Study Abroad in London, England

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Study Abroad in London: Academics

AIFS Global Education Center

You will study in Kensington, one of the most picturesque and safest areas of central London. 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.

Academic credit for the AIFS London program is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students. The London faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

Academic Overview and Policies

Choose between the Traditional Academic Program of one course per 3-week session or the Internship Program, consisting of classroom-based courses and a résumé-building internship.

Please note:

  • Students may enroll for any of the three, 3-week sessions, two consecutive sessions or all three
  • Students may continue in the fall semester or academic year. The summer session may also be added to the previous spring semester. Learn about AIFS Study Again grants
  • Students may combine Session A and/or C with the Diversity inLondon Program or Shakespeare’s Globe Theater Education Program for a 6- or 9-week experience

Attendance is required to receive full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of absences may lose all or partial credit. Classes are normally scheduled Monday through Friday. Students are not permitted to take final exams early.

Courses run providing there is sufficient enrollment (a minimum of 8 students is required). Provisional confirmation of courses to be taught can be obtained in April from the AIFS Stamford office. Limited changes may be necessary before a session starts.

Grades No AIFS student is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/ Fail options are not available.

Registration The earlier you apply, the better the chances of getting the courses you want. If your first choices are not available or already full, you are automatically registered for your second choices.

Transcripts are issued by Fairfield University. One official copy of the transcript will be mailed to the student’s home college or university.

Program Options

The summer school is divided into three sessions of three weeks each. Students take one 3-credit, 3-week course per session for a maximum of 9 credits over 9 weeks.

Most courses utilize field trips and on-site teaching to support classroom lectures. You will need to budget for transportation and other incidental costs in connection with these field trips, even if the course description does not specify an amount for expenses. Similarly, additional costs for art materials, photographic supplies or theater tickets are not included in the program fee.

This program explores the ethnic, national and religious diversity in London, a city where over 300 languages are spoken and 40% of the population were born overseas. Covering the period from the end of World War II to the present day the course will introduce students to the distinctive form and nature of Britain’s multiculturalism and critically analyze the legacy of colonialism and British Empire. It will explore the experiences of minority ethnicities living in London and review how these have changed over time with reference to the process of immigration, institutionalized racism and anti-racism movements including Black Lives Matter UK. In addition to classroom based learning students will engage with black and minority ethnic community and campaigning groups in London, take walking tours such as a black history walk to learn about popular culture and activism (including American Stokely Carmichael’s visit to London in the 1960s where he inspired people to organize against prejudice, and the founding of the British Black Panthers in 1968 by Nigerian playwright Obi B Egbuna), visit Brick Lane (heart of the city’s Bangladeshi community) and visit organizations such as the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust which have worked to expose and tackle institutionalized racism in modern day Britain.

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