- Fall: April 15
- Spring: October 15
About Engage London
Live and study in the heart of London with IFSA's exclusive Engage London program. Classes are small, interactive and academically challenging and use the city of London for practical field excursions. Build your resume with an internship in one of London's many businesses or non-profits.
Engage London Benefits
- Study in up to four departments, taking three classes or two classes and an internship plus a core course
- The Exploring England: Community and Culture core course examines the cultural values of England and includes dynamic lectures, visits to cultural sites and discussions of the differences between the U.S. and U.K.
- An optional, hands-on internship caters to individual academic interests and is a great way to enhance your resume and professional skills
- Enjoy an active student union offering a full range of clubs and societies, and a sports stadium at Chiswick on the River Thames for rowing, soccer and rugby
- Three campuses in London's West End: Cavendish Campus, Regent Campus and Marylebone Campus
- One campus (Harrow), a state-of-the-art creative campus with space for studios and facilities located a 25-minute ride on the Tube from central London
What our students say
Embracing Discomfort: Studying the Arts in London as an East Asian
4 Common Myths About STEM Students Studying Abroad
Living with Social Anxiety Abroad
Strengthening My Queer Identities in London
3 Tips to Save Money Living in London
5 Visa Application Tips for the UK
Three Thousand Miles: A Strong Family Tie
How to Stay Safe While Traveling Abroad
Diversity in London: A Black and White Perspective
Coping with Recent Media Attention to Sexual Assault, and other Title IX Issues Abroad
Coming Out: The Abroad Edition
Engaging in Uncomfortable Discussions about Race
Being Black and Muslim in London
Coping with Recent Terrorist Threats in the U.K.
Cell Phones in the U.K. : A Beginner’s Guide
5 Budgeting Musts for Your First Week in London
4 Things About London That I Miss The Most
5 Things to Do in London if You’re Jewish
What’s It Like Being Queer in London?
From Foreign to Local: A Story of a Young Immigrant
A Love Letter to the East End
Why I Chose to Study a Full Year Abroad in London
4 major Financial Keys to Make Study Abroad Affordable
A Colonized Body in the Colonial Empire
Academic Support Services, My Experience in London
College vs. Uni: 4 Differences Between the American and English University Systems
Counting Pounds and Pence: Being a Low-Income Student in London
Eating My Way to Cultural Immersion
Exploring the City You’re In
How Study Abroad Helped Me Overcome Anxiety
Navigating Faith in a Post-Faith Society
On Transitioning From Home to Abroad: 4 Must-Read Tips
The First Step Abroad: Being First-Gen in London
5 Tips to Keep the “Study” in Your Study Abroad
On London Time: Adjusting to Life Abroad in London & Beyond
5 Steps to Getting the Most Out of London
How Study Abroad Changed My Life – A Digital Story
The 2 Best Tips for Traveling With the Tube
How London Taught Me About Diversity
London on a Budget
In Defense of Being Alone (or, Christmas and the Case of the Karmic Meat)
The Road to Becoming a True Fan
Fearless: Tips and Tricks to Calm Your Study Abroad Jitters
Immigrant Abroad: A Chinese-American in London
Alumni Advice: Don’t Let “Likes” Dominate Your Abroad Experience
How I Learned the Culture of the London Underground – A Digital Story
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The IFSA-Butler Difference
Academics at Engage London
Students take 3 modules at the University of Westminster, plus the required Exploring England: Community and Culture course for a total of 15 credits. Students may replace one module with an internship.
Visit the University of Westminster online course catalog to see a list of available subjects.
Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
This course focuses on helping you develop strong skill sets through direct, local engagement with the city of London, including team building, intercultural communication and critical analysis. Online, you'll get the resources to develop a personal digital archive of your study and internship experience and you'll be given a personal mentor to help you translate your experience into an account of how you have developed new competencies while living, studying and working in a different cultural context. Classes are held two hours a week for reading and discussion of cultural 'hot topics' (both at home and in London); and there will be weekly field trips, immersing you directly in London's rich and diverse cultural life, while giving you the opportunity to meet Londoners 'at home' in their community spaces to find out what really matters to them — and how it affects you.
The Engage London program includes an optional internship that replaces one elective course. Each internship involves a work assignment of 14 hours, two to three days per week. Your placement is subject to a successful interview after you arrive in London. The duration of the internship is one semester and it is worth 4 U.S. semester credit hours.
As part of the internship, you will take a tutorial course and prepare a related academic project. An academic supervisor will monitor your progress in your field assignment, act as a placement liaison and assess your project. Assessment of your success in the placement is based on one meeting with your internship supervisor, a daily work log and a 3,000 word essay detailing your role in the organization, what you learned and your internship goals.
Internships are available in: Art and Design, Arts Administration, Biological sciences, Built Environment, Business Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Environmental Science, Finance, Information Technology, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Arts, Politics, Psychology, Social Action, Social Service.
Housing & Meals
The IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team and staff who are here to help every student prepare and be ready to achieve their goals at every step of the way.