Study Abroad in London, England

Study Abroad in London: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: accounting, American studies, art, design and media, art history, British studies, business, communications, creative writing, development studies, economics, entrepreneurship, European studies, fashion, film, finance, history, international business, international journalism, international relations, literature, management, marketing, media studies, photography, politics, public relations, psychology, religion, service learning, sociology and theater.

Program Options

This program is designed for students who wish to take courses in a broad range of academic disciplines and choose from over 900 courses including London Core courses which relate specifically to the history, art, architecture, culture, economics and politics of Britain and make special use of the resources available in London. Many of these classes also satisfy major or general education requirements. Most courses meet for 45 contact hours per semester and carry 3 credits. The minimum course load is four courses and the maximum is five courses for up to 15 semester credits.

Students across the U.S., as well as Richmond’s own degree students, are registering for classes, so the earlier a student’s course requests are submitted, the better the chance of getting the courses he or she wants.

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Academic Year, Fall or Spring Semester up to 15 2.5 GPA

For those interested in the interdisciplinary nature of a liberal arts education, this is an excellent way to combine history, literature and the social sciences in a systematic and intensive study of British culture. To achieve the certificate, students must complete five courses from a specially selected list.

A full list of certificate courses is available on Richmond’s website. If you are interested in being considered for receipt of this certificate, be sure to notify the Academic Affairs Office at Richmond upon arrival in London.

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 15 2.5 GPA


A separate program is available for freshmen and sophomores at the University’s Richmond Hill campus, 45-60 minutes away from Kensington where the Traditional Academic Program, Internship Program and Certificate in British Studies Program are held. Students live in double or triple rooms at the Richmond Hill campus and receive 10 meals per week in the student cafeteria. Students based on the Richmond Hill campus will be visited regularly by the AIFS Resident Director and will be supported by the University’s Student Affairs team. They will be able to participate in all activities available to the other AIFS study abroad students as listed in this catalog. A wide range of lower division courses are offered, details of which can be found on Richmond’s website. Please note that upper division students are not encouraged to enroll in lower division courses because of the commuting time and cost of travel between campuses.

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 15 2.5 GPA


Richmond, The American International University in London

The original Richmond College, founded in 1843, was a constituent institution of the University of London from 1870 until the founding of the present University in 1970, which bears its name and occupies its campus. A second campus was later opened in the Kensington area of central London. This is where all upper division courses are taught and where most study abroad students live and study.

The University is licensed to award degrees by the Department of Education of the state of Delaware. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to the U.S. degree granting authority, it has U.K. taught degree awarding powers granted by the U.K. Privy Council. It is the first university in the U.K. to have dual degree granting authority. Richmond has also undergone a successful full institutional review by the UK Quality Assurance Agency.

Richmond’s faculty are leaders in their field, publishing and presenting research on a variety of different issues, including popular music, globalization, football (soccer), nationalism, politics, psychology, religion, fantasy and science fiction literature, paganism, film, education, empire, propaganda, architecture, fundamentalism, philosophy, management consulting, foreign trade, colonialism and U.S. foreign policy, all of which are fed back into the classroom to enrich discussion and study. Small classes and personal attention plus a wide range of over 900 courses make Richmond an ideal study abroad choice. You will find Richmond both academically challenging and culturally enriching, a familiar setting in one of the world’s great cities.

With an international student body Richmond has students from over 100 nations, leading to lively discussions, new perspectives and amazing world views both inside the classroom and out. Your time at Richmond will leave you with friends/contacts from across the globe and ready for a world where the ability to communicate effectively across national and cultural boundaries is as valuable as traditional academic achievement.

The University Campus

The upper division campus is located in Kensington, one of the best residential and most picturesque areas of central London, surrounded by places of enormous historical and cultural interest.

Accommodations and classrooms are located close to Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Kensington High Street with its lively mix of shops, restaurants, cafés and cinemas. The campus is complete with 4 computer labs, an extensive library and facilities for sculpture, painting and ceramics. The Center for New Media incorporates a video studio with editing suite and a photography studio with darkrooms. A cross-campus wireless network also exists.

Please note that the Freshman and Sophomore Program is based at the Richmond Hill campus, 45-60 minutes away from the Kensington campus.