Richmond, The American International University in London

International History Richmond, The American International University in London Degree level: Undergraduate


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Richmond University is the only US & UK three year liberal arts degree in the world. Through this programme, students get all of the advantages of a liberal arts education in just three years. This ‘Degree in Three’ will provide a comprehensive collection of courses that will provide students with a cross-disciplinary education. Students will have five classes each semester with one extra elective course in either their second or third year. Students will also still be able to undertake an internship or participate in a study abroad programme as part of this programme. All degrees fulfil the same credit hours and overall requirements of a four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree. This is a fantastic return on investment for those who strive to assemble a broad foundation of knowledge in multiple disciplines that can be used in a wide spectrum of careers.

Learn how the past has shaped the present with this exciting programme which explores international history from ancient to contemporary times. Based in the historic and vibrant city of London, you’ll have access to some of the world’s top museums and collections.

During the first year of the programme, you’ll have a broad introduction to International History, providing a great foundation of knowledge, including such topics as World Cultural History and The Global Cold War.

We offer student a range of courses in international history, emphasising politics and culture. Highly topical issues are covered, such as the Rise of the Right: a History of Fascisms and Nationalism and Conflict: the subjects of international order are just as relevant today as always. You’ll also explore empires and imperialism, flows of peoples, material culture, war and peace, and the international significance of cultural and visual history.

Some fascinating courses are available so that you can specialise in topics which appeal to you, such as Culture Power and Empire, Visualising Enlightenment, Comparative Monarchies: Games of Thrones, The British Empire, Race and Empire, US History, History of Fashion, The Vikings, History of Propaganda, and Migrations and Diasporas.

There’s a strong emphasis on research, enabling you to gain critical skills which are transferable for postgraduate study or any career. You will develop very strong historiographical skills, working with archives, exhibitions and primary sources, and be prepared for both postgraduate studies and future career paths.

You’ll have the option of doing an accredited internship programme, which can provide invaluable work experience. Plus consider whether you’d like to do a Minor in another subject, such as Media Production, American Studies or Marketing, to provide an added element to your Major.

5 Reasons to Study International History

  • London provides the perfect backdrop to study International History – with world-leading museums and collections on the doorstep

  • Interdisciplinary programme combining areas of study from the Humanities and other fields ensures breadth of approach

  • Opportunity to learn from highly qualified, internationally renowned professors who are very active in research

  • Participate in exciting educational trips to Turkey, historical institutions in London, and Europe

  • Gain vital work experience with an integrated international internship

Career Paths
Whitgrift School, University of Virginia, Greenpeace USA, WorldStrides- Capstones Programs,The United Nations Children’s Fund, BBC, Bloomberg L.P, NBC News, Al Jazeera

Course details


The curriculum emphasizes varied methodological, interdisciplinary and comparative approaches, ranging from ancient to contemporary facets of International History, with a strong focus on empires and imperialism, flows (of peoples, cultures and goods), the international order (including the rise of nations and nationalism), war and peace, and the international significance of cultural and visual history. If students desire, there are opportunities for a junior year semester abroad in one of our numerous partner institutions around the world, or in our very own Florence and Rome campuses, though this is not required for the degree. Senior year students achieving the required GPA are encouraged to participate in the University’s Internship Programme for the course.

Year 1 Core Modules: World Cultural History, The Global Cold War, When Worlds Collide, Research & Writing I, Creative Expression, From Versailles to Vietnam, Quantitative Reasoning, Research & Writing II, Scientific Reasoning.

Year 2 Core Modules: Evolution of International Systems, Myths and Monsters, Nationalism & Conflict, Rise of the Right, Rome & The East, Comparative Monarchies.

Year 3 Core Modules: Senior Seminar I, Senior Seminar II, Pictures of Power, Migrations & Diasporas, History on Film, Culture, Power & Empire.

Elective modules available all years except for Year 1.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Course code RU07
Institution code R20
Campus name Main Site
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level CCC

A Levels: CCC or international equivalent.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Richmond, The American International University in London
Queens Road
Richmond upon Thames
TW10 6JP

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