Study Abroad in London, England

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) 207 368 8506

Hello! I have been working for AIFS in London since 2000 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


  • Students are housed in double and triple rooms in Richmond University residence halls or approved satellite buildings in the exclusive Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. On-campus facilities include 24-hour reception/security, library, computer lab, coffee-shop, student affairs office and common room with T.V. and DVD player. Single rooms are available on a limited basis for an additional fee of $450 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.


  • Students will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday in the University cafeteria.

Richmond Facilities

You will study in on the Kensington Campus in Kensington, one of the most picturesque and safest 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.

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, Matilda, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and the Woman in Black
  • 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.