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Program Overview

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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.

On the Thames River, Strand Campus (humanities, law, science, math and more) is full of famous architecture. If scenes look familiar, you’ve likely seen them on the big screen in Enola Holmes, The Imitation Game, and The Importance of Being Earnest.

From your location in the heart of the city, it’s easy to reach nearby hot spots like the West End, Covent Garden, or Soho after class. To help you make the most of England’s cultural treasures, your program includes IFSA excursions and activities (no extra cost) that get you out and about. Experience world-class West End theater. Roll up your sleeves in the famous Great British Bake Off tent. Explore below ground with a former coal miner in Wales and more.

Premed students, learn about the King’s College London Premedical Program here.

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: Jan. 15
Spring: Aug. 15
Academic Year: Jan. 15

Minimum GPA

3.30

Credit load

16

Housing

Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option

Instruction language

English

Language prerequisites

None

Visa required?

Not in most cases. Learn More.

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Academics

To view available classes at King’s College London, visit the King’s online class catalog.

Some modules have specific prerequisites requirements detailed in the module description in the King’s online class 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 classes in one or two departments within the same faculty (school). For this reason, applicants to King’s College should plan to select classes 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 Enrollment Counselor can explain departmental and class restrictions, especially for King’s most selective departments (English, American Studies, Film, Music, Philosophy, Theology, War Studies).

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

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 education fee charges apply.

Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and class 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 class 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 classes 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 Enrollment Counselor.

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

English
The English Department is not open to study abroad students.

European and International Studies
Level 6 modules are prioritized for students from specific exchange partners, and may not be 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 class 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 classes—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 Enrollment 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 classes in epistemology and metaphysics and/or ethics. Advanced classes are open only to philosophy majors only who have a substantial background in the subject.

Psychology
Modules from the Psychology Department (outside of the Biosciences catalog) are only open to full-year students, with prior approval from the Psychology Department, which is done on a case-by-case basis.

Shakespear’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 classes) 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) full-time 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.

Secondary Application
Students who apply to King’s College London cannot have another application open (with the exception of the University of Oxford) due to the quick admissions turnaround  and how early in the cycle decisions are released.

 

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 classes 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

Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.

Activities

  • The Great British Bake Off Experience: Step into the famous white tent and don your apron for this immersive baking experience. Perfect for fans of The Great British Bake Off, you’ll work in pairs and bake a dessert against the clock that will be judged by the head baker. You’ll even be able to take home your creation at the end!
  • West End Theatre Performance: No time in the UK would be complete without a trip to the West End, London’s famous theatre district. Shows are chosen that provide context or different perspectives on London/the UK/Europe. Recent examples include Operation Mincemeat and Cabaret.
  • Sustainability Garden: Visit a community garden started to rewild urban space and respond to the challenges of urban sustainable food production in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. By speaking to gardeners, learn more about the impact of sustainable practices on the biodiversity of urban areas and how they’re trying to widen participation in their local community. Make sure to dress appropriately because we’ll be getting our hands dirty!

Excursions

  • 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 LGBTQ+ perspective. This colorful 90-minute walk along the beach and historic city center takes 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!
  • Big Welsh Weekend: Delve into the rich history of Wales and explore its unique culture and its complex relationship with the rest of the UK on a weekend that takes in the famous Tintern Abbey, the historic Raglan Castle, the Blaenavon coal mines, and St Fagan’s, a museum that has preserved buildings and cultural practices from Welsh history. Spend the night in Cardiff, the Welsh capital, and discover the Cardiff Bay area, home of the Welsh Parliament.
  • Yorkshire Adventure: Explore the vibrant and historic county of Yorkshire on a weekend trip where you’ll discover how this English region has contributed to the UK’s cultural landscape. Highlights may include the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, the Piece Hall in Halifax, the Victorian model village of Saltaire, or the imposing Harewood House in Leeds.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option

Meals

Self-Catering

Details

Students live in flats (apartments) provided by IFSA or in housing provided by KCL. Several options include supplemental housing fees. While we do our best to accommodate preferences, tight housing often makes it difficult to match students with their top choices.

KCL residence halls: KCL offers students residences throughout London. Rooms are single occupancy. Some rooms have private ensuites, and some residences offer studio rooms (with private kitchens). Often rooms are in cluster flats, where students have private rooms but share a kitchen and bathroom. Linens, bedding, and towels are not provided.

  • Meals: There is no meal plan. Students cook or purchase their own meals.
  • Commute: Between 10 and 40 minutes by Tube, depending on residence and to which KCL campus you are traveling.

Student flats provided by IFSA: Students live in furnished flats (apartments) selected by IFSA, with IFSA students as flatmates.

  • Living space: Each flat contains single bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom.
    • Bedrooms include bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, and light for each student.
    • Comfortable space to cook, eat, socialize, and study either in your flat or in convenient common areas.
    • Linens, except towels, are typically provided.
  • Meals:  There is no meal plan. Students cook or purchase their own meals. Some flats have private kitchens, others include shared kitchens. Most are fully equipped; if not, kitchenware is easy to purchase nearby. Flatmates say cooking and eating together is a fun, social part of their day.
  • Commute: Varies by location. Expect a 40- to 50-minute trip via local train services, the Tube (the London subway), or bus.

Sample housing

Read about Vita Lewisham, one housing option, to see what your London home might be like:

  • Location: Lewisham, an area in southeast London undergoing substantial regeneration, particularly following its tenure as London Borough of Culture in 2022. Lewisham Shopping Centre, a five-minute walk away, is home to over 70 stores. Across the street is Glass Mill Leisure Centre, with gym, pool, sauna, and steam room. Two-minute walk to Lewisham train station.
  • Commute: 35 minutes by train/Tube to King’s College London.
  • Single rooms: Rooms include one double bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, and TV. Bed linens provided. Studio rooms include private kitchen with oven, stove, refrigerator, and microwave. Other rooms are part of cluster flats: six single rooms with private bathrooms, a shared kitchen, and living space. Kitchenware provided.
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students purchase meals or prepare food in shared kitchens. Breakfast available in the reception area on weekday mornings.  Free coffee 24/7.
  • Common spaces: Three private dining rooms, a bar, study spaces, a gym with dance studio, and a games room.
  • Other details: Unlimited Wi-Fi, staff and security on site 24/7. Laundry facilities on-site. Cleaning provided every two weeks. The residence runs a full social calendar.
  • Nearby:  The bustling Greenwich area, home to Greenwich Market, renowned museums, and Greenwich Park (where the Eastern and Western Hemispheres meet)—five minutes away via Docklands Light Railway. (Watch for celebrities: Greenwich frequently stands in as London and occasionally Paris in film and television productions.) Central London is 15 minutes away via train, so it’s easy to get to London Bridge and Charing Cross, the historic center of London.

Dates and Fees

Term
Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Fall 2024
September 11, 2024
December 14, 2024
$29,495
Passed
Academic Year 2024-2025
September 11, 2024
May 31, 2025
$64,125
Passed
Spring 2025
Early Jan. 2025
Early June 2025
$37,975 (estimated)
Aug. 15, 2024

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Jasmine Di Diego

Enrollment Counselor