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Study Abroad | London

England | AIFS Global Education Center | Spring 2023
A royal guard in London, England.
London bridge.
  • Spring 2023

Overview

Spend a semester or academic year in the lively, worldly city of London, England, with AIFS! As a major political, financial and cultural center London is one of the world’s most thriving and cosmopolitan cities. Home to a multitude of museums and galleries, concert halls, theaters, historic buildings and a host of beautiful urban parks, London has something for everyone. Whether your interest is art or theater, fashion or film, business or music, London has all the resources you could want for a stimulating study abroad experience.  

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 15 semester credits

  • Courses

    Wide variety of courses available; taught in English

  • Housing

    Residence hall or apartment

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Stonehenge & Salisbury, Cambridge (fall) and Oxford (spring)

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Theater performance, guided walking tour of Kensington, Brick Lane walking tour and a guided bus sightseeing tour of London

  • On-Site Resident Director

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

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

    Green Initiative – Providing carbon offsetting for all flights

  • Excursions

    Paris, France (3 days)

Program Details: Study Abroad | London Multi Discipline

Dates

January 27, 2023April 28, 2023

Term

Spring

Application Deadlines

October 15, 2022

Inclusive Fees

$17,495

Stay for a year to save on cost

Eligibility

Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

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
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cultural Studies
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Theater Studies

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture & Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Social Services
  • Global Peace, International Security & Human Rights
  • Global Public Health & Psychology
  • Global Sustainability
  • Social & Criminal Justice
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Academics

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. It is within walking distance of Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum as well as numerous stores, restaurants and cafés. Imperial College, the Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music are in the same neighborhood so you will be surrounded by local and international students. Classes are held in the AIFS Center and the Resident 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
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cultural Studies
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Theater Studies

This program is designed for students who wish to take courses in a broad range of academic disciplines many of 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. 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. 

Working side by side with locals is an ideal way to gain insight into another culture, to understand different approaches and to prepare for the realities of working in a multicultural and interdependent world. AIFS Abroad has designed the Study + Internship Program to combine a traditional academic learning experience with a unique opportunity to study working life in the U.K. first-hand with placements in London-based organizations. As a global center of finance, fashion, and media, London has some of our best internship placements in nearly every career field. Internships are full-time, individually tailored to students, and we start with getting to know your strengths and your career goals.  

Students select two courses of 3 credits each from the regular offering of courses on the Traditional Academic Program in addition to a 6-credit internship in their field of study for up to 12 credits. In a competitive world, practical experience is an invaluable addition to classroom learning. The internship provides vital insight into a career field, experience in the global workplace, practical exposure to the demands of specific jobs and development of professional and personal skills. International work experience helps students test a potential career path while exploring interests and abilities in new ways. 

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A student standing inside a red phone booth in London, England.

Living Abroad

Student Residences

During your time abroad you will live in London, within easy travel of the AIFS Global Education Centre, the many museums, galleries, theatres and green open spaces of central London. Housing will be in shared rooms in a residence hall or student apartment building.

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in London.

Population

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, making it the most populous municipality in the European Union.  

Culture

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.

Transportation

London’s transportation system is also renowned, and the London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world.

AIFS in London Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

Dr Elizabeth Wesner

For over ten years I have been working in international education, across the US, UK and Asia. I have been lucky enough to live in Tianjin, Hong Kong and Liverpool but I look forward to welcoming you to my capital city, London. I was brought up in a small rural town in Central Virginia before leaving to study Education at the University of Virginia. During my college years, I spent the summer months working and studying with foreign students in China and South Korea. These experiences were life-changing, leading to my career in international education. Only one out of every ten American students studies abroad, so simply being on this program makes you stand out from the crowd. My team and I 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 staff arrange a rich variety of activities to introduce students to life in the United Kingdom. There is an additional fee for some 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. Events may include:

  • Performance at Shakespeare’s reconstructed Globe Theatre
  • Visit to the Tower of London
  • Tour of the Houses of Parliament
  • Visit to the Black Cultural Archives
  • Film evenings
  • Walking tour of Brick Lane
  • Music concerts
  • Trip to an English soccer game
  • Visit to the ballet
  • Visit to the Olympic Park
  • Black History walking tour
  • Traditional afternoon tea
  • Visit to the London Mosque
  • Day trips including Windsor, Stratford-upon-Avon and Brighton
  • Facilitated discussions with guest speakers from London’s minoritized communities

AIFS can arrange volunteering placements for students wishing to take an active role in the local community and make a meaningful contribution during their stay in London. Placements may be with schools, charities or NGOs – contact the Resident Director for more information. This is an excellent way to meet local people and gain a deeper insight into British culture and London life. 

Excursions

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:

Stone pillars on a field in Stonehenge.

Stonehenge and Salisbury

Guided tour. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fees. 

  • England
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
The front of a large castle-like building in Cambridge, England.

Cambridge (Fall Only)

Guided tour. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fees. 

  • England
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
A courtyard at Oxford.

Oxford (Spring Only)

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
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

Paris (Sessions 2 and 3 only)

Sightseeing tour (Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Palace of Versailles and more). Take the Seine River Cruise. Free time to explore. Includes round-trip transportation via Eurostar train, hotel accommodation and breakfast. 

  • France
  • 3 Days
  • Not Included in Program fee – $525
Barcelona,Spain
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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Details

  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    October 15, 2022
  • Deposit Deadline
    November 5, 2022
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2022
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 26, 2023
  • Program Begins
    January 27, 2023
  • Program Ends
    April 28, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    April 29, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

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Ready to Study Abroad in London?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: studyabroad@aifs.com