Study abroad in England with IFSA

King’s College London Partnership

Program Overview

Choose from a range of liberal arts, sciences, engineering, and competitive premed at one of the University of London’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious colleges, in the heart of the city. You could even take a Shakespeare class with three weeks at the Globe Theatre. After class, stroll along the Thames or head to nearby West End, Covent Garden, or Soho.

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

August 15

Minimum GPA

3.30

Credit load

16

Housing

Residence Hall/Dormitory

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

None

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Academics

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the King’s College London Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

To view available courses at King’s College London, visit the King’s online course catalog.

Some modules have specific prerequisites requirements detailed in CHART and/or on the module description in the King’s online course catalog. You will be required to show evidence that you meet any specific prerequisites during the module registration process.

King’s College students usually take courses in one or two departments within the same faculty (school). For this reason, applicants to King’s College should plan to select courses in no more than two departments. If you need to study in multiple departments, there will most likely be scheduling conflicts as full-degree students study primarily within their major. Note that departments at King’s College are autonomous and admission is general, so acceptance into the University does not guarantee permission to study in a specific department. Your IFSA Admissions Counselor can explain departmental and course restrictions, especially for King’s most selective departments (English, American Studies, Film, Music, Philosophy, Theology, War Studies).

IFSA requires students to enroll in a full course load abroad. A full course load at King’s College is 60 KCL credits for the semester and 120 credits for the year. Most courses will be worth 15 KCL credits (equivalent to 4 U.S. semester credit hours), so semester students should expect to take four courses a semester and year students should expect to take eight courses.

60 King’s College London credits = 16 U.S. semester credit hours

120 King’s College London credits = 32 U.S. semester credit hours

Final assessments for fall semester classes are conducted online during the month of January. King’s does not allow alternate arrangements to be made for either full degree or study abroad students, including IFSA students. See the Assessment tab for more information.

PREMEDICAL OPTION

The Health and Society program is designed to introduce students to the medical field and is suitable for all students interested in pursuing further education in the health care field. Additional tuition charges apply.

Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Please note that the King’s College London program is very popular and uses a strict rolling admissions policy. The program reaches capacity quickly—apply early for the best chance of admission, and to ensure your course registrations can be filed early.

Note that study abroad students at King’s may only enroll in level 4, 5, or 6 classes. In selecting your classes, you should be aware of any prerequisites in order to be eligible to enroll.

  • Level 4 classes are introductory classes generally suitable for students with no previous undergraduate study in the subject. See exceptions in the department list below.
  • Level 5 classes are intermediate classes broadly equivalent to junior year classes in the U.S. Applicants should have taken at least 3-4 classes in the subject.
  • Level 6 classes are advanced classes equivalent to senior year or master’s classes in the U.S. Applicants should have taken at least 6-7 courses in the subject, and the subject should also be the student’s major.

If you are requesting to take classes at any level from the School of Bioscience Education or the departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, Music, or Physics, King’s is required to send your transcript to the academic tutor in the relevant department, as departmental approval is needed before study abroad students can be registered in these subject areas.

Below are some admissions notes regarding the most popular King’s departments among study abroad students. If you have questions about departments not on this list, please contact your IFSA Admissions Counselor.

AMERICAN STUDIES

Classes in this department fill up very quickly, so class offerings may be limited. Students are strongly advised to apply well in advance of the IFSA application deadline.

COMPUTER SCIENCE/INFORMATICS

The Computer Science/Informatics department is not open to study abroad students.

ENGINEERING

The Engineering department is not open to study abroad students, with the exception of limited spaces within the Biomedical Engineering program.

ENGLISH

The English department is not open to study abroad students.

FILM

The Film Studies department has limited spaces. Students are strongly advised to apply early and to consider alternate IFSA programs in case space is not available.

GEOGRAPHY

Students must have an academic background in any of the following areas: urban studies, economics, developmental studies, earth sciences, geology, environmental studies, and area studies.

HISTORY

The History department is not open to study abroad students.

LANGUAGES

Open to all majors, the Modern Language Centre at King’s offers classes in Arabic, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Punjabi and Spanish. You will have a short language test upon arrival to determine which level is best for you. To learn more about the language classes, search for "Modern Foreign Languages" on the King's College online course catalog.

LAW

Many law modules are offered for degree-seeking students only. Those open to study abroad students will be clearly indicated.

LIFE SCIENCES

Students must have suitable background—generally two chemistry and two biology courses—and a strong GPA to be considered for classes in the Faculty of Life Sciences.

MANAGEMENT

The Management department is willing to consider applications from students with an appropriate background. Look under “Management” or also “Business” for classes in business, economics, human resources management, and marketing.

MUSIC

King’s usually requires that applicants to the music department be music majors at their home university. Preference is granted to students from traditional music schools. Please only request Music modules if you can play an instrument and/or read music fluently. If you have no music classes on your transcript, you will be asked to inform King’s of your musical background and ability when you submit your Module Request Form. This allows King’s to provide the academic tutor with the needed supporting material as part of the eligibility process. Please call your IFSA Admissions Counselor to discuss your audition requirements and the application process.

PHILOSOPHY

This department at King’s is widely recognized as one of the best in England, on par with the departments of Oxford and Cambridge. Introductory philosophy classes are open to students of all majors. Intermediate classes are open to students who have taken college-level philosophy courses in epistemology and metaphysics and/or ethics. Advanced classes are open only to philosophy majors only who have a substantial background in the subject.

SHAKESPEARE’S LONDON

Shakespeare's London is a regular English module offered by King’s that, through close reading and practical experience, allows students to place Shakespeare's plays in the context both of the city out of which they grew and of the theatrical world of Shakespeare. The module features an intensive, hands-on, three-week section at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre involving practical work on the staging of Shakespeare's plays. There are limited spots available, so apply early if you are interested.

THEOLOGY

A very limited number of second- and third-year theology classes are open to study abroad students.

WAR STUDIES

Students applying to the War Studies department must have a strong background (i.e. three to four courses) in political science and/or international relations. This department is very popular, so please complete your application materials as soon as possible.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter

Your application to this program will require one (1) academic letter of recommendation.

Visa Requirement

  • Fall or Spring Term: Not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. A visa may be required if you are a citizen of another country.
  • Academic Year: A visa is required for all students.

Start your application now by clicking the Apply Now button.

TRANSCRIPT

Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Program Activities:

Activities and excursions are an important piece of your IFSA experience, designed to pull you into the fabric of the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. That said, at times, circumstances beyond our control—including local government regulations and health protocols—could impact our ability to hold these events as planned.

Know that we’ll make every effort to run the activities, trips, and excursions slated for your program. You’ll see detailed examples of previous outings offered during this program below. Keep in mind that the options could look different for your program, and that we cannot guarantee these activities, trips, and excursions.

Activities are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. They vary each term based on availability, but activities may include:

  • London Pandemics–Past and Present: This event will engage you with both an historic overview and a contemporary look at concepts of community health and global health, with a particular focus on London and the pandemic. You will attend a guest lecture at the IFSA London Flagship, followed by the John Snow Cholera Tour. This tour will take you to the nearby streets of Soho to visit important sites in the story of Dr. Snow and the cholera outbreak in 1854.
  • London Statue Walk: This walking tour includes stops at some of London’s most iconic statues as well as some of its most obscure, weaving in historical, cultural, literary, and political threads as it seeks to put the past into dialogue with the present.
  • Homelessness in London–A Dialogue: This event will explore the realities of homelessness in London from three perspectives. First, you will participate in a dialogue with guest speakers followed by a tour of Central London developed, curated, and delivered by vulnerably housed individuals through Unseen Tours.

Program Excursions:

IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. They vary each term based on availability, but excursions may include:

  • The Square Mile Tour: The City of London, also known as the Square Mile, is just over one mile of the capital city. But what a mile it is. The Square Mile is the oldest part of London, dating back to 43 A.D. when the Romans christened it Londinium. From St. Paul’s Cathedral to Borough Market, the Bank of England to Tower Bridge, this walking tour will give you an exclusive glimpse into the London of old and new.
  • London Graffiti and Street Art Tour: Get ready to experience the very best London has to offer in street art and graffiti during our urban street art adventure through the amazing painted streets of Shoreditch, East London and the surrounding areas. See work by some of the world’s most famous street artists including Banksy, Ben Eine, Obey, Roa, C215 and 100s more. We introduce you to all the various types of street art from street sculpture to stencils, wheat pastes and stickers. In addition to schooling you in graffiti art and explaining the different styles of lettering and techniques used in street art, the tour will really open your eyes to the graffiti/street art around you, as well as the meaning behind the graffiti.
  • Stonehenge and Bath Visit: Stonehenge has stood on Salisbury Plain for around 5,000 years and it’s still unknown how the prehistoric monument came to rest there! Make up your own mind during this visit and discover the fascinating theories behind these rocks. You’ll learn about Stonehenge from the fascinating exhibits and be able to enjoy a virtual sunrise as it rises over the prehistoric stones! Afterward, travel to the Roman city of Bath for a walking tour of this World Heritage city once home to Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Gainsborough, Lord Nelson, and Beau Nash. Then prepare to travel back 2,000 years to the Roman era with a visit to the Roman Baths.
  • Piers and Queers Brighton Trip: Since the 18th century Brighton has become a cosmopolitan place of recreation, escape, and freedom. A destination for people who didn't conform. With an LGBTQ+ population now estimated at 15%, Brighton celebrated England's first civil partnerships, and hosts the UK’s largest Pride event as well as Europe's first Trans Pride, rightly earning its title as the LGBTQ+ Capital of Britain. Peers and Queers is a tour of Brighton from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer perspective, in a colorful 90-minute walk along the beach and historic city center taking in more than 200 years of history including Regency Dandies, 1950s lesbian and gay life, and political activism. Afterward, there’s time for a walk on the pier and fish and chips, just watch out for seagulls!
  • Windsor Castle and Eton College Tours: Take a full-day tour to the beautiful Berkshire towns of Windsor and Eton. Visit the queen's home at Windsor Castle which has more than 900 years of royal history and is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. After lunch it will be on to Eton, home of the world-famous Eton College founded in 1440. Eton has educated generations of British and foreign aristocracy and members of the Royal family including Princes William and Harry, and British Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and David Cameron.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Residence Hall/Dormitory

Meals

Self-Catering

Details

Semester students' housing is self-catered, meaning they purchase and prepare their own meals in shared kitchens. The University of London Intercollegiate residences, available to full year students only, have mandatory meal plans that incur an additional fee.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Spring 2023

January 7, 2023

June 3, 2023

$32,795

August 15

Academic Year 2023-2024

Mid-September 2023

Early June 2024

$50,725 (estimated)

January 15

Fall 2023

Mid-September 2023

Mid-December 2023

$27,995 (estimated)

January 15

Spring 2024

Early January 2024

Early June 2024

$32,795 (estimated)

August 15

Term

Spring 2023

Term begins

January 7, 2023

Term ends

June 3, 2023

Program costs

$32,795

Application deadline

August 15

Term

Academic Year 2023-2024

Term begins

Mid-September 2023

Term ends

Early June 2024

Program costs

$50,725 (estimated)

Application deadline

January 15

Term

Fall 2023

Term begins

Mid-September 2023

Term ends

Mid-December 2023

Program costs

$27,995 (estimated)

Application deadline

January 15

Term

Spring 2024

Term begins

Early January 2024

Term ends

Early June 2024

Program costs

$32,795 (estimated)

Application deadline

August 15

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