England Study Abroad Program at the University of the Arts
About University of the Arts in London, England
- Required GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
- Application deadlines: October 15 for spring two terms (Jan-June)
April 1 for fall semester (Sept-Dec) and full year (Sept-June)
**Please note that fall semester study is available for the Free Elective Semester Programme only. All other University of the Arts options are available for spring or full year study only. See the Academics tab for more information.
- Program advisor: Liz Mach
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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!
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 the University of the Arts has to offer
- Five colleges that provide some of the best creative instruction and guidance in the world
- Amazing faculty who are active artists, designers and communications professionals
- Close working relationship with the art, design and media industries of the U.K.
- Location near the artistic districts of Soho, Bond Street, Covent Garden, St. Christopher's Place, South Molton Street, Hoxton, Brick Lane and Knightsbridge
- An outstanding selection of subjects
- Colleges located throughout London, one of the greatest places on the planet for the aspiring artist!
- University residence hall 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
- Take one course with a cultural component for a total of 12 U.S. semester credit hours
- Areas of study include: design, curation, fashion, film, photography, fine arts, interior design, marketing, communications and theatre
- NEW! Free Elective Semester Programme for the fall at Central Saint Martins
We look forward to working with you!
CoursesWhere can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Open the University of the Arts online course catalog
.What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in the full-time undergraduate course in the subject of your choice at one of five colleges:
- Camberwell College of Arts
- Central Saint Martins
- Chelsea College of Arts
- London College of Communication
- Wimbledon College of Arts
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.
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.
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.
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. At University of the Arts, a full course load consists of 40 University of the Arts credits per term or 120 University of the Arts credits per year. You will enroll in one course with a cultural component per term.
For information on the credit weight, please consult the information below.
10 UAL credits = 2.5 U.S semester credit hours
40 UAL credits = 10 U.S. semester credit hours
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full University of the Arts, 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 the University of the Arts, 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.
Free Elective Semester Programme
IFSA-Butler will be running the new Free Elective Semester Programme at Central Saint Martins. This 15 week semester option is designed for U.S. students, and the style of teaching follows the U.S. model. Students will focus on one core subject (Studio Art, Fashion Design or Graphic Design), in addition to taking two mandatory modules and two elective modules. All students will earn 15-16 U.S. semester credit hours. There is an optional trip to Barcelona (supplemental fee applies) during week 11 of the program.
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?
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. Some university housing requires students to move out during winter and spring breaks. If you wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during university breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.
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 London 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 the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
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
London On Line
Time Out: London
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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What's included in our England program fees
Academic Year Payment Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due: November 15
Summer 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.
† 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. Summer students do not pay the $300 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.
Applicants to the University of the Arts program must complete four additional forms as part of the application process:
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:
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. 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.
The University of the Arts, London offers a summer program.
What London College of Fashion, University of the Arts has to offer
- Prestige as Europe's largest university for art, design, fashion, communications and the performing arts
- Internationally renowned and the only college in the U.K. to specialize in fashion education, research and consultancy
- Close working relationship with the fashion, style and beauty industries of the U.K.
- Location near the fashion districts of Soho, Bond Street, Covent Garden, St. Christopher's Place, South Molton Street, Hoxton, Brick Lane and Knightbridge
- 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
- Take six courses for a total of 12 U.S. semester credit hours
- Courses are designed around studio based/practical workshops and lectures/seminars
- Program 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
For more information, click here.