Global Education

England - Middlesex University

Middlesex University, with about 22,000 students, is one of the largest of the United Kingdom's institutions of higher education.  It's two campuses are Archway and Hendon.  Based in north London, the campuses are within 40 minutes travel time of central London, giving students easy access to the capital's rich store of academic, cultural, artistic, and social facilities.

The main campus is the Hendon campus, considered by Middlesex to be its flagship campus. It is the university's largest campus and home to the majority of the university's fields of study and students.  Hendon has been transformed in recent years by a massive redevelopment plan.  Some of the newer buildings include the Sheppard Library, a state of the art Learning Resource Center; the Hatchcroft Building, a teaching and research building comprising specialist laboratories for psychology, biomedical and computing sciences; and the Student Centre, featuring places to eat, bars and social spaces. The newest building is the Grove (Art, Design, and Media building) for those students in the art, design, and media fields.  Additional facilities include comprehensive computing and media facilities, services to students with disabilities, halls of residence, sports and leisure facilities, and a Center for International Education which houses the support team for international
students. There is a vast range of sports clubs and societies and many social events.

The Archway campus offers courses and placements for students in the fields of midwifery and nursing. These fields are not open to our students through the exchange.


Students choosing to study at Middlesex University for an academic year have access to the same courses offered to the British students (courses from across the university’s wide curriculum). Students typically take four modules (courses) over the academic year from within the four main schools:

Arts & Education
Advertising, Public Relations and Media; Art and Design (3D animation and games, fine art, graphic design, illustration, interior architecture and design, photography; product design); Communication (advertising, public relations and media; publishing & media); Creative Writing (creative writing, English literature, journalism); Cultural Studies (media); Education (early childhood studies, education studies, learning and teaching, primary education); Dance, Music and Theater Arts (dance performance and studies, music, music business and arts management, jazz, popular music, theatre design & technical theatre, performance, directing); English (English language, literature, media); Fashion (communication & styling, design, textiles); film (film, television production, television technical arts); Interpreting & Translation; Publishing.

Accounting & Finance; Business and Management (human resource; information systems; international business; marketing; project management; supply chain management); human resource management.

Engineering and Computer Science
Computer Science & Information Technology (computer communication and networks; computer forensics; computer networks; computer science; mobile systems and communication engineering; information technology); Engineering (computer communications and networks, computer systems engineering, mobile systems, design engineering, digital systems, electronics, embedded systems, mechatronics); Product Design.

Health and Human Services
Sport & Exercise Science (performance analysis, teaching & coaching, strength & conditioning, rehabilitation, community development); International Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Biomedical and Biological sciences (audiology, biology, environmental, molecular); Mathematics (algebra, calculus, geometry, logical reasoning, applied statistics, physics).

Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies
Economics (banking & finance, business economics, financial services); Criminology and Sociology (criminal justice; forensic computing; policing; youth justice; sociology; sociology of criminology; sociology of psychology); Environmental & Public Health (health promotion; occupations safety, health & environment; environmental health); Law; Psychology (with counseling skills; criminology, education, human resource management, marketing, sociology); Social Science and Politics (international politics); Social Work.

Academic year modules can be found at: (Select “Courses”, “Undergraduate courses” or Postgraduate courses”, “A-Z full list of courses”, the appropriate field of study, and “Modules”.)

Graduate students should be aware that they may not be allowed by Middlesex University to take a full load of taught graduate level courses. Graduate level students, however, are allowed to take undergraduate courses and can discuss this option with the graduate coordinator in their academic department. The academic department at this university may or may not give graduate level credit for a third-year undergraduate course at Middlesex. Please check with the Office of Global Education to determine availability of graduate level courses in a specific field.

Please note that students applying to take dance or drama and theatre modules must have a major in the field to which they are applying and must take a full load of courses in this one field only.


All participants are required to be full-time while studying in England and, thus, take the equivalent of 15 units during each semester for undergraduates and 12 units per semester for graduates.

Applicants should have upper division standing with a declared major at this university by the end of the semester prior to departure or have classified graduate standing at the time of the application deadline, good academic records, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better at the time of application.  In most cases, the lower division course requirements of the appropriate field of study must have been completed by the end of the semester prior to departure.  All applicants should check to ensure that they are on track for meeting the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).  The applicant also should be prepared to accept the challenge of study in a country with an educational system different from our own.

Please note that students applying to take art and design courses will have to submit a portfolio in addition to the other requirements for application.


Modules (courses) at Middlesex University are taught on an academic year-long basis. The academic year begins in September and ends toward the end of May. The university is closed for two to three weeks each at Christmas and Easter. The “Welcome to Middlesex Orientation Programme” is usually held around the third week of September. 


Students accepted to the program will pay the usual California State University, Sacramento fees, remain eligible for financial aid (except work/study), if otherwise qualified, and receive resident credit just as if they were attending classes at this university. (Please note that equivalency of courses falls under the jurisdiction of the academic department.) Middlesex has agreed to waive non-resident tuition, approximately 10,400 pounds (over $15,845) per year, making this a particularly attractive opportunity for participants. Students will pay for their travel to and from London, room and board, books, and incidentals. In addition, each student must have the required insurance during his or her stay in England.

Expenses for the academic year in London are estimated at the following: usual undergraduate fees - $3,314 per semester (graduates would pay the graduate fee), airfare - $1,115, insurance - $475, room and board - $10,000, incidentals (including books, local transportation, clothing, entertainment) - $5,400. Total $23,618. This estimate is given for planning purposes only and is subject to changes from currency fluctuation, inflation, and fee changes. Keep in mind that students are responsible for obtaining their own passports and student visas. The costs to obtain these are not included in this estimate. 


Campus financial aid, with the exception of federal work study, is applicable abroad. Whether or not you have ever received financial aid, you should investigate this possibility by contacting Miesha Williams (study abroad contact) in the Sacramento State Financial Aid Office. Students also are encouraged to investigate and apply for scholarships for their study or research abroad. A listing of specific scholarships and scholarship resource information, with websites, is available on the Office of Global Education website. For individual advising and application information on scholarships / grants for study or research abroad, you should contact Dr. Jack Godwin in the Office of Global Education. 


Middlesex University has several housing options which range in character from older traditional style halls with study bedrooms and shared facilities, to modern en-suite rooms in specially constructed apartments. Locating housing is the individual student's responsibility although the Middlesex Accommodation Services will give assistance in this area.

Students in the study abroad program usually will be offered a room in the university’s halls of residence providing they meet the housing application deadline. 

For the student who prefers private accommodation in London, the Accommodation Services also can assist in finding private rented accommodation. It suggests students begin the search as early as possible since competition for accommodation can be strong towards the beginning of the term. The staff can offer guidance on general housing issues and tenancy agreements. Middlesex student pad is a search engine featuring up-to-date details of rented accommodation and can be accessed from the Middlesex Accommodation Services at Local newspapers are another resource for locating rented accommodation.

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