Rutgers shares extensive ties with the United Kingdom dating back to the university’s initial chartering as Queen’s College in 1766. Today, Rutgers boasts a wide array of Rutgers study abroad programs in the UK at numerous institutions, including University College London, City University (London), the Universities of Reading, Sussex, Manchester, Bristol, East Anglia, York, Exeter, Glasgow, and the University of St. Andrews. Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts offers outstanding opportunities for its undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts students to study in the UK. The Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare's Globe in London enables Rutgers theater arts students to experience intensive conservatory training with some of the leading theater artists in the UK.
2010 witnessed the launch of the Rutgers British Studies Center (RBSC) with the support of a $407,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Under the leadership of steering committee members Alastair Bellany and Seth Koven of the History Department, and Ann Baynes Coiro, John Kucich, and Michael McKeon of the English Department, the RBSC will attract academics across multiple fields, including history, English, anthropology, art history, and political science. During the spring 2010 semester, the center co-sponsored a graduate student forum with Princeton and Yale titled ‘Histories of the Future,’ and hosted ‘Naughty Printed Books,’ a lecture on English Reformation-era censorship given by Yale English professor David Kastan. With programs such as these, the new RBSC will highlight Rutgers’ status as one of the pre-eminent national centres’ of teaching and research on British culture.
In the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) the Department of Animal Sciences is developing a linkage with the University of Edinburgh Veterinary School for both undergraduate exchange as well as a specific veterinary school linkage for pre-vet students in SEBS.