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England Study Abroad Program at City University

About City University in London, England

  • Required GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Application deadlines: October 15 for spring semester (Jan-April)
    April 15 for fall semester (Sept-Dec)
    April 15 for full year (Sept.-June)
  • Program advisor: Matt Free
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Program Snapshot

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We're so excited that you are considering study abroad at City University in London with IFSA-Butler. London is a vibrant city with endless possibilities for students. City University is located in Islington, near London's center, with academics in the same place as pubs and restaurants, the Barbican and other cultural and entertainment sites. We're sure you're going to
love studying there.

There are a few specific forms for this program that you will need to complete along with your IFSA-Butler application. You can find the forms under the Forms tab.

What City has to offer

  • A long tradition of professional education and quick response to the needs of professions and industry
  • Strong ties to London's historical and financial center, known as The City; the university chancellor is the Lord Mayor of London
  • Participation in IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture program
  • Incorporation of new technology
  • An active students' union that offers a range of social facilities
  • A variety of athletic, social, and cultural clubs and societies

Housing

  • Housing is in City University halls of residence within walking distance of the university or in IFSA-Butler-operated housing in central London

Academics

  • Students take four to five courses per semester
  • AACSB International accredited business school

We look forward to working with you!




Academics

Courses

Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Visit City University's online course catalog.

What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.

For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:

  • When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the British academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
  • First-year (1000 level) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
  • Second-year (2000 level) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore- or junior-level U.S. courses.
  • Third-year (3000 level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.

What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.

Course Restrictions

Are there any course or departmental restrictions?
City University has restrictions for certain departments:

  • Actuarial Science: This subject relies on a high level of proficiency in mathematics, statistics, economics and computing; courses are generally open to actuarial science or similar majors only
  • Computing: Courses are available to related majors only
  • Engineering: Courses are available for full year study only, and only to engineering majors
  • Journalism: Open to journalism majors only
  • Music: Open to music majors only
  • Schools of Law and Health: Not open to study abroad students

Credits

How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. For information on the credit weight, please see the information below.

Fall Semester* (10 weeks)

Normal Course Load
Four 4-credit courses = 16 U.S. semester credit hours

Spring Semester (13 weeks)

Normal Course Load
Four 4-credit courses = 16 U.S. semester credit hours OR
Four 4-credit courses + one 2-credit extension course = 18 U.S. semester credit hours OR
Three 4-credit courses + one or two 2-credit extension or language courses = 14-16 U.S. semester credit hours

Full Year** (23 weeks)
See above for each semester for 30-32 U.S. semester credit hours

*Fall semester students take specially-arranged final exams/coursework so they may leave before Christmas but should check their examination times before scheduling flights home. Spring students take them before the end of the spring term. Full year students take their exams at the same time as regular degree-seeking students at City University.

** Full-year students must stay for the summer term, which is eight weeks of revision and preparation for exams.

Registration

What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full City University course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.

You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for courses until you arrive on campus.

Exams

What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting an academic record query for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.


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How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at City University. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.

Exploring Community & Culture

IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture program (C&C) at City is designed to take students' study abroad experiences to another level. It encourages them to get the most out of their time abroad by blending intercultural learning with an exploration of the local community and local community groups. Selected activities will foster your intercultural learning through a series of on-site discussions and self-reflection. Through this program you will be encouraged to engage with the community in which you are living and question your own perspective of the world, while learning to appreciate similarities and differences between cultures and communities.

At City, the C&C is a course that you can take either for 2 U.S. semester credit hours or as a seminar certificate program. The amount of work you do for the course will depend on whether you are seeking academic credit or just a certificate.

The C&C seminar will be a complementary addition to your courses at City. You will receive a total of 18 U.S. semester credit hours for the semester if you participate in the Exploring Community & Culture seminar for academic credit. The seminar will meet eight to 10 times throughout the semester and will include opportunities to explore in-depth the many exciting neighborhoods of London.

Students who have participated in the C&C in past semesters have found it a great way to explore and get to know London and, with their fellow IFSA-Butler students, to learn interculturally from their everyday experiences there.

Please indicate on the C&C course enrollment form whether you intend to pursue the 2 credit option for the course, or if you want the certificate.

Housing

Housing Options

Students will be placed in IFSA-Butler housing in central London. In general, you can expect the following in IFSA-Butler housing:

  • Single or shared rooms in a flat with other IFSA-Butler students.
  • Several rooms share a kitchen and shower/bath facilities.
  • Rooms are furnished with desk and chair, light, bed, wardrobe and shelves.
  • Self-catering (i.e., no meal plan).
  • Linens and towels are not provided in most cases.
  • Public coin and/or card operated phones that do not receive incoming calls.
  • A commute to campus via the Tube (London's subway).
  • Kitchen equipment may not be provided but can be easily obtained once in London. 

Meals

No meal plans are available. All accommodations are self-catering.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals (self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur. If you arrive prior to the IFSA-Butler program start date or choose to remain overseas following the conclusion of the program, you are responsible for arranging and paying for accommodation. Some university housing requires students to move out during winter and spring breaks. If you wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during university breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee. In the instance that you are placed in IFSA-Butler housing, there will be an additional fee.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in England for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Yes. IFSA-Butler requires a refundable housing deposit of $300 before going abroad. We will return this deposit to you after March 1 for fall programs or September 1 for spring and year programs, less any fines, damages or outstanding debts in your name.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location Info

Living and Studying in London, England

About London
Population: 9 million
Location: Southeast England

City features

  • One of the most cosmopolitan, hip cities in the world, with an atmosphere of excitement and sophistication
  • A major global city with remarkable cultural, historic, artistic, political and intellectual offerings
  • Home to many universities scattered throughout different neighborhoods, each with its own atmosphere and attractions
  • A diverse population with more than 300 languages spoken within the city
  • One of the world's leading business and financial centers

Do more!

  • Use London's excellent transportation links to explore continental Europe
  • Take advantage of Britain's extensive rail system to visit other areas of the U.K.
  • Take a break from the constant bustle of London and experience the beautiful and historic regions of England


Links
Visit London 
London On Line
London Net
Time Out: London
London Town
London Transport
BBC

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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Important: Once you are abroad, please verify the program end date with the department(s) in which you are studying. Ending dates may vary from department to department, and you will be expected to complete all course obligations prior to your departure. Program housing is available only until the program end date.

Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

In the United Kingdom, exams are taken under formal conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals. Exams must be taken where and when scheduled.

Program Fees

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What's included in our England program fees
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due:
November 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

Housing
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

† Housing Deposit
This program requires a housing deposit of $300. This payment is in addition to the program fee but is due on the same date. The deposit is held separately from the program fee and should be paid separately. The deposit is refunded to the student after the program, less any damages, fines or outstanding debts in the student’s name.

Personal Cost Estimates

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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

*Student Visa: U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are allowed to remain in the U.K. for up to six months but are not allowed to undertake any paid work or unpaid volunteer activities. Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.


Forms

To apply to the City University program, use our easy online application.

Applicants to the City University program must complete additional forms as part of the application process:

We must receive these forms before we can send your application to City University for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.

If you have already started an application to the City program, you can track which forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into the student portal.

 

Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in London:

mattAssistant Program Advisor Matt Free assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Matt studied abroad in Valparaíso, Chile in the fall of 2010 and completed his undergraduate coursework in Anthropology and Spanish at Butler University. He currently advises students planning to study abroad in England and Ireland. Matt can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4200.


altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.

 

 

 

altStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.



Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident directors. Click here to read more about Resident Directors Lynne Alvarez and Andrew Williams.


altUpon return from your study abroad program, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs Rhonda Hinkle processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Rhonda completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Evansville and received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University. She also has taken doctoral courses at Ball State University. For Rhonda, study abroad not only increased her awareness of the world around her but also ignited her passion for travel and education. Rhonda can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4259.

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