Spring 2021 applications are open. You are encouraged to actively consider back up options at Columbia in case travel continues to be restricted, the program is cancelled, or the program is not approved. Modifications to the program may be made in order to adhere to local health and safety guidelines to address the COVID-19 pandemic. More updates will be provided once you “Start Your Application.”
Queen Mary (QMUL) is one of the largest colleges of the University of London. It has an international reputation for academic excellence in teaching and research. It offers a wide range of courses. You will take classes alongside local students. You will live in a campus residence hall.
Please note this webpage is for the direct enrollment program at Queen Mary, University of London. If you are looking for the fall semester Columbia-Led Program at QMUL with the Columbia English department, please visit their webpage: Columbia University in London.
Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) is a member of the UK’s Russell Group which includes Oxford, Cambridge, University College London, King's College London, and Imperial College London. QMUL maintains high-quality research and a focus on the student experience. QMU has over 13,000 students enrolled on campus; approximately 20 percent of them come from outside the UK and represent over 100 countries. As a result, QMUL has a vibrant international student community. You can take courses in a wide variety of subjects, but QMUL has particular academic strengths in English, Drama, History, Political Science and Biological Sciences. Some subjects have restrictions for visiting students, which you can view on the QMUL website. Only courses on the directory which have a "Yes" in the column for “Associates” are available to visiting students. You will take classes alongside full-degree local students. You will most likely take a traditional course load - four courses worth the equivalent of four Columbia points each.
Full-degree British students traditionally study only one subject during their undergraduate career. As a visiting student, you are allowed to take courses in more than one department, but you must meet course prerequisites. Know than timetable conflicts can occur when looking at courses in different departments.
Based in the East End of London, QMUL is located in a diverse, multicultural part of the city. The Mile End campus provides a residential base for you to explore London. You will live in a campus residence hall, most likely close to QMUL academic buildings. As a visiting student, you will have the access to the University’s student union and student clubs and social activities. The International Office at QMUL will organize an orientation, activities and excursions for visiting students.
Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.
Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.
To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:
- To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
- To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.