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Imperial College London Revolutions in Biomedicine

About Imperial College London in England

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Length of program: 4 weeks, late June to late July
  • Application deadline: May 1
  • Program advisor: Michelle Mannweiler
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Program Snapshot

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We're so excited that you're considering a summer study abroad experience at Imperial College London with IFSA-Butler. London is a vibrant, international city and a great destination for any study abroad experience. We're sure you're going to love studying there!

What Imperial College London has to offer

  • Study at science-based Imperial College, which ranks among the top universities in the world
  • Participate in intensive, cutting edge laboratory-based scientific research
  • Learn from top research experts in the fields of biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, genetics and public health
  • Perfect for pre-med, public health, or bioscience majors

Housing

  • Housing is with other program students in apartments
  • Students purchase or prepare their own meals

Academics

  • Instructors from Imperial's Faculty of Medicine will lead students through eight topical modules plus an eight-day lab project contributing to the development of effective viral vaccines
  • Modules are designed around lab-based research, group work and lectures/seminars
  • Students earn 4 U.S. semester credit hours

We look forward to working with you!

Academics

Courses

View the timetable of sessions, labs and projects at Imperial College

Program structure
Revolutions in Biomedicine is a four-week undergraduate program held at Imperial's South Kensington and Hammersmith Hospital campuses. Instructors from Imperial College's Faculty of Medicine will lead students through eight topical modules plus an eight-day lab project contributing to the development of effective viral vaccines. In addition, four keynote lectures and a "Beyond Bioscience: Life & Career Perspectives" panel discussion will be held.

Course selection
This program has a set curriculum of modules, lectures and projects. Participants do not choose from a selection of courses.

Revolutions in biomedicine modules and research
Students will study eight topics that will be aligned with the research strengths of the guiding faculty. Topics will be drawn from areas such as regenerative medicine, gene therapy and gene editing, novel cancer therapeutics, big data, genomic medicine, microbial resistance to antibiotics, diabetes and obesity and global health. These topics will be explored through lectures, group work, field trips and debriefing. Students will complete an eight-day laboratory-based mini-research project investigating the relative importance of the proliferation and production of cytokenes in CD8+T Lymphocytes (CTL) activation.

Prerequisites

Students must have completed at least one bioscience course with a lab component before arrival in London.

Credits

How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
You must enroll in a full course load as defined by IFSA-Butler. A full course load at Imperial College is one course, worth 4 U.S. semester credits for the summer. You must take all courses for academic credit, and must complete all coursework and exams in order to obtain credit on the Butler University transcript.

Registration

What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full Imperial College course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on an Imperial College 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.

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 Imperial College. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for Imperial College. Imperial College'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 appeal for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.

Transcripts

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 Imperial College. 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.

Housing

Housing Options

What are my housing options?
Housing is in student apartments in west central London. Most rooms are doubles or triples, and students will have access to shared bathrooms, kitchens and living areas.


Meals

Students purchase or prepare their own meals.

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 and commuting costs.

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

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
No. Summer students do not pay housing deposits.

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 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, 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 Imperial College. 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 Imperial College, 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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Summer Payment Due: May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for the entire program fee, which includes tuition, services and housing. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

Housing
Housing is in IFSA-Butler student apartments in central London. The housing component of our program fee includes daily breakfast.

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. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out.  If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate.  If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

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, internships 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.

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:

michelleProgram Advisor Michelle Mannweiler prepares students to study abroad by assisting them with the application process and answering program, cultural and academic questions. Michelle is a Butler University graduate and majored in both middle/secondary education and Spanish. Michelle also studied for a semester in Costa Rica through IFSA-Butler. She joined the IFSA-Butler team in order to assist students in achieving their goals in new and interesting places. Michelle currently advises students planning to study in England and Wales. Michelle can be reached at the email link provided above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4267.


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 appeals. 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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