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England Study Abroad Program in London

About Queen Mary University in London, England

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Application deadlines: October 1 for spring semester (Jan-June)
    April 15 for fall semester (Sept-Dec)
    April 15 for full year (Sept-June)
  • Program advisor: Michelle Mannweiler
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Program Snapshot


We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at Queen Mary, University of London for your semester or year abroad. London is an exciting vibrant city with a diverse population. Students get to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the big city while experiencing cultures from all over the world. We're sure you're going to love studying there!

What Queen Mary has to offer

  • A leading teaching and research institution
  • A fully integrated, compact campus university in the center of the capital—one of very few city-based campus universities in the U.K.
  • A member of Britain's Russell Group of universities, similar to the Ivy League
  • Participation in IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture program
  • Located in the East End, a funky, diverse, up-and-coming area of London
  • The area hosted the 2012 Olympic Games, with the main stadium and many other venues less than a mile away from the campus
  • A strong sense of community combined with a diverse student population offers opportunities to interact with British students and others from around the world
  • An active students' union, which houses restaurants, a shop, bars and gym
  • Part of the University of London, so students can use the University of London Union's excellent facilities
  • Easy access to central London, with the nearest Tube (subway) station just five minutes away


  • Housing is with British and other international students in modern, apartment-style accommodation on campus-a rare privilege in London!
  • Students prepare their own meals in communal kitchens or purchase meals at cafés and restaurants on campus or in the surrounding area


  • U.S. students can preregister for classes, confirm their registration after they arrive and finalize their course selections during a two-week add/drop period
  • Students may take courses from several different departments
  • Students take four courses per semester

We look forward to working with you!



Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Visit the Queen Mary, University of London online course catalog.

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.

For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:

  • When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the England academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
    • Level 4 Introductory courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
    • Level 5 Intermediate courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
    • Level 6 Advanced/honors courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses. These are often not available to study abroad students.
  • Modules at Queen Mary are allocated on a first come, first served basis once the registration period opens. To have a higher chance of getting into your first choice classes, please return your course preference form as soon as possible.
  • Fall courses are listed as Semester 1
  • Spring courses are listed as Semester 2.
  • Modules either run for a semester (15 credits) or an academic year (30 credits). If a yearlong course can be taken for one term only by an associate study abroad student, the module code will include a suffixes "A" for the fall term or a "B" for the spring term. Law courses include suffixes "1" for the fall term and "2" for the spring term.
  • You may only choose modules that say “yes” for associates.

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

Level 6 Advanced/honors courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses. These are often not available to study abroad students.

Due to high demand, courses in the School of English and Drama have limited availability. If you are planning to take courses in these schools please return your course preference form as soon as possible.

School of Economics and Finance restrict all level 5 and 6 modules to students with Economics and Finance majors only. A mathematics prerequisite (equivalent of A-level maths, including calculus) is required for level 4 ECN modules. 

School of English welcomes all students to Level 4 modules, but restrict all level 5 and 6 modules to students with English or Arts/Humanities majors only.  

School of Drama - Associate students selecting DRA modules at levels 5 and 6 must have experience of related subjects in the arts and humanities at university level.

The course catalog will indicate any other courses not open to study abroad students with "not open to associate students" in the course description.


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. A full course load at Queen Mary is 60 credits per term (approximately four courses). For information on the credit weight, please consult the information below.

15 Queen Mary credits = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
30 Queen Mary credits = 8 U.S. semester credit hours


What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full Queen Mary, University of 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 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 Queen Mary, University of 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.

Additional Charges

Some modules carry an additional charge for required field trips or labs, and those charges will be your responsibility.  Please review your syllabi before signing up for modules, and check with your professor during the add/drop period about potential additional charges. If you do not wish to pay those charges, we suggest selecting an alternate module during the add/drop period.

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 feature (C&C) 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 special program feature 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.

You may participate in C&C the seminar for 3 U.S. semester credit hours. The C&C seminar is comprised of class discussions combined with instructor-guided 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.

Click here to view the C&C syllabus.


Housing Options

What are my housing options?
Most students live in Queen Mary Halls of Residence, which are located on the Queen Mary campus. In general, you may expect the following from the Queen Mary residences:

  • Each student has a single bedroom with an attached bathroom.
  • Mini-refrigerator in your single bedroom.
  • Several rooms on a hall share a kitchen.
  • Queen Mary halls are self-catering, which means that you will buy your own food and cook your own meals.
  • Individual kitchen equipment is not provided but can be obtained upon arrival in London.
  • Students are integrated with other Queen Mary students of all nationalities.
  • Individual access points are available for Internet, but you are likely to incur an additional expense if your room has not been previously activated.
  • Bedding pack- generally includes a duvet, pillow and sheets.

If there is a shortage of on-campus housing at Queen Mary, students may be placed in IFSA-Butler housing in Notting Hill. If this applies to you, your program advisor will be in touch with more information about IFSA-Butler housing.

What is living in London like?
London is an exciting, vibrant and diverse city. Students who study in London should be aware that housing is always in short supply. For this reason, it may be very difficult to change rooms once you arrive. Queen Mary students will be housed on campus, a rare occurrence in London! However, commuting is the nature of studying and living in a large city like London, so students should expect to take public transportation to get around London. The cost of commuting by public transportation is your responsibility. Going into your study abroad experience with an open mind about your possible living arrangement is the best way to ensure a good semester or year abroad.

Where is Queen Mary's campus located?
Queen Mary is in the East End of London, a location that affords students the unique opportunity to discover the multicultural and cosmopolitan side of London and British society. Because the East End of London has traditionally been a major port of entry for overseas arrivals to the United Kingdom, students will encounter people from many different ethnic and religious backgrounds. In the past, this area of London was sometimes trivialized as an industrial area of the city, but the East End has undergone major economic revitalization and is now home to many young professionals, new nightclubs, art galleries and cafés, and is home to famous landmarks such as the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Canary Wharf and the Docklands.

The East End was the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and students can experience the Olympic legacy by visiting the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park or going for a swim at the London Aquatics Centre.

Queen Mary is about a 30-minute Tube (i.e. subway) ride from central London.


All accommodations are self-catering. No meal plans are available.

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. Your housing fee includes the cost of accommodation during university breaks.

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 England 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? 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.

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

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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Please note that additional orientation sessions will take place on Saturday, January 6.

Important: Once you are abroad, please verify the program end date with the department(s) in which you are studying. Ending dates may 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.

Program Fees

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What's included in our England program fees
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due:
November 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.

Additional Charges
Some modules carry an additional charge for required field trips or labs, and those charges will be your responsibility.  Please review your syllabi before signing up for modules, and check with your professor during the add/drop period about potential additional charges. If you do not wish to pay those charges, we suggest selecting an alternate module during the add/drop period.

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.

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. Rates are current as of 12/9/2016.

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 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.

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 England:

michelleProgram Advisor Michelle Mannweiler prepares students to study abroad by assisting them with the application process and answering program, cultural and academic questions. Michelle is a Butler University graduate and majored in both middle/secondary education and Spanish. Michelle also studied for a semester in Costa Rica through IFSA-Butler. She joined the IFSA-Butler team in order to assist students in achieving their goals in new and interesting places. Michelle currently advises students planning to study in England and Wales. Michelle can be reached at the email link provided above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4267.

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 Director Lynne Alvarez.

abbyAcademic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.

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:

Student Network
Student Blogs
Experiences Abroad Videos
For Students


Queen Mary is funding £1,500 (approximately $1,800) scholarships to IFSA-Butler students who are chosen to serve as International Correspondents through our Work-to-Study Grant. This grant normally pays $500-$800, but any International Correspondent studying at Queen Mary will receive the higher amount funded by Queen Mary.

Interested students should apply by April 1 (fall)or November 1 (spring) by submitting an application to the Work-to-Study program. An International Correspondent project description is available in the project description PDF.

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