University of the Arts Summer Program
- Required GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
- Length of program: 3 or 8 weeks, depending on college
- Application deadlines: March 15
- Program advisor: Liz Mach
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We’re so excited that you’re considering an IFSA-Butler program for your summer abroad and have chosen the University of the Arts London as your destination. London is a vibrant, international city with a wonderfully diverse population. 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 University of the Arts has to offer
- Study at Europe's largest specialist arts and design university, made up of six prestigious colleges
- Intensive experience of practical projects, individual tutorials, workshops and visits to places of interest
- Programs available for students who are either specialists in their area or for those with little or no experience
- Colleges are located in the heart of their local neighborhoods, allowing students the opportunity to enjoy these communities and all that London has to offer
- Students choose between an eight-week program at London College of Fashion or a three-week program at another UAL college
- The London College of Fashion program features a five-day trip to Paris, which includes visits to museums, galleries, churches, food markets, flea markets, designer boutiques, department stores, shopping districts and major sights
- Students live in IFSA-Butler-owned housing in central London
- Shared study-bedrooms
- Housing is self-catering with fully equipped kitchens for students to use
- Students take the Tube or a bus to and from class
- Students take either a three-week course for 3 U.S. semester credit hours or an eight-week program for 12 U.S. semester credit hours
- Courses are designed around studio based/practical workshops and lectures/seminars
- The eight-week program at London College of Fashion includes a five-day trip to Paris, which includes visits to museums, galleries, churches, food markets, flea markets, designer boutiques, department stores, typical shopping districts and the major sights
We look forward to working with you!
What is the structure of the program?
This program offers two tracks. The eight-week fashion program at the London College of Fashion allows you to take either Fashion Business, Fashion Design or Footwear Design. Students choose one track, each of which has a set curriculum of courses.
The second track is three weeks long and offered at Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication and Wimbledon College of Arts.
What is the course structure like?
Summer courses at UAL can be divided into two types of activity: studio based/practical workshops and lecture/seminar courses.
Studio/practical workshops combine theory and practice. Students should be prepared to encounter a new approach to learning in these sessions. You will be encouraged to experiment creatively and produce assignment work that is appropriate to your level and knowledge of the subject area. Within the lecture/seminar courses, self-directed assignments or essays may be set, some of which will be supported by feedback sessions or tutorials.
Will I have classes with local students?
Although IFSA-Butler is committed to providing integrated programs, summer courses abroad are often geared toward study abroad students only. Please be aware that your contact with local students may be limited, as you will likely study and live with U.S. and other international students. However, all courses are taught by regular UAL faculty.
What courses am I eligible to take?
Students choose a course based on the categories below. Specific courses for each category can be found on UAL's Summer Study Abroad page.
Which courses are eight weeks long?
Only the London College of Fashion courses are offered for the eight-week track. All other courses are available at the other UAL colleges and last three weeks.
Do I need to bring any specific materials from home?
Yes. We suggest you purchase the following items before you leave the U.S.:
- A SLR (single-lens reflex) camera (digital or 35mm film)
- A memory stick or CDRs
Other course materials, such as notebooks and pencils, can be purchased in the U.K. You will be given a list of other required materials on the first day of classes. UAL recommends students budget about $100 to purchase materials.
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.
Students must choose one course at one college to study. Additionally, IFSA-Butler students cannot take Styling or Advanced Fashion Design.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
London College of Fashion students will earn 12 U.S. semester credit hours for courses over an eight-week period. All other students will earn 3 U.S. semester credit hours over a three-week period.
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full Lcourse 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 courses with your academic advisor at your home institution for approval.
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 in London. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for the University of the Arts. 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 or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
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 the University of the Arts. 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.
What are my housing options?
IFSA-Butler accommodation is located in the headquarters of our London office at 21 Pembridge Gardens. It is in the Bayswater area of London, just west of Kensington Gardens.
The residence consists of quad, triple, double and single room accommodation. There are limited single rooms, which cost an additional fee.
All students are provided with blankets, pillows and a bed cover. However, students must bring their own sheets, pillowcases and towels. Student sooms are furnished with a desk and chair, light, bed, wardrobe and shelves. Each room is also equipped with a sink. Students have access to coed showers and toilets on four floors of the facility.
There is also a communal lounge area with a television. Although there are no laundry facilities, the resident advisors will suggest to students where the nearest laundry facility is located.
Meals are self-catered and students share a kitchen. Refrigerators, ovens, microwave, utensils, cookware and staples such as bread and milk are provided.
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 (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
No. Summer students are not required to pay a housing deposit.
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, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Location InfoLiving and Studying in London, England
Population: 9 million
Location: Southeast England
- 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
- 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
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Dates & Fees
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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.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed.
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What's included in our summer program fees
Payment Due: May 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.
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.
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.
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.
To apply to the University of the Arts summer program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to the University of the Arts summer program must complete an additional form as part of the application process:
- Housing Preference Form
- One page personal statement describing your reasons for applying to the University of the Arts summer program, your expectations and goals beyond the program, and how participating in the program will help you fulfill these ambitions.
We must receive these materials before we can send your application to the University of the Arts for an admissions decision. It can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit this with the remainder of your program application.
If you have already started an application to the University of the Arts summer 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:
Program Advisor Liz Mach assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Liz graduated from Purdue University and studied abroad in southern France. She has also traveled through the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Scotland and Spain. Before moving to her current position, Liz served as an Academic Affairs Coordinator at IFSA-Butler. She currently advises students planning on studying abroad in Australia, England, and New Zealand and can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, extn. 4251.
Student 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.
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.
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.
Upon 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. Currently she is working on her Doctorate in Adult, Community and Higher Education 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.