London

 
Quick Facts

QUICK FACTS

 
 
HOST INSTITUTIONSSemester, Academic Year, and Summer programs: London South Bank University (LSBU) and University of the Arts London (UAL). Internships are available in tandem with LSBU courses.
ACADEMICSLSBU: Business, Communications, Criminology, Economics, Engineering, Film, History, International Relations, Journalism, Literature, Media, Politics, Social Policy, and more.
UAL: Advertising, Communications, Design, Fashion, Film, Fine Arts, Journalism, Media, Public Relations, Theatre, and more.
HOUSINGLSBU: LSBU Residence Halls (single rooms). Internet is included. Meals are not included.
UAL: UAL Residence Halls (single rooms). Internet is included. Meals are not included.
SAMPLE DAY EXCURSIONSDover Castle & Canterbury, Stonehenge & Bath, Cambridge, Leeds Castle, Windsor Castle, Oxford
SAMPLE OVERNIGHT EXCURSIONYork, Wales
PROGRAM CALENDARSClick here!
The City
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 department store 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 expensive. 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.

Host Institutions

HOST INSTITUTIONS

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.

All study abroad students are required to take “London: City of Change” plus 3 additional courses of their choosing. “London: City of Change” will use London as a classroom and encourages students to explore the literary, historic, and cultural themes of this great city. Topics covered in “London: City of Change” will include the history of the area surrounding the university, the role of London in world history, and the works of writers like Dickens, Woolf, and Wordsworth. The course also helps students get to know their new city with field trips and site visits to nearby Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tate Modern art museum.

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.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS 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 receive confirmation of your placement shortly before departing for the UK. Internships are available in a variety of fields, but students are required to provide 3 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 participants will enroll in a mandatory course, London: City of Change, plus 2 additional courses of their choosing, 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. For the internship component, 120 work hours must be completed over the course of the semester.

Summer Study & Intern program participants will enroll in a mandatory course, London: City of Change, plus their internship for a total of 8 U.S. semester credits.  For the internship component, 120 work hours must be completed over the 6-week summer term (approximately 20 work hours per week).

For further details about semester and summer 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. It has about 20,000 students and is made up of 6 Colleges, interspersed in different neighborhoods in central London.

ASA students may be placed to study at 1 of the 6 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 at UAL

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 session.

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 College of Arts 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.

 
Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

London South Bank University: Classes without Internship
- Summer/Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.75 (Students with GPA below 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying

    • Official Transcript from your college or university

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. A scan of your valid passport is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


University of the Arts London
- Summer/Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 3.0. (Students with GPA between 2.80-2.99 are considered on a case-by-case basis.)

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Completed at least 2 semesters at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying. This program is recommended for students with junior or senior standing.

    • Official transcript from your college or university. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution. Official transcript from current institution must also show courses currently in progress.

    • One letter of recommendation from a professor at your college/university (ideally a professor in your major department)

    • Personal Statement/Letter of Motivation (1-2 pages) describing: What would you like to achieve both academically and personally during your time London? Why have you chosen to study at University of the Arts London?

    • A Portfolio may be required depending on which academic field you plan to study. Click here for portfolio guidelines.

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. A scan of your valid passport is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


London South Bank University: Classes + Internship
- Summer/Semester

 
Housing

HOUSING

LSBU: All students live in LSBU residence halls. Meals are not included. Flats are typically composed of 4-8 single occupancy bedrooms and are shared with other ASA students, international students or degree-seeking students at LSBU. In some cases, each bedroom has its own bathroom “pod,” and in other cases, bathrooms are shared. Each flat has a kitchen and common area shared by all flatmates, as well as Internet. Flats are usually coed. Most LSBU residence halls are located a 10-15 minute walk from your classes.

UAL: All students live in the UAL halls of residence. Meals are not included. Flats are typically composed of 4-8 single occupancy bedrooms and are shared with other international students or degree-seeking students at UAL. In some cases, each bedroom has its own bathroom “pod,” and in other cases, bathrooms are shared. Each flat has a kitchen and common area shared by all flatmates, as well as Internet. Flats are usually coed. University of the Arts London has residence halls and campuses located in various parts of London; therefore, students usually have to take the London Tube to and from class, and the commute may be 45 minutes. In a city the size of London, 45 minutes is a normal commute.

HOUSING FAQ

+ Can I room with a friend?

You may request to live with a friend by emailing ASA at hello@academicstudies.com. Roommate requests must be mutual, so be sure your friend requests you back. However, the host university is responsible for all hall allocations, so we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in the same flat or residence hall as your friend. You will meet your flatmates upon arrival; they could be from the U.S., the UK, or other countries.

+ When will I find out where I’ll be living?

ASA will notify you of your living arrangements via email approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of your program.

+ Will I have a roommate?

Rooms are single occupancy, but you will share a flat with 3-7 additional students. Flats may be coed.

+ Are meals included?

No, meals are not included, but your flat will have a kitchen, and grocery stores are within walking distance.

+ What should I bring with me?

A detailed list of what to bring (and what not to bring) will be included in your ASA pre-departure handbook, which will be emailed to you about a month before your program begins.

+ How far will I live from school?

LSBU students typically live within a 10-15 walk from classes. UAL students typically live 45 minutes from classes and commute on the London Tube. In a city the size of London, 45 minutes is a normal commute!

+ Is a Damage Deposit required?

Yes, a Damage Deposit of $350 is required for students attending University of the Arts London, to be paid 30 days before your program start date. Damage Deposits are refundable after the end of the program, as long as nothing is missing or damaged in your living space. Please note: Damage Deposits cannot be deferred with financial aid.

 

 
Excursions

excursions

ASA semester programs in London include 2 day excursions and 1 overnight excursion. ASA summer programs in London include 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.

Course Offerings
Cost & Dates

COST & DATES

Billing Information and Refund Policy for London programs

Price Breakdowns / Estimated Costs of Attendance

Dates are subject to change without notice.

Application Deadline — The deadline by which you must complete the application process, including turning in all documentation to ASA (transcript, etc.)

Payment Deadline — The deadline by which you must submit full payment for your program fees or verification of financial aid.  A non-refundable Down Payment may be required in advance of the Payment Deadline to secure your space. Check the “Billing Information and Refund Policy” link above to find out if a Down Payment is required.

Damage Deposit — $350 Damage Deposit required for students attending University of the Arts London.

LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall 2019 Arrive Sept. 14 – Depart Dec. 14
London South Bank University – Classes Only
$15,395May 15, ’19June 15, ’19LEF1
Fall 2019 Arrive Sept. 14 – Depart Dec. 14
London South Bank University – Classes + Internship
$15,395April 15, ’19May 15, ’19LEF1-IN
Spring 2020 Arrive Jan. 18 – Depart June 6
London South Bank University – Classes Only
$15,395Oct. 1, ’19Oct. 30, ’19LES1
Spring 2020 Arrive Jan. 18 – Depart June 6
London South Bank University – Classes + Internship
$15,395Sept. 15, ’19Oct. 15, ’19LES1-IN
Summer I 2020 Late June 2020 - Mid. July 2020 (TBA)
London South Bank University - Classes Only
TBAMarch 1, ’20March 15, ’20LESU1
Summer II 2020 Mid. July 2020 - Mid. Aug. 2020 (TBA)
London South Bank University - Classes Only
TBAMarch 1, ’20March 15, ’20LESU2
Summer III 2020 Late June 2020 - Mid. Aug. 2020 (TBA)
London South Bank University - Class + Internship
TBAMarch 1, ’20March 15, ’20LESU1-IN
Fall 2020 Mid. Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
London South Bank University – Classes Only
$15,395May 15, '20June 15, '20LEF1
Fall 2020 Mid. Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
London South Bank University – Classes + Internship
$15,395April 15, ’20May 15, ’20LEF1-IN

UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall 2019 Arrive Sept. 13 – Depart Dec. 7
University of the Arts London
$17,949April 1, '19May 1, '19LEF2
Spring 2020 Arrive Early Jan. – Depart Mid. March (TBA)
University of the Arts London
$17,949Oct. 1, '19Oct. 30, '19LES2
Summer I 2020 Early June 2020 - Late June 2020 (TBA)
University of the Arts London
$6,595March 1, '20March 15, '20LESU2SUM1
Summer II 2020 Late June 2020 - Mid. July 2020 (TBA)
University of the Arts London
$6,595March 1, '20March 15, '20LESU2SUM2
Summer III 2020 Mid. July 2020 - Mid. Aug. 2020 (TBA)
University of the Arts London
$6,595March 1, '20March 15, '20LESU2SUM3
Fall 2020 Mid. Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
University of the Arts London
$17,949April 1, '20May 1, '20LEF2