England Study Abroad Program at City University
About City University in London, England
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
We look forward to working with you!
Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
What courses am I eligible to take?
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
What if I need to take a required course?
Are there any course or departmental restrictions?
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
Fall Semester* (10 weeks)
Normal Course Load
Spring Semester (13 weeks)
Normal Course Load
Full Year** (23 weeks)
*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.
What are the registration conditions?
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.
What do I need to know about exams?
TranscriptsHow 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
Student praise for C&C:
"We were able to discuss current issues while bringing information from our classes to the table. My friend from college was in another study abroad program and she was jealous because they didn't have a C&C."
"At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it, but it really helped me to see things from a different perspective. I am pretty sure I would not have gotten the same out of my time in London without doing the C&C."
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 seminar certificate program which will be a complementary addition to your courses. You will receive a certificate of completion for the C&C seminar, in addition to your full load of credits for coursework at City. The C&C seminar is comprised of at least eight sessions which include classroom discussion combined with field excursions designed to assist you in exploring the complexities and curiosities of London's varied neighborhoods.
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.
C&C participants can choose to take the C&C for certificate only or have an additional assessment and receive 2 U.S. semester credit hours. You can mark your choice on the required C&C course enrollment form. Please return this form to your IFSA-Butler program advisor before departure.
Most semester students will be placed in IFSA-Butler housing in central London. In general, you can expect the following in IFSA-Butler housing:
Full year students and a small number of semester students will live in City University housing. The housing is within walking distance of classes.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
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.
Living and Studying in London, England
Dates & Fees
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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.
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Program Fee Bills
† Housing Deposit
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.
FormsTo 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:
Assistant 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.
Student & 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.
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