The London Semester

Program Information

On The London Semester you will study abroad in London at highly ranked University of Roehampton. Roehampton is unique among London universities in having its housing, support services, classrooms, shops, and Student Union all within a 15-minute walk of each other. The picturesque campus is the ideal environment for study, and on its doorstep is one of the world's most exciting cities. You will experience:

Classes across departments – No need to limit yourself to one field! Study anything from politics to dance to health care with remarkable British professors.

Affordability – Check out one of the best cities in the world on the most affordable London study abroad option. Don’t forget that many of London’s best museums are free, and many pubs and restaurants offer inexpensive lunches. We have tons of tips for you on how to save money and still enjoy all that this incredible city has to offer.

Top-notch academics – Roehampton professors are highly regarded throughout England and the world and include famed novelists, criminologists, business moguls, and psychologists. Cutting-edge research is the stuff of everyday life here.

Best of both worlds - A campus setting with peaceful grounds, yet the bustling city center is just a short tube ride away.

Fun dorm life – Each residence hall is its own social and cultural hub, with entertaining events where you can get to know your British and international hallmates and make lifelong friends when you study abroad in London.

Highlights and Excursions

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in London, then check out The London Semester program. Here are just a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Affordable London study abroad option! 
  • Study in London on a picturesque campus in a southwest suburb of the capital city 
  • Large international student population 
  • Take courses in an array of fields for your major or as electives 
  • Amazing creative writing program 
  • Check out Big Ben, Parliament, Oxford Street, the London Eye, and more 
  • Explore other parts of the UK and Europe on the weekends 
  • Fun on-campus housing options 
  • Sports teams and student activities help you meet fellow students 
  • Fantastic dance program 
  • Internship option (Spring semester only)

Your semester in London comes with excursions built into the cost at no additional fee. Heidi, our site director in London, puts together fun and interesting trips geared towards getting a true English experience. In the past, these excursions have included:

  • London bus tour 
  • Kings, Queens, Politics and Power Walking tour which starts in New Scotland Yard 
  • Introduction to Camden Market with an optional pub lunch and Hidden Pubs of London Walking Tour 
  • Jack the Ripper Walking Tour 
  • Bus Tour of Cambridge (Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking!) 
  • Tour of the Benjamin Franklin House 

Heidi will send out weekly updates to our students to let them know about free or inexpensive activities in the area. She will also create the itineraries so that students may still be able to participate in additional excursions that our partner school in London may put on. Some of these may include trips to:

Oxford There’s more to this classic English city than the ancient university that gives the city its fame. Throughout the town you can observe buildings of every architectural period since the Saxons as well as a wealth of attractions including shopping, museums, theatres, botanical gardens, parks and a cathedral.

Stonehenge This pre-historic site is certainly one of the most famous spots in England. Located in Wiltshire and dating back to approximately 2500 B.C., Stonehenge is an ancient ring of monolithic stones constructed by a lost civilization for a purpose that remains unknown. Now owned by the National Trust and listed as a prestigious UNESCO World Heritage site, Stonehenge is a great archaeological mystery with a distinctly ethereal feel.

Liverpool Liverpool, the great city of the north, is the very definition of a trendy cosmopolitan city and is certainly giving London a run for its money! With an outstanding musical, sport and maritime history, in this metropolis it would be easy to focus on the past. But with dazzling new museums and art galleries as well as an extensive amount of modern restaurants, wine bars and shops, while in Liverpool you’re going to have to make some decisions – and that’s not going to be easy!

Windsor Castle As a Royal home and fortress for more than 900 years, Windsor Castle and the surrounding town demonstrate the epitome of British life. The castle itself is the Queen’s official residence and is often used for formal duties and state visits. Windsor is also home to St. George's Chapel, the chapel used for hundreds of Royal christenings, weddings and funerals. Across the tranquil River Thames lies Eton, home to the famously prestigious Eton College.

Housing

As a student on The London Semester at University of Roehampton, you will be living in one of the residence halls on campus. You will live in a single room, with bed linen, blankets, and pillows provided. The hall is self-catered, meaning that you will be able to prepare your own meals, but you have the option of purchasing a kitchen pack with basic cooking and eating utensils from the University of Roehampton (if you prefer, you can get your own supplies once you arrive in London). Groceries can be purchased in the village, which is a short 10-minute walk from the main campus, or can be purchased at Asda (a large supermarket), only a short bus trip from the campus.

Living in the residence halls provides you with the opportunity to meet and become friends with students from different cultures and backgrounds. There are also cafeterias, shops, and coffee and snack bars located on campus, as well as Student’s Union facilities, where you can relax and spend time with your new friends!

Curriculum

Roehampton is front and center with some of the best academics around.  The Higher Education Quality Council recently commended Roehampton for its outstanding academic standards and quality assurance systems.

Students can choose courses in the following fields: biological sciences, business, creative writing, cultural studies, education, health, media studies, psychology, and sports, exercise, and leisure.

For a complete list of course offerings, please click here.

Campus Setting

Suburban

Average Course Load

3-4 courses (15 US credits)

GPA Requirement

2.8/4.0

Language of Instruction

English

Program Dates

Spring 2014*:
Start Date: January 7
End Date: June 6

Fall 2014*:
Start Date: September 11
End Date: December 14-31 (Students may depart as early as the 14th, but dorms will remain open through the 31st.)

Program Fee

$14,790*

*Cost subject to change at any time due to the current exchange rate.

Included

  • Two day excursions
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • Student Union fees
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner, frances@iepabroad.org
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Students

“Studying in the UK has brought me in contact with nationalities from around the world and exposed me to a variety of different view- points on everything from politics to music to cuisine and behavior. I have a more open-minded view of the world and have been exposed to so many ideas and languages, customs
and traditions.”

Emily B.