London Summer - UK Today


Program Description


Why London?

Summer may just be the best time to live and learn in London. Who wouldn’t want to spend a summer here, with time to also visit all the free museums, watch movies under the stars, and explore the 400+ green spaces in the city?

What You'll Study

Our UK Today Program provides you with the opportunity to explore the vibrant culture and rich heritage of contemporary London through a wide range of courses—all of which apply to British history and culture.

Our unique academic experience integrates course-related trips into virtually all courses to maximize the many opportunities for learning that London presents. Can you imagine studying Communications in class and then visiting the BBC as part of your coursework? Our UK Today program is a great opportunity to continue your studies while using London as your classroom.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in London, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in London. From housing to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

You take two courses for a total of 6 credits. Course disciplines include:

  • Art History
  • Communication
  • Cultural Studies
  • Drama
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • International Business
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

All courses are taught at the IES Abroad Center by distinguished British and international faculty.


This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.

  • The Architecture of London: 1600-Present Day
  • Censored! What the British Could Not See
  • Media and UK Politics
  • British Youth Culture From 1950 to the Present
  • Theater In London: An Introduction
  • Censored! What the British Could Not See
  • Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature
  • Living And Dying In 17Th And 18Th Century London
  • International Marketing Management: Europe
  • Modern British Novel
  • Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature
  • International Marketing Management: Europe
  • Media and UK Politics
  • British Youth Culture From 1950 to the Present

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.

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.

Course-Related Trips

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

Many IES Abroad 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:

  • Windsor Castle
  • London market tours
  • National Theatre (Drama students only)

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, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or field trips that take you off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.


Orientation for the IES Abroad London UK Today Program takes place the first few days after arrival and typically consists of:

  • Welcome reception with faculty and staff
  • Settling into your accommodations
  • An introduction to the IES Abroad London programs and academic policies
  • A guided bus tour of London


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 en-suite kitchenette. No meals are included. 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.

Summer 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2020 $5,120 $2,085 $135 $7,340

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid

Up to $1,000.

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from the information provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of the home campus

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 Nov 2019

About the School

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