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Why London?

An urban adventure awaits you in London, one of the largest and most fascinating cities in Europe. With our Study London Program, you get a hands-on education in this iconic city—think: Big Ben, Parliament, Buckingham Palace—and all it has to offer.

The goal of our program is to help you explore contemporary London, both physically and culturally. Gain a deeper knowledge of British culture, including the central importance of history to the British. Explore the global impact of Britain on Western culture, including art, literature, and financial and political systems.

What You'll Study

Choose from a variety of IES Abroad-taught courses taught by expert local faculty at our Center, as well as a course at one of our prestigious local partner universities—City University, Queen Mary, or SOAS. Not only are there hundreds of courses and disciplines available through our partner universities, but you also have the opportunity to make local British and international friends. 

While adding study abroad to your résumé is impressive enough, adding an international internship is even more powerful and can help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. Before you depart, we talk to you about the type of placement you’d like and then work to match you with a placement in London. Service learning placements are also available if you would like to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society.

London will be your classroom. Get to know British culture and arts by visiting some of the city’s many museums and art galleries, including the British Museum, the National Gallery, and the Tate Galleries. Learn about the city’s history from your world-class professors and then visit London’s three UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Tower of London, Westminster Palace, and Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Everywhere you turn in London is a new opportunity to learn more—strolling down the streets, passing by the many book stores, watching street performers, and listening to live music.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in London, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in London. From housing to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. 

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Why London?

An urban adventure awaits you in London, one of the largest and most fascinating cities in Europe. With our Study London Program, you get a hands-on education in this iconic city—think: Big Ben, Parliament, Buckingham Palace—and all it has to offer.

The goal of our program is to help you explore contemporary London, both physically and culturally. Gain a deeper knowledge of British culture, including the central importance of history to the British. Explore the global impact of Britain on Western culture, including art, literature, and financial and political systems.

What You'll Study

Choose from a variety of IES Abroad-taught courses taught by expert local faculty at our Center, as well as a course at one of our prestigious local partner universities—City University, Queen Mary, or SOAS. Not only are there hundreds of courses and disciplines available through our partner universities, but you also have the opportunity to make local British and international friends. 

While adding study abroad to your résumé is impressive enough, adding an international internship is even more powerful and can help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. Before you depart, we talk to you about the type of placement you’d like and then work to match you with a placement in London. Service learning placements are also available if you would like to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society.

London will be your classroom. Get to know British culture and arts by visiting some of the city’s many museums and art galleries, including the British Museum, the National Gallery, and the Tate Galleries. Learn about the city’s history from your world-class professors and then visit London’s three UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Tower of London, Westminster Palace, and Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Everywhere you turn in London is a new opportunity to learn more—strolling down the streets, passing by the many book stores, watching street performers, and listening to live music.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in London, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in London. From housing to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. 

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$4 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 more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

We offer unique courses that explore arts, literature, business, politics, and science, as well as other topics, through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You enroll in 15–19 credit hours per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Credits awarded for supplementary university courses vary.

You create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

  • IES Abroad courses (3 credits each)
  • IES Abroad Workshops in the Creative and Performing Arts (3 credits each)
  • Internship or Service Learning Placement* (3 credits for the combined internship/placement and seminar)
  • Partner University Course* (supplementary course at either City University, Queen Mary, or the School of Oriental and African Studies, 4 credits each. Program fee includes one supplementary course at a local university per term)

*IES Abroad strongly discourages students from doing both an internship or service learning placement and an outside course, as these both require a time commitment that is very difficult to schedule.  If you wish to do both, please understand that, if you are able to work both into your schedule, you will be occupied Monday through Friday with no day off.  Please contact your IES Abroad Program Advisor for more information.

Workshops in the Creative & Performing Arts

Creative workshops are courses that focus on the production of a piece of creative work (writing, film, or fine art). Past workshops have been offered in fine arts, film/video, and playwriting. Creative workshops frequently require long hours in addition to regular class time.



In the creative workshops, you are often asked to work on your own initiative in order to bring a piece of writing or a film clip into class. The creative work within class will by definition have a more open and experiential structure than that of an academic course.

Courses

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.

Art History
Course Name Term Language Credits
AH 341 - The Architecture Of London: 1600-Present Day Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
AH/FA 390 - Western Art And The Convergence Of Technique And Philosophy Fall, Spring English 3
Communications
Course Name Term Language Credits
FS/CM 325 - Censored! What The British Could Not See Spring, Summer English 3
PO/CM 350 - Media and UK Politics Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/CU 352 - British Youth Culture From 1950 To The Present Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
Drama
Course Name Term Language Credits
DR 315 - Theater In London: An Introduction Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
Economics
Course Name Term Language Credits
IR/EC 330 - The Economics And Business Of Climate Change Fall English 3
European Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
FS/EU 335 - Visiting Europe In Cinema Spring English 3
Fine Arts
Course Name Term Language Credits
AH/FA 390 - Western Art And The Convergence Of Technique And Philosophy Fall, Spring English 3
Finance
Course Name Term Language Credits
FI 355 - International Finance Fall, Spring English 3
Film Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
FS 345 - Passions And Repressions: Cinematic Representations Of British Identity In British Cinema Fall, Spring English 3
FS 390 - London Video Film Production Workshop Fall, Spring English 3
FS/CM 325 - Censored! What The British Could Not See Spring, Summer English 3
FS/EU 335 - Visiting Europe In Cinema Spring English 3
LT/FS 340 - Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature Spring, Summer English 3
Health Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/HL 310 - International and European Health and Human Rights Fall, Spring English 3
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS 336 - The History Of London Fall, Spring English 3
WS/HS 366 - From Aphra Behn To The 'Blitz:' 300 Years Of London Women'S Social History Fall, Spring English 3
International Business
Course Name Term Language Credits
IB 340 - Contemporary Business Issues And The Eu Fall, Spring English 3
IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice Fall, Spring English 3
MG/IB 320 - Strategic Management Spring English 3
MG/IB 329 - Business Ethics Fall, Spring English 3
MG/IB 355 - International Marketing Management: Europe Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Internship Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
International Relations
Course Name Term Language Credits
IR/EC 330 - The Economics And Business Of Climate Change Fall English 3
IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice Fall, Spring English 3
Literature
Course Name Term Language Credits
LT 312 - Literature And Place Spring, Summer English 3
LT 322 - Modern British Novel Spring English 3
LT 351 - Shakespeare The Dramatist Fall, Spring English 3
LT/FS 340 - Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature Spring, Summer English 3
Management
Course Name Term Language Credits
MG 302 - Managing Behaviour in Organisations Fall, Spring English 3
MG/IB 320 - Strategic Management Spring English 3
MG/IB 329 - Business Ethics Fall, Spring English 3
MG/IB 355 - International Marketing Management: Europe Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO 317 - The United Kingdom and the European Union – A Troubled History Fall, Spring English 3
PO 325 - An Introduction To European Integration: History, Institutions, And Policies Fall, Spring English 3
PO/CM 350 - Media and UK Politics Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
PO/HL 310 - International and European Health and Human Rights Fall, Spring English 3
Psychology
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/PS 395 - Social Welfare Policy In The United Kingdom: A Service Learning Perspective And Practicum Fall, Spring English 3
Sociology
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/CU 352 - British Youth Culture From 1950 To The Present Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
SO/PS 395 - Social Welfare Policy In The United Kingdom: A Service Learning Perspective And Practicum Fall, Spring English 3
Theatre Arts
Course Name Term Language Credits
TH 350 - European Approaches To Text And Theater Performance Fall, Spring English 3
TH 390 - Playwriting Workshop Fall, Spring English 3
Women's Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
WS/HS 366 - From Aphra Behn To The 'Blitz:' 300 Years Of London Women'S Social History Fall, Spring English 3

Partner Institution(s)

In addition to IES Abroad courses, IES Abroad London encourages you to enroll in a course offered at one of several prestigious British institutions. This is a great way to experience first-hand the British higher education system, and meet British students.

You may enroll in one supplementary course per semester for no additional fee. If you choose to enroll in more than one supplementary course, there is a per-course fee. 

You must meet the university’s specific requirements, including a GPA of 3.0 or above, and, in certain disciplines, prerequisites and junior or senior standing. You should select courses only in your major or minor.

Courses can be taken at the following three universities:



City University (City)

Supplementary Course Option: 4 credits (fall & spring)

City received its charter in 1966, evolving from Northampton Polytechnic, a school which was founded nearly a century ago.

The following courses are available to IES Abroad students.  Note: 2-credit courses are not available to IES Abroad students. For course descriptions, visit City University's Academic Programme site.

  • Actuarial Science
  • Business
  • Finance & Management
  • Computer Science*
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Engineering (majors and academic year only)
  • Languages
  • Mathematics*
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Journalism (majors only)**

*Available only to Spring semester and Academic Year students. Students enrolled in these courses must stay to take finals in May/June, if applicable.

**Students who wish to take Journalism courses must have already taken a least 1-2 Journalism courses. Please also note that course selections in the Fall semester are more limited than those in the Spring.

Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

Supplementary Course Option: 4 credits (Fall)

QMUL is one of the largest colleges in the group of institutions that together make up the University of London.

You will find courses in the following disciplines to be particularly outstanding. For more course information, visit Queen Mary's module website.

  • Cinema
  • Economics
  • Geography (includes Anthropology, Environmental Studies, and Sociology)
  • Law
  • Languages
  • Natural Science
  • Political Science
  • Politics
  • Religious Studies

The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS)

Supplementary Course Option: 4 credits (fall only)

Recognized as a major world center of Asian, Middle Eastern, and African studies, SOAS comprises more than 200 scholars, the largest group in the world dedicated to studying Asia and Africa. SOAS courses are available in the following departments. For more specific course information, visit SOAS' study abroad site.

  • Anthropology
  • Art & Archeology
  • Economics
  • History
  • Languages & Cultures
  • Religious Studies

Service Learning

Participating in a service learning experience in London is one of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people towards a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect London, while contributing your skills towards a community-driven solution.

A service learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by a weekly academic, for-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar, you have structured time for reflection, discussion, and even research on the issues of your host community.

Possible placements may include organizations focusing on:

  • Advocacy for the disabled
  • Mental health organizations
  • Fighting cancer
  • Community health
  • At-risk youth
  • Youth with autism
  • Homelessness
  • Other social issues in London

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.



Scotland

4 Days | Fall & Spring

Spend the night in Edinburgh, tour the highlands’ stunning scenery, dance at a traditional Scottish Ceilidh, and visit Loch Ness.



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.

Course-Related Excursions

IES Abroad London organizes course-related trips that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of British culture and society.

Many IES Abroad London field trip destinations double as course-related trips for students enrolled in specific courses. For course-related trips that are required for a course, the cost for the trip is included in the program fee. For field study trips that are recommended but not required, you are responsible for a portion of the trip cost. Past course-related trips include:

  • Performances at London’s West End Fringe and Royal Shakespeare theaters
  • Architectural walking tours
  • Exploration of London’s East End
  • A tour of the BBC

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, 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

Our orientation program takes place in and around London, and is designed to orient you to the program, your fellow students, and to London.

Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Program, begins during orientation and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. Detailed information about academics, housing, public transportation, cultural adjustment, health and safety, and other important topics is also covered. Other highlights may include walking tours of London neighborhoods, and a field trip to Greenwich or Windsor Castle.

You also learn about the teaching methods of British professors and the Study London Program, including internships, academic policies, and field trips. You also receive academic advising and finalize your course registration during orientation.

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.

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.

Residence Hall – You will live in an international student residence hall located in central London. You and another IES Abroad intern or student share a room with an attached bathroom and will either have access to a common kitchen with others on your floor or a kitchenette in your room. No meals are included, but there are many affordable eateries nearby. 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. Enjoy 24-hour security and a short walk to public transportation.

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
  • Going on outings to London’s diverse markets
  • Going to world-class performances at London’s many entertainment venues

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: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $14,170 $4,100 $230 $18,500


Term: Fall 2017
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2017
Academic Year
$13,790
$24,810
$4,290
$8,580
$230
$455
$18,310
$33,845

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$4 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 more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.