England Study Abroad Program in London
About Queen Mary University in London, England
- Required GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
- Application deadlines: October 1 for spring semester (Jan-June)
April 15 for fall semester (Sept-Dec)
April 15 for full year (Sept-June)
- Program advisor: Ashley Crow
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We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at Queen Mary, University of London for your semester or year abroad. London is an exciting vibrant city with a diverse population. Students get to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the big city while experiencing cultures from all over the world. 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. We recommend early application to Queen Mary.
What Queen Mary has to offer
- A leading teaching and research institution
- A fully integrated, compact campus university in the center of the capital—one of very few city-based campus universities in the U.K.
- A member of Britain's Russell Group of universities, similar to the Ivy League
- Participation in IFSA-Butler's Community Engagement Program
- Located in the East End, a funky, diverse, up-and-coming area of London
- The area hosted the 2012 Olympic Games, with the main stadium and many other venues less than a mile away from the campus
- A strong sense of community combined with a diverse student population offers opportunities to interact with British students and others from around the world
- An active students' union, which houses restaurants, a shop, bars and gym
- Part of the University of London, so students can use the University of London Union's excellent facilities
- Easy access to central London, with the nearest Tube (subway) station just five minutes away
- Housing is with British and other international students in modern, apartment-style accommodation on campus-a rare privilege in London!
- Students prepare their own meals in communal kitchens or purchase meals at cafés and restaurants on campus or in the surrounding area
- U.S. students can preregister for classes, confirm their registration after they arrive and finalize their course selections during a two-week add/drop period
- Students may take courses from several different departments
- Students take four courses per semester
We look forward to working with you!
CoursesWhere can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Visit the Queen Mary, University of London 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 (see above) 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 England academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
- Level 4 Introductory courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
- Level 5 Intermediate courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
- Level 6 Advanced/honors courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses. These are often not available to study abroad students.
- Due to high demand, courses in the School of English and Drama have limited availability. If you are planning to take courses in these schools please return your course preference form as soon as possible.
- The Semester(s) courses are offered:
- Modules either run for a semester (15 credits) or an academic year (30 credits). If a yearlong course can be taken for one term only by an associate study abroad student, the module code will include a suffixes "A" for the fall term or a "B" for the spring term. Law courses include suffixes "1" for the fall term and "2" for the spring term.
- "Not open to associate students" indicates that the module is not available to study abroad students.
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.
Level 6 Advanced/honors courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses. These are often not available to study abroad students.
Due to high demand, courses in the School of English and Drama have limited availability. If you are planning to take courses in these schools please return your course preference form as soon as possible.
The course catalog will indicate any other courses not open to study abroad students with "not open to associate students" in the course description.
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. A full course load at Queen Mary is 60 credits per term (approximately four courses). For information on the credit weight, please consult the information below.
15 Queen Mary credits = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
30 Queen Mary credits = 8 U.S. semester credit hours
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full Queen Mary, University of London 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. You will be officially registered for courses before you arrive on campus.
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.
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 Queen Mary, University of London. 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 OptionsWhat are my housing options?
The following housing options are available during your semester or year abroad.
- Queen Mary Halls of Residence
The halls of residence are located right on the Queen Mary campus. In general, you may expect the following from the Queen Mary residences:
- Each student has a single bedroom with an attached bathroom.
- Mini-refrigerator in your single bedroom.
- Several rooms on a hall share a kitchen.
- Queen Mary halls are self-catering, which means that you will buy your own food and cook your own meals.
- Individual kitchen equipment is not provided but can be obtained upon arrival in London.
- Students are integrated with other Queen Mary students of all nationalities.
- Individual access points are available for Internet, but you are likely to incur an additional expense if your room has not been previously activated.
- Bedding pack- generally includes a duvet, pillow and sheets.
- IFSA-Butler housing at Pembridge Gardens
If there is a shortage of on-campus housing, students may be placed in IFSA-Butler housing. The housing is located in Notting Hill and is approximately a 30-minute commute by bus or tube to the Queen Mary Campus. It is important to note that the IFSA-Butler housing will involve addional costs. If allocated IFSA-Butler housing, students will receive a supplemental bill. In general, you may expect the following from the IFSA-Butler residences:
- Single or shared rooms in a flat with other IFSA-Butler students.
- Several rooms share a kitchen and bathroom 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.
What is living in London like?
London is an exciting, vibrant and diverse city. Students who study in London should be aware that housing is always in short supply. For this reason, it may be very difficult to change rooms once you arrive. Queen Mary students will be housed on campus, a rare occurrence in London! However, commuting is the nature of studying and living in a large city like London, so students should expect to take public transportation to get around London. The cost of commuting by public transportation is your responsibility. Going into your study abroad experience with an open mind about your possible living arrangement is the best way to ensure a good semester or year abroad.
Is Queen Mary's campus different than my university campus in the U.S.?
Although Queen Mary is a self-contained campus, it is located in London's urban East End. Students used to a small, self-contained college campus in the U.S. should not expect Queen Mary's campus to be exactly the same as their own. Students will find a busy, urban, cosmopolitan setting. Relocating to a new country and living in one of the fastest paced cities in the world is an exciting but challenging experience. Students interested in attending Queen Mary must be prepared for a period of adjustment as they acclimate to London and the East End.
Queen Mary's location affords students the unique opportunity to discover the multicultural and cosmopolitan side of London and British society. Because the East End of London has traditionally been a major port of entry for overseas arrivals to the United Kingdom, students will encounter people from many different ethnic and religious backgrounds. The East End is home to several famous landmarks, including the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Canary Wharf and the Docklands. East-Enders developed Britain's famous Cockney rhyming slang. The East End is becoming a very popular location for new nightclubs, art galleries and cafés. The East End will also be the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Past students have enjoyed discovering this up-and-coming cultural area of London.
In the past, London's East End was sometimes characterized solely as a commercial and industrial area of the city. However, the East End, while still very urban, has undergone major economic revitalization and is now home to many young professionals and new businesses, in addition to being home to a religiously and ethnically diverse residential community.
Queen Mary, University of London is about a 30-minute Tube (i.e. subway) ride from central London, which is home to many historical sites, museums, and the West End theatre district. This means that students interested in a social life and events outside of the Queen Mary campus will have to commute by Tube into central London.
All accommodations are self-catering. No meal plans are available.
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. Your housing fee includes the cost of accommodation during university breaks.
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 December 1 for spring and semester 1 programs or by May 1 for fall and semester 2 programs. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after these dates.
Living and Studying Abroad 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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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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What's included in our England program fees
Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due: November 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.
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.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the Queen Mary, University of London program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to the Queen Mary, University of London program must complete additional forms as part of the application process:
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to Queen Mary, University of London 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 Queen Mary 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 England.
Program Advisor Ashley Crow assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, extn. 3638. Ashley completed her undergraduate coursework at Drake University, where she began a study abroad program with IFSA-Butler in Egypt during the spring of 2011. Ashley had to be evacuated from Egypt because of the revolution, but she continued study abroad, including an internship and research, for 11 months in Morocco. Ashley currently advises students planning on studying abroad in England and assists with Middle East programs.
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. 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.