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 Mountview Academy of Theater Arts.
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 will help you make the most of your experience abroad.
London will be your classroom. Involvement in the local community enriches your learning experiences and provides excellent opportunities for cultural integration. Additionally, the IES Abroad London staff can provide you with volunteer opportunities once you are on-site.
We want you to feel at home in London, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in 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 Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Mountview Academy of Theater Artswww.mountview.org.ukFounded in 1945, Mountview is recognized as one of the UK’s leading academies of Theatre Arts, offering extensive and stimulating training for a career in Performance.
As graduates of one of Britain’s leading independent drama schools, Mountview students are making their mark in all branches of the profession. Dame Judi Dench currently serves as the President of Mountview.
You must be a Theater or Musical Theater major or the equivalent to apply to this program. You enroll in the Musical Theatre program, and participate in the standard second year B.A. Musical Theatre undergraduate program of study for either the fall semester or academic year.
Mountview’s courses are structured to give you a thorough grounding in all aspects of your chosen field. Courses provide you with a range of acting and performance opportunities underpinned by practical training in essential physical and vocal skills. You are offered many opportunities to explore, develop, and strengthen all the skills needed for a career in performance, not only within theatre but also in other media including television, pop, cabaret, and session work.
This program reflects the demands of contemporary professional acting. In addition, Musical Theatre students also benefit from weekly one-to-one singing lessons and regular one-to-one vocal coaching sessions.
Courses are designed to develop technical skills in class and performance, ignite the imagination, and prepare you for a wonderfully diverse career in performance. As such, Mountview requires constant attendance at all classes, rehearsals, seminars, and other events in order to maximize your study experience.
You take a prescribed set of courses in the conservatory-style, which encompass the following modules:
Musical Theatre Program
Located in North London in the borough of Haringay, Mountview is well-placed for easy access to West End and fringe theaters. Mountview is located seven miles or about 35 minutes by public transportation, from the IES Abroad London Center.
Facility highlights include the rehearsal and singing studios, the learning resources center and offices, specialist dance and musical theatre studios, and a keyboard lab.
Even though you’re directly enrolling in one of our partner universities, we’ll be there for you whenever you need us.
Choosing 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.
The 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.
Whether 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.
Nido King’s Cross 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 will learn about the teaching methods of British professors of your host institution.
You also attend your host institution’s orientation, 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
Membership in the student union is open to all full-time and part-time students of Mountview. As an affiliate of the national union of students, the union has access to a wide range of services and discounts. In addition to the student union, the full-time student body elects its own committee that has regular meetings with the senior management team and the Principal to discuss any suggestions students may have.
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 north of England, including a night in the historic town of York. Other sites of interest include stunning national parks, the Bronte Parsonage, Castle Howard, and Fountains Abbey.
Explore the historic maze of twisting alleyways and enjoy an optional visit to the royal pavilion, one of Europe’s most exotic royal palaces.
Enjoy a locally-sourced lunch at a working farm or country pub, and visit the country meeting place for the group of artists and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group.
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.
The IES Abroad London Center, situated in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, is a two-minute walk from the British Museum.
John OckeyIES Abroad Director
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
Dr. Diane Atkinson
Student Affairs Coordinator
Natanya van der Lingen
Interim Assistant Director
Academic Programmes Manager
Senior Programme Coordinator
Internship Liaison Officer
Dr. Diane Atkinson,Cultural History
Doctor of Philosophy
Writer and Curator
Jennifer Bailey,Theater Studies
Doctor of Philosophy
Head, Extramural Studies and Continuing Education, City University
Caroline Beery,International Business
BA in History
Founding Partner, Coghill and Beery International, Lecturer and Consultant
Marina Caldarone,Drama Studies
BA in English
Playwright and Producer
Julie Charalambides,English Literature
Master of Arts
Writer and Editor, Blackstone Press Limited
Doctor of Philosophy
Lecturer, Queen Mary
Kate DomailleMedia Education
MA in Film & Media Studies in Education
Michael Drolet,History and Political Science
Doctor of Philosophy
Lecturer, Royal Holloway College, University of London
Colin EllwoodDirector of the Theatre Directing Program at Rose Bruford College
Yolanda ErasoHistory of Medicine
PhD in the History of Medicine
Lucinda HawksleyAuthor, Curator, Spearker
Andrey Jichev,Business and EU Issues
Management Consultant and Lecturer
Maria JichevaManagement and International Business
MA and BA degrees from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria
MBA from The American International University in London
Intercultural Communication and Management Specialist
PhD, MPP, MBA
David NeitaBarrister and Campaigner
Called to Bar - 2000
Andy Pankhurst,Fine Arts
HDFA, Fine ArtsSlade School of Fine Art, University College London
Dianna PierceTeleviesion, News, Journalism, Politics, Public Relations
Alan PowersArt History
Julian Putkowski,British Studies, History
BA, Senior Lecturer, Historian and Broadcaster
Kings College, University of London
Naomi SeekingsArt Education, Video Production
Suzanne WatersHistory of Art and Architecture
Teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London
Teaches Modern Art and Architecture at the University of Westminster
Richard WeightCultural and Ethnic Studies
Doctor of Philosophy, Author and Historical Consultant
Lecturer, University of East London/Kings College London
Marianne WilliamsonEnglish Literature, Education