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Why London?

William Shakespeare said it best when he wrote “All the world’s a stage”—where better to study theater than the home of so many brilliant playwrights and performers?

What You'll Study

Engage in Britain’s rich historical and contemporary theatrical tradition through theater and drama courses. In your core curriculum, you analyze the artistic, financial, and professional structures that influence theater in Britain, with an emphasis on London. You also examine key texts and performances within their relevant historical and cultural context and delve into theater criticism, reception theory, dramaturgy, and stage design.

Outside of class, you’ll enjoy course-related trips that complement your studies and take you deeper into London’s theater scene. Trips vary by semester, but past events have included:

  • Attending a London Mime Festival Show and a Dance Umbrella Performance
  • Viewing a rehearsal of an accredited drama school production
  • Recording a voiceover in a professional studio
  • Meeting with a professional casting director, actor, or designer from one of the shows you attend
  • Participating in a natural casting workshop to perfect more than 30 monologues

Plus, imagine all the shows you’ll see—at least nine with IES Abroad alone. You will witness performances at small fringe theater venues and companies, as well as larger performances, to learn first-hand about the London theater industry. Expand your artistry by taking a creative workshop in playwriting. Intern as a theater assistant at a local venue to get an inside look at the London theater scene. London and all it has to offer will be part of your learning experience.

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. We organize events to help you make the most of your time in London, such as a tour of Parliament and visits to some of the city’s markets. Join IES Abroad field trips to locations including Stratford-upon-Avon, Liverpool, and Edinburgh, Scotland.

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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 insightful courses that explore theater, drama, and other topics through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our professors and course options enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

All IES Abroad courses are taught by British and international faculty, and are designed to offer you a unique academic experience, combining the traditions of your home campus with the best of the British university system.

You take 15–19 credits per semester. Fall and spring courses (no academic year option) are 3 credits unless otherwise noted. Credits awarded for supplementary university courses or tutorials may vary.

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

  • IES Abroad Theater courses (required, 3 credits each)
  • DR355 Theater in London: Analyzing Text & Performance
  • TH355 The Theater Industry: Inside & Out
  • Elective Theater Courses (optional, 3 credits each)
  • TH390 Playwriting Workshop
  • LT351 Shakespeare the Dramatist
  • TH350 European Approaches to Text and Theater Performance
  • Elective Course at City, University of London or Queen Mary, Univeristy of London (optional, 4 credits) 
  • Internship placement and seminar* (optional, 3 credits each) 
  • Service learning placement and seminar* (optional, 3 credits each)
  • IES Abroad Study London Program elective courses (optional, 3 credits each)

*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.

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 355 - Theatre In London: Analyzing Text And Performance Fall, Spring 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 355 - The Theater Industry: Inside And Out 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 firsthand, meet British students, and study theater in a different context.

You may enroll in one supplementary course per semester at no additional cost. If you choose to enroll in more than one supplementary course, there is an additional per-course cost.

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.

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
  • 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. QMUL offers numerous drama courses during the fall term only. Some possible options include: Popular Theatre and Performance, Beyond Acting, and Costume Drama: The Past Performed.

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 Outreach
  • 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.

At least nine theater visits with live performances and tours are incorporated into the program as fundamental supplements to classroom learning. You share the cost of these visits with IES Abroad. Some Study London Program electives include a tour of London’s East End, as well as architectural walking tours. Many courses integrate theater visits and tours into their curriculum. Past trips have included attending a London Mime Festival Show, recording a voiceover in a professional studio, meeting with a professional casting director, actor, or designer from one of the shows you attend, and more.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in England is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation that makes you feel prepared, 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

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

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 coursework of the Theater Studies 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 $14,455 $4,185 $230 $18,870


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