Begun in 1968, Randolph College Abroad: The World in Britain, commonly referred to as the Reading program, was founded so that approximately 35 juniors from Randolph College and other American colleges and universities could spend either a semester or a full academic year in England taking courses that don't interrupt the work they've begun in the States, but rather complement and enhance their academic programs.
You will earn a minimum of 15 credits during a semester. Courses in most major disciplines are open to you. Your course may be a tutorial or a university lecture course that more closely resembles what you're accustomed to in the U.S. Sometimes a tutorial is not offered at the University of Reading, so we arrange for it to be taught privately, either in Reading, Oxford or London. Randolph College even pays your round-trip train fare to attend these classes. Virtually all courses are taught by British faculty members.
During the semester, you take a course that is central to the academic program, the interdisciplinary seminar called The World in Britain. Through lectures on the politics, social issues, literature, art, and science of England spanning the Renaissance to the present, you gain a context through which to enjoy all that experience while abroad, as well as an understanding of the influences Britain and the wider world have had on the other. Day and weekend seminar trips give you the opportunity to see in person what you have been discussing in the seminar.
Our director in Reading, Professor Lars Franke, lives with his family nearby. He's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, not only to ensure the success of your academic experience, but also to help you with any non-academic concerns. He's a great friend to have around when you're that far from home!