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Living Abroad

AIFS in London Resident Director, Summer Program

AIFS Resident Director

Corinne Cohen

Richmond, the American International University
in London
Atlantic House
1 St Albans Grove
Kensington, London, W8 5PN

Phone: (44) 207 636 0761
Email: ccohen@aifs.co.uk

Hello! I have been working for AIFS in London for 15 years helping support students on our study abroad programs. My degree is in American Studies, and I have spent time studying abroad in the U.S. and have traveled extensively in Europe. Away from work I enjoy skiing, running, going to concerts, and theater. I know first hand how study abroad can be a life changing experience, and I look forward to helping you make the most of your time in the wonderful city of London.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Students are housed in double and triple rooms in Richmond University residence halls or approved satellite buildings in the Kensington area. Single rooms are available on a limited basis for an additional fee of $500 per session. Single room fees must be paid to AIFS before departure from the U.S. The University operates a non-smoking policy in all its residences.

Meals

Students will receive a meal allowance of £12 per day Monday through Friday to subsidize breakfast and dinner. The meal allowance is provided in the form of a debit card for use in local grocery stores and restaurants. This is a subsidy and will not cover the cost of meals in expensive restaurants.

Richmond Facilities

You will study in Kensington, one of the most picturesque areas of central London. Classrooms, the library, computer lab and coffee shop are clustered in a residential area of the borough. Within walking distance of half a dozen museums and three Royal parks, Kensington provides easy access to shopping, sports and entertainment. Running, horseback riding and boating are available in Hyde Park.

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of British life and culture the AIFS staff organizes an active social and cultural program. A guided city tour is included in the program fee – see Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. A visit to a West End theater performance is also included.

Other events are offered which are subsidized from student fees so students pay a much lower rate than they would if they bought tickets directly from local theaters and tour agencies.

Last year’s activities included:

  • Jack the Ripper, Rock Music, Street Art and Royal London walking tours
  • Rugby and cricket matches
  • Day trips to Stonehenge and Salisbury, Oxford, Bath, Stratford Upon Avon and Brighton
  • Day trip to the Royal Derby horse racing
  • River boat cruise along the Thames
  • Performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Theater performances of Wicked, Once, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Charlie and the Chocoloate Factory
  • Ballet performance of Romeo and Juliet
  • Traditional afternoon tea

Please note that students may need to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

Besides arranged activities, there are a wide range of events taking place in and around London during the summer, such as the Trooping of the Color, the Ascot races, Wimbledon tennis tournament, Henley Royal Regatta, rock concerts, theater in the parks and much, much more. Information on these events will be made available to students upon arrival in London.

If you are studying on a customized, faculty-led program through your home institution, please see the AIFS Partnerships website for details.