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Study Abroad | London

England | University College London | Summer 2023
The Tower Bridge in London at night.

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  • Summer 2023

Overview

Spend a summer studying at University College London (UCL) with AIFS! University College London (UCL) is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top universities, and you can take one or two modules alongside a truly international cohort of students from all over the globe. Study in the centrally-located Bloomsbury district in the West End of London, home to the British Museum, beautiful garden squares and a rich academic and literary history. Many courses use London as a learning environment, with excursions and field trips in and around the city to enhance your learning.

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 8 semester credits (subject to course and program selection)

  • Courses

    Courses offered in brain sciences, computer science, crime and security, culture, literature and the arts, economics, business and management, education and research, geography and the built environment, health and medical sciences, law, sciences and mathematics

  • Housing

    Double rooms in local homestays. Additional housing options are available, see Optional Components for more details

  • Meals

    Daily breakfast in the homestay

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    such as a guided city tour of London, walking tours, theater visits and day trips 

  • Travel Pass

    For use on London’s public transport system including the Underground (Tube) and bus

  • 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

  • Housing Supplement

    Shared Student Residence

Program Details: Study Abroad | London Session 1

Dates

July 1, 2023July 21, 2023

Term

Summer

Application Deadline

March 1, 2023

Inclusive Fees

$6,690

Eligibility

Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum of 3.3 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

  • Area Studies
  • Art
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Science
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • Technology

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Education, Social Services and Psychology
  • Global Sustainability
  • Health Sciences and STEM
  • Social and 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:

University College London (UCL)

Assessed as one of the top ten universities in the world, and the top research university in the UK, UCL is a multi-disciplinary university with a strength in interdisciplinary study. UCL was founded in 1826 and opened up higher education in England to those who had previously been excluded from it, going on to become the first university in England to welcome women to university education. Today, UCL has 43,000 students and over 11,000 academic staff from over 150 different countries. 

Students are granted direct access to experts in their fields. An emphasis on global citizenship provides students with a unique academic foundation. 

  • Area Studies
  • Art
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Science
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • Technology

The UCL International Summer School is divided into two sessions of three weeks each. All courses are taught over 3 weeks. Students may enroll for either of the two 3-week sessions (Session 1 or 2) or two consecutive sessions (Session 1 and Session 2). Students take one 4-credit course per session for a maximum of 8 credits over 6 weeks.

Each module has a total of 150 learning hours for a recommended 4 credits. Teaching typically takes place Monday through Friday. Mornings will be designated for lectures and seminars, with group work and field trips taking place in the afternoons. All modules are research led and designed to offer current perspectives and debates in their areas. Classes are dynamic and interactive and there is a strong focus on “active learning.” Academic administration is carried out by the Academic Deans under the supervision of the Director of the International Summer School. Instructors are all UCL academics who teach on campus during the academic year. 

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A group of students in London.

Living Abroad

Homestay

  • Double room
  • Access to kitchen for preparing meals
  • Daily breakfast

Optional Student Residence ($995 PER SESSION)

  • Single study room on a corridor with other AIFS students
  • Shared kitchen and bathroom
  • Centrally located

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.  

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, Summer Program

Dr Elizabeth Wesner headshot.

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.

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:

  • Walking tours including Black London, Street Art and Harry Potter
  • A sports event
  • Day trips to Stonehenge and Salisbury, Oxford, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and Brighton
  • River boat cruise along the Thames
  • Theater performances such as WickedPhantom of the OperaLes Misérables, and The Woman in Black
  • Traditional afternoon tea

Please note that students 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 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 visit AIFS Customized Faculty-Led for details.

You will study in Bloomsbury, the academic district of central London. You will have access to the UCL campus for classrooms, 17 subject libraries, computer labs and cafés. With the British Museum, British Library and many other London institutions on the doorstep, Bloomsbury provides plenty of inspiration as well as being walking distance from Regent’s Park and the vibrant Covent Garden and Soho for shopping and entertainment. 

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 (Session 1 only)

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

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

Oxford (Session 2 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
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
    March 1, 2023
  • Deposit Deadline
    March 20, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    June 30, 2023
  • Program Begins
    July 1, 2023
  • Program Ends
    July 21, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    July 22, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

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

Fee

  • Atlanta
    $1,794.00
  • Boston
    $1,610.00
  • Buffalo
    $1,679.00
  • Charlotte
    $1,771.00
  • Chicago
    $1,587.00
  • Cincinnati
    $1,932.00
  • Columbus
    $1,679.00
  • Dallas
    $1,817.00
  • Denver
    $1,909.00
  • Des Moines
    $1,817.00
  • Detroit
    $1,794.00
  • Houston
    $1,840.00
  • Los Angeles
    $1,679.00
  • Miami
    $1,748.00
  • Minneapolis
    $1,771.00
  • New York
    $1,495.00
  • Newark
    $1,495.00
  • Orlando
    $1,817.00
  • Philadelphia
    $1,702.00
  • Phoenix
    $1,909.00
  • Pittsburgh
    $1,679.00
  • Raleigh/Durham
    $1,725.00
  • San Francisco
    $1,909.00
  • Seattle
    $1,978.00
  • St. Louis
    $1,817.00
  • Washington/Dulles
    $1,817.00
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Ready to Study Abroad in London?

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