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* University of Reading - Reading, England, UK
Reading, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Restrictions: CSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 03/26/2017
Rolling Admission 09/18/2017 12/08/2017
NOTE: CSU acceptance decisions announced on rolling basis beginning February 15. Please verify dates with UR study abroad office prior to arranging travel. Fall semester dates are mid-September to mid-December. Arrival and orientation slightly ahead of semester start date. For fall semester participants, CSU students departing Reading in December can submit final papers prior to departure or can submit them by mail or email attachment by due date in early January. Academic year and spring semester participants take exams during mid-May to early June.
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/26/2017
Rolling Admission 09/18/2017 06/08/2018
NOTE: CSU acceptance decisions announced on rolling basis beginning February 15. Please verify dates with UR study abroad office prior to arranging travel. Academic year participation dates are mid-September to early June. Arrival and orientation slightly ahead of semester start date. Exams for first and second semester occur during May to early June (no January exams for first semester). Students may leave after last schedule exam. Student residences typically available until mid-June.
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/04/2018 06/08/2018
NOTE: CSU acceptance decisions announced on rolling basis beginning September 23. Please verify dates with UR study abroad office prior to arranging travel. Contact if applying after October 1. Nomination deadline October 15. Required information and documentation must be uploaded to Reading's website by November 1, preferably much sooner for better choice of modules and housing. Arrival and orientation in early January. Students can leave after last scheduled exam during May to early June (schedule finalized in April). Housing remains available until mid-June

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students applying to CSU-sponsored programs will be notified of decision within two weeks of application submission. Students applying to non-CSU sponsored programs need to contact their program provider for decision dates.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Accommodation Options:
Apartment, Residence Hall
Grade Point Average:
Language(s) of Instruction:
Program Coordinator:
Robert Booker
Areas of Study:
Agricultural Sciences, Business, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Interdisciplinary, Liberal Arts, Natural Resources, Natural Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Program Description:

University of Reading,
England, United Kingdom

Reading School of LawCSU student in the UKUniversity of Reading

A £500 (approx. $700 USD) scholarship is available for CSU students to attend University of Reading on exchange basis during 2017-18.  Only students who successfully applied for the Reading exchange program for fall 2017 or AY 2017-18, submit an Education Abroad common scholarship application by April 15, and have higher financial need will be considered for this award.  Students will be notified within one month after the EA scholarship application deadline.  Award(s) will be distributed to students after arriving in Reading.


The University of Reading has a beautiful campus serving 17,000 students near central Reading, England, which is only about 20 miles west of London's Heathrow Airport and 40 miles west of central London.  Frequent trains connect Reading Station to Paddington Station as quickly as half an hour.  The university has a world-class reputation for teaching and research.  It offers a wide range of subject areas for visiting students within humanities, social sciences, construction management, agriculture, biosciences, physical sciences (including meteorology), and much more. 

This exchange program allows CSU students to attend the University of Reading for one or two semesters while Reading students attend CSU.   CSU exchange students pay tuition to CSU, which is favorable for in-state students.  

CSU student may also attend University of Reading on non-exchange basis through our affiliated USAC and ISA programs; however, please note duration and academic credits differences.  For example, the USAC and ISA spring options end in late March rather than early June, thus departing at start of spring break and not returning for the exam period.  Alos the course load reportedly is limited to 25 ETCS credits for 12.5 CSU transfer credits (rather than full 30 ETCS for 15 CSU via the full duration exchange program).  [The shorter spring duration for fewer credits is convenient for US students on quarter system.]

BUTEX Scholarship: Please see and about applying for a British scholarship worth £500 British pounds (about $700) for study in UK. You must apply by June 15 for fall, spring, or academic year.  (See our Scholarships page for OIP and other scholarship opportunities.)


The University of Reading has two academic semesters per year (also known as Study Blocks 1 & 2), beginning late September and mid-January, each preceded by a four to seven-day welcome session.   Additionally, they have three calendar terms (autumn, spring, and summer) with a break between each term.  The autumn term is essentially the same as the first semester.  The spring plus summer terms comprise the second semester with a long break in April/May.  (Note:  The summer term is part of the second semester, consisting largely of the examination period.  It is not summer school.)  

The British term for a course is module.  Some modules are taught for the full year with exams in May to early June.  These are not available for one semester. Exams occur in May to early June for second semester and academic year participants.  Participants attending University of Reading just for first semester receive alternative assessment for each module, normally an extended essay due by mid-January deadline.  They can complete these assessments prior to departure in December, remain until mid-January to complete them,or submit them by mail or email attachment by the mid-January deadline.  See exam information at  (Note:  A visiting student might be eligible to re-sit an failed or missed exam in August on case by case basis to earn a minimum passing grade.  Otherwise, the module will be ineligible for award of CSU transfer credit.)

Link: Modules catalog  See also for explanation of modules, ETCS credits, and restrictions. Most Reading modules are valued at 5 or 10 ETCS credits, which is equal to 2.5 or 5 CSU credits.  (See below regarding using 2.5 transfer credits to fulfill a 3-credit CSU degree requirement.)  The normal course load is 30 ETCS credits per semester (15 CSU credits).  

British students complete qualifying requirements prior to attending university, so their undergraduate degree programs are typically three years, rather than four, with advanced course work during the second and third years according to a prescribed sequence within one department.  CSU typically awards 100/200 level credit for first year modules and 300/400 level credit for second and third year modules.  The transfer credit for each module is normally recorded with a generic CSU course number, reflecting subject area and level (e.g., HIST 3** for an upper level history course) and retaining the actual title.  If a module is judged to be equivalent to a CSU course, then the transfer credit can be recorded using the CSU course number and title if desired.  CSU academic advisers can authorize using generic course numbers to fulfill major or minor requirements.  The registrar's office can authorize using the courses for electives and AUCC core requirements.  Also, CSU academic advisors and the registrar's office can authorize using 2.5 transfer credits to fulfill a 3-credit degree requirement (still counting as 2.5 credits towards 120 credits to graduate).  Earning one credit or more as a CSU authorized participant in study abroad qualifies for waiver by the registrar's office of the 3E Global and Cultural Awareness requirement.




Please see the relevant student budget link above for fall or spring semester for CSU students who are Colorado residents.   Otherwise, please see the cost estimates provided by USAC and ISA  on their websites (discussed in second paragraph above).


See for specific dates.  See also regarding duration of late March to mid-April term break (between spring teaching term and "summer" assessment term, which is the period for preparing for final papers and exams (i.e., the exam period...not summer school).


Reading Erasmus and Study Abroad Office
United Kingdom Student Visa & Travel Information
Resources for Students Traveling Abroad