University of Mary Washington

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University of Mary Washington

The University of Mary Washington (UMW) is one of the US's top public Liberal Arts and Science Universities, located in the historic town of Fredericksburg (Virginia) about 50m south of Washington DC. Founded in 1908 UMW can offer you a traditional teaching-focussed authentic US education experience stereotypical of many student's perceptions of US university life.

With c.4000 students on campus UMW offers a more intimate experience than larger State institutions, but no less academically rigorous. Students are purposefully taught in small highly interactive and dynamic classes (average class size of 19) in a comparable range of subjects to Reading. Priding themselves in offering an education that inspires, UMW also offers a very supportive campus community with a 98% satisfaction rate for quality of experience and education.

Set in a beautiful campus filled with Georgian architecture UMW offers 120+ clubs and societies enabling you to get involved in a typical US campus community, but one which can offer you much more. It also has one of (if not) the top Rugby programmes in the USA with strong links with Leicester Tigers in the UK.

UMW's location provides wonderful chances to visit local historic places and major cities along the Eastern coast, but the town of Fredericksburg offers a fantastic base for a variety of social activities and tourist activities.

A warm welcome awaits you at UMW!  

UMW information:

Who can participate?

All Reading disciplines that allow Study Abroad taught ay UMW
Entry requirements:

Minimum 55% average

Semester dates:
  • Semester 1: August- December
  • Semester 2: January - May

Reading application deadlines:

01 January 2019. See How to apply.

Cost of Living:  UMW suggestion of c.$8000 per semester.
Additional Costs:
  • Visa is required to study in the US
  • Will need to take out compulsory insurance

NB - Eligible students might be able to recoup costs through Student Finance

Further Information:

Additional information:

  1. Students must be nominated by the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office before the UMW will accept any application.
  2. Students who request to study abroad for a full academic year when their degree has a term / semester option available will receive a lower priority for places than students who choose the term / semester option.
  3. If there are more students who want to study at UMW than places available then all of the following will be considered in making decisions regarding the allocation of places:
      • Capacity constraints at partner institution
      • Academic performance
      • Personal Statement
      • Spread of subjects
      • Subject Study Abroad coordinator comments
      • Duration of Study Abroad placement
      • Previous engagement / contact with ESAO


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