“IFSA allowed us to have so much independence and flexibility, which allowed us to engage with the local culture and explore the city right from the start.”
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To view available courses at King's College London, visit the King's online course catalog.
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 program advisor 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 (4 Butler University 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 Kings College London credits = 16 U.S. semester credit hours
120 Kings College London credits = 32 U.S. semester credit hours
Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
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.
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.
Below are some admissions notes regarding the most popular departments among study abroad students at King's College. If you have questions about departments not on this list, please contact your program advisor.
Courses in this department fill up very quickly, so course offerings may be limited. Students are strongly advised to apply well in advance of the IFSA application deadline.
King's is willing to consider education applicants on a case-by-case basis. Contact your program advisor if you have specific questions.
The English department will accept only students with a strong background in English literature. You must have taken at least three English literature courses with one in your sophomore year and have earned a B+ or higher in those courses. Creative writing, poetry or other types of English courses do not count towards the English literature requirement. When filling out the module request form, be sure to list several back up courses as the department tends to fill quickly.
The film department has limited spaces and students are strongly advised to apply early and to consider alternate universities in case space is not available in the department.
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.
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 in the program, so apply early if you are interested.
HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCES
Students must have suitable background — generally two chemistry and two biology courses — and a strong GPA.
The Management Department is willing to consider applications from students with an appropriate background. Look under "Management" or also "Business" for courses in business, economics, human resources management and marketing.
Open to all majors, the Modern Language Centre at King's offers courses in Arabic, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Punjabi and Spanish. You will have a short language test upon arrival to determine which level of course is best for you. To learn more about the language courses, search for "Modern Foreign Languages" on the King's College online course catalog.
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 call your program advisor to discuss your audition requirements and the application process.
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 courses are open to students of all majors. Intermediate courses are open to students who have taken college-level philosophy courses in epistemology and metaphysics and/or ethics. Advanced courses are open only to philosophy majors only who have a substantial background in the subject.
King's College has opened only a very limited number of second- and third-year theology courses for study abroad students.
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.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit 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.
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What Our Students Say
“The biggest thing I learned is the value of immersing oneself in a culture unlike that which you come from. Even though Australia speaks English, the culture has taught me to relax and take everything one step at a time.”
“I enjoyed the academic and personal freedom of my IFSA program. Being able to take whatever classes I wanted/needed in order to satisfy my requirements for major and what happened to interest me set the foundation for my study abroad experience.”
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“For two years, I have tried to manage and exist with depression and anxiety. Coming to New Zealand enlivened me and gave me the tools to function and create the life I want and need. I was able to live somewhere for the first time away from family and friends and thrive in it. It allowed me to realize my potential and ability.”
“I’ve learned about the culture my family comes from, more about the world in general, and the different ways there are to simply live. Above all, I think I’ve learned a lot about myself and my behavior—how I tend to act and react in situations. I’ve also become more assertive, courageous, and confident through this experience.”
“My IFSA program was amazing. They really do a great job making sure you adjust well and are well equipped for your time abroad.”
“Through IFSA, I learned to enjoy the small things in life, was able to better understand a culture different from mine, developed intellectually through independent study, and improved my Spanish.”
“The connections I made during my time in Scotland was the most enjoyable aspect of my IFSA study abroad abroad experience. I was able to connect with peers on the program, IFSA staff, and the local culture. Being part of the St. Andrews basketball team really facilitated my relationship with the campus and its students.”
“Through my IFSA program, I volunteered at a travel startup where I initiated and developed a six-month lesson plan for the first English teaching program in a Mayan community, created a cost plan for program volunteers, and translated itineraries.”
“I enjoyed study abroad the most when I got courage to speak at my first poetry SLAM, befriend a fanzine publisher, and speak up (in my broken Spanish) in my film class. Having the courage to own who I am made me feel good.
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