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Study Abroad | London

England | AIFS Global Education Center | Summer 2023
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  • Summer 2023

Overview

Spend a summer in cosmopolitan city of London, England with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options offered by the AIFS Global Education Center in London. Surround yourself with places of extraordinary historical and cultural interest, such as the Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace. You also have the option to study on-site at Shakespeare’s Globe, learning from professional actors, directors and other theater practitioners.

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 6 semester credits per session

  • Courses

    Courses offered in anthropology, business, communications, economics, criminal justice, English, environmental studies, gender studies, health sciences, history, literature, management, marketing, psychology, sociology, theater and acting skills

  • Housing

    Student residence or apartment

  • Travel Pass

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

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Guided city tour of London, walking tours, theater visits and day trips

  • 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

June 4, 2023July 1, 2023

Term

Summer

Application Deadlines

March 1, 2023

Inclusive Fees

$6,890

Eligibility

Open to High School Graduate, 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
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fashion
  • Gender Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • 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:

This program is offered through the AIFS London Global Education Center. You will study in Kensington, one of the most picturesque and safest areas of central London. Within walking distance of half a dozen museums and three Royal parks, Kensington provides easy access to shopping, sports and entertainment. Running, horseback riding and boating are available in Hyde Park.

The reconstructed Globe Theatre, located on Bankside by the River Thames, is an internationally renowned, thriving entertainment center, attracting hundreds of thousands of people annually to its theater, exhibition, restaurant, bar and meeting spaces. In addition to those attending the excellent performances for which the Globe is renowned, the facilities are a resource for students, teachers and academics from all over the world who take part in the educational programs the Globe offers to increase understanding of Shakespeare’s work.

Academic credit for the 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. 

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

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fashion
  • Gender Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theater Studies

The summer school is divided into two sessions of four weeks each. Students take one or two 3-credit courses per session for a maximum of 6 credits. Courses on each session are divided into two streams with students able to select one course from each stream. 

Most courses utilize field trips and on-site teaching to support classroom lectures. You will need to budget for incidental costs in connection with these field trips, even if the course description does not specify an amount for expenses. Similarly, additional costs for art materials, photographic supplies or theater tickets are not included in the program fee. 

This three-week Globe program will give students a wonderful opportunity to study on-site at the Globe Theatre, learning from professional theater practitioners including actors, directors, designers and musicians. Lectures and seminars will be supplemented by movement and voice workshops, scene rehearsals, question and answer sessions with Company members, clothing and music demonstrations and combat workshops. The program will focus on the material and cultural contexts for early modern drama and theater and on the history and process of construction of both the original and the reconstructed Globe Theatres. Students will be required to develop critical responses to theatrical performances and to perform in a short Shakespeare scene in order to examine and fully appreciate the relationship between dramatic language, physicality and theater space.

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Three Royal Guards in London.

Living Abroad

STUDENT RESIDENCE/APARTMENT

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

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, 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.

AIFS Global Education Center programs

A guided city tour is included in the program fee – see Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.

Shakespeare’s Globe program

To help you get a true taste of theater life, extracurricular activities have been arranged specifically for students on this program to enable you to become fully immersed in the life and work of the Globe. Activities include:

Theater performances: Attend 3 performances at the Globe and experience Shakespeare’s work just as theater-goers did in the 1600s.
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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 Wicked, Matilda, Les Misérables, and The Woman in Black
  • Ballet performance of Cinderella
  • Traditional afternoon tea

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:

A courtyard at Oxford.

Oxford (Session 1 only)

Guided tour. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fees. 
  • England
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Stone pillars on a field in Stonehenge.

Stonehenge and Salisbury (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 3, 2023
  • Program Begins
    June 4, 2023
  • Program Ends
    July 1, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    July 2, 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