people living there.   

Breakfasts and dinners are included for all students. Home-stay students will have breakfast at home and dinner at the SMU refectory with the other students. Dorm students will take both meals at the refectory. The SMU Refectory is open seven days a week and is situated centrally on the campus. It offers a wide range of food, all at reasonable prices, including a daily choice of main meals, vegetarian dishes, hot and cold snacks, burgers and salads. There is also a Snack Bar and a café, La Dolce Vita, with wonderful views over the campus.

Terms available: Fall or spring semester

Term Dates:  2nd week of September – mid-December (fall), 
mid-January – 3rd week of May (spring)  

Application Deadlines: April 15 (fall semester), November 1 (spring semester)

Program Fees


Payable to Neumann University

Tuition (12 -15 credits)

Neumann Tuition and fees
plus $750 Study Abroad Fee

Included in the above fees:  Tuition, dorm or home-stay accommodation, partial meal plan (2 meals/day), airport pick up, orientation and student support services

Additional Estimated Expenses - Payable Directly to Vendor




$700 - $1000

Housing Deposit to St. Mary's (£200 of this is refunded back to you by St. Mary's at the end of the semester if no damage to the room)

(approximately $320)

Visa Fees

No charge


$200 - $300

Health Insurance (4 months)


Lunches and personal expenses - not including extracurricular travel

$100 - $200/week


Application Procedure – First Steps

  • Apply for a passport

  • Speak with your Advisor

  • Speak with the ISE staff

  • Complete Neumann University Study Abroad Form

  • Print and complete the SMU application and submit to ISE staff, along with a copy of your passport and official transcript, by the deadline listed above