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Study Abroad | London

England | AIFS Global Education Center | January Term 2025
The Big Ben in London, England.


Spend January Term in the cosmopolitan city of London, England, with AIFS! Study history, art history or sociology at the AIFS Global Education Center in London. The Center is located in Kensington, one of the most picturesque areas of central London.

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 3 semester credits

  • Courses

    Courses in art, history, marketing, sociology

  • Housing

    Double rooms in a student residence

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Oxford (day trip)

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Such as a sightseeing tour of London, a traditional afternoon tea, a day trip to Oxford, visits to London’s museums, galleries and landmarks and exploration of London’s diverse neighborhoods

  • Welcome Event

    To help you get to know your classmates better, familiarize you with the local area and advise you about your stay

  • On-Site Support

    To help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round trip flights U.S.-London-U.S

    Round trip transfers between the airport and campus overseas

Program Details: Study Abroad | London Liberal Arts


January 4, 2025January 24, 2025


January Term


AIFS Global Education Center

Application Deadline

October 15, 2024

Inclusive Fees



Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum of 2.5 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Communications
  • History
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Social Science
  • Sociology

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Language, History and Culture
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AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

The AIFS Global Education Center in London is in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, one of the most prestigious areas of the city and in a location that gives easy access to all that this wonderful capital has to offer.  

Classes are held in the AIFS Center and the Program Director and Student Advisors are based there to help students adjust to life in London and provide a friendly and familiar face. Free Wi-Fi is available in all buildings and there are a small number of computers for student use/printing.

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 course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University. 

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Communications
  • History
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Social Science
  • Sociology

Earn up to 3 credits while studying in the heart of London. London itself plays a vital role in your study. Critically analyze the legacy of the British Empire and consider the complexities of immigration by focusing on London’s global cuisine, learn about fashion marketing in one of the fashion capitals of the world, or find out more about the history of London by visiting major sites and hidden gems as the city becomes your textbook.

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A student singing in London.

Living Abroad

Student Residence

For January Term 2024, housing will be in cluster flats shared between 5-8 AIFS students. Each room is a single with a private bathroom. The cluster will have a communal kitchen.

Housing beyond January 2024 has not yet been determined. Single accommodation may be available for a supplemental fee. Please contact the Program Advisor regarding availability.

Internet access is included in all AIFS London housing.


London has a diverse range of peoples and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries. London had topped 9 million people in 2020.  


London is home to numerous museums, galleries, libraries, sporting events and other cultural institutions, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, British Library and 40 West End theaters.


London’s transportation system is also renowned, and the London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world. A London Transport travel pass is included in your program fee.

AIFS in London Director, January Term Program

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Chris Shia

Chris has several years’ worth of experience in international education and support. Before joining AIFS, Chris worked in student resident life for many years. Growing up in Ealing, West London, Chris has studied abroad on an exchange to the University of North Texas and lived abroad in Toronto, Canada. Chris holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Surrey and a Masters in Urban Planning from University College London. Traveling around the world is something that Chris really enjoys, and Chris has been to over 36 countries around the world ranging from Bosnia to Japan. You can find Chris exploring and learning about different neighborhoods in London on the weekend and is always on the lookout for “hidden gems” that few people know about including local restaurants, markets, nightlife and experiences. Chris’s big passion is watching football and Chris supports the mighty Tottenham Hotspur and attends matches whenever possible. Feel free to contact Chris about a variety of things including things to see and do in London and the UK, housing, healthcare, traveling, saving money and much more.

The Program Director leads a team of staff who provide you with advice and support during the program. An Academic team is also on hand to assist you with your courses and provide academic support in London. 

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of British life the AIFS staff organizes an active social and cultural program. Activities may include:

  • Guided city tour with a professional guide See Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London
  • Christmas at Kew Gardens Visit the world-renowned Royal Botanical Gardens.
  • Greenwich excursion Home to the Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum
  • Performance at a West End theater London is renowned for its vibrant theater scene. See a show in the famous West End theater district
  • Afternoon tea tea in a pot, scones with cream and jam, finger sandwiches and dainty cakes; enjoy the most English of institutions in a charming tearoom
  • Visits to museums, galleries and landmarks
  • Walking tour to experience London’s diverse and multicultural neighborhoods and vibrant art scene
  • Curry night in Brick Lane, the heart of London’s Bangladeshi community. Sample what has become the U.K.’s national cuisine – curry! Enjoy a meal with new friends in a hip neighborhood of the city

Specific activities for your program will be confirmed prior to the program start date. Besides arranged activities and visits you will undertake as part of the course you select, there is always something going on in and around London. Your Program Director will give you all the information you need to find events and activities that interest you.


This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside London and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of England. Previous excursions have included:

A courtyard at Oxford.


Visit Oxford, home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Includes transportation, guided tour through the countryside, visit to one of the colleges, and free time.
  • England
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
A group of happy students at a carnival.
A view of Prague.

Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    October 15, 2024
  • Deposit Deadline
    November 5, 2024
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2024
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 3, 2025
  • Program Begins
    January 4, 2025
  • Program Ends
    January 24, 2025
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    January 24, 2025
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.
  • **** AIFS Abroad offers visa processing services to applicants who enroll into the program by this date. All other applicants who enroll after this date will be responsible for securing their own visa with guidance from AIFS Abroad.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington/Dulles
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