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Richmond - The American International University in London Reviews

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The biggest pro of Richmond is undoubtedly the location- living in London is a great opportunity. I've also found that the professors for the most part really do enjoy what they're teaching and want to help. It also helps that the classes are so small, so the professors really do get to know you personally. My classes are also very interesting and challenging without being a ton of work. I haven't really enjoyed my time at Richmond as much as I had hoped. The student body is so small- it is hard to make a lot of friends as things are cliquey and the school feels like a boarding school rather than a university. Housing is iffy- you could wind up in a very large, nice single room, or you could pay the same amount for a 5 ft x 10 ft room. The food is also really bad. I got food poisoning from the salad! Richmond is a great place to spend a year as a study abroad student, but full time is a different story. I think I will be transferring as soon as I can.
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Richmond University offers amazing internships, real world experience, study abroad programs, and has a great employment rate upon graduation. The internships can be taken by any student with a 3.0 GPA or higher once you have reached your third year at University. A student can either take an internship in London during the Fall, Spring or Summer semester or a student can take an internship in countries like South Africa, Ghana, China, India, Argentina, Spain, and Italy during the summer semester. Also if you cannot find the internship you want from one of these countries, then the school will help you find the one thats right for you. I know some students who have had internships with London Fashion Week, Touchstone Pictures, National Geographic, Warner Bros, and more. I will be taking part in a world internship soon with a film agency in Cape Town, South Africa. Additionally, the study abroad programs are amazing with opportunities to study in Australia, New Zealand, The United States, Canada, Argentina, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, France, Greece, Russia, Switzerland, and China. Richmond University gives students many opportunities to excel and to give real world experience to add to their CV for future employment.
The school has decent programmes and professors. However, it is really small and the student body is about 1800 students. The students tend to come from very privileged backgrounds. Most students are friendly, however, there are a select few that cause a lot of drama and since it is a small school the drama tends to be known by everyone. Although this happens at all universities. The positives of Richmond are the study abroad and internships available. Richmond has a fantastic study abroad program and great internships available in countries all around the world. The school has great academic programs, however, the school is mostly better for real world experience rather than actual studies (unless you are in International Relations or International Business, these are fantastic programs at Richmond). The food is horrible and on campus housing is not very good and can be highly expensive. Finding off campus housing, such as, flats or flat shares are a lot less expensive and is better for making your own food and having your own space from the small campus. The clubs and organisations at Richmond are really good too and the planned activities can be a lot of fun. However, if you are looking for good sporting programs they are not highly advertised at Richmond and there is not much involvement other than football (soccer). This school is ultimately great because it offers a dual degree. You will receive both an American accredited degree and a British accredited degree. This school would be absolutely perfect if the students were more friendly and less exclusive, the student life activities were better, and if the food and housing were better. Other than that Richmond University is a good school for academics, real world experience, dual degree, and giving you an amazing new cultural experience.