King’s College London: Premedical Program
Take a step toward medical school with this competitive program, designed to introduce you to general practice with access to the University of London’s exceptional teaching and research facilities. Beyond academics, here’s your chance to live like Londoner in a city known for architectural icons, royal history, and cultural diversity.
The Health and Society module 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. Admission to the Health and Society module is highly competitive, as there are only 16 spots available each semester for study abroad students from around the world. King’s looks for applicants who have an extremely strong background in biology and chemistry. Please note that students who choose to undertake this module pay a higher program fee due to additional lab and clinical fees. The Health and Society module is taken either in the Fall or the Spring semester by year students and cannot be repeated.
There are three parts to the King’s College Premedical Program:
- Students in the Premedical Program normally take three science classes to supplement the Health and Society class. Students can also mix in arts classes, if they wish, but will still be responsible for the pre-medical program fee.
- Health and Society (MX1000): This class combines an in-class curriculum with a range of shadowing opportunities in different clinical settings. Students participate in a series of small group seminars and tutorials that integrate the study of clinical practice, communication in health care, medical ethics and law, psychology and medical sociology.
- The Clinical Attachment: A series of clinical placement rotations enable you to apply class theory to a number of primary and secondary care settings: such as in General Practice, Guy’s Hospital Minor Injuries Unit, operating room visits and Palliative Health Care setting. These placements are also supported by professional role plays, where you will have the opportunity to engage in a number of scenarios to learn and develop active listening skills, taking and presenting a case and family history, hypothetical deductive and inductive clinical reasoning.
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.
Please note that the Health and Society module that makes up the King’s Premedical Program is extremely competitive and very popular. King’s will review all premedical program applications at the same time after the posted deadline, unlike the rolling admissions process for general study abroad applications at King’s. For details of the standard program, click here.
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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.
The Computer Science/Informatics Department is not open to study abroad students.
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.
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.
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.
The History Department is not open to study abroad students.
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.
Many law modules are offered for degree-seeking students only. Those open to study abroad students will be clearly indicated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A very limited number of second- and third-year theology classes are open to study abroad students.
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.
- 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.
Your application to this program will require one (1) academic letter of recommendation.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
HousingResidence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option
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.
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.