Study Abroad in London, England

Quick Facts | Why London? | City Description | Host University | Housing | Excursions

Course Offerings | Internship Opportunities | Costs & Dates | What’s Included | Program Itinerary | FAQs

 

Quick Facts

Host Institutions:
  • London South Bank University – Semester/Academic Year and Summer programs
  • University of the Arts London – Semester/Academic Year and Summer programs
Eligibility Rules: click here
Academic Focus: Business, Economics, Journalism, Politics, Theatre, International Relations, History, Literature, Film, Mathematics, Communications/Media, Psychology, Criminology, Social Policy, Sustainability Communities, and Engineering. (Click here for Course Offerings)
Curriculum: Semester students take 4 courses; Summer students take 1-2 courses (maximum number of credits varies by host institution and term)
Housing:
  • Students at London South Bank University live in Student Residence Halls (single rooms). Residence halls are located on campus or close to campus.  Meals are not included.
  • Semester students at University of the Arts London live in Student Residence Halls (single rooms).  Meals are not included.  The commute will depend on which college you are attending, but it generally takes anywhere from 25-45 minutes to get from your housing to campus. Summer students at University of the Arts London may also live in a student residence or a shared apartment (rooms may be shared).
  • For further details about housing in London, please click here!
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

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 a core course entitled, “London: City of Change,” plus 3 elective courses of their choosing. “London: City of Change” uses London as a classroom, including field trips and site visits around the city, where students will explore the literary, historic, and cultural themes of this great city. Topics covered include the history of the area surrounding the university, the role of London in world history, and the works of writers such as Dickens, Woolf, and Wordsworth. The course also helps students get to know their new city with field trips 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, Design, 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.

University of the Arts London

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 six Colleges, interspersed in different neighborhoods in central London. ASA students may study at five of these: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, and 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 University of the Arts London allows ASA students to take classes alongside British students. Each 10-week Fall or Spring term will earn 12-13 semester credits. Through the Integrated Programme, you will take all your classes within your major or minor, 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
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 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

ASA students at London South Bank University are typically housed on campus in David Bomberg House residence hall. The hall is composed of cluster flats, each with 4-8 single occupancy bedrooms, shared kitchen, and Internet access. Meals are not included.

ASA students at University of the Arts London live in residence halls located throughout the city. Halls 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 commonly asked questions, can be found on our Housing page.

Excursions

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

Internships

ASA offers customized semester and summer Internships in London for students who wish to gain full-time work experience at a British company or organization.  These are stand-alone internships that cannot be combined with classes.

Summer internships are usually 2 months long, while semester internships are 3 to 4 months in duration.  As these non credit-bearing internships are customized, there is a fee depending on the length of your placement.  The placement process will begin several months before you would depart for London.  After reviewing your CV (resume) and your areas of interests, our Internship Coordinator will begin looking for a placement that suits your interests and goals.  Your internship placement will be confirmed before you leave, usually about 6 weeks before your internship is to begin.  Because our Internship Coordinator has connections throughout London and several years’ experience successfully placing interns, we are confident that you will have a challenging and rewarding internship experience.  Placements are available in Business, Finance, Politics, Communications, Media, Fashion, Psychology, Interior Design, Publishing, Graphic Design, Museum and Gallery Curation, and Theatre.  If you don’t see your area of interest listed here, please check with us, as internships are customized and our Internship Coordinator is happy to look for placements in other fields.  For further details about our internship opportunities in London, please click here.

Costs & Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What’s Included – Semester/Summer Study Abroad Program in London

  • HOUSING: London South Bank University & University of the Arts London semester programs: single room in Residence Hall with kitchen facilities. No meals are included. (Summer students at University of the Arts London may live in a student residence or a shared apartment – rooms may be shared.)  For further details about housing in London, as well as answers to commonly asked questions, please click here!
  • EXCURSIONS: Semester programs 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.
  • TUITION at London South Bank University OR University of the Arts London
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution. Possible number of semester credits:  16 (London South Bank University semester), 12 (University of the Arts London semester), 6 (London South Bank University summer), 3 (University of the Arts London summer).
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: At the conclusion of the program, an official transcript from your host university will be sent to your home institution.
  • CELL PHONE: ASA provides one cell phone for each student.  Students are responsible for the cost of phone usage.
  • INTERNET ACCESS at their host institution.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP at London Heathrow (LHR) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: for a Description of Coverage, please visit our Information Library.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: on-site to assist students with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • 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 and scroll down to “Student Visa Information” to find out if a visa is required for your program.
  • PRE-DEPARTURE ONLINE VIDEO PROGRAM (semester programs only), PRE-DEPARTURE PACKET & ON-SITE ORIENTATION

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Books & materials
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Student Visa, if required
  • Laundry
  • Meals
  • Meals on excursions
  • Damage Deposit ($350) – University of the Arts London students only

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or simply need more details about the additional costs listed above, please email chelsea(at)academicstudies.com. 

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