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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No previous study
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Credit Available For: College, SEAS
Other Eligibility Requirements: Min. 3 College Level Courses in Major Type of Program: Semester/Year Study Abroad
Housing Options: University Residence Hall/Apartment Application Deadline: Fall/Year: February 15, Spring: October 1
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Queen Mary, University of London
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With more than 23,000 students, Queen Mary is one of the largest colleges in the University of London system. The university is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions, is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, and was recently ranked in the Top 100 institutions in the world. Unlike many other institutions in central London, Queen Mary has guaranteed housing located on its campus, as well as a lot of green space. Students in the UK ranked the university number one for student experience.
For additional information, visit the Queen Mary University of London website
The City of London

London is one of the most exciting and dynamic places in the world to be a student - a city at the cutting-edge of developments in every field. With more than 8.5 million inhabitants and an incredible concentration of history and creativity throughout the city, you can find yourself among a sea of both British and worldwide cultures. For study purposes, London offers special advantages, including major libraries, museums and art galleries, the headquarters of learned societies, and research institutes in medicine, law and the humanities.

Did you know…?

Seven Nobel Prize winners have studied or taught at Queen Mary, University of London.


The program at Queen Mary University of London is for SEAS students and College credit.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Language Prerequisite: No previous study required.
Additional Course Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of at least 3 college-level courses in major by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure.  


Language of Instruction



A full course load at Queen Mary College consists of four courses per semester. Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.

The comprehensive university has an extensive course catalog. More information on choosing courses (called modules), grades, and other academic policies can be found here

Queen Mary Academic Calendar
Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.

Grades are reported to Penn on the Queen Mary scale and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
Queen Mary Grade Penn Grade
70-100 A
65-69.9 A-
60-64.9 B+
55-59.9 B
50-54.9 B-
45-49.9 C+
40-44.9 C
0-39.9 F

Special Features

BQM Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by Queen Mary prior to the start of each semester. More information on Queen Mary’s orientation activities can be found here.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Students' Union operates a volunteering program. Through the program you can find volunteering opportunities working with a wide variety of organizations and charities all over London. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people in the wider community, adding a whole new dimension to your study abroad experience.

Group Excursions

The Study Abroad office organizes a number of trips and visits during the semester. In a typical semester, they organize visits to museums, galleries, and a football match, as well as walking tours and other events. More information is available here.

There are numerous social events on and off campus organized by the Queen Mary Students' Union. Other excursions and activities are organized by the Cornell Brown Penn UK Centre.

Buddy Program

The Queen Mary Students’ Union operates a buddy program so you can be more integrated with local students.

Student Associations

BQM Special FeaturesPenn students studying at Queen Mary have access to more than 100 clubs and societies. More information can be found at the Queen Mary Students' Union. The Students' Union also supports a huge range of sports clubs – everything from the traditional team sports like hockey, football, rugby to the more unusual, such as cheerleading, ultimate Frisbee, Kickboxing and Aikido. The union’s state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Centre – Q Motion – boasts a cardio vascular zone, dedicated stretching areas, free weights area, 2 studios, a ladies-only gym, a squash court, and sports hall. 


Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.
BQM Campus
Student accommodation is located on the Mile End campus and visiting students are fully integrated with students from the UK and from the many other countries around the world. Queen Mary now has over 2,200 on-campus rooms, making it the largest self-contained student campus in London.

All on-campus rooms are single and most have en-suite (private) bathroom facilities. Typically rooms are grouped in flats for between 4 and 8 students with shared kitchen facilities. All rooms are carpeted, equipped with a single bed, wash basin, wardrobe, fridge, bookshelves, desk, chair, desk lamp, storage space and data points for internets. Shared kitchens are equipped with refrigerators/freezers, storage cupboards, and dining areas.

The Student Village, made up of seven individual buildings, has a restaurant, launderette, café bar, central reception and 24 hour security on one site. Another housing option is an intercollegiate hall where students live with British and international students in either twin or single rooms. Intercollegiate halls are catered with breakfast and dinner provided on weekdays and three meals at the weekends.

As long as you apply before the deadline, you will be offered accommodation.

Information regarding accommodation can be found here.

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.

Budget Sheets

Academic Year

Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship: Merit-based scholarship awarded to the applicant who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international educational experience and who agrees to share how the scholarship helped to fulfil their academic and personal ambitions. The award is £500 for a semester abroad or £1,000 for a full year.

BUTEX offers eight scholarships to North American students studying at a university in the United Kingdom. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. Interested students should contact the appropriate Global Programs Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in London, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.