Established in 1892, the University of Reading is a public institute in Berkshire, United Kingdom, which was founded as an extension of the University of Oxford. The organization today is a coveted name in the list of best UK universities for international students and is a vibrant site of diverse cultures and ethnicities formed by the student population of more than 140 countries across the globe.
The university is one of the renowned names and has been honored with multiple titles like
Britain's top green spaces, best places in the country for rowers and has been bestowed with nine consecutive Green Flag awards. The institute has recently started to expand its borders and has invested in a state-of-the-art campus in Malaysia as well.
Admissions to University of Reading in its 250 undergraduate and over 150 graduate courses for international students are offered in various intakes with varying deadlines for different programs. However, the institute does observe a recommended deadline of January 15 for its undergraduate courses with final deadlines being in the month of June.
The organization also revealed some spectacular results in a recent survey by Taught Experience in which it faired better than the sector average with an overall student satisfaction rate of 86%. With its 94% graduates finding employment within 6 months of completing their degrees, the institute is quickly climbing the rankings ladder and is rapidly becoming one of the favored choices for aspirants looking to study in the UK.
Maintaining a world-class reputation in terms of teaching and research, the university nowhere lacks in rankings and is quickly becoming the choice of the hour. Some of the rankings of the University of Reading are as mentioned below.
|Rank||Top 30 UK universities in the World (QS news, 2020)|
|Courses||Over 250 undergraduate and 150 graduate programs|
|International Student Population||From over 140 countries across the world|
|Student Satisfaction Rate||86%|
|Application Fee||18 GBP (for applying to 1 course)|
|English Language Proficiency Tests||TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent|
|Financial Aid for International Students||Available as Scholarships and Awards|
|Work Study||Available on campus and off-campus|
|Official Website||Tel: +44 (0) 118 987 5123;|
Fax: +44 (0) 118 931 4404
The institute offers a plethora of programs to its international aspirants which includes more than 250 undergraduate courses, double degree programs and over 150 graduate courses at the ranging levels.
The available programs are offered across its over 50 academic schools and departments comprising of faculties like Computer Science, Graduate School, Literature & Languages, Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences, Mathematical, Physical & Computational Sciences, Politics, Economics & International Relations, Construction Management & Engineering and Film, Theatre & Television, among others.
Some of the popular majors of the university favored by the students are as follows:
The university is spread in a vast area across its 3 lush, green campuses namely Whiteknights, London Road and Greenlands Campus which are discussed in detail as follows:
Whiteknights campus- The main campus spread in 130 hectares of a beautiful piece of land which has been honored as one of Britain's top green spaces and has received nine consecutive Green Flag awards. The campus comprises a vibrant community with two on-site museums, Greek archaeology collections, library, places to eat and some of the UK’s best student clubs.
London Road campus-includes Institute of Education and the School of Architecture along with the Great Hall used during concerts and graduation ceremonies and a bar plus cafe serving diverse delicacies.
Greenlands campus- situated on the banks of the River Thames, this campus comprises of Henley Business School, one of Europe’s top business schools, fitness center, business facilities, a conference center, accommodation, and a dining room.
University of Reading also has great connectivity and easy access via public transport along with a great network of buses and taxi services. Offering multiple societies to choose from, fitness studios, sports clubs, riverside bars, and restaurants, cinemas, cafes and a ton of activity in the evening like live music, events and shows, the institute ensures its students are never out of options when it comes to recharging themselves.
The University of Reading offers a variety of accommodation options to its residents which includes both catered and self-catered alternatives. It's residence halls are managed by 2 housing providers namely University Partnerships Programme (UPP) and Unite Students.
While the catered alternative lets you eat at a range of cafes and restaurants available in Whiteknights and London Road campuses along with rooms like en-suite rooms and traditional rooms with shared bathrooms to choose from, the self-catered accommodation provides both modern and traditional corridor-style blocks for undergraduate and graduate students looking for a home away from home.
The organization also has a variety of alternatives suited for the needs of mature candidates or couples and families which include self-contained flats to purpose-built studio rooms in the halls.
NOTE: The university offers guaranteed accommodation for undergraduate and graduate applicants who apply for accommodation before August 1 and study all the required conditions on August 31.
An estimated cost of the on-campus accommodation fee is nearly 130 to 267 GBP per week with an extra meal available at 40 GBP for 31 weeks.
The institute also offers off-campus residence options for candidates looking for their private accommodation on rent in close proximity to the University. Students looking for private houses and student flats on rent can seek the aid of Students' Union which gives all the help related to housing information.
All the admission-related information for international candidates aspiring for the university has been compiled below.
Application deadlines for various courses at the institute varies and is as mentioned as follows:
|Intake Season||Recommended Deadline||Final Deadline|
|September 2020||January 15, 2020||30 June 2020|
Note: Since most of the courses available at the institute fill up early, it is highly recommended that applications be sent at the earliest possible opportunity. Entries received post June 30, 2020 are entered into the clearing.
While deadlines for various programs vary at the institute, a common application deadline observed for candidates applying to graduate courses is June 1, 2020.
Application Portal: Apply online using the UCAS service portal.
Applicants can select a maximum of five courses, with no more than 1 program for the same institute.
Application Fee: 18 GBP for one course; 24 GBP for multiple courses or late application fee.
Graduate students also have the option of applying via the University's online application service. This service allows students to complete their applications online and also attach the mandatory documents like transcripts, certificates, test scores, et al. Using this a candidate can also send an email to his/her referees requesting them to write a recommendation.
Any candidate unable to apply online can opt for a paper application by contacting +44 (0) 118 378 5289 or writing to Admissions Office, University of Reading, Miller Building, Whiteknights
Reading, RG6 6AB, UK.
International applicants are always encouraged to have an estimate of the expenses required to study in a fregun land before enrolling at any institute abroad. A basic estimate of the expenses like accommodation, travel and stay for aspirants looking to study in the UK is as compiled below.
The basic tuition fee for programs of different levels of the university is as mentioned below.
Undergraduate Programs Fee (2019-2020)
Graduate Programs Fee (2020-2021)
Basic list of expenses apart from tuition fee are as follows:
|Type of Expenditure||Cost (in GBP, per week)|
|Accommodation (includes basic facilities)||130 to 300|
|Food||36 to 52|
|Mobile phone||4 to 14|
|Books and supplies||Around 11|
|Clothing and personal care||16 to 26|
The university offers various undergraduate and graduate-level scholarships as financial support for international students looking to study in the UK which is distributed on the various basis of merit. While some awards are directly given by the University, others can be allocated via external funding bodies as well. Some of the studentships available for international candidates are as mentioned below.
|Name of Scholarship||Amount of Award (in GBP)||No. of Scholarships available||Duration||Eligibility|
|Politics, Economics and International Relations||3,000||6||-||Offered admission to the institute in MSc Economics, Business Economics or MA in a related subject|
|Architecture||1,000||-||For up to 2 years||1st class honors degree|
|Computer Science||3,000||10||-||Offered admission to Advanced Computer Science|
|Construction, Management and Engineering||3,000||3||-||Offered admission to MSc Construction Management, project management or related field|
Amount: Discount of up to 2,500 GBP for the IFP year.
Eligibility: All nonsponsored international fee-paying students.
Since the number of awards available under this stud net ships is limited, thus, interested candidates need to submit a separate application to make the decision process just and feasible for the institute.
The application must include a 3,000 character essay explaining why you are perfect as an IFP Ambassador which will comprise of duties like engaging in promotional activities, telling prospective students about your experiences on IF, among others.
|Average Cost of Attendance||$19,852 / Year|
|Exams||Avg. Score||Min. Score||Max. Score||% Submitted|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$19,852 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$19,286 / Year|
Rank (Out of Colleges)
#205 [Out of 1000]
42.3 [Out of 100]
based on 3 students ratings
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Great campus people are really supportive and helpful. Really willing to help you settle and support you throughout the process. This university seems to really value and support its students.
Enjoyable and Interesting. Quite challenging in the final year as you have to apply the knowledge learnt to real life circumstances. The third year is more practical and less theory and requires you to do a lot of data analysis.
Excellent course, less pretentious feel than other universities, friendly community. Nice campus, felt at home. Good research reputation. Overall, the best fit for me, compared with other universities offering similar courses
Good, decently varied. Lots of first-year emphasis on building essay and lab report writing skillls, which can feel a little tedious but is useful. I wish overall all modules were more coursework based (essays) as well as exams.
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