Study Abroad in London, England - Internship Program

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Intern Abroad in London: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Student Residence

During your time abroad you will live in central London, close to campus and to the famous Kensington Gardens, Natural History Museum, and West End theater district.

  • Double and triple rooms
  • Security and CCTV monitoring
  • Includes breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday in residence cafeteria

Housing Upgrade

  • Single room in the university residence halls ($995)

    Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in London


A special orientation program focuses on the needs of study abroad students. You can meet with your Academic Advisor to design a program of study tailored to your needs. You will be introduced to the practical aspects of living in London such as transportation options and purchasing a pass as well as learning about student-friendly activities and good value shopping. Walking tours of the local neighborhoods and day tours of London are also offered, together with a wealth of social events such as theater visits and a boat trip along the River Thames.

You will have a chance to meet your AIFS Resident Director and other members of the university—staff and students—who will welcome you to the community and help you make the most of this unique, multicultural environment.

You will also become acquainted with the university computing services and libraries and be introduced to campus social life so you can get involved immediately in the many activities the university and London have to offer.

Support Services

The AIFS Resident Director and university staff help students adjust to life in London and provide a friendly and familiar face. There is an on-call system where students can reach staff 24 hours a day in the event of an emergency and security staff are always on site. The AIFS staff provide help in accessing health care, support for learning/physical disabilities and on-site counseling services. Students can also attend careers service seminars and receive information on U.K. graduate fairs.

Cultural Activities & Trips

In addition the Richmond Student Affairs staff arrange a rich variety of activities to introduce students to life in London. There is an additional fee for many of these activities, but they offer an inexpensive way to experience London’s exciting cultural life and to see other parts of Britain. Professional guides escort trips to enhance the educational experience. Past events have included:

  • Performance at Shakespeare’s re-constructed Globe Theatre
  • Visit to the Tower of London
  • Tour of the Houses of Parliament
  • Film evenings
  • Music concerts
  • Trip to an English soccer game
  • Visit to the ballet
  • Black History walking tour
  • Day trips including Windsor, Stratford-upon-Avon and Brighton

Richmond Clubs and Societies

Student organizations, clubs, and societies are also an integral part of the student activities program at Richmond and allow students to meet others with similar interests. Current active clubs include the Art Exhibition Society, Community Service Club, Dance Club, Fashion Society, The Richmond Psychology Association, The Richmond Free Press and Women in Leadership Club. Study abroad students are welcome to join these clubs and societies and a place on the Student Government is also open to a study abroad student each semester.

Cultural Travel

With its extensive rail services and five international airports London is the perfect starting point from which to explore the U.K. and cities of Europe. You will find low-cost airlines offering inexpensive round-trip flights to mainland Europe along with train and bus options for travel around the U.K. The Richmond Student Affairs staff are always available to help you make plans and share practical travel advice.

You can travel on your own, with friends or on one of the sponsored trips organized by the university. Recent trips have included Iceland, Rome, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Budapest, Prague and Barcelona. See the Richmond website for up to date offerings.

AIFS in London Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Gerrard McAteer

Phone: (44) 20 7368 8501

For almost twenty years I have been directing programs in the four most popular locations for U.S. study abroad students (France, Spain, Italy and the UK). I have been lucky enough to live in Paris, Barcelona and Florence but London is my capital city. I was brought up on the outskirts of Manchester in England before leaving to study engineering in the Midlands. During my college years I spent the summer months working with foreign students in rural France and Massachusetts, U.S. It was during my travels I discovered all about the world of studying and working abroad and that led to my career with AIFS. Only two out of every ten American students study abroad, so simply being on this program makes you stand out. Myself and my team will make sure you make the most of your study abroad opportunity and look forward to welcoming you to 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.

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