Royal Veterinary College

Pre-Arrival and Welcome Arrangements

  • The RVC has a long history of welcoming international students; the founding Principal in 1791 was French, and since then many generations of international students have passed through the college.
  • All international, study abroad and exchange students are invited to an Induction Week to ease them into life at the RVC and in the UK.
  • The Induction Week programme helps familiarise students with UK culture, student life at the RVC, and tour the college campuses. In addition, students receive assistance with setting up a bank account, registering for healthcare, and orienting themselves with their new surroundings in London and Hertfordshire. They will also get the chance to meet other new students at a range of social activities, making new friends that will help them settle in to their new home.
  • The Induction Week is followed by Freshers’ Week, which is the first chance international students get to connect with all the new students at the RVC. Throughout the week, there are a range of activities to get involved in, from student support sessions to great nights out.

English Language Requirements

  • A good working knowledge of scientific English is essential in order to follow the course, which includes a significant proportion of oral instruction and written assessments.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must have an acceptable English Language qualification, such as IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 or above with minimum 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Accommodation for International Students

  • Most students choose to live in one of the college's student halls for the first year of study.
  • There are a range of accommodation options in London and Hertfordshire, both on and off campus; all offer single room occupancy.
  • International students are guaranteed a place in RVC's student halls, usually in College Grove at the Camden campus.

Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2017–2018). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom - £9,190
Mixed £12,990 £19,200–21,500
Laboratory £18,030 -
Clinical - £23,160
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine are the clinical subjects.

What Do International Students Study?