Richmond, The American International University in London is a private university in London, United Kingdom. Richmond was founded in 1972, by British educator Cyril Taylor. The university maintains two campuses in Greater London, in Richmond Hill and Kensington.

The university awards US degrees from the American state of Delaware, where Richmond is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Until 2018, Richmond’s UK degrees were awarded by the Open University; but from the 2018/2019 academic year, Richmond has been able to grant its own UK degrees, after receiving Taught Degree Awarding Powers from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. This mean that all students at Richmond gain both a UK and US degree studying one programme.


Constituent schools

Richmond, The American International University in London is composed of three constituent schools:

  • Richmond Business School
  • Richmond School of Communications, Arts & Social Sciences (CASS)
  • Richmond School of Liberal Arts


Richmond offers a range of majors and minors at undergraduate level in business, economics, political science, international relations, media, the arts and humanities.

Standard degrees are four-years long though may be completed earlier through transfer credits from US Advanced Placement classes, UK A and AS Levels, the International Baccalaureate and other similar qualifications.[19] All undergraduate programmes at Richmond follow a broad, US liberal arts approach to education, combined with the British system of specialisation.

In addition it offers a range of postgraduate degrees including Master of Business Administration (MBA), Luxury Brand Management, International Relations, Art History & Visual Culture and Advertising & Public Relations.

Richmond’s Business School is an accredited higher education partner of the Chartered Management Institute. The university’s BA psychology degree is accredited in partnership with the British Psychological Society.


Richmond is a “recognised body” that can award UK degrees, subject to regular inspection by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and regulation by the Office for Students. The last QAA inspection was in May 2016, which led to the award of taught degree awarding powers (following Richmond’s addressing of concerns raised in the report) for a six-year period from 17 May 2017 to 16 May 2024. Prior to this, Richmond’s UK degrees were validated by the Open University.

Richmond is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. It holds US degree awarding powers from the state of Delaware.