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Why London?

Summer may just be the best time to live and learn in London. Who wouldn’t want to spend a summer here, with time to also visit all the free museums, watch movies under the stars, and explore the 400+ green spaces in the city?

What You'll Study

Our UK Today Program provides you with the opportunity to explore the vibrant culture and rich heritage of contemporary London through a wide range of courses—all of which apply to British history and culture.

Our unique academic experience integrates course-related trips into virtually all courses to maximize the many opportunities for learning that London presents. This program is a great opportunity to continue your studies while using London as your classroom.

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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$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.

You take two courses for a total of 6 semester credits. Course disciplines include:

  • Art History
  • Communication
  • Cultural Studies
  • Drama
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • International Business
  • Literature
  • Management/Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

    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 Summer English 3
    Communications
    Course Name Term Language Credits
    CM/FS 325 - Censored! What The British Could Not See Summer English 3
    PO/CM 350 - Media and UK Politics Summer English 3
    Cultural Studies
    Course Name Term Language Credits
    CU/SO 352 - British Youth Culture From 1950 To The Present Summer English 3
    Drama
    Course Name Term Language Credits
    DR 315 - Theater In London: An Introduction Summer English 3
    Film Studies
    Course Name Term Language Credits
    CM/FS 325 - Censored! What The British Could Not See Summer English 3
    LT/FS 340 - Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature Summer English 3
    History
    Course Name Term Language Credits
    HS 332 - Living And Dying In 17Th And 18Th Century London Summer English 3
    International Business
    Course Name Term Language Credits
    MG/IB 355 - International Marketing Management: Europe Summer English 3
    Literature
    Course Name Term Language Credits
    LT 322 - Modern British Novel Summer English 3
    LT/FS 340 - Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature Summer English 3
    Management
    Course Name Term Language Credits
    MG/IB 355 - International Marketing Management: Europe Summer English 3
    Political Science
    Course Name Term Language Credits
    PO/CM 350 - Media and UK Politics Summer English 3
    Sociology
    Course Name Term Language Credits
    CU/SO 352 - British Youth Culture From 1950 To The Present Summer English 3

    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 | Summer
    Visit mysterious Stonehenge and the ancient Roman baths in Bath.

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

    Cambridge
    1 Day | Summer
    Explore  the world famous King’s College and go punting on the River Cam.

    Course-Related Trips

    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:

    • Windsor Castle 
    • London market tours 
    • National Theatre (Drama students only) 

    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

    Orientation for the IES Abroad London UK Today Program takes place the first few days after arrival and typically consists of:

    • A welcome reception with faculty and staff
    • Settling into your accommodations
    • An introduction to the IES Abroad London programs and academic policies
    • A guided bus tour of London
       

    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. No meals are included. 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: Summer 2019
    Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
    Summer 2019 $5,120 $2,085 $135 $7,340


    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