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Program Overview

Spend a semester studying film in the brand new, state-of-the-art Sir David Bell media centre on the beautiful campus of London’s University of Roehampton. Choose from a variety of modules (courses) in film, photography, digital media and storytelling, producing, and more. You can also choose from an extensive course listing in a variety of other disciplines. During your semester abroad, you will live in a single room with your own ensuite bathroom in an on-campus flat, where you will share common rooms, a large kitchen, and other amenities with other PAA students and students from around the world.

Our Site Director Anna will lead several excursions and trips including a film-themed walking tour in central London followed by a film at a London cinema, backstage tour of the Royal Opera House (home to the Royal Ballet) and attendance at a premier dance performance in central London, a visit to Shakespeare’s iconic Globe Theatre, a day trip to Bath to see the Fashion Museum, Roman Baths, and Victoria Art Gallery, and a day trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and grave, tour backstage at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), and attendance at an RSC performance.

Just one unforgettable experience. I made friends for life and I discovered what kind of path I want to make in my career. I also discovered things about myself I didn’t know before. I wish it never ended.

Performing Arts Points of Interest

Greenwich Picturehouse

Five screen cinema, bustling café and bar with a scenic views of historic maritime Greenwich.

London Film Museum

With its impressive collection of film memorabilia, stunning location in Covent Garden, and range of exhibitions and events, this museum is a true cultural gem.

Curzon Cinema

Discover a world of film at Curzon. You can watch all the latest films, from blockbusters, independent titles and award-winning favourites, from the comfort of our state of the art screens. Curzon brings the best cinema and live events to audiences in London and venues around the UK.

Earl's Court Tardis

Sitting outside Earl’s Court tube station is a blue police box — a TARDIS — the first to be introduced to London since 1969, and it was built by London Underground.

PAA Home Base

The University of Roehampton is situated on 54 beautiful acres just west of central London. You will live in one of four “colleges” (think Harry Potter houses), and your accommodations will be in a single room with ensuite-bathroom in an on-campus flat. Central London is accessible by a 45 minute to on-hour ride on public transportation via buses, National Rail, and the London Underground (tube). To take a virtual tour of Roehampton’s campus, go here.

About the Location

London’s iconic monuments, bridges, and parliament buildings (including the tower that houses the famous Big Ben clock) have been featured in countless films. The list of cinema giants who lived and worked in London is virtually endless. Around every corner you will encounter the backdrops to some of the most recognizable scenes in cinematic history. If the hustle and bustle of downtown becomes too overwhelming, remember that you will always return to the comfort of your home at the University of Roehampton, which boasts one of London’s only non-urban “parkland” campuses. To take a virtual tour of campus, go here.

Housing

Spend your semester immersed in the life of a British student by living in a student flat (apartment) right on campus. You will have your own room with a private ensuite bathroom in a suite that you share with 6 – 8 other British and international students. Your floor will have a spacious common area as well as a full kitchen where you can cook yourself meals to save money for independent travel and film tickets! This small group setting will help you build friendships and community while you study abroad. Classroom buildings, restaurants, and the student center are all nearby. Enjoy the independence of living on your own while still creating lasting relationships with other students!

Roommates

You will have your own single room and ensuite bathroom in the housing. PAA usually has at least a dozen students on campus each semester studying film, dance, and theatre who join hundreds of study abroad students from all over the world. You will spend most of your time with other students in the film department, as you log studio time and collaborate on creative projects.

A Day in the Life



The Participant Experience

“Cut!” You step into the scene to adjust a light and direct the actor to angle their face slightly down to cast more of a shadow. You’re holding a coffee from the student cafe where the “Growhampton” club provides eggs from the campus chickens. This film is the latest project in one of your three classes, where you have access to multiple studios and state-of-the-art equipment. Next week you will take the bus into central London for the screening of an independent film your professor worked on, followed by a meal at one of the city’s many exquisite restaurants. You and some friends have a weekend trip planned to Spain where you will take a break from the hard production work and relax while exploring another iconic European city. You think back to the uncertainties at the beginning of the semester, and how the unfamiliar faces who greeted you upon arriving on campus are now friends for life. This experience has truly changed you, and set you on a new and exhilarating path in your personal life and career.

On Arrival

You will book your flight to arrive at Heathrow Airport in London (LHR) on the arrival day. A PAA Roehampton representative will be waiting at a pre-arranged meeting point, and you will make your way to a bus that will take you to campus.

Upon arrival on campus, you will receive a welcome pack and be greeted by an on-campus representative who will help you find your room. Your first afternoon will be a chance to unpack, settle in, meet other students, and join a Roehampton welcome dinner. The following day, the university will lead on-site orientation activities to prepare you for your experience in London and help you get to know other students. The next day, you will meet with an advisor to finalize your registration and class enrollment. Our site director Anna will take you out for a Welcome Meal and our PAA orientation. This orientation will include important information about the city, an overview of local culture, information about the film and performing arts scenes in London, transportation, food and other need-to-knows. The following day, you will join more university orientation activities, such as a “Photo Frenzy Day”, which is an epic photo scavenger hunt that will take you into central London for a chance to win prizes!

A Typical Day

The following days will include additional pre-class activities, and a PAA-led visit to Shakespeare’s Globe for a theatre tour, afternoon tea, and attendance at a show. Classes will begin shortly thereafter. For the rest of your time on the program, you will be living on campus, going to class, and exploring the city on your own as a student in London. We will provide cultural activities and excursions throughout your semester, and several day trips included in the cost of the program.

Host Group

Take advantage of studying in the state-of-the-art media building, where you can choose from a variety of film-related courses. The University of Roehampton is about 45 minutes west of London’s city centre, situated on 54 acres of beautiful fields, forests, and ponds. Their brand new library is breathtaking, and you will be surrounded by historic and picturesque buildings. The Roehampton abroad team will provide you excellent support, and make sure you are well taken care of during your stay.

Support Staff

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Testimonials

“I found this program really fun and it was great to get a taste of a city I’ve always wanted to visit : London! I made lifelong friendships and had some amazing experices!! I would definitely recommend studying abroad through PAA!”

“I never thought I would be about to travel to a new country, much less do so while studying what I love. This is an experience that I will keep with me for a lifetime.”

“My PAA advisor was extremely helpful throughout the process of preparing for my departure. I felt I could ask whatever questions I needed to be answered and that they would be answered in a timely manner.”

“It was amazing to meet people from all around the world that share with me passions and dreams. This goes over any cultural difference. The city was great and the classes very interesting and useful, I hope to have the chance to do another program like this again!”

Program Dates

Fall 2024

Session Application Deadline Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2024 (estimated) May 01 2024 Sep 11 2024 Dec 15 2024

Important Fall 2024 Dates

Program Cost

Description Cost
Fall 2024 $19,450

Apply today — How the process works

APPLY ONLINE
Submit a simple online application

INTERVIEW
Schedule a live video interview with a Program Coordinator

MATERIALS
Upload program specific materials to an online portal

ACCEPTANCE
Receive your aceptance decision and begin your journey!

How the process works

To apply, click the “Apply Now” button on this page. You will fill out a simple initial application online and pay a non-refundable application fee that will be applied toward your overall program cost if you are accepted. We will review your initial application and contact you within a few days to let you know if we are inviting you to the final step. At that point, we will ask you to complete and upload the following materials:

  • Official university application / enrollment form
  • Your academic transcript
  • Scan of your passport (or when you expect to receive it if you don’t have one yet)
  • Film portfolio (optional)
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Application Tips

Talk to your financial aid office and academic department to see if any of your financial aid, grants, or scholarships can be used for your semester abroad. Federal aid should apply as long as your school will accept academic credit from the University of Roehampton.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Age

    Students must be 18 or over the day they begin the program.

  • GPA / Student Status

    Preference is given to students with a 2.8 GPA or higher and students can apply to the program in any year of their degree, including freshmen. If your GPA is lower than 2.8, you are welcome to submit an application with a letter of explanation, and we will consider each application on a case by case basis.

  • Language

    There is no foreign language requirement for this program, as all instruction is in English.

  • Experience

    We give preference to applicants with at least one year of experience in film or a related area. However, this is not a set-in-stone requirement, and we encourage applicants of all experience levels to apply.

  • Motivation

    We are looking for open-minded, flexible applicants who can clearly convey their passion for film and an acute interest in international travel and exposure to new ideas.

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