Undergraduate Program

The RIASA Option

All undergraduate students entering the RIASA program will undertake the first two years at the Leeds Campus.

The Undergraduate program offers students the option of a four year degree program in Leeds or a two years in Leeds and two year option in London.*

(* After consultation with the academic faculty, football academy staff and the student)


First Class Accredited American Degree

The RIASA BA degree in International Business and  Sports Management is a four year US liberal arts degree, accredited through the Middle States Commission for Higher Education in the US. 

Richmond is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Richmond is licensed to award Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, and Master of Business Administration degrees by the Department of Education in the State of Delaware.

Middle States is the same accrediting body that accredits institutions such as Harvard, Georgetown, NYU, and Princeton

Curriculum: A selection of course for the program are outlined here:

  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Business
  • Public Economics
  • Legal & Ethical Concepts in Management
  • Exercise, Nutrition & Lifestyle
  • Sport Event Planning & Promotion
  • Sport Management
  • Sport Finance
  • Sports Journalism
  • Sport Law & Practice
  • Talent Identification:  Principles & Practice
  • Sports Marketing

The academic program also contains Richmond’s Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (General Education), which includes courses in areas such as;

  • History
  • Writing and Researching
  • Philosophy
  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Creative expression

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RIASA Cost and Finances

£24,000 British Pounds (2016-17)

Included in Program Cost.
Please note this is a 38 week program inclusive of academic and sporting activities, (Sept 1st to May 1st playing and training season), for playing, housing and meal plan (during the semester), not a typical 30-week program as is the case with traditional U.S. University programs. Special coaching programs and Summer school are not included.

  • Academic Tuition
  • Room (Sept to May)
  • Meal Plan (during semesters)
  • Soccer Academy Training (does not include books, or transport to and from the RIASA UK site)
  • Students must be full time in order to meet visa requirements.

Loans and Federal Aid


Students can apply for federal aid and student loans to attend the program though Richmond, The American International University in London, as the degree program is an Accredited American degree recognized by the relevant US agencies.

Students are eligible for student loans, as they would if attending an American University within the USA. 

Richmond’s School code is G10594

Football Scholarships

As a highly selective program, the true cost of the program is already subsidized. Students gaining admittance have already secured a partial scholarship given the cost of attending the same, academic only, program at Richmond University in London. However, we do have limited scholarship monies available for selected students based on academics, soccer ability and character.

Students are also able to earn money as the student visa rules enable them to be eligible to work 20 hours per week in order to deflate the costs of attendance.

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