- London, United Kingdom
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
The goal of our 35+-year-old program is to help you explore contemporary London, both physically and culturally. Gain a deeper knowledge of British culture, including the central importance of history to the British. Explore the global impact of Britain on Western culture, including art, literature, and financial and political systems.
We offer unique courses that explore arts, literature, business, politics, and science, as well as other topics, through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. You enroll in 15–19 credit hours per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Credits awarded for supplementary university courses vary.
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit study abroad organization with 115+ academic programs in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. To learn more about what we offer visit our website.
- Setting Description:
- The Beatles said it best in their hit song “Blackbird”: “All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise.” Now’s your time—study abroad in the land of William Shakespeare, the Royal family, Sir Isaac Newton, and Harry Potter. Be inspired by everything around you, from the museums and art galleries to Buckingham Palace and Parliament. Even a simple walk around this culturally rich city or a ride on the Tube can inspire you in ways you’d never imagine. Check out this Center for yourself through our virtual tours.
- We offer more than $2.2 million in scholarships & financial aid. Contact IES Abroad or see our website for cost, scholarships, and financial aid.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- IES Abroad offers $5 million dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships and grants that can be used toward an IES Abroad study abroad program. Apply online using our universal Aid Application, and we’ll pair you with the scholarships and grants.
Based on 8 Reviews
- I went abroad for the first time that ended with COVID-19 shutting down the world, but I would do it all over again02/11/21
I absolutely loved my time in the IES Study London program. We had a large group of students from so many different universities in the United States so we were able to make friends from all over the country with all different majors, life experiences,
perspectives, beliefs, passions, etc. But don't fret if you like small classes because that's exactly what you get and I made great relationships within my classes with my fellow students and with my professors. On top of that amazing aspect, we were in the hub of London and I personally stayed right up the street from Kings Cross Station at Chapter Kings Cross which I would recommend 10 out of 10 times to anyone doing this program. You could choose to take a quick tube ride to the IES Center (where classes were) or it was also an easy walk through some cute areas of London. I personally chose the walking route because that was more reliable in terms of time, plus I got to see the most adorable little streets. A lot of my fellow IES Study London program people lived in Chapter (there are two other living options) and it was so nice to see familiar faces in the building. Also, there are communal kitchens on every floor but I never had a problem with that and most of my friends that lived in my building would all congregate in one kitchen and cook and eat together, hang out, play games, plan trips, etc. I have made some amazing friends through this program and I only got two months and had to leave somewhat abruptly due to COVID-19 shutting down the world. I wouldn't trade this experience or program for the world and mean it in the most sincere way that you should do IES Study London. From the super helpful staff to the amazing classes and professors and everything thing in between, DO IT and DO IT NOW!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- I Left My Heart in London!08/24/19
My time with IES Abroad in London was an absolutely and unbelievably rewarding experience. First of all, I was not expecting to enjoy the classes I took as much as I did, but I swiftly fell in love with the curriculum and educators. Among my courses,
two that stood out were British Youth Culture with Richard Weight and Architecture of London with Jon Wright. These two educators are incredibly intuitive, experienced, and above all caring. I am pleased to say that my academic performance was one of my best during my time abroad. I felt challenged, but embraced by all of the educators and staff at IES London. My housing, located in King’s Cross allowed for ease of travel to other parts of Europe, leading me to travel to 17 cities in 7 countries. While I was able to travel to places I’ve always wanted to go, I truly believe that I left my heart in London. A city with an abundance of culture, educational values, and above all good times. I am forever grateful for the time I spent in London and will absolutely be back. But while I wait, I want to recommend London and especially IES Abroad to expand your horizons and have the best months of your life!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- An amazing experience!08/20/19
When I was applying to university, I remember telling anyone who would listen that I would under no circumstances live in a big city. Needless to say, when I announced to my friends and family that I would be living in London for nearly 5 months during
my sophomore year, everyone had their doubts (including me at times!). I am so glad that I took the leap and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Even though London is so large and teeming with life, the community atmosphere at our IES center in Holborn made the city feel less daunting. Getting to live and study in the same city as Shakespeare and Chaucer changed my life for the better and gave me a deeper understanding and appreciation of their works. The professors were engaging and I felt as though I learned so much more than I could have at my home university, because I was immersed in what I was learning. I would recommend IES London to anyone, especially if you have never considered living in a city before.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- I would go back in a heartbeat08/13/19
After being back in the States for almost four months, I am still continuing to rave over my study abroad program. I loved IES and everything they had to offer. The London center was phenomenal-professors, staff, location. All of the classes that I
chose to take gave us a chance to be immersed into the London culture, with field trips to art and history museums, walking tours of the various London neighborhoods, and theatre performances. All of my professors were knowledgeable in their fields, and I learned a lot from them. The staff at the IES Center were always very friendly and helpful. I was a part of the running and yoga clubs, and got to know some of the staff members because of it. These extra-curricular opportunities not only continued to allow us to get to know London better, but it allowed us to get to know the people we were studying with, and showed us that the staff at the center weren't just there as staff. They were there to help make our study abroad experience the best it could be! And when I got sick during our exam week, I was able to get into see a doctor immediately, and everyone-staff and professors-were extremely accommodating. I always felt safe in London too. My apartment was in a great neighborhood, with only a twenty minute bus ride to most of the iconic London places. All of the housing locations were close to each other too, which made visiting friends even easier. IES Study London was a fantastic program that I am always going to recommend. I felt like I learned a lot about my host culture, and was able to live, thrive, and make friends. It made my study abroad experience what it was, and I am forever thankful for that.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Great opportunity to experience London04/26/14
The program allows participants to be immersed in life in London, from both an academic and social perspective. Classes, covering a wide variety of topics from theatre to media and politics, are often conducted outside of the classroom and take advantage
of resources such as the Museum of London, West End theatres, and more. Housing is conveniently located at about a 15 minute walk from the IES center, and is located near King's Cross station, making all of London extremely accessible. The coursework at IES is challenging, but still allows for travelling on the weekends and enjoying all the London has to offer at night.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Good way to experience London04/26/14
This was a great program for those who want an easy, fun experience of London. IES administrators are very helpful and encourage a lot of travel and exploration of the city itself. No classes on Friday allowed for plenty of time to travel elsewhere, or
just get to know London better. IES classes were much more challenging/time-consuming than many other study abroad experiences I had heard of, but the professors were great and frequent class field trips really allowed us to feel like we were connecting what we learned with the city itself and weren't just cooped up in a classroom all day. The organized IES fieldtrips to other parts of England and the UK were a great way to do some traveling while saving the time and hassle of planning trips yourself. All in all, a great program for those who want a challenging but well-guided study abroad experience. If you're looking for a very independent, self-sufficient experience with your time abroad and don't need or want to be under the wing of your program's administrators, however, I might choose a different program. Our living space, Nido Spitalfields, was an incredibly modern, upscale, high-rise apartment building which houses thousands of international students. The rooms are small but have amazing views, and afford just enough privacy by having separate rooms but a shared kitchen and bathroom with one other person. Living in a building of all international students was also a fantastic way to meet new people from all over the world, and the building is very centrally located in the city. Some nights the party never left the Nido lobby or Sky Lounge! It was very fun atmosphere.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- London will become part of you03/25/14
The Study London Program through IES Abroad is a one of a kind program. It is a small program and classes consisted of no more than 15 people. You have time to adjust when you arrive and the staff make sure you bond with other students and know how to
get to important locations. The teachers are engaging and understanding and I still keep in touch with some. London is a great place to study abroad and I definitely will be going back to experience more of it. The accommodations are located in the City of London and right near a bunch of markets. My most memorable experiences were the theatres I went to every Thursday with other students to see shows. It is a great way to explore London and the theatres are usually surrounded by busy restaurants and pubs. Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square was definitely my favorite. I lived in Nido Student Living Spitalfields, which has 33 floors and located in the center of the City of London, right near Liverpool Street Station. Students from all over the world and who were in different programs also lived there so its easy to make friends. The building has a gym on the top floor, huge lounge, courtyards and smaller lounges on each floor. The mail/package system is super efficient and the security are all super helpful and really nice. You're steps away from Spitalfields Market, which is filled with restaurants, shops and a market and also steps away from Bricklane where all the indian restaurants, shops and markets are located. It takes about 25 minutes to get to campus on the tube. The rooms are modern and you have your own room with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Classes are located in Bloomberg and are held in a historic house but surrounded by English colleges.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- A fantastic way to see London03/25/14
My experience was terrific. I made great friends, took engaging courses taught by British professors, visited local attractions, traveled extensively, and came home completely satisfied with my time abroad. The location was perfect: close to the tube,
grocery stores, ATMs, convenience stores, and attractions.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend