Study Abroad in London, England

Quick Facts | Why London? | City Description | Host Institutions | Internship Opportunities | Housing | Excursions | Course Offerings |  Costs & Dates | What’s Included | Program Itinerary | FAQs

Quick Facts

Host Institutions: Semester, Academic Year, and Summer programs. Internships are available during all programs at LSBU:

Eligibility Rules:
Academic Focus:
  • LSBU: Business, Communications/Media, Criminology, Economics, Engineering, Film, History, International Relations, Journalism, Literature, Politics, Social Policy, Theatre and more. Click here for full course offerings.
  • UAL: Advertising, Communications, Design, Fashion, Film, Fine Arts, Journalism, Media, Public Relations, Theatre and more. Click here for full course offerings.
Housing:
  • LSBU: Students live in LSBU Residence Halls (single rooms) located on campus or near campus. Internet is included. Meals are not included.
  • UAL: Students live in Residence Halls (single rooms) or shared apartments (rooms may be shared) depending on availability. Internet is included. Meals are not included.
  • Click here for further details on London housing.
Sample Day Excursions: Dover Castle & Canterbury, Stonehenge & Bath,  Cambridge, Leeds Castle, Windsor Castle, Oxford
Sample Overnight Excursions: York, Wales

Why London?

  • Live and study in the heart of London – England’s capital!
  • Take classes alongside British students
  • Theatre of all types, from popular musicals to cutting-edge, fringe theatre
  • Some of the world’s best shopping, from upscale Bond Street to the open-air Camden Market
  • Countless museums and historical sites
  • Over 300 languages are spoken in the city

City Description – Large city of 7 million

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford…” Samuel Johnson

London is a city of both ancient history and 21st century modernity – a melting pot of the world’s cultures and nationalities. With a population of 7 million, 30% of whom are of overseas descent, London is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Over 300 languages are spoken within its confines.

London’s museums and galleries – several of them ranking among the world’s finest – are full of treasures from Europe and beyond. Monuments from this capital’s glorious past, from medieval banquet halls to St. Paul’s Cathedral, stand alongside modern wonders such as the Tate Modern and London Eye.

For entertainment, London is truly unsurpassed. A shopping mecca, the weekend markets of Portobello and Camden offer cutting edge designs and vintage treasures, or you can hobnob with the rich and famous in Harrods, Selfridges, or Oxford Street. There are hundreds of theatres, nightclubs, and bars to choose from, as well as countless British pubs renowned for their character. The home of London’s West End, Royal Opera House, London Symphony, and Royal Albert Hall, London has something for every kind of music lover.

Contrary to popular belief, London isn’t necessarily an expensive place to live. The city’s large student population means that there are plenty of good values to be found, and many shops and attractions offer student discounts. From Michelin starred restaurants to all-you-can-eat Indian buffets, there are restaurants to suit every pocketbook in London.

Traveling to other European countries is a breeze with 5 airports in metropolitan London – spend your weekends or breaks in Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Barcelona or even Prague. There are inexpensive trains from downtown London that will bring you to any of the airports, so visiting other European cities can be both easy and inexpensive.

LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY (LSBU)

Located in the London Borough of Southwark, London South Bank University (LSBU) is one of the oldest universities in central London and has over 25,000 students. The campus is conveniently located only a few Tube stops away from London’s major sites, and just a 20-minute walk from the West End. Attending LSBU is a great opportunity to study alongside British students and live in the heart of London!

Originally founded in 1892 as a polytechnic university, LSBU has grown significantly over the last 100+ years. It now not only serves the students in the Borough of Southwark and greater London, but also 3,000 international students from over 100 countries. The university also takes pride in the fact that around 50% of students are ethnic minorities.

In an effort to make sure that LSBU students have the best facilities possible, the university has recently invested about $77 million in upgrades to the campus, including a brand new student center.  LSBU was awarded the highest possible rating for the quality of its teaching by the QAA, and it is among the top 10 London universities for graduate starting salaries.  It is also the UK’s #1 modern university for research in general engineering.

All study abroad students are required to take one required core course plus 3 elective courses of their choosing.  The 2 core courses that students can choose from are London: City of Change and Made in London. Both courses use London as a classroom, including field trips and site visits around the city.

London South Bank University has a wide array of subject areas to choose from, including Business, Built Environment, Communications, Criminology, Economics, Engineering, Event Planning, Exercise Science, Film, Finance, Food Science, Forensic Science, Hospitality, Information Systems, Journalism, Literature, Marketing, Media, Nutrition, Politics, Psychology, Social Policy Studies, Tourism, and Urban Environment. For full course details, please visit our courses page.

Internships at LSBU

All internships are placed through London South Bank University. Students should prepare to complete several interviews (conducted through Skype), with members of the LSBU Immigration Team (to obtain your Tier-4 visa), LSBU’s Internship Coordinator, and the company you are placed with. Flexibility is important, as you will be made aware of your placement shortly before departing for the U.K. Internships are available in a variety of fields, but students are required to provide 3 top “areas of interest” during the application process. If you have a specific type of internship in mind, please call ASA at (617) 327-9388.

Students may only assume an internship worth a maximum of 4 U.S. semester credits. All internship positions can be approved for academic credit (student’s responsibility) and are unpaid. In order to receive credit for your internship, you will complete 120 working hours over the course of your program.

Semester Study & Intern program students will enroll in one of two mandatory study abroad courses, London: City of Change or Made in London, plus two additional courses, with their internship assuming the credit for their 4th course. Semester students typically earn a total of 16 U.S. semester credits. Semester-long internship placements typically last 3 to 4 months.

Summer Study & Intern program students will enroll in 1 mandatory study abroad course, London: City of Change, plus their internship for a total of 8 U.S. semester credits. Summer internships last six weeks. Summer students, because you are only in London for six-weeks, you should prepare to work 20 hours/week in order to complete your 120 hours.

For further details about internship opportunities in London, including visa and financial responsibilities, please click here.

 

UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON (UAL)

University of the Arts London is Europe’s most influential university for art, design, fashion, communications and the performing arts. The university enrolls about 20,000 students spread across six different Colleges, interspersed in different neighborhoods throughout central London.

ASA students may be placed to study at five of the six Colleges:
  • Camberwell College of Arts
  • Central Saint Martins
  • Chelsea College of Arts
  • London College of Communication
  • Wimbledon College of Arts

Each college offers a closely-knit and welcoming environment in which to study, as well as a different range of courses. The University’s teaching staff are active professional artists, practitioners, designers, critics, and theorists, and lead students in creative and experimental practice alongside historical and theoretical analysis.

The Integrated Programme

As an ASA student at UAL you enroll in units (which U.S. students refer to as “classes”) directly alongside UAL’s full-time students from around the world. This is why UAL refers to their study abroad program as The Integrated Programme. As a U.S. student, you are likely used to registering for major-related classes and electives the semester before they begin. For UAL full-time students, and as a student enrolled in The Integrated Programme, this is not the case.

When UAL students enroll in their course (which U.S. students refer to as as a “major” or “degree”), they are issued their pre-determined unit (class) schedule for each semester, of each year, of their course (major/degree). For example, all students studying on the Advertising course at London College of Communication have identical unit (class) schedules. UAL students finish their course in three years. UAL terms run for 10-weeks during the Fall and Spring – with students typically earning 12-13 U.S. semester credits. Summer terms run for three weeks, with student typically earning 3 U.S. semester credits per unit.

ASA students must provide three course (major/degree) choices with their application. UAL makes the decision on which course and year ASA students are assigned to. ASA students must be flexible as you will not know which units (classes) you are taking until UAL assigns you a course and year of study. For credit-approval purposes, ASA can provide you with syllabi for all years of your three course selections.

Through the Integrated Programme, all of your units (classes) will be within your assigned course (major/degree), allowing you to delve deep into your area of specialization. Much of your coursework will be done independently, although you’ll have guidance from your instructor and attend lectures as well. This program is ideal for students who are independent learners, as coursework tends to be more project-based than lecture-based. While this may sound intimidating at first, past students have found it to be an extraordinarily exciting learning experience, as you will be encouraged to develop your own projects and explore your creative process. Most students find that they have more space and freedom to create than they have ever experienced before.

 

The Colleges of UAL

  • Camberwell College of Arts: Camberwell is located in southeast London in an artists’ community called Southwark and has about 1,600 undergraduate and post-graduate students. The Camberwell experience is defined by the College’s century-old spirit of enquiry and inventiveness. Courses available at Camberwell include 3-D Design, Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture.
  • Central Saint Martins (CSM): Central Saint Martins is a design and performing arts college and cultural centre all in one. Fundamental to studying here is experimentation, innovation, risk taking, questioning, and discovery. Courses available at Central Saint Martins include Acting, Architecture, Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Ceramics, Jewelry Design, Product Design, and Textile Design.
  • Chelsea College of Arts: Chelsea is one of London’s most prestigious art and design schools. Enrolling about 1,400 undergraduate and postgraduate students, the campus overlooks the Tate Modern art museum – an exciting perk to being a student here! The campus is a mix of beautifully renovated older buildings, as well as newer spaces. The two College galleries show cutting-edge experimental work. The courses offered at Chelsea focus on Fine Art, Graphic Design Communication, Interior Design, Interior and Spatial Design, and Textile Design.
  • London College of Communication (LCC): LCC is one of the larger UAL colleges. It is a world leader in Communication, Media, and Design with an impressive list of facilities: extensive exhibition space, photographic and television studios, darkrooms, interactive media and animation suites, broadcast and print newsrooms, and workshops for specialist printing, printmaking, bookbinding, and letterpress. Courses available include Advertising, Animation, Film and Television, Games Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Journalism, Live Events and Television, Public Relations, Publishing, Media and Cultural Studies, Photography, Publishing, Sound Arts, and more.
  • Wimbledon College of Arts: Enrolling about 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students, Wimbledon is UAL’s smallest and most intimate college and is located just 14 minutes outside of central London by train. The academic focus at Wimbledon includes Fine Arts, and Theatre and Screen. Wimbledon is especially well known for its Costume Design and Costume Interpretation courses. It is the largest UK center to offer design and related studies for stage, screen, costume, and special effects. Other facilities include a film studio, wood and metal workshops print and digital media suite, a foundry, and the archives of internationally renowned theatre designers Jocelyn Herbert and Richard Negri.

Housing

LSBU: ASA students are housed in one of the LSBU residence halls. If the LSBU residence halls are full, then students will be housed in other residence halls near LSBU’s campus. Residence halls are composed of cluster flats, each with 4-8 single-occupancy bedrooms, shared kitchen, and Internet access. Meals are not included.

UAL: ASA students are housed in residence halls throughout the city. If the residence halls are full, students will be housed in shared student apartments. Shared student apartment rooms may be shared. The Residence Halls vary in size, but typically consist of cluster flats, each with 4-8 single-occupancy bedrooms, shared kitchen, and Internet access. Because University of the Arts London has several different campuses in different parts of the city, your residence hall may be located 30-45 minutes away from school by Tube or bus – a reasonable commute in a city the size of London.

Full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, can be found on our Housing page.

Excursions

ASA semester programs in London include 2 day excursions and 1 overnight excursion. LSBU Summer Programs include 2 day excursions. UAL Summer Program includes 1 day excursion per session. Destinations may vary by term. Past terms have included trips to:

  • York (overnight excursion) – Explore the medieval streets and city walls before a visit to York Minster, Northern Europe’s largest cathedral. Next, visit tranquil and secluded Fountains Abbey, as well as Halworth, a small town perched on the Yorkshire Moors that inspired the novels of the Bronte sisters.
  • Stonehenge and Bath (day excursion) – Stone circles, magic, mysticism, and the legend of King Arthur are all part of the story of Stonehenge, a 5,000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, visit Bath, where you can drink the healing waters, visit the Roman baths, and take in stories of Jane Austen and high society.
  • Dover Castle and Canterbury (day excursion) – Just like the pilgrims in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales! Explore Canterbury’s cobbled streets and Canterbury Cathedral. Next, it’s off to Dover Castle and the famous White Cliffs of Dover.

Costs & Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What’s Included – ASA London Programs

  • HOUSING: Single room in Residence Hall with kitchen facilities. Meals are not included. (Note: students at University of the Arts London may live in a residence hall or a shared apartment, and apartment rooms may be shared.)  For further details about housing in London, please click here!
  • TUITION at London South Bank University OR University of the Arts London. NOTE: Enrolling in more than the maximum number of classes or credits (if permitted by host institution) will result in an additional fee. 
    • LSBU study-only: students may enroll in a maximum of 4 classes during the semester or a maximum of 2 classes during the summer program.
    • LSBU study & intern: students may enroll in a maximum of 3 classes and 1 internship during the semester or a maximum of 1 class and 1 internship during the summer program.
    • UAL: students may enroll in a maximum of 12 U.S. semester credits during the semester or a maximum of 1 class per summer session.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Final transcript is issued by your host institution. Upon completion of the program, ASA will provide one free shipment of your final transcript to your U.S. institution.
  • EXCURSIONS: Semester programs in London include 2 day excursions & 1 overnight excursion.  Summer programs at London South Bank University include 2 day excursions. Summer programs at University of the Arts London include 1 day excursion per session. Excursion locations to be decided.
  • CULTURAL ACTIVITIES within London (museum visits, walking tours, etc.)
  • INTERNET ACCESS: Students will have free Internet access at their host institution and in their program housing.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP: Group ground transportation is provided from London Heathrow (LHR) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date, by the designated time.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: Students will have an on-site director to assist them with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: Comprehensive international medical insurance is included.  For full details on benefits and coverage, please click here.
  • VISA ADVISING:  While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here to view our “Student Visa Information” to find out if a visa is required for your program.
  • PRE-DEPARTURE HANDBOOK & ON-SITE ORIENTATION

Not Included:

  • Round trip airfare and travel expenses to and from the program location
  • Damage deposit ($350), paid to ASA 30 days before departure; refundable upon return (required only for students attending University of the Arts London)
  • Books, materials, lab fees
  • Local transportation
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals
  • Meals on excursions
  • Laundry
  • Student Visa, if required
  • Transportation from the airport if the student does not arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time
  • Transportation back to the airport at the end of the program
  • For academic year students or those enrolling in more than one session, housing and all other ASA services and benefits are not provided during the break between sessions

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or if you simply want an estimate of the not-included costs listed above, please click here.

Program Iinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.

FAQs

If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:

  • ASA Guide to Study Abroad
  • Student Visa info
  • Medical Insurance info
  • Booking your flight
  • Financial Aid info