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Why London?

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!

What You'll Study

As one of the world’s leading universities, University College London (UCL) offers you challenging academic options across many disciplines. The UCL undergraduate program consists of a series of lectures, seminar, and tutorials. Tutorial classes are much smaller than lecture courses and, in some departments, are taught on a one-on-one basis.

You apply to one or two academic apartments and then select courses from these departments. UCL offers a wide range of disciplines with particular strengths in Art, Archaeology, Economics, English, Geography, History, Philosophy, and Psychology.

Daily Life

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 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.

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$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Academics

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 University College London.

University College London
Founded in 1826, University College London (UCL) enrolls more than 23,000 students representing more than 140 countries. One of the top ranked universities worldwide, UCL was the first university in England to welcome students without regard to religion, race, gender, or class. More than 21 Nobel Prize winners are from the UCL community. 

Courses
Students usually apply to one or sometimes two academic departments and then select courses from these and/or other departments. You enroll in four courses (16 credits) per semester.

The UCL undergraduate program consists of a series of lectures, seminars, and tutorials (and lab classes if enrolling in science subjects). Tutorial classes are much smaller than lecture courses and, in some departments, are taught on a one-on-one basis.

UCL offers a wide range of disciplines, with particular strengths in:

  • Archaeology
  • English
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Philosophy

For a complete list of current classes, see UCL's list of subjects.  

Important note: Not all departments are available each term. Also, some may require an additional fee. For more information on availability and fees, see below under Courses. The Cost tab above is another resource for fees.

Location
The concentration of UCL’s academic buildings in Bloomsbury (Central London) reflects the location’s rich intellectual and literary history. Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and Dylan Thomas (to name a few) once called Bloomsbury home. The British Museum, Oxford Street, Covent Garden, and the West End are all within easy walking distance of Bloomsbury.

Courses

For a summary of which departments are available when and which incur an additional fee, click here. For the most up-to-date information and additional details on courses, please see UCL's website

Advising & Support

Even though you’re directly enrolling in one of our partner universities, we’ll be there for you whenever you need us.

Advising
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.

Support
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.

On-Site Staff
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.

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in London, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are subsidized by IES Abroad, though additional costs may apply. Past destinations are listed below. IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and length of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Stonehenge & Bath
2 Days | Fall & Spring
Visit mysterious Stonehenge and the ancient Roman baths in Bath.

Brighton
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Explore the historic maze of twisting alleyways and enjoy an optional visit to the royal pavilion, one of Europe’s most exotic royal palaces.

Liverpool
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Spend one Saturday experiencing Liverpool. Enjoy a guided tour around the city including a visit to the Beatles Museum.

Oxford or Cambridge
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit one of these historic university towns, with their picturesque colleges and punting (like a gondola) on the river.

Stratford-Upon-Avon
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit Shakespeare’s house, place of birth, and place of his burial, Holy Trinity Church.

Daily Life

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.

Orientation

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 of your host institution.

University Orientation
You also attend UCL's orientation, where you get acquainted with the logistics of student life.

Housing

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.

As part of our direct enrollment services, we offer well-located, comfortable housing for all students because securing housing independently can be challenging. IES Abroad’s housing options meet our safety and security standards.

Student Houses - UCL offers self-catering accommodation in student houses. Kitchens are provided where you may prepare your food, or meals may be bought from the various food outlets on the main UCL campus. All rooms have computer portals.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in London through our cultural events, such as:

  • Touring Parliament, royal palaces, and gardens
  • Attending local sporting events, such as the English Premier League
  • Outings to London’s diverse markets
  • Going to world-class performances at London's many entertainment venues 

University Clubs & Events
The UCL student union is a great way for international students to further integrate into local student life. The union sponsors more than 140 clubs and societies, and each year, approximately 8,000 students choose to participate. Visit the union website for information on clubs, events, and student resources at www.uclu.org.

Get to Know Your New City

Explore Neighborhoods

The best way to get a feel for this culturally-vibrant metropolis is to visit some of its 48 distinct neighborhoods.

Walk Along the Thames

Snap an obligatory shot of Big Ben from the Westminster Bridge as you begin your stroll along the Southbank.

Tour the Tower of London

Set along the River Thames, this imposing castle has been a part of the London skyline since 1078.

Unwind in Parks & Gardens

From small garden squares to sprawling grounds with herds of deer, you are always close to a green space in London. Whenever you need a break from the craziness of the city, relax and recharge in one of the city’s many parks.

Take the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter

Make the short trek to Leavesden to pay homage to J.K. Rowling and discover the magic of all things Harry Potter.

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Fall 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2018
Academic Year
$15,695
$28,235
$4,975
$13,475
$230
$455
$20,900
$42,165

Term: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $16,125 $7,155 $230 $23,510


Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad London Center, situated in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, is a two-minute walk from the British Museum.

Features include:

  • 18th century Georgian building
  • Classrooms
  • Library resources
  • Wireless Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Outdoor patio
  • Staff offices
  • Student lounge
  • Gender neutral bathrooms

Our Staff

John Ockey

Center Director

John brings over 15 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

IES Abroad Staff
Kimberley Aparisio
Assistant Director of Student Affairs

Zosia Rutkowska
Assistant Director of Customised Programmes

Sally Harrild
Academic Programmes Manager

Alice Kerby
Direct Enrolment Programmes Coordinator

Dr. Diane Atkinson
Academic Support

Simon Causton
Senior Student Affairs and Housing Coordinator

Laura Scott
Student Affairs Coordinator

Beth Lehlbach
Internship Coordinator

Sachna Hanspal
Internship Coordinator

Elaine Staunton
Internship Coordinator

Emily Brown
Programme Assistant

Martin Hannan
Office Manager