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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 Shakespeare and so many other 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 the relevant historical and cultural context and delve into theater criticism, reception theory, dramaturgy, and stage design.

London will be your classroom. Imagine all the shows you’ll see—at least nine with IES Abroad alone—as you 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. 

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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 Shakespeare and so many other 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 the relevant historical and cultural context and delve into theater criticism, reception theory, dramaturgy, and stage design.

London will be your classroom. Imagine all the shows you’ll see—at least nine with IES Abroad alone—as you 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. 

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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 insightful courses that explore Theater and Drama, as well as 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 (there is no academic year option) are worth 3 credits unless otherwise noted. Credits awarded for supplementary university courses or tutorials may vary.

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



Required Courses (3 credits each)

  • DR355 Theater in London: Analyzing Text & Performance
  • TH355 The Theater Industry: Inside & Out

Elective Courses (Select three courses from the options below to earn an additional 9 credits)

  • TH390 Playwriting Workshop
  • LT351 Shakespeare the Dramatist
  • TH350 European Approaches to Text and Theater Performance
  • An elective course at a local partner university*
  • Theater-related Internship (3 credits for the combined internship & tutorial)*
  • IES Abroad Study London Program Course(s)

     

*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, 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 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 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. 

Supplementary courses are available at the following universities:

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.



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
  • 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 (QM)

Supplementary Course Option: 4 credits (Fall only)

QM 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
  QMUL offers numerous drama courses during the fall term only. Some possible options include: The Actor and the Body, Applied Theater, Beyond Acting, and Costume Drama: The Past Performed.  

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
  While SOAS does not have a recognized Theater department, there are some courses thatare theater-related, such as Japanese Literature and Drama in Art.

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 and tours at London's many 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, 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

The IES Abroad 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 will also be 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 coursework of the Theater Studies Program, including internships, academic policies, and field trips. You 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
  • Recording a voiceover in a professional voice over studio
  • Going on outings to London’s diverse markets
  • Going to world-class performances at London’s many entertainment venues
  • Attending a Graduation Showcase for one of the accredited drama schools
  • Attending a Forum Theatre production
  • Participating in a 'natural' casting workshop

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 $13,790 $4,290 $230 $18,310


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.