There is something irresistible about London. Maybe it’s the sights like Big Ben or the Tower Bridge that already feel familiar. Or the international character that is evident in every neighborhood, where people of different cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds live and work together. Whatever it is that has drawn you to London, don’t look back now—London awaits!
This is your chance to live and learn alongside students from the UK and around the world by directly enrolling at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
IES Abroad London is dedicated to enhancing your study abroad experience with superior student services and opportunities to fully experience life in London. Our staff in London help you make the most of your experience abroad.
London will be your classroom. Involvement in the local community or a student club enriches your learning experiences and provides excellent opportunities for cultural integration.
We want you to feel at home in England, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in London. Our housing options provide you opportunities to meet and make new friends, while our cultural events familiarize you with the city of London.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with the Courtauld Institute of Art.
The Courtauld Institute of Artwww.courtauld.ac.uk/instituteIES Abroad has the honor of being only of a select few study abroad providers to have a partnership with the Courtauld Institute of Art, giving IES Abroad art history majors an exceptional opportunity to study at this world-renowned institute.
Founded in 1932 and rooted in in-depth historical analysis, the Courtauld curriculum is designed for students who are prepared to be actively engaged in the most challenging and advanced critical topics of Art History. With small-group instruction at the heart of the academic experience, you are expected to take responsibility for mastering the material and participating fully in discussions.
Students typically register for the standard second year undergraduate program of study at the Courtauld for either a single semester or an academic year. Small-group instruction is at the heart of the academic experience. The program of study could include broad historical period coverage or more specialized and in-depth investigation of two periods and issues relating to two broader fields of art history.
Areas could include Classical/Byzantine/Medieval; Renaissance; Early Modern; or Modern/Contemporary. Dependent on previous coursework, you may be assigned or be able to choose from a range of survey and texts and contexts courses. You may also wish to pursue independent studies.
For more specific information on offerings, visit the Courtauld's study abroad page.
Students studying at the Courtauld in the fall semester enroll in one Frameworks for Interpretation course, and one Period course.
Past Period courses have included:
Students studying at the Courtauld in the Spring semester will enroll in one Texts and Contexts course, and one Theme course. Past Texts and Contexts courses have included:
This magnificent building was designed by Sir William Chambers and built in 1780. Located in Somerset House, The Courtauld is situated in the bustling heart of central London. Theater, art, political history, major financial institutions, restaurants, shopping–whatever you are looking for–could hardly be closer.
Even though you’re directly enrolling in one of our partner universities, we’ll be there for you whenever you need us. AdvisingChoosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process. But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in London, our staff is available to help you transition into your new home. SupportThe support services we offer IES Abroad direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our staff is there for you. On-Site StaffWhether you have questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety, our London-based IES Abroad staff is available to support you. Because of our close relationship with the universities in London, IES Abroad is also able to offer you unique academic, social, and cultural opportunities. Our staff in London accompanies you throughout orientation, as well as at the IES Abroad field trips and cultural events.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave London, it will feel like home.
King’s Cross Student Residence Hall – This international student residence hall is located in central London. You and another student share a room with an en-suite bathroom and have access to a common kitchen with other students on your floor. There is also a café on-site providing hot and cold meals.
Bed linens are provided, but you’re responsible for your towels. There are laundry facilities and common areas with wireless Internet (and 24-hour Internet access in your room) on various floors of the residence hall, and you have access to the fitness facility (with a one-time induction fee) located in the building.
Enjoy 24-hour security, and a 5-minute walk to King's Cross station, where you can catch trains on six different underground lines. You can also reach the IES Abroad Center in 25 to 30 minutes by foot.
Part of making you feel at home in London is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or field trips that take you off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
IES Abroad Orientation
Upon arrival in London, you participate in an introductory orientation with the IES Abroad London staff. Designed specifically for direct enrollment students, the IES Abroad orientation program introduces you to your direct enrollment program, your fellow students, and to London.
Other highlights may include a bus tour of London and other cultural activities. In addition, you learn about the teaching methods of British professors at the Courtauld.
You also attend orientation at the Courtauld, where you'll get acquainted with the logistics of student life.
Redefine the way you live and learn in London through our cultural events, such as:
University Clubs & Events
Because The Courtauld is affiliated with the University of London, you have many opportunities for further integration with local students on an extracurricular level. The University of London is a federation of 28 independent institutions, many of which have active student organizations. For a list of affiliated schools and institutes, visit www.lon.ac.uk/Colleges_institutes/home.asp.
Although your adventure begins in London, our field trips take you to other great cities in England to provide contrast and context for what you are learning in London. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Past destinations are listed below.
OVERNIGHT TRIPSStonehenge, Bath, and Salisbury
Visit mysterious Stonehenge, the ancient Roman baths in Bath, and the Salisbury Cathedral, one of the finest examples of the early English Gothic architecture style in Britain.
Explore the historic maze of twisting alleyways and enjoy an optional visit to the royal pavilion, one of Europe’s most exotic royal palaces.
Spend one Saturday experiencing Liverpool. Enjoy a guided tour around the city including a visit to the Beatles Museum.
Stratford and Kenilworth
Visit Shakespeare’s house, place of birth, Hall’s Croft, and place of his burial, Holy Trinity Church.
Oxford or Cambridge
1 DayVisit one of these historic university towns, with their picturesque colleges and punting (like a gondola) on the river.
About the Center
The IES Abroad London Center, situated in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, is a two-minute walk from the British Museum.
John brings over 12 years of experience with IES Abroad, including seven years with IES Abroad Milan and nearly three years with IES Abroad Siena before coming to IES Abroad London. During his time in Siena, John developed and implemented a banner program with a strong focus on cultural immersion and academic rigor. In Milan, he played a key role in improving and developing the Milan program, notably in the areas of student housing, student activities, orientation, and supervision of the student services staff. Prior to working for IES Abroad, John received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Italian Literature and Art History from Brigham Young University and worked in Geneva for the United Nations.
IES Abroad Staff
Alice Kerby Assistant Director
Sally Harrild Academic Programmes Manager
Dr. Diane AtkinsonAcademic Support
Vanessza KaloczyStudent Affairs Manager
Simon CaustonStudent Affairs and Housing Coordinator
Beth LehlbachInternship Coordinator
Joe Rizzo-Naudi Programme Assistant
Zosia RutkowskaCustomized Programmes Manager
Martin HannanBuilding Manager
Sachna Hanspal Internships Assistant
What is it really like to live in London? Check out our virtual tour of all the places you’ll come to know and love when you study abroad there—GO!