Queen Mary, University of London Partnership
London’s only university with a true campus, Queen Mary sits in the East End, a funky, diverse, up-and-coming area with much to explore. With a student body of 25,000 that includes 2,800 from outside the UK, the university is known for a strong sense of community and commitment to academic success. High-caliber academics include particular strength in business and science. On-campus housing and 300+ clubs make it easy to join in at the Russell Group’s most inclusive university.
To view available classes at Queen Mary, visit the university’s online course catalog. Be sure to filter by Associate student modules, as these are available to visiting students.
Keep an eye out for modules marked Queen Mary Model Modules. These classes are specially designed to build knowledge, skills and experience related to networking, interdisciplinary learning, international perspectives, or enterprising perspectives.
A full class load at Queen Mary is 60 credits per term, or approximately four classes. Most courses at Queen Mary are worth 15 Queen Mary credits.
15 Queen Mary credits = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
30 Queen Mary credits = 8 U.S. semester credit hours
Study abroad students at Queen Mary can only enroll in level 4, 5, and 6 classes. Level 4 is an introductory university-level module, level 5 is an intermediate university-level module, and level 6 is an advanced university-level module. Levels often correspond with academic years.
Final assessment for fall semester modules in both the School of Economics and Finance and the School of Biological and Behavioral Sciences are conducted online in January. Queen Mary does not allow alternate arrangements to be made for either full degree or study abroad students, including IFSA students.
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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.
Level 6 Advanced/honors classes will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. classes. These are often not available to study abroad students.
School of Drama
Associate students selecting DRA modules at levels 5 and 6 must have experience of related subjects in the arts and humanities at university level. Classes have limited availability. If you are planning to take classes in this school, please return your class preference form as soon as possible.
School of Economics and Finance
School of Economics and Finance restrict all level 5 and 6 modules to students with Economics and Finance majors only. A mathematics prerequisite (equivalent of A-level maths, including calculus) is required for level 4 ECN modules.
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Students choose from a limited set of computer sciences classes. Limited spots are available for study abroad students, and priority will be given to students majoring in these disciplines. For fall semester classes that are assessed via a final exam, please note that exams will take place online in January of the following year.
School of English
School of English welcomes all students to Level 4 modules, but restrict all level 5 and 6 modules to students with English or Arts/Humanities majors only. Classes have limited availability. If you are planning to take classes in this school, please return your class preference form as soon as possible.
Department of Psychology
Students may choose from a limited set of psychology classes offered specifically to study abroad students (Fall term: Cognitive Psychology and Health Psychology; Spring term: Psychology of Emotion and Psychology of Individual Differences). The Department of Psychology does not allow study abroad students to enroll directly in psychology classes alongside degree-seeking students.
The class catalog will indicate any other classes not open to study abroad students with “not open to associate students” in the class description.
- 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 semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the semester program or one (1) full-time year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the year program.
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
As a Queen Mary student, you’ll likely live on the main campus at Mile End Student Village—a rare perk in London.
- Location: Mile End Student Village in London’s East End
- Commute: On the main campus.
- Furnished flats (apartments): Designed for four to 11 students. Most have single bedrooms with individual private bathrooms, plus living space and a kitchen. Bedrooms include a bed, wash basin, wardrobe, refrigerator, bookshelves, desk, chair, lamp, and Internet access. Kitchens have refrigerator/freezer, stovetop/oven, microwave, toaster, and kettle. Students provide bedding, towels, and kitchenware.
- Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare or purchase meals.
- Additional details: 24-hour support from campus reception; security patrols. Campus laundry nearby.
- Nearby: Brick Lane Market, Victoria Park, Canary Wharf, The Old Truman Brewery. Bus stops on campus. Walk to Mile End station, served by three Tube lines, in less than 10 minutes.