Reading, England

Course Information

Reading, England | 2017 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Areas of Study at the University of Reading

Through our agreement with the University of Reading, an array of courses will be made available for you to take. Areas of study offered at the university are included below. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by the host university departments. The University of Reading is AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA accredited.

  • You may come for one term.
  • Courses, called “modules” at the University of Reading, are taught by lecture with complete study guides, tutorial sessions, and support.
  • You will enroll in up to 20 Reading credits per semester, which typically is a schedule of two to four modules (courses)—approximately 12 US credits.
  • Full online module descriptions are available on the University of Reading's website.
  • Great option for students on a quarter system as the terms are shorter and offer only up to 12 credits

Keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester (even if host university requirements are lower). Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed.

Grades may not be ready until one or two months after exams are completed; in some cases it may take longer. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcripts document in Gateway for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcripts arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet prerequisites back at home.

Agriculture, Policy, and Development

Recent courses have included:

  • Animal Health and Disease
  • Animal Welfare
  • Organic Farming

Art, English, and Communication Design

Recent courses have included:

  • Art and Power of Renaissance Italy
  • Contemporary Art and Theory
  • History of Graphic Communication

Biological Sciences

Recent courses have included:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology


Recent courses have included:

  • Business Ethics
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Strategic Human Resource Management

Chemistry, Food Biosciences, and Pharmacy

Recent courses have included:

  • Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
  • Genes, Lifestyle and Nutrition
  • Public Health Nutrition

Construction Management and Engineering

Recent courses have included:

  • Facilities Management
  • Intelligent Buildings
  • Management in the Built Environment


Recent courses have included:

  • Music in Schools

Human and Environmental Science

Recent courses have included:

  • Climatology
  • Hydrology
  • The Age of Stonehenge


Recent courses have included:

  • Classics and Empire
  • Greek and Roman Painting
  • Rome in the Augustan Age


Recent courses have included:

  • Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Tort

Literature and Languages

Recent courses have included:

  • From Troy to Camelot
  • Languages and Gender
  • Writing America

Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Recent courses have included:

  • Calculus Methods
  • Linear Algebra
  • Oceanography

Psychology and Clinical Language Science

Recent courses have included:

  • Cognition
  • Social and Applied Psychology
  • Specific Language Impairment

Politics and International Relations

Recent courses have included:

  • British Society
  • European Political Integration
  • War and Peace Since 1800

Systems Engineering

Recent courses have included:

  • Digital Communication
  • Image Processing
  • Mind as Motion

Course Descriptions

To obtain course syllabi, click on the link(s) below and follow the prompts to specific course information. Please contact the USAC Student Information department if you have difficulty finding the information.