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Life as an undergraduate

When you join the Department of International Development within the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, you become part of a thriving community of undergraduate students from over 80 different countries, with varied interests and career ambitions.

From the warm welcome you will receive during Welcome Week, to the goodbye ceremony at graduation, we want you to make the most of your time with us.

You will have the opportunity to make friends and interact with students across a varied range of degree subjects, not only in your teaching sessions, tutorials and on visits, but also while relaxing in our friendly common room. Students can also join our regular Department of International Development seminars, hearing from research active academics and development practitioners about their latest research.

Most of our first-year students have accommodation in halls on or around campus, and many social activities revolve around hall events. You will be encouraged to participate in everything the University has to offer, including joining clubs and societies, sitting on School committees, acting as student ambassador on Open Days, and making use of the extensive sports facilities on campus.

We hope you will leave us with a degree that you worked hard for, and with lifelong friendships and lasting memories of your time here.

The wider university experience was key to my decision to study at the University of Reading. The University has a great hockey team with lots of opportunity for me to continue playing throughout my studies. Having a campus-based University where everything – the halls, Agriculture Building, other departments and sports facilities close by was also really important.

George Adams, undergraduate in the School


Our courses

With our BSc International Development course, you'll explore critical contemporary issues: how to create a better life for people, the sustainability of the planet's resources, poverty reduction and food systems, and the challenges of inequality.

How you'll study

While your studies are theory-based, you'll be encouraged to undertake volunteering, overseas and placement opportunities as part of your degree. You can also attend sessions with guest lecturers from the global development community, and Department seminars given by our research active academics.

Why study with us?

Study in an international environment where you'll be taught by a diverse community. Benefit from the ability to tailor your degree, our strong links with the global development community and modern learning facilities.