Business, Environmental Studies, Humanities & Science

University of Reading
Reading, England

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Business, Environmental Studies, Humanities & Science

  • Location


  • Host University

    University of Reading

    The University of Reading is one of the top 20 research-intensive universities in the United Kingdom and one of the few global business schools to hold triple accredited status (AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB). Reading offers subjects such as accounting, economics, literature, politics and international relations, and agriculture policy and development. Its contained campus covers over 300 acres of landscaped parkland, which was once a medieval manorial estate. The University of Reading is committed to preserving the environment, demonstrated on their Whiteknights campus, which is surrounded by a lake, conservation meadows, and woodlands. Over 100 clubs and societies provide opportunities for you to meet students from England and from all over the world. You are sure to find an activity of interest in areas such as sports, recreation, culture, politics, and education.

  • Term

    Academic Year 1 2019

  • Program Dates

    Sep 20, 2019 - Jun 13, 2020

  • Program Length

    Academic Year

  • Application Deadline

    Apr 25, 2019

  • Credit

    50 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Program Description

The Reading campus is situated on over 300 acres of beautiful and award-winning park land and is only a short distance to London. Additionally, the Reading Student Union provides a lot of opportunities for study abroad students to get involved. During this program, you can select from a vast number of courses in a variety of subjects, enabling you to choose what fits your individual academic needs.

All courses are taught by local university professors at the University of Reading. You will take classes alongside British and other international students on a traditional U.S.-style campus. The University of Reading is AACSB accredited for business courses, and other popular subjects include agriculture and environmental science, literature, humanities, sciences, and international relations.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • All applicants must have at least sophomore standing (second-year) at their home university at the time of participation.
  • Students participating in the academic year program are required to obtain a British Tier 4 Visa.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



ECTS Credits


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information

Course Availability & Syllabi

  • The courses listed below are only a sample of what the university offers. Please see the full Reading Module Catalog linked below for additional courses.

Course Selection

  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the England Site Specialist.

Course Credit

  • Students are required to enroll in 25 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System)credits per term as determined by the University of Reading. The university offers courses worth 5 ECTS and 10 ECTS.
  • Per the University of Reading, 5 ECTS credits are considered equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits/4.5 U.S. quarter units. Credit transfer policies surrounding ECTS vary across US universities and students are strongly encouraged to consult with their home university regarding the transfer of 5 ECTS and 10 ECTS courses, respectively.
  • Classes are lecture style with a seminar (smaller group) following the lecture. Focus is on individual study.
  • Courses may be taught over multiple terms. Awarded credit for partial completion of these courses must be approved by the host university's instructor.
  • According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Course Level Recommendations

  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed in the Reading Module Catalog. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the Reading module level classifications of a 4, 5, or 6 level, which correspond with the three year bachelor's degree cycle. Courses classified as level 5 and level 6 are recommended as upper division and recommended for juniors and seniors with 3000- and 4000-level of experience in the subject. These Readingand ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.

Understanding the Course Code (EX: HS3T25)

  • the first two letters refer to the department the course is being offered through (HS=Humanities)
  • the next number refers to the level (1= Level 4, 2= Level 5, 3= Level 6)
  • the last three numbers/letters refer to the unique number assigned to the class

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from Reading will reflect ECTS credits for each course. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding credit transfer for this program.

The courses listed on our ISA website are only a sample of what the university offers. Please see the full Reading Module Catalog linked below for additional courses.

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Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Mary Howington

Program Manager, England


Maria Suvagau

Resident Director, England

Marina Kozhuharova

Assistant Resident Director, England

Imogen Brooks

Student Services and Custom Programs Coordinator (Summer), England

Joseph Sullivan

Student Services Coordinator, England

Shelby Staub

Student Services and Internship Coordinator, England

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the British lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average tourist. Uncovering the uniqueness of your surroundings will help you to feel right at home. No matter which type of housing you choose, you will commute to class as most locals do, via the underground (aka the Tube), the overground, public bus, or walking. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


The Reading residence halls are located on campus. ISA does not have control over which dorm you are assigned to by Reading. They have shared kitchens on each floor, and laundry facilities are typically available for an additional cost. The Reading program also includes a meal plan. You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



ISA excursions allow you to explore the timeless, quaint, and historical landscape of the United Kingdom (and potentially surrounding countries) that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on weekend trips, day trips, and optional trips.


Brighton is known for several things, including being one the cultural and LGBT capitals of England, inspiration for famous artists and musicians, and its architecture. Some UK polls place it as the happiest and 'coolest' (not a reference to temperature!) city in England, and its name is undoubtedly among the world's most recognizable beach towns.

Bulgaria & Greece

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery of Bulgaria, the oldest nation in Europe, before hopping over to the cradle of western civilization in Greece. On this excursion, you will learn about the culture and economy of both countries, the impact the European Union and Brexit have on you, and experience some of the best sights and cuisines in Europe.


Cambridge is a quintessential British town. You'll get to explore traditional British architecture, visit the many street food markets, go for a punt on the river, and see the famous Cambridge University. You will have the opportunity to discover the many religious, cultural, and political influences that helped develop universities all across England.

Canterbury & Dover Caste

Canterbury is the birthplace of the Anglican Church and religious capital of England. It has inspired writers such as Geoffrey Chaucer, Father of English literature, the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, and author of the famous Canterbury Tales. Then journey southeast to Dover, England's biggest port and most popular point of entry to the British Isles. Immerse yourself in the magnificent scenery surrounding the chalk cliffs aptly named the White Cliffs of Dover.

Stonehenge & Bath

The monument of Stonehenge is one of Britain's oldest Neolithic remnants and easily one of world's most famous sites. It is situated rather mysteriously amidst several hundred burial mounds and at great distances from any logical source for such large stones. After visiting Stonehenge, head northwest towards Bath, an ancient Roman town most famous for the baths constructed here over two millennia ago to take advantage of natural hot springs. Aside from the springs, Bath was home to many famous writers, poets, and celebrities, including the much-beloved novelist Jane Austen.


On this excursion, you will explore one of the most fascinating and historically significant cities in the UK. The town of Stratford-upon-Avon was chartered in 1196 and is to this day considered a market town, a special municipal status within the UK. It is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of the one and only William Shakespeare. Additionally, until the Industrial Revolution, Stratford was the gateway to the British canal network and was a town of appreciable importance for commerce and trade.

Windsor Castle

The town of Windsor is an unparished area in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, England. It is widely known as the site of Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of the British Royal Family. Windsor Castle itself is the oldest continuously used royal residence in the world. Her Majesty the Queen's Royal Standard flies from the Round Tower when she is in residence.