Spend a summer London, one of the world’s creative capitals, taking classes at one of the top two globally ranked universities for art and design! Choose from a wide range of courses from digital photography to fashion, animation and graphic design. Beyond the classroom, immerse yourself in the rich cultural and historical fabric of London.
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.Review Our Policies
4 semester credits per session
Courses offered in animation, architecture, art history, design management, digital photography, fashion communication, fashion design, fashion knitwear, fashion media, filmmaking, graphic design, illustration, interior design, product and industrial design, styling, textile design, and theater and screen design
Shared room in a student residence
Such as walking tours, theater visits and day trips
For use on London’s public transport system including the Underground (Tube) and bus
to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from campus
Students are housed in shared rooms in residence halls or apartments.
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.
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.
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 organize 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:
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 Trooping the Colour, the Ascot races, 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.
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.)