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Summer Study Abroad Program at King's College London

About King's College in London, England

  • Minimum GPA: 3.3 (4.0 scale)
  • Length of program: Session I: Early July to late July
    Session II: Late July to mid-August
  • Application deadlines: April 1
  • Program advisor: Aimee Formo
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Program Snapshot


We're so excited that you are thinking about studying abroad for the summer with IFSA-Butler at King's College London. King's is one of the oldest and largest colleges of the University of London located in the heart of London. We're sure you're going to love studying there!

What King's has to offer

  • An outstanding college in the heart of the city, overlooking the River Thames
  • One of the oldest, largest and most prestigious colleges of the University of London (UL)
  • Access to the University of London's excellent facilities
  • A member of Britain's Russell Group of universities, similar to the Ivy League
  • State-of-the-art teaching and research facilities
  • Great location with easy access to the West End, Covent Garden for great shopping and Soho for nightlife
  • Choose from a wide range of liberal arts, business and social science subjects
  • Program includes day trips to Windsor and Oxford and a River Thames boat tour
  • Course-related excursions for some modules also included in the program fee


  • King's College London houses summer students in one of three student apartment buildings, all within walking distance of classes
  • Both apartment options offer single rooms with private bathrooms, shared kitchen facilities and 24-hour security
  • Students purchase or prepare their own meals; additionally, they will receive a small meal allowance to use at campus dining.


  • Choose from a wide range of liberal arts, business and social sciences courses
  • Students take one course per session, each worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours
  • Courses taught by King's renowned faculty

We look forward to working with you!



Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?

  1. Open the online course catalog for the King's College London summer program.
  2. Click on a course link to see a description.

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.

Summer School courses are set at either level four or level five. Courses offered at level four are typically first year English undergraduate level; King's is not usually expecting any student to offer particular expertise or to have majored in a particular subject. Level five is usually second year English undergraduate level so there may be some expectation of the students' knowledge and skills in the particular area of study.

How many courses do I take?
Students take one course per session. We ask students to request their first and second choice courses on the course preference form.

What if I need to take a required course?
King's Collge London will run only those courses with a minimum enrollment. Be sure to request and obtain approval for at least two courses per session in case your first choices are not available.

Where can I get the syllabi of the courses I'm interested in taking?
IFSA-Butler will attempt to obtain King's summer course syllabi upon request. Please contact your IFSA-Butler program advisor to request syllabi for courses.

Where will my courses be located?
Most courses are taught on the Strand and Waterloo campuses, both located in the heart of London, but some courses are taught on other King's campuses throughout London.


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. A full course load for the King's College summer program is one course per session. Courses are worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours each.


The module request form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let King's know which courses (modules) you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for your modules until you arrive on campus.

When and how will I register for courses?
Courses are not guaranteed until you have completed the final registration on King's campus. Neither IFSA-Butler nor King's College can guarantee the availability of any course, as courses can be cancelled at the last minute.

What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full 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.


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 appeal 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 King's College 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 Options

What are my housing options?
King's offers summer program housing in three residence: Stamford Street, Great Dover Street and Moonraker Point. Stamford Street is just across the river from the Strand campus and a 10-minute walk to the Waterloo campus. Great Dover Street is near the Borough tub station and is a 30-minute walk from each campus. Moonraker Point is a brand new, modern student residence and a 20-minute walk to each campus.

Staying in these accommodations is a great way to get to know other people taking part in the King's College Summer School and experience London with new friends, all while staying in a secure central London location.

The earlier you confirm your place with King's, the earlier you will be able to secure your choice of accommodation. Availability for each accommodation may change and is subject to availability.

Stamford Street Apartments
Stamford Street Accommodation is located in the heart of Waterloo, directly opposite the Franklin-Wilkins building where many King's classes take place, and a five-minute walk to the King's Strand campus. Many of London's top attractions, including the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Covent Garden and the South Bank cultural centre, are nearby. Just down the road the is the Old Vic theatre, under the artistic direction of Kevin Spacey. Stamford Street housing features include:

  • Apartment style living with single en-suite bathrooms
  • All rooms are equipped with wireless Internet connection
  • Apartments contain a communal kitchen with TV and there are on-site laundry facilities.
  • Security facilities include 24 hour CCTV, swipe card access, on-site security and out of hours support from on-call staff
  • An on-site gym is available for students for an additional fee

Great Dover Street Apartments
Great Dover Street Apartments are located in London's Zone 1 and are a six-minute walk from the Borough tube station on the Northern Line. This apartment-style residence has 769 bedrooms and flats ranging from four to nine bedrooms. All rooms have private bathrooms. Other features of the apartments include:

  • Shared kitchens
  • Wifi
  • Common room and TV lounge
  • Computer room
  • Laundry facilities
  • Bike storage
  • 24 hour security

Moonraker Point
Completed in September 2012, Moonraker Point is the newest residence for King's students. Situated in zone 1, it is within walking distance of the Strand and Waterloo campuses where King's summer classes take place. It is located in the heart of the South Bank, surrounded by cultural attractions, historic buildings, restaurants and bars. The Tate London art gallery, Shakespeare's Globe and the famous Borough Food Market are within walking distance. Moonraker Point housing features include:

  • Private en-suite rooms in cluster flats of 4-11 students
  • Each flat shares a small kitchen and eating area
  • Common room with TV
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Wireless Internet throughout residence and in individual rooms
  • Security facilities include CCTV cameras and secure door entry systems


Students purchase or prepare their own meals. Numerous cafes, restaurants and grocery stores are located within walking distance of the King's housing. In addition, students will receive a pre-loaded meal allowance on their student id card. This will be approximately £30/week which can be used at campus dining.

Housing FAQs

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.

Can I request to live with a specific person or in a specific residence?
There is a place on the housing preference form where you can request to live with a specific person as a roommate or flatmate. Roommate requests must be mutual in order to be considered. However, there is no guarantee that such requests can be fulfilled.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, 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?
No, IFSA-Butler does not require a housing deposit for summer programs.

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, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location Info

Living and Studying Abroad in London, England

About London
Population: 9 million
Location: Southeast England

City features

  • 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

Do more!

  • 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

Visit London
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Time Out: London
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Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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Important: 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.

Program Fees

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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
Students in summer programs 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. 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.

*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, internships 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.

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 Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program at King's College London:

aimeeProgram 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.

altStudent 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.




altStudent & 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.

altUpon return from your study abroad program, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs Rhonda Hinkle processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record appeals. 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.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:
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Student Blogs
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