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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. After class, stroll along the Thames or head to nearby hot spots like the West End, Covent Garden, or Soho. Plus, discover UK highlights like Windsor Castle, Brighton, and Stonehenge with a variety of excursions.

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

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

Minimum GPA

3.30

Credit load

16

Housing

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 tuition 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.

 

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

  • 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.

Excursions

  • 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 king’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, Single Room Option

Meals

Self-Catering

Details

Students stay in King’s College housing or in a variety of central London student flats (apartments) secured by IFSA, with a commute of up to 30 minutes. Most of the King’s furnished flats house up to 14 students, with private bedrooms and bathrooms, and shared living space and kitchens. IFSA flats have single and shared bedroom options, often with shared bathrooms. Meals are on your own—cook with flatmates or eat out.  

Sample housing 

Take a look at London Nest Lightfoot Hall, one housing option, to see what your London home might be like: 

  • Location: Chelsea, an upscale area known for beautiful architecture, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and plentiful green space. Home of Chelsea Football.  
  • Commute: About 30 minutes by Tube to King’s College; 30 minutes to IFSA Program Center in Mayfair.  
  • Double rooms: Two students share one bedroom and one bathroom. Rooms include two single beds, desks, chairs, wardrobes, and TV. Bed linens are provided. Take advantage of fully equipped kitchens and comfortable, shared spaces for studying and socializing. (Students might be placed in single bedrooms, which incurs an additional fee.) 
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students purchase meals or prepare food in shared kitchens.  
  • Other details: Unlimited Wi-Fi, staff and security on site 24/7. Laundry facilities on-site.   
  • Nearby: The Natural History Museum, King’s Road shopping, the Victoria & Albert Musuem, Battersea Park, Kensington Palace, the River Thames, and more. 

Dates and Fees

Term
Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Spring 2024
January 4, 2024
June 1, 2024
$36,295
Passed
Fall 2024
Mid-Sept. 2024
Mid-Dec. 2024
$29,495 (estimated)
Jan. 15
Academic Year 2024-2025
Mid-Sept. 2024
Early June 2025
$63,790 (estimated)
Jan. 15

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Jasmine Di Diego

Enrollment Counselor