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University of the Arts Summer Program

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Length of program: 3 or 8 weeks, depending on college
  • Application deadlines: March 15
  • Program advisor: Aimee Formo
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Program Snapshot


We’re so excited that you’re considering an IFSA-Butler program for your summer abroad and have chosen the University of the Arts London as your destination. London is a vibrant, international city with a wonderfully diverse population. We’re sure you’re going to love studying there!

What University of the Arts has to offer

  • Study at Europe's largest specialist arts and design university, made up of six prestigious colleges
  • Intensive experience of practical projects, individual tutorials, workshops and visits to places of interest
  • Programs available for students who are either specialists in their area or for those with little or no experience
  • Colleges are located in the heart of their local neighborhoods, allowing students the opportunity to enjoy these communities and all that London has to offer
  • Students choose between an eight-week program at London College of Fashion or a three-week program at another UAL college
  • The London College of Fashion program features a five-day trip to Paris, which includes visits to museums, galleries, churches, food markets, flea markets, designer boutiques, department stores, shopping districts and major sights


  • IFSA-Butler students live together in apartments
  • Housing is self-catering with fully equipped kitchens for students to use
  • Students take the Tube or a bus to and from class


  • Students take either a three-week course for 3 U.S. semester credit hours or an eight-week program for 12 U.S. semester credit hours
  • Courses are designed around studio based/practical workshops and lectures/seminars
  • The eight-week program at London College of Fashion 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

We look forward to working with you!


Academic Structure

What is the structure of the program?
The program offers two choices: study for three weeks at Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, or Wimbledon College of Arts; or study for eight weeks at the London College of Fashion.  

London College of Fashion’s eight-week summer schools allow you to take either Fashion Business, Fashion Design or Footwear Design. Students choose one summer school, each of which has a set curriculum of courses.

What is the course structure like?
Summer courses at UAL can be divided into two types of activity: studio based/practical workshops and lecture/seminar courses.

Studio/practical workshops combine theory and practice. Students should be prepared to encounter a new approach to learning in these sessions. You will be encouraged to experiment creatively and produce assignment work that is appropriate to your level and knowledge of the subject area. Within the lecture/seminar courses, self-directed assignments or essays may be set, some of which will be supported by feedback sessions or tutorials.

Will I have classes with local students?
Although IFSA-Butler is committed to providing integrated programs, summer courses abroad are often geared toward study abroad students only. Please be aware that your contact with local students may be limited, as you will likely study and live with U.S. and other international students. However, all courses are taught by regular UAL faculty.


What courses am I eligible to take?
Students choose one course listed below. More details about course length and content can be found in each link.

Chelsea College of Arts
Interior and Spatial Design
Fine Art
Studio Illustration
Digital Textile Design

Central Saint Martins
Interior Design
Graphic Design
Art History, Criticism & Communication
Experimental Fashion Knitwear
Fashion Design
Fashion Design: Menswear
Contemporary Fine Art Practice
Contemporary Photography Practice
Digital Photography Portfolio
Textile Design
Acting Shakespeare with Drama Centre London

London College of Communication
Games Design
Graphic Media Design
Communication for PR and Advertising
Creative Industries London
Fashion Communication
Media, Culture and Communications

London College of Fashion
Footwear Design
Introduction to Fashion Business
Introduction to Fashion Design

Wimbledon College of Arts
London Theatre: Behind the Scenes

Which courses are eight weeks long?
Only the London College of Fashion courses are offered for the eight-week track. All other courses are available at the other UAL colleges and last three weeks.

Do I need to bring any specific materials from home?
Yes. We suggest you purchase the following items before you leave the U.S.:

  • A SLR (single-lens reflex) camera (digital or 35mm film)
  • An external hard drive or USB storage

Other course materials, such as notebooks and pencils, can be purchased in the U.K. You will be given a list of other required materials on the first day of classes. UAL recommends students budget about $100 to purchase materials.

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 Restrictions

Students must choose one course at one college to study. Students must choose one course at one college to study. Please note that IFSA-Butler does not offer the second summer session at UAL, so classes offered outside the first session are not available.


How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
London College of Fashion students will earn 12 U.S. semester credit hours for courses over an eight-week period. All other students will earn 3 U.S. semester credit hours over a three-week period.


What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full Lcourse 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 courses with your academic advisor at your home institution for approval.


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 in London. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for the University of the Arts. 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 or academic follow-up 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. 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?
Students live in self-catered apartments in Paddington. Apartments have double and triple rooms, the majority with ensuite bathrooms. Apartments have communal kitchens and living areas, and a graduate resident (GR) living in the building is available to help with any questions or problems.


The housing component of our program fee includes daily breakfast. All other meals are self-catered. Students share a kitchen with refrigerators, ovens, microwave, utensils, cookware and staples such as bread and milk provided.

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 (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
No. Summer students are not required to pay a housing deposit.

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 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
London On Line
London Net
Time Out: London
London Town
London Transport

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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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.

Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed.

Program Fees

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What's included in our summer program fees
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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.

Students live in IFSA-Butler apartments in central London. The housing component of our program fee includes daily breakfast.

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.

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 in 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. Currently she is working on her Doctorate in Adult, Community and Higher Education 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.


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