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Study Abroad | London

England | University of the Arts London | Summer 2023
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  • Summer 2023

Overview

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.

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

    4 semester credits per session

  • Courses

    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

  • Housing

    Shared room in a student residence

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Such as 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

Program Details: Study Abroad | London Session 1

Dates

July 1, 2023July 21, 2023

Term

Summer

Application Deadline

March 1, 2023

Inclusive Fees

$6,990

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Eligibility

Open to Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

Minimum of 2.75 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

  • Architecture
  • Area Studies
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Fashion
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Film Studies
  • Management
  • Theater Studies

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture & Creative Industries
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Academics

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

UAL  is comprised of six renowned colleges. It has a world-class reputation. With over 200,000 alumni all over the world, UAL is a global creative community like no other. The university has been the launchpad for the careers of many creative leaders who have gone on to help shape culture in the arts, design, fashion, communication, media and performance. The specialized teaching staff at UAL is made up of professional artists, designers, critics and theorists. By studying under their guidance, students will be following in the footsteps of many pioneers in creative fields. 

  • Architecture
  • Area Studies
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Fashion
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Film Studies
  • Management
  • Theater Studies

The study abroad summer school at University of the Arts London consists of two, 3-week sessions. You can take one session or combine consecutive sessions. Take one course per session. Each course is 60 hours and carries 4 semester credits. The majority of these are classroom hours. 

Courses are offered from several of the six colleges that make up the University of the Arts London. These include: 

  • Camberwell College of Arts (CCA) 
  • Central Saint Martins (CSM)
  • Chelsea College of Arts (Chelsea)
  • London College of Communication (LCC)
  • London College of Fashion (LCF)
  • Wimbledon College of Arts (WCA) 

Please check with the AIFS Program Manager for course prerequisites. Students wishing to take courses at UAL should typically have one year of experience in the course subject matter unless applying for an introductory course. Some courses require a portfolio as part of the application. This may be in the form of images, videos or written work depending on the subject area. Students should consult with their university advisors in the U.S. prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved. 

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A student in London.

Living Abroad

Housing

Students are housed in shared rooms in residence halls or apartments.

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, 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 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:

  • Walking tours including Black London, Street Art and Harry Potter
  • Rugby and cricket matches
  • Day trips to Stonehenge and Salisbury, Oxford, Bath, Stratford Upon Avon and Brighton
  • River boat cruise along the Thames
  • Performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Theater performances of WickedMatildaLes Misérables, and The Woman in Black
  • Ballet performance of Cinderella
  • 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 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.

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)

Guided tour. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fees. 
  • 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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Dates & Deadlines

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