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Why London?

An urban adventure awaits you in London, one of the largest and most fascinating cities in Europe. Our program offers you 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 dozens of IES Abroad courses taught by expert local faculty at our Center, as well as a course at one of our prestigious local partner universities—City, University of London or Queen Mary, University of London. Not only are there hundreds of courses and disciplines available through our partner universities, but you also have the chance to make local British and international friends. You may also take one of our unique workshop courses that focus on the production of a piece of creative work.

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. We can talk to you about the type of placement you’d like before you depart, 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.

Daily Life

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 local professors and then visit London’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London, Westminster Palace, and Kew Royal Botanic Gardens. Everywhere you turn in London is a new opportunity to learn more—strolling down the streets, browsing through the many book stores, watching street performers, and listening to live music.

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. We organize events to help you make the most of your time in London, such as attending a sporting event and visiting some of the city’s markets. Plus, IES Abroad offers trips to some of England’s iconic sites, such as Stonehenge and Stratford-upon-Avon.

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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

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 worldclass 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 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Credits awarded for supplementary university courses vary.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following program components:

  • IES Abroad area studies courses (required, 3 credits each)
  • IES Abroad Workshops in the Creative and Performing Arts (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Internship placement and seminar* (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Service Learning placement and seminar* (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Partner University Course* (optional, supplementary course at either City, University of London or Queen Mary, University of London, 4 credits each. Program cost 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 outside of class.

You will often be 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.

Workshops in the Creative Arts

  • FA/AH390 Western Art and the Convergence of Technique & Philosophy
  • FS390 London Video Film Production Workshop
  • TH390 Playwriting Workshop

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 English 3
LT 322 - Modern British Novel Fall, 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 our courses, we encourage you to enroll in a course offered at one of several prestigious British institutions. This is a great way to experience the British higher education system first-hand and meet British students. You may enroll in one supplementary course per semester for no additional cost. If you choose to enroll in more than one supplementary course, there is an additional per-course cost.

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. See the following for more specific information about each institution.

Courses can be taken at the following universities:

City University (City)
Supplementary Course Option: 4 credits (fall & spring)

City received its charter in 1966, evolving from Northampton Polytechnic, a school that was founded nearly a century ago. The Cass Business School is AACSB- and EQUIS-accredited.

Courses in the following disciplines are particularly strong:  
Note: 2-credit courses are not available to IES Abroad students. For course descriptions, visit City University's Academic Programme site.

  • Actuarial Science
  • Business
  • Computer Science*
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Finance 
  • Foreign Language 
  • Journalism** (majors only) 
  • Management
  • Political Science 
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics 

*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-related course(s). 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.

Courses in the following disciplines are particularly strong:
For more course information, visit Queen Mary's module website.

  • Business
  • Economics
  • English
  • Film
  • History
  • Literature
  • Natural Science
  • Political Science

Internships

Interning while you study in London gives you a rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the real-life, everyday culture of your host country
  • Add global work experience and skills to your résumé or your application for graduate school
  • Improve your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a 3-credit seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.

Personalized Placements
Once you indicate your interest in an internship, we work with you to find the ideal internship placement that fulfills your academic and career goals. We’ve placed students with a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If we don’t currently work with a business or organization in your field of interest, we will search for a placement that’s right for you.

Placement Examples
Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—we are always seeking out new opportunities for our students.

  • Arts & Museums
  • Business
  • Education
  • Media
  • Political
  • Theater

If you’re interested in participating in an internship for the semester, be aware that some internship options have earlier application deadlines. You must complete your program application first, and then you can apply for the internship. (You won’t have access to the internship forms until you’ve been admitted into the program.) Talk to your IES Abroad Advisor for more information on deadlines. You need to complete and submit all of your internship application materials by May 1st for Fall, and by October 1st for Spring.

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 toward a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect London, while contributing your skills toward a community-driven solution.

A service learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by a 3-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar, you have structured time for reflection, discussion, and even research on the issues of your host community.

All IES Abroad service learning placements are supervised. Placement examples include:

  • Education
  • Mental health organizations
  • NGO Administration
  • Public Health Administration 
  • Social Outreach

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in London, our field trips and course-related trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations.

Edinburgh
3 Days | Fall & Spring
Take a trip to Scotland’s capital where you’ll learn about the city’s history on a guided walking tour. Visit Edinburgh Castle that overlooks the city from its hill-top location, and take a day trip to a wildlife reserve in the Highlands.

Stonehenge & Bath
2 Days | Fall & Spring
Visit mysterious Stonehenge and the ancient Roman baths in Bath. Marvel at the collection of world-class couture at the Fashion Museum, and explore the Jane Austen Centre.

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

Cambridge
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit this historic university town, with its picturesque colleges and punting (in a gondola) on the river.

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

Stratford-Upon-Avon
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit Shakespeare’s house, which was the place of his birth, and Holy Trinity Church, where he is buried. 

IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and length of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Course-Related Trips

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

Many of our 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:

  • Theater performances at London’s West End and Fringe theaters
  • Architectural walking tours
  • Exploration of London’s East End

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.

Orientation

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

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

Other highlights include a London bus and walking tour, a welcome event, and a visit to the Tower of London.

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

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 in Central London – You and another IES Abroad student share a room with an en-suite bathroom and have access to a common kitchen or en-suite kitchenette.

There are laundry facilities and WiFi access throughout the building, and you will have access to a fitness facility.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Take advantage of the cultural events we organize in London, such as:

  • 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

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: Spring 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2019 $14,550 $4,210 $230 $18,990


Term: Fall 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2018
Academic Year
$14,455
$26,005
$4,185
$8,370
$230
$455
$18,870
$34,830

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

The IES Abroad London Center is recognized by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for meeting or exceeding UK expectations as a quality higher education provider. Learn more about our recent QAA reports

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