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.
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.
$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.
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.
Stratford-Upon-Avon 1 Day | Summer Visit Shakespeare’s house, place of birth, and place of his burial, Holy Trinity Church.
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
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:
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 and a globe Theater performance.
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
Get to Know Your New City
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.
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.