University of the Arts Summer Program
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!
What University of the Arts has to offer
We look forward to working with you!
What is the structure of the program?
London College of Fashion’s eight-week summer schools allow you to take either Fashion Business, Fashion Design or Footwear Design. Students choose one summer school, each of which has a set curriculum of courses.
What is the course structure like?
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?
What courses am I eligible to take?
Central Saint Martins
London College of Communication
Which courses are eight weeks long?
Do I need to bring any specific materials from home?
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?
Course RestrictionsStudents must choose one course at one college to study. Students must choose one course at one college to study. Please note that IFSA-Butler does not offer the second summer session at UAL, so classes offered outside the first session are not available.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
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 courses with your academic advisor at your home institution for approval.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What are my housing options?
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.
The housing component of our program fee includes daily breakfast. All other meals are self-catered. Students share a kitchen with refrigerators, ovens, microwave, utensils, cookware and staples such as bread and milk provided.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
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, 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
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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Payment Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
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.
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 TeamIFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in London:
Program Advisor Aimee Formo is here to assist with the application process and to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Aimee completed her graduate degrees in history and library science at Indiana University, and her undergraduate degree in history at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She studied abroad with R-MWC’s program at the University of Reading, where she focused on 19th century social reform movements. Aimee joined the IFSA-Butler team to aid students who want to study abroad and experience all that England has to offer. Aimee can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4253.
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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