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Study Abroad | London

England | AIFS Global Education Center | Summer 2024
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Select Your Program Option:

  • Summer 2024


Spend a summer in the cosmopolitan city of London, England with AIFS! Choose from a variety of courses on the Humanities, Social Science and Business Program. You can also combine this program with the Shakespeare’s Globe or Museums and Galleries programs offered in May 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.

Stay Longer in London!

These summer sessions in London can be combined with the new Museums and Galleries or Shakespeare’s Globe May Term programs for a longer study abroad experience:

  • Museums and Galleries + Session 1
  • Museums and Galleries + Sessions 1 and 2
  • Shakespeare’s Globe with Humanities, Social Science and Business – May Term + Session 1
  • Shakespeare’s Globe with Humanities, Social Science and Business – May Term + Sessions 1 + 2

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 summer session

  • Courses

    Courses offered in a wide range of subjects

  • Housing

    Student residence

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Stonehenge and Stourhead (day trip, Session 1 only)

    The Cotswolds (day trip, Session 2 only)

  • 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 Program 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 Museums and Galleries + Session 1


May 11, 2024June 29, 2024




AIFS Global Education Center

Application Deadline

March 1, 2024

Inclusive Fees



Open to High School Graduate, First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

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
  • Cultural Studies
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fashion
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theater

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Education, Social Services, and Psychology
  • Global Peace, International Security and Human Rights
  • Global Sustainability
  • Language, History and Culture
  • Social and Criminal Justice
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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 (GEC). 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.

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
  • Cultural Studies
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fashion
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theater

The summer school at the AIFS London Global Education Center (GEC) 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.

Combine these program sessions for up to 9 credits.

Learn more about the Shakespeare’s Globe May Term program.

Combine these program sessions for up to 9 credits.

Learn more about the Museums and Galleries May Term program.

Combine these program sessions for up to 15 credits.

Learn more about the Museums and Galleries May Term program.

View All Courses For Museums and Galleries + Session 1
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Adrianna from Western Kentucky University recently took over our Instagram story to talk about her summer abroad in London, England with AIFS!

Three Royal Guards in London.

Living Abroad


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

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in London.


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.  


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.

AIFS in London Director, Summer Program

Chris Shia headshot.

Chris Shia

Chris has several years’ worth of experience in international education and support. Before joining AIFS, Chris worked in student resident life for many years. Growing up in Ealing, West London, Chris has studied abroad on an exchange to the University of North Texas and lived abroad in Toronto, Canada. Chris holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Surrey and a Masters in Urban Planning from University College London. Traveling around the world is something that Chris really enjoys, and Chris has been to over 36 countries around the world ranging from Bosnia to Japan. You can find Chris exploring and learning about different neighborhoods in London on the weekend and is always on the lookout for “hidden gems” that few people know about including local restaurants, markets, nightlife and experiences. Chris’s big passion is watching football and Chris supports the mighty Tottenham Hotspur and attends matches whenever possible. Feel free to contact Chris about a variety of things including things to see and do in London and the UK, housing, healthcare, traveling, saving money and much more.

The Program 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. Previous activities have included:

  • Walking tours such as Black London, Street Art and Harry Potter
  • A sports event
  • Day trips to Greenwich, Oxford, Bath, Stratford Upon Avon and Brighton
  • River boat cruise along the Thames
  • A trip on the London Eye
  • Theater performances such as Wicked, Matilda, Les Misérables, and Hamilton
  • Meals such as Traditional afternoon tea or fish and chips


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 Stourhead

Visit the world-famous ancient site of Stonehenge where you can find out about the mysterious circumstances of its formation. The second visit of the day will be to the National Trust site of Stourhead, which is a beautiful 18th century landscape garden with lakeside walks, grottoes, classical temples and Stourhead House, a mansion with a wonderful library and art collection.

  • England
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee (Summer 2024, Session 1 only)
The Cotswolds, to the west of London, England.

The Cotswolds (Session 2 only)

The Cotswolds, to the west of London, is well-known for gentle hillsides (‘wolds’), crystal clear streams, sleepy villages and for being so “typically English.” The countryside is dotted with villages, hamlets, and small towns with buildings made from local, unique, honey-coloured stone. You will visit a few of these villages on this day trip including to the “prettiest village in England.”

  • England
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee (Summer 2024, Session 2 only)
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


  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    March 1, 2024
  • Deposit Deadline
    March 20, 2024
  • Scholarship Deadline
    March 1, 2024
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    May 10, 2024
  • Program Begins
    May 11, 2024
  • Program Ends
    June 29, 2024
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    June 29, 2024
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.
  • **** AIFS Abroad offers visa processing services to applicants who enroll into the program by this date. All other applicants who enroll after this date will be responsible for securing their own visa with guidance from AIFS Abroad.

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


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington/Dulles
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