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Royal Veterinary College

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the UK's largest and longest-established independent veterinary school, and a constituent college of the University of London. The RVC offers programmes in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biological sciences, and is consistently in The Complete University Guide's top ten for veterinary medicine. The RVC achieved Gold status for its teaching (TEF 2017) and holds full accreditation from AVMA, EAEVE, RCVS and AVBC – allowing graduates to work all over the world.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

780 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • The RVC aims to help international students every step of the way to make their transition to study in the UK as easy as possible – and to get the most out of their experience at the college.
  • All international, study abroad and exchange students are invited to an international orientation to prepare them for their new environment and learn about the local culture, student life at the RVC and the college campuses. There is assistance to help set up a bank account and with registering for healthcare.
  • A range of social activities provide the chance to meet other new students, make friends and settle in to UK life.
  • The international orientation is followed by Freshers' Week, the first chance to connect with all the new students at the RVC. A range of activities include student support sessions as well as 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

  • All veterinary medicine and biological science students start their courses at the Camden campus. They can then apply for student accommodation at the Hawkshead campus in subsequent years. Veterinary nursing students are based at the Hawkshead campus throughout the course.
  • Most students choose to live in student halls for the first year of study, either on or off campus. Off-campus accommodation is with college recognised third-party providers. 
  • Accommodation options offer single study bedrooms with either a shared bathroom or en-suite facilities.
  • International students are guaranteed a place in student halls if requested.
  • Privately rented accommodation can be found all over London and Hertfordshire. Most students usually consider living in private accommodation after their first year, once they are familiar with the area.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • One Merit full fee-waiver scholarship is available for a high quality international student entering the BVetMed programme.

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