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Royal Agricultural University

Check whether Royal Agricultural University is right for you as an international student.

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Cirencester, UK
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Study abroad at Royal Agricultural University

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is an English university based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. It was the first agricultural college in the English-speaking world. It has been at the forefront of agricultural education for more than 170 years.

It currently has more than 1,200 students studying agriculture, animal science, business, environment, equine science, farm management, food, real estate and rural land management. The University prides itself on its links with industry and all courses are designed to meet the demands of the employment market for land-based expertise, both in the UK and worldwide.

The University is set in 25 acres of Cotswold countryside, with 491 hectares of nearby farmland. It boasts a close-knit community of students and staff, all dedicated to making a difference. It offers students a range of extra-curricular activities and society including skiing trips, a choir and the brewers’ club.

Why study at RAU?

  • Great graduate prospects

    RAU was ranked amongst the top ten universities for job prospects at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards in 2019 and 2020

  • Top-ranked institution

    RAU made the 10-strong shortlist for the Whatuni University of the Year award in 2019 and 2020

  • Royal approval

    RAU was granted a royal charter in 1845 and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales became President of the University in 1982

Life as an international student

The University has students from over 40 different countries and offers them a range of facilities at their picturesque campus. RAU prides itself on being large enough to offer on-site facilities, whilst maintaining a friendly atmosphere with a strong sense of community.

The RAU has a dedicated Student Support Services team that is available to help international students throughout their time studying at RAU. They can provide information, advice and guidance on a wide range of issues.

Student life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Computer labs
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Bars 1
    • Restaurants 1
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
  • Praying Rooms
    • Chaplaincy
    • Group Praying Rooms
  • IT Support
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 13
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
  • Sports Facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches 1
  • Tutoring Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
  • Transport
    • On-Campus Shuttle

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Fees and funding

Starting university is one of the biggest investments you will make in your future. It also requires significant financial commitment to pay for your course tuition fees, accommodation fees and living expenses.

Royal Agricultural University understands that managing your finances can seem like a daunting and complicated process - but it need not be and you don’t have to figure it out alone. The Student Fees team is here to help.

If you are not classified as a UK or EU student and are undertaking your first undergraduate degree, the tuition fee for 2019 will be £10,000.

Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission).

There are many forms of financial support on offer for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students.


Royal Agricultural University

Stroud Rd, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK

Cirencester is a picturesque Cotswold town, and offers students a wealth of outdoor activities, with great links to the rest of the country.

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Visa requirements for Royal Agricultural University

Many international students will require a visa to study in the UK, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

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