The UK Today Program provides you with the opportunity to explore the vibrant culture and rich heritage of contemporary London.
We offer a unique academic experience, integrating field study into virtually all courses to maximize the many opportunities for learning that London presents.
All IES Abroad courses are taught by distinguished British and international faculty, who follow the British approach to instruction, whereby students are expected to supplement lectures with reading. You also benefit from free access to the University of London’s Senate House Library.
You take two courses for a total of 6 semester credits. Course disciplines include:
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
Field study integrates the city of London into your formal classroom study, including performances at London’s West End and fringe theaters, a tour of London’s East End, and architectural walking tours.
A portion of the cost of the course-related excursions is subsidized by IES Abroad, but some may require additional fees.
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, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
Orientation for the IES Abroad London UK Today Program takes place the first few days after arrival and typically consists of:
IES Abroad London organizes a number of field trips as an integral part of its opportunities for cultural immersion in Britain. These trips explore areas of significant regional interest and are led by faculty or experts who contextualize what you are witnessing and experiencing. Required field study trips are included in the program cost; recommended trips are not.
Past field trips have included:
Stonehenge, Salisbury and Bath
Stratford-Upon-Avon and Kenilworth Castle
Additionally, IES Abroad London staff members arrange for student attendance at special events. In recent years, students have attended a football (soccer) match at local team Fulham FC and watched world class tennis at Wimbledon. Other activities include Windsor Castle tours, London market tours, BBC tours, and a visit to the National Theatre.
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
Natanya van der Lingen Interim Assistant Director
Alice Coltofeanu Academic Programmes Manager
Dr. Diane AtkinsonAcademic Advisor
Vanessza KaloczyStudent Affairs Coordinator
Simon CaustonProgramme Assistant
Beth LehlbachInternship Coordinator
Dianna PierceInternship Coordinator
Zosia RutkowskaSenior Programme Coordinator
Martin HannanAccounts Administrator