England Study Abroad Program at the University of the Arts
About University of the Arts in London, England
We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at the University of the Arts, London for your semester or year abroad. The UAL is Europe's largest university for art, design, fashion, communications and the performing arts and we're sure you're going to love studying there!
What the University of the Arts has to offer
We look forward to working with you!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I select a College?
What classes will I take?
Studio Art Option or Semester Option?
What should my portfolio look like?
Click here to read additional information regarding portfolios.
If I want to study abroad in the fall on the Studio Art program, why do I have to take the European Art History Module?
What if I don't get into the course or college I want?
CoursesWhere can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
What courses am I eligible to take?
Course descriptions in the online course catalog include prerequisites and portfolio requirements that you must fulfill in order to apply to the course when applicable. You will be accepted to study in Year 1 or Year 2 of the course you have chosen, on the basis of your course background and experience.
Semester Vs. Studio Art
The Studio Art option (referred to as "Integrated Study Abroad" by UAL) is for a student who is likely to be an art, design, fashion, communications or performance major already with a strong background in these areas. You should be prepared for an intensive, independent study alongside degree-seeking UAL students that is very subject specific.
This option is ideal for a student from a fine arts school or program that can support a portfolio of 20-25 images of their work. The Studio Art option is available for the following terms (Please see the Dates & Fees tab for specific dates.):
This option is available at Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication and Wimbledon College of Arts. It is not available at London College of Fashion.
The Semester option is for students with a strong interest in art, design, or fashion and will have taken a number of classes in these areas but it is perhaps not their major. This option is closer to the Liberal Arts model that many students might be familiar with and offers a more structured experience. Students who are interested in studying at UAL for the full academic year should apply for the Studio Art option. Students will be studying alongside other overseas students with opportunities to collaborate with local students. Semester option students take a few mandatory modules and then choose a few electives. The Semester option is available for the following terms (Please see the Dates & Fees tab for specific dates.):
This option is available at Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts and London College of Fashion. It is not available at London College of Communication or Wimbledon College of Arts.
Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see Courses tab) include prerequisites and portfolio requirements that you must fulfill in order to apply to the course when applicable. You will be accepted to study in Year 1 or Year 2 of the course you have chosen, on the basis of your course background and experience. Students can take only one course of study in one subject. If a student is interested in multiple art forms and has the background experience and completed coursework in both, he/she must choose one.
How do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
Academic Year students typically earn 30 U.S. semester credit hours for the entire year (10 U.S. semester credit hours per term with one term in the fall and two in the spring.).
Fall students typically earn 12-13 U.S. semester credit hours (10 U.S. semester credit hours for the fall term plus the mandatory European Art History Module (2 U.S. semester credit hours) and European city trip (1 U.S. semester credit hour).
Spring two term students typically earn 20 U.S. semester credit hours, (10 U.S. semester credit hours per term.).
Please note that IFSA-Butler considers a full course load to be between 15-16 U.S. semester credit hours. Semester Option students must receive permission from their home institution to take more or less than this.
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. You will be officially registered for courses before you arrive on campus.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
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 University of the Arts 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 University of the Arts, the C&C is a course that you can take for either 2 U.S. semester credit hours or as a certificate program. The amount of work you do for the course will depend on whether you are seeking academic credit or just a certificate. Regardless of which option you choose, the course 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.
You can indicate your interest in the C&C course and mark your choice between certificate and credit on the required C&C course enrollment form. Please return this form to your IFSA-Butler program advisor before departure.
Housing OptionsWhat are my housing options?
Housing is guaranteed at one of the halls of residence (dorms or apartments) managed by University of the Arts London. University of the Arts London is not campus based, so residences and colleges are located across London from Chelsea to Oxford Street to Camberwell. The cost of commuting is your responsibility. A list of halls of residence is located here.
All housing is self-catering, which means there is no meal plan. You will have access to a kitchen to cook your own meals.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Living and Studying Abroad in London, England
Dates & Fees
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Important: We have contacted the individual universities for specific ending dates for all programs. Once you are abroad, please verify these dates with the department(s) in which you are studying. Ending dates will 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 Payment 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.
To apply to the University of the Arts program, use our easy online application.
Complete only one course preference form. For more information on the difference between the Studio Art and Semester options, please see the Semester v. Studio Art information under the Academics tab. For more information you can also contact the program advisor for University of the Arts for assistance.
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to the University of the Arts 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 University the Arts 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:
Assistant Director of Student Services Shawn Gardner assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Shawn has nearly 15 years of cross-cultural experience from living and working abroad in such places as Portugal, Mozambique, South Africa and Central Asia. He studied abroad while living in South Africa and eventually graduated from the Hope International University with an MBA in International Development. Shawn uses his non-profit management and intercultural communication skills and experience to ensure that IFSA-Butler students experience more culture and less shock while they study abroad. Shawn can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4224.
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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The University of the Arts, London offers a summer program.
For more information, click here.