Study Abroad in London, England

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241 Study Abroad Programs in London, England

A Variety of Options in London with CISabroad!

Study abroad in London with CISabroad for a summer, semester, or full academic year. American and Canadian students are welcome to apply. Programs include a variety of benefits, such as scholarship grants. Students can choose to study at Roehampton University or the University of Westminster, and take classes in a range of subjects, such as Computer Programming and Business Management.

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Study in England with API

Discover London by taking part in an API study abroad program. API London programs allow American and Canadian students to study at one of five notable schools in England, including the University of Westminster, the University College of London, and the University of the Arts.

Study Abroad Experience with London SAE

Participants may choose from nine programs in England with London SAE. Students can even tailor their respective programs in order to suit their academic needs and preferences. Furthermore, opportunities range from short-term programs to semester-long course programs.

Study Abroad in England with ISA

Discover London with ISA's study abroad programs. There are a variety of courses to choose from in Human Resources Management, Finance, and Legal Studies. Students study alongside other international students at a number of London's notable schools including King’s College London, University of Roehampton, and Queen Mary University of London.

New York University

Theater is the heart beat of London, home of New York University's England study abroad program. Students live and study just steps away from the West End, home of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of Opera, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, providing them with a inspriring creative environment.

Study Abroad in England with Panrimo

Indulge in the London scene with a study abroad program by Panrimo. Students can stay for the summer, semester, or a full academic year and study a multitude of courses such as Screenwriting, Urban & Regional Planning, and Web Design alongside other international and local students. The program places students in a dormitory while providing them with transcripts from the host university, credit...

Study Abroad in London!

Queen Mary University of London offers a unique Study Abroad experience in the heart of London’s east end! Living and studying on one site you get the best of both worlds: a campus experience in the middle of one of the world’s most vibrant cities. To top it off QMUL is one of the UK’s best research-leading universities! What could be better?!

Study in England with AIFS's Unique Programs

Study abroad in the bustling city of London through AIFS. Students take three to 15 academic credits, and the program covers housing and tuition costs in the price. Programs are restricted to American students, who can study subjects such as International Relations, Business Administration and Management, and Political Science.

Summer and Semester Programs in England

Join IES Abroad and study abroad in London, England. Students can choose to stay for a summer, semester or full academic year studying a wide range of subjects such as Women's Studies, Film, and Performing Arts. Students can live with other students in a dormitory or stay with host family.

Study Abroad and Internships in London

Study abroad in London with CAPA International. American and Canadian students can take part in the 10-week Spring Quarter Program or the CAPA London Program and study a wide range of courses such as Fashion Business, Human Rights, and Museum Studies. The University of Minnesota provides students with transfer credit, and students live in residential or homestay accommodations.

Syracuse University in the United Kingdom

Syracuse University offers a comprehensive study program in the city of London. A large number of field courses are offered to international students, and the academic year program includes Art History, Photography, and Creative Writing.

Study at the University of Roehampton

University of Roehampton, in London, England, offers study abroad programs for most undergraduate and postgraduate students. Individuals benefit from a nurturing learning environment as they study in a highly cosmopolitan city. The university offers a wide range of courses and access to exceptional campus facilities.

StudentUniverse

Explore the diverse range of people and culture in England with one of the two largest discount student travel sellers in the world, StudentUniverse. Participants can choose from a wide range of exclusive deals while experiencing the city of London. Programs are open to undergraduate students from around the globe.

Charge your travel abroad! Study in England!

Spend a summer, semester, or full year studying abroad in London with Global Semesters. American students can study at the University of Westminster and take courses in various academic subjects. Study programs include housing, cultural immersion activities, and local excursions for international participants.

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A couple enjoys rainy romance on Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath.

How to Study Abroad in London

A Truly International City

Imagine looking out the window as your flight dips toward London’s sprawling suburbs on a descent into Heathrow, which handles more international passengers than any other airport in the world. Stepping out into this global city, the immense and beautiful diversity of nationalities, languages, races, religions, and economic backgrounds will likely be your first impression. More than 300 languages are spoken here, and you’ll hear them regularly on the Tube, in the shops, and on the streets when you study abroad in London.

Food & Culture

While the city has its share of American food (you’ll never have to go too far for your Lucky Charms), there is an abundance of new tastes to try. Walk through the Sunday UpMarket off the East End’s infamous Brick Lane, and you can pick up colorful Ethiopian salads, Turkish Gözleme, Japanese Okonomiyaki, Spanish paella, Tibetan momos, Peruvian quinoa stew and French crepes — not to mention some of London’s best salt beef bagels just down the road.

The British Melting Pot is fascinating for its eclectic mix of cultures — its long Jewish history has faded to allow for a modern Bangladeshi community mingling with urban hipsters. You’ll find plenty of street artists at work around the corner from a new mosque. There are curry houses and vintage clothing stores, Pakistani sweet shops and posh contemporary art galleries, all meshed into a network of ancient streets with Georgian homes and snippets of Jack the Ripper stories floating up from walking tours. Just around the corner is the Columbia Road Flower Market where you’ll hear Cockney accents shouting about roses and daffodils from stalls passed through family lineage.

Londoners have a creative approach to style and appreciate a bit of eccentricity. This comes through in the catwalks during London Fashion Week, the couture designer shops on Bond Street or the retro collections in Soho, and the innovative projects from London College of Fashion students. This makes people-watching a very entertaining activity, but it’s also fun to join in. Much of London may have succumbed to gentrification, but there are certainly cool, unique and edgy independent and pop-up shops kicking around London.

Things to Do

There are bookshops galore, ranging from giants like Waterstones to smaller independent shops like Daunt, in the Marylebone neighborhood, which organizes its books by the country in which they are set. You’ll find secondhand shops everywhere, and on the vibrant South Bank lining the river Thames, there’s an open-air book market.

History and literature lessons are brought to life at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the architecturally impressive Natural History Museum, and the Horniman Museum, which focuses more on anthropology. There is free entrance to many art venues dotted across the city, like the contemporary Tate Modern or the smaller Halcyon gallery. You’ll walk the same streets as Virginia Woolf, Charlie Chaplin, and Princess Diana.

The icons that represent London in movies will be at your fingertips. You can hear the chime of Big Ben and see the gothic sprawl of Westminster Palace, climb to the top of the Saint Paul’s Cathedral dome, or watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Take a ride on the London Eye, or be whisked to the top of The Shard, the latest (fabulous) addition to London’s skyline. You can always catch a fantastic performance of the latest stage shows to hit England in the West End theatre district.

When you’ve had enough of the tourist attractions, the real fun begins. Join London’s South Asian community to celebrate Dwali, the Festival of Light, with fireworks in Southall. Dance to Caribbean music at Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival. Visit Chinatown during Chinese New Year, the biggest celebration outside of Asia. Head up to Camden to catch some live music from London’s best emerging indie artists. Explore the outer reaches of the city and take a bus to Eel Pie Island, a small artist community with a big rock-and-roll history. 

Studying in London

The best study abroad programs in London will encourage you to explore and interact with local communities. For example, CAPA International Education takes students out of the classroom and employs the city itself as the textbook from which to learn. It also offers internships, which allow for opportunities to network and engage firsthand with the U.K.’s work culture.

Some 58,000 international students study abroad in London every year, and with good reason. They are in great intellectual company in a city that’s home to some of the world’s top universities and research centers. There are opportunities to enroll directly or mingle with those who attend Imperial College London, London School of Economics, University College London, SOAS, and King’s College London. There are also options to enroll on a shorter program for a semester or a couple of weeks on a summer course. The advisor at your home university will be able to help make sure the credits you earn in London will transfer back, and can answer any questions.

The grading style in London is slightly different from the States. You’ll probably write more papers and take fewer tests. This may take some adaptation, but many students prefer it. You’ll find a welcome atmosphere for writing and studying in London with the vastness of green spaces in Hyde Park, Hampstead Heath, Richmond Park, and others spots ideal for stretching out on the grass on a warm day. If it’s raining, you can duck into a café. Most have free wi-fi you can tap into while you sip on a cup of English tea (or Colombian coffee, or thick French hot chocolate …).

As you study abroad in London, you’ll often look up to the sky at the constant stream of planes dipping down or soaring up from Heathrow. Those long white contrails painting the sky are another reminder than London is a true global city of the world. There are few better places to study abroad than in the place that prompted Samuel Johnson to say, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”

Stephanie Sadler

Stephanie Sadler, a study abroad alumna from New York, has been an expat in London since 2007 with a six-month break in Colombia. She works for CAPA International Education and runs the blog Little London Observationist.