There is something irresistible about London. Maybe it’s the sights like Big Ben or the Tower Bridge that already feel familiar. Or the international character that is evident in every neighborhood, where people of different cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds live and work together. Whatever it is that has drawn you to London, don’t look back now—London awaits!
This is your chance to live and learn alongside students from the UK and around the world by directly enrolling at the Courtauld Institute of Art. IES Abroad London is dedicated to enhancing your study abroad experience with superior student services and opportunities to fully experience life in London. Our staff in London help you make the most of your experience abroad.
London will be your classroom. Involvement in the local community or a student club enriches your learning experiences and provides excellent opportunities for cultural integration.
We want you to feel at home in England, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in London. Our housing options provide you opportunities to meet and make new friends, while our cultural events familiarize you with the city of London.
- Center: IES Abroad London
- City: London
- Country: England
- Program Credits: 15 per semester
- Language of Instruction: English
- Language Prerequisites: None
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
- September 6 - December 8
- Early January - Late March (Spring-only students)
- Early January - Late June (Full-year students)
Upcoming Application Deadlines:
- Spring 2019 - October 15, 2018
IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with the Courtauld Institute of Art.
The Courtauld Institute of Art
IES Abroad has the honor of being only of a select few study abroad providers to have a partnership with the Courtauld Institute of Art, giving IES Abroad art history majors an exceptional opportunity to study at this world-renowned institute. Founded in 1932 and rooted in in-depth historical analysis, the Courtauld curriculum is designed for students who are prepared to be actively engaged in the most challenging and advanced critical topics of Art History. With small-group instruction at the heart of the academic experience, you are expected to take responsibility for mastering the material and participating fully in discussions.
Students typically register for the standard second-year undergraduate program of study at the Courtauld for either a single semester or an academic year. Small-group instruction is at the heart of the academic experience. The program of study could include broad historical period coverage or more specialized and in-depth investigation of two periods and issues relating to two broader fields of art history. Areas could include Classical/Byzantine/Medieval; Renaissance; Early Modern; or Modern/Contemporary. Dependent on previous coursework, you may be assigned or be able to choose from a range of survey and texts and contexts courses. You may also wish to pursue independent studies. Fall Semester Students studying at the Courtauld in the fall semester enroll in one Frameworks for Interpretation course, and one Period course. Past Period courses have included:
- Decline and Fall: Art and Transformation in Late Antiquity
- Art in Venice c. 1420 - 1510
- Rococo to Revolution: Art and Society in France c. 1715–1790
- Histories of Twentieth-Century Art: American Art 1945 – 1972
- Cathedrals in Context: Religion and the Great Church in England 1170 - 1350
Spring Semester Students studying at the Courtauld in the Spring semester will enroll in one Texts and Contexts course, and one Theme course. Past Texts and Contexts courses have included:
- The Metaphysics of Art History: German Art History from Kant to Gombrich
- Man, Nature and the Construction of the Landscape Idea
- Approaches to the Architecture of Michelangelo
- Monuments and Memory
- Artists’ Writings: 1960s to the Present
Advising & Support
Even though you’re directly enrolling in one of our partner universities, we’ll be there for you whenever you need us.
Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process. But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in London, our staff is available to help you transition into your new home.
The support services we offer IES Abroad direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our staff is there for you.
Whether you have questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety, our London-based IES Abroad staff is available to support you. Because of our close relationship with the universities in London, IES Abroad is also able to offer you unique academic, social, and cultural opportunities. Our staff in London accompanies you throughout orientation, as well as at the IES Abroad field trips and cultural events.
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 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 the 24-hour security and a short walk to public transportation.
Orientation IES Abroad Orientation Upon arrival in London, you participate in an introductory orientation with the IES Abroad London staff. Designed specifically for direct enrollment students, the IES Abroad orientation program introduces you to your direct enrollment program, your fellow students, and to London. Other highlights may include a bus tour of London and other cultural activities. Also, you learn about the teaching methods of British professors at the Courtauld. University Orientation You also attend orientation at the Courtauld, where you'll get acquainted with the logistics of student life.
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
- Going on outings to London’s diverse markets
- Going to world-class performances at London’s many entertainment venues
University Clubs & Events
Because The Courtauld is affiliated with the University of London, you have many opportunities for further integration with local students on an extracurricular level. The University of London is a federation of 28 independent institutions, many of which have active student organizations.
- 18 years of age
- In good standing at your home school
- 3.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale. GPAs below 3.5 will not be considered.
- Junior or senior standing when the program begins.
Passport & Visa Requirements
A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. A student visa may be required to enter England. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy; please contact us for more information. If you're studying with IES Abroad in England, you may be eligible to use the IES Abroad ACCeSS program. ACCeSS is our visa processing service in which we submit your visa application and supporting documents to the consulate for you.
- Tuition: $17,155
- Housing: $4,085
- Insurance: $230
- Total: $21,470
- Tuition: $30,860
- Housing: $12,160
- Insurance: $455
- Total: $43,475
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.
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Last updated May 15, 2018