Royal Veterinary College

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International Student Statistics

450 international students in 2016–17

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, familiarising them with 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 and make friends that will help students settle in to their new home.
  • Once the international orientation is over, it is time to get stuck in to university life at Freshers’ Week. This is the first chance students have to connect with all the new students at the RVC. Throughout the week, there is 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

  • 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.

International 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 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate (£) Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom - 9,470
Mixed 13,380 19,780–22,150
Laboratory 18,570 -
Clinical 33,990 23,850
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.
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.