London - Study London


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Program Description

Earn U.S. Credits Virtually This Summer

Get ahead! Earn extra credit through a globally recognized U.S. education program this summer on our Virtual World DiscoverIES program.

Just picture it: one day you're exploring business ethics with a professor in London and the next it's Japanese pop culture from Tokyo, studying alongside classmates from the U.S.’s highest-ranked colleges and universities. This is what it's like to take a course or two (of your choosing!) from IES Abroad’s most popular centers around the world this summer.

Learn more about how you can discover the world through IES Abroad.


Why London?

An urban adventure awaits you in London, one of the largest and most fascinating cities in Europe that almost nine million people call home. Our program offers you a hands-on education in this iconic city—think the Shard, Buckingham Palace, and Camden Market.

The goal of our program is to help you explore contemporary London and gain a deeper knowledge of British culture, including the central importance of history to the British. Explore the global impact of Britain on Western culture, including art, literature, and financial and political systems.

What You'll Study

Choose from dozens of IES Abroad courses taught by expert local faculty at our Center. You can also focus your creative energy on the production of original work in one of our unique creative arts workshops.

Expand your study abroad experience with a course at a prestigious local university, a parttime internship, or a service-learning placement. Our partner universities City, University of London and Queen Mary, University of London, offer you hundreds, of course, options to choose from and the chance to meet local British and international students.

A part-time internship or service-learning placement grants you first-hand experience of British business, culture, and society at no additional cost. We can talk to you about the type of placement you’d like before you depart, and then work to match you with a business or organization in London.

Daily Life

London will be your classroom. Learn about the city’s historic and modern buildings on an architectural walking tour with your professor. Visit London’s many museums and galleries including the British Museum, the National Gallery, and the Tate Galleries. From one side of this metropolis to the other, immerse yourself in British culture as you attend theater performances at London’s West End and explore the diverse East End.

We want you to feel at home in London, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. We organize outings to help you make the most of your time in London, such as attending a sporting event or visiting some of the city’s markets. Plus, we offer field trips to some of England’s iconic sites, such as Stonehenge and Stratford-upon-Avon.


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 unique courses that explore arts, literature, business, politics, and science, as well as other topics, through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You enroll in 15–19 credits per semester and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Academic programming is scheduled five days a week.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following program components:

  • IES Abroad area studies courses (required, 3 credits each)
  • IES Abroad Workshops in the Creative and Performing Arts (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Internship placement and seminar* (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Service Learning placement and seminar* (optional, 3 credits each)

Partner University Course* (optional, the supplementary course at either City, University of London or Queen Mary, University of London, 4 credits each. Program cost includes one supplementary course at a local university per term)

*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.

Workshops in the Creative & Performing Arts

Creative workshops are courses that focus on the production of a piece of creative work (writing, film, or fine art). Past workshops have been offered in Fine Arts, Film/Video, and Playwriting. Creative workshops frequently require long hours outside of class.

You will often be asked to work on your own initiative in order to bring a piece of writing or a film clip into class. The creative work within the class will, by definition, have a more open and experiential structure than that of an academic course.

Workshops in the Creative Arts

  • FA/AH390 Western Art and the Convergence of Technique & Philosophy
  • FS390 London Video Film Production Workshop
  • TH390 Playwriting Workshop


  • The Architecture of London: 1600-Present Day
  • Western Art And The Convergence Of Technique And Philosophy
  • Censored! What the British Could Not See
  • Media and UK Politics
  • British Youth Culture From 1950 to the Present
  • Theater In London: An Introduction
  • The Economics and Business of Climate Change
  • Visiting Europe In Cinema
  • Western Art And The Convergence Of Technique And Philosophy
  • International Finance
  • Representations of Identity, Nation and Values in British Cinema Spring
  • London Video Film Production Workshop
  • Censored! What the British Could Not See
  • Visiting Europe In Cinema
  • Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature
  • Comparative Healthcare Systems and Policies in Great Britain, Europe, and the United States
  • Public Health in Europe: Issues and Social Policies Spring
  • International and European Health and Human Rights
  • Social Welfare Policy in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective and Practicum
  • The History Of London
  • From Aphra Behn To The 'Blitz:' 300 Years Of London Women'S Social History
  • Contemporary Business Issues And The Eu
  • Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice
  • Strategic Management
  • Business Ethics
  • International Marketing Management: Europe
  • The Economics and Business of Climate Change
  • Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice
  • Literature And Place
  • Modern British Novel
  • Shakespeare The Dramatist
  • Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature Spring, Summer
  • Managing Behaviour in Organisations
  • Strategic Management
  • Business Ethics
  • International Marketing Management: Europe
  • An Introduction to European Integration: History, Institutions, and Policies
  • Media and UK Politics
  • International and European Health and Human Rights
  • Social Welfare Policy in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective and Practicum
  • British Youth Culture From 1950 to the Present
  • Playwriting Workshop
  • From Aphra Behn To The 'Blitz:' 300 Years Of London Women'S Social History

Partner Institution(s)

In addition to our courses, we encourage you to enroll in a course offered at one of several prestigious British institutions. This is a great way to experience the British higher education system first-hand and meet British students. You may enroll in one supplementary course per semester for no additional cost. If you choose to enroll in more than one supplementary course, there is an additional per-course cost.

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. See the following for more specific information about each institution.

Courses can be taken at the following universities:

City University (City)

Supplementary Course Option: 4 credits

The City received its charter in 1966, evolving from Northampton Polytechnic, a school that was founded nearly a century ago. The Cass Business School is AACSB- and EQUIS-accredited.

Courses in the following disciplines are particularly strong:

Note: 2-credit courses are not available to IES Abroad students. For course descriptions, visit City University's Academic Programme site.

  • Actuarial Science
  • Business
  • Computer Science*
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Foreign Language
  • Journalism** (majors only)
  • Management
  • Media & Communications
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics

*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-related course(s). Please also note that course selections in the Fall semester are more limited than those in the Spring.

Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

Supplementary Course Option: 4 credits

Located in the diverse East End, QMUL is one of the largest colleges in the group of institutions that together make up the University of London.

Courses in the following disciplines are particularly strong:

  • Business
  • Economics
  • English
  • Film
  • History
  • Literature
  • Natural Science
  • Political Science

You are welcome to enroll in classes in any academic department, although certain classes may have prerequisites. Please also note that enrollment in Queen Mary courses is limited in the spring term due to a conflicting final exam schedule.

Current course listings are available on the University's Directory of Modules.

When you filter the course selections in the Directory of Modules, please refer to the following guidelines. More information can be found under the “guidance notes” link on the main page, as well.

  • Step 1 - I'm interested in... - select Associate student modules
  • Step 2 - Filter by:
    • School - select the appropriate school for your course(s) of interest
    • Semester - Select Semester 1 for Fall or Semester 2 for Spring
    • Level - select 4, 5 or 6
      • 4 corresponds to U.S. 100-level courses, 5 to 200-level courses and 6 to 300-level courses
      • For major credit, it is recommended that students enroll in level 6 courses

Service Learning

Participating in a service-learning experience in London is one of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people toward a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect London while contributing your skills toward a community-driven solution.

A service-learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by a 3-credit service-learning seminar. Through the seminar, you have structured time for reflection, discussion, and even research on the issues of your host community.

All IES Abroad service-learning placements are supervised. Placement examples include:

  • Education
  • Mental health organizations
  • NGO Administration
  • Public Health Administration
  • Social Outreach


Interning while you study in London gives you a rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the real-life, everyday culture of your host country
  • Add global work experience and skills to your résumé or your application for graduate school
  • Improve your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a 3-credit seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.

Personalized Placements

Once you indicate your interest in an internship, we work with you to find the ideal internship placement that fulfills your academic and career goals. We’ve placed students with a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If we don’t currently work with a business or organization in your field of interest, we will search for a placement that’s right for you.

Placement Examples

Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—we are always seeking out new opportunities for our students.

  • Arts & Museums
  • Business
  • Education
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Theater

If you’re interested in participating in an internship for the semester, be aware that some internship options have earlier application deadlines. You must complete your program application first, and then you can apply for the internship. (You won’t have access to the internship forms until you’ve been admitted into the program.) Talk to your IES Abroad Advisor for more information on deadlines.

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in London, our field trips and course-related trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations.


3 Days | Fall & Spring

Take a trip to Scotland’s capital where you’ll learn about the city’s history on a guided walking tour. Visit Edinburgh Castle that overlooks the city from its hill-top location, and take a day trip to a wildlife reserve in the Highlands.

Stonehenge & Bath

2 Days | Fall & Spring

Visit mysterious Stonehenge and the ancient Roman baths in Bath. Marvel at the collection of world-class couture at the Fashion Museum, and explore the Jane Austen Centre.


1 Day | Fall & Spring

Explore the historic maze of twisting alleyways and enjoy a visit to the Royal Pavilion, one of Europe’s most exotic royal palaces.


1 Day | Fall & Spring

Visit this historic university town, with its picturesque colleges and punting (in a gondola) on the river.


1 Day | Fall & Spring

Spend a Saturday experiencing Liverpool. Enjoy a guided tour around the city, including a visit to the Beatles Museum.


1 Day | Fall & Spring

Visit Shakespeare’s house, which was the place of his birth, and Holy Trinity Church, where he is buried.

This program also includes one course-related trip per semester that allows you to better understand first-hand the community health care challenges in a developing economy. Course-related trips are required, integral academic components of this program. The cost of the course-related trips is included in the IES Abroad program fee.

Course-Related Trips

IES Abroad London organizes course-related trips that complement our courses and contribute to a general knowledge of British culture and society.

Many of our 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:

  • Theater performances at London’s West End and Fringe theaters
  • Architectural walking tours
  • Exploration of London’s East End

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, your 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.


Our orientation takes place in and around London and is designed to introduce you to the program, your fellow students, and the city.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

Other highlights include a London bus and walking tour, a welcome event, and a visit to the Tower of London. You also learn about the teaching methods of British professors and the program, including internships, academic policies, and field trips.

You receive academic advising and finalize your course registration during orientation.


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 in Central London – You and another IES Abroad student share a room with an en-suite bathroom and have access to a common kitchen or ensuite kitchenette. Meals are not provided.

There are laundry facilities and WiFi access throughout the building, and you will have access to a fitness facility.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Take advantage of the cultural events we organize in London, such as:

  • 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


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.

Spring 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $14,840 $4,300 $230 $19,370

Academic year

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Academic year $26,175 $8,420 $455 $35,050

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Robert McNeill Need-Based International Business Scholarship

Up to $3,000; awarded to 2 students each year.

This scholarship is named in honor of Robert McNeill, a member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors for 25 years (6 years as Chairman). Open to students who have an interest in international business. Majors might include management, marketing, economics, finance, international relations, and social and behavioral sciences.

Dr. William Louis Gaines Need-Based History or International Relations Scholarship

Up to $1,875; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. William Louis Gaines, President of IES Abroad from 1974-1992. Dr. Gaines was dedicated to strengthening IES Abroad's academic framework, broadening the scope of IES Abroad locations, and securing the financial foundation of the organization.

Open to students majoring in History or International Relations.

Edward Mowatt Endowed Scholarship

Up to $2,000 each; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

These scholarships are for students on the IES Abroad London semester and year programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad London Center, situated in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, is a two-minute walk from the British Museum.

Features include:

  • 18th-century Georgian building
  • Classrooms
  • Library resources
  • Wireless Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Outdoor patio
  • Staff offices
  • Student lounge
  • Gender-neutral bathrooms

The IES Abroad London Center is recognized by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for meeting or exceeding UK expectations as a quality higher education provider.

Last updated May 2020

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