Location
  • England
    • London
General grants/scholarships
Health & Safety

Program Details

Compensation
Unpaid
Timeframe
Fall Spring Summer Winter
Housing
Apartment
Language
English
Weekly Hours
12

Pricing

Price Details
Our programs vary in price. Please visit our website for the most up to date information.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Transportation Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Meals Visa
Mar 25, 2024
Apr 17, 2024
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About Program

As a leading global center for arts, commerce, education, and entertainment, London offers endless potential for study abroad! FIE students use the entire city as a classroom, giving you the opportunity to explore museums, parks, and cultural centers to bring your academic coursework to life.

FIE London offers a variety of semester, quarter, and summer programs including:

Study
Study & Internship
Study & Service Internship

All FIE programs include academic and residential student support, subsidized extra-curricular activities, and opportunities to explore all that London has to offer. The FIE Kensington Campus is set in one of London’s most attractive and desirable locations, providing a beautiful and historic living and learning environment for students. So wether you're exploring nearby Kensington Palace, perfecting your Tube journey to get to your internship, or scoring day tickets for Wimbledon, your time in London will be as exciting as it is life-changing!

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

The Foundation for International Education (FIE) is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. In the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, internship policies, scholarship programs and other internally administered programs and activities, FIE does not discriminate against individuals on any basis. In its commitment to ensuring an environment that is welcoming and respectful to all, FIE proactively undertakes initiatives and actions to create an environment that welcomes diverse populations.

LGBTQIA+ Support

FIE is a community of staff, faculty, and students that prides itself on its diversity and inclusivity. We cultivate a welcoming, supportive, fair, and inclusive living, learning, and working environments, where the rights and dignities of all the community members are embraced and respected. FIE seeks to support students with their adjustment process as much as possible. As you are preparing to apply for your FIE study abroad program, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, and support needs around aspects related to your identity, such as diversity, background, LGBTQ+, religion and faith, first-generation, disabilities, veteran or any other aspects related to your own self.

Accessibility Support

FIE works closely with its university partners, placement sites and affiliated organizations to provide an accessible experience for all students.FIE's Administration & Accessibility Team can assist you with any accessibility needs or queries – from pre-application and throughout your study abroad experience.

Impact

Sustainability

FIE is committed to fostering a sustainable future for all of us. We care! We actively encourage practices that encourage ethical consumption, fair trade, and a viable 21st century.

Ethical Impact

From our formal missions, FIE has devised specific and Articulated Values values which underpin and motivate all aspects of our organization.

Program Highlights

  • London is your classroom! Using the city, your faculty will lead co-curricular activities to museums, theatre productions, brewerys, historic sites, and more to put classroom theory into practice.
  • FIE's relationships with local organizations and businesses are unparalleled. The quality of our internship placements is consistently strong and well-matched to students' professional goals helping you build your skills and your resume.
  • FIE offers engaging and varied coursework, taught by renowned faculty. Elective offerings include courses in arts, literature, theater, global business, history, politics, social science, media, communication, social justice and contemporary Britain.
  • Live and learn in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city. Our student residences and learning center are situated in this well connected and vibrant area of London.
  • Take advantage of FIE's subsidized events calendar, with affordable opportunities to visit The London Eye, the WB Harry Potter Experience, Wales adventure weekend, and more!

Scholarships

FIE

FIE is a values-driven community that is invested in making a difference. We believe everybody should be able access the life changing benefits of studying abroad. Our scholarships give recipients the opportunity to build their own views, participate in the host culture on an authentic basis and go on an adventure while being supported. Students choose one of three application routes, chosen to complement FIE’s core values. In addition to the financial award, all scholarship recipients will participate in a program of supplementary benefits, which may include:
- events to connect with other scholarship students
- a scholarship mentor who will support the recipient to make the most of their study abroad experience and achieve their personal and academic goals
- access to leadership opportunities and the chance to share opinions and impact FIE’s program

Value
$1,000 - $3,000

Program Reviews

4.63 Rating
based on 24 reviews
  • 5 rating 70.83%
  • 4 rating 25%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 4.17%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Growth 4.2
  • Support 4.45
  • Fun 4.5
  • Housing 4.4
  • Safety 4.8
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Desiree
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My time at FIE in London

The Foundation for International Education (FIE) set me up for educational, professional, and social success before and after arrival in the UK. A week prior to the start of classes, I was welcomed by the kindest staff who had several activities, mixers, and informational sessions scheduled for incoming students. During this time, I acclimated to city living, made new friends, and prepared for coursework to come. Since then, I have enjoyed the wonderful curriculum and plethora of field trips offered by FIE and its office of industry experts who I am lucky enough to call my professors.

Being a FIE in London participant has pushed me to reach higher limits both personally and
professionally. The program provides an excellent balance of education by way of coursework and real-world experience. My classes offer valuable lessons in the form of lectures, study visits, and group discussions, while my internship enables me to put what I’ve learned into action and expand upon it. Living and interning in a new environment has improved my soft skills of adaptability and communication, as well as technical skills related to my area of study. Full entrenchment in English society has made me a better problem-solver as I regularly uncover new ways of accomplishing everyday tasks.

While studying abroad in London, I am grateful to have traveled to other parts of Europe as well. Weekend trips with my peers, many of whom I met through FIE, have further opened my eyes to varieties in culture, lifestyle, and work habits. Such exposures have altered my perspective of what being a professional can and should encompass. I am both eager and ready to take my reformed mindset back with me to the University of Florida in the fall but will always cherish my wonderful memories away from home.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
There were a few unidentifiable food samples I ate in the markets. Delicious, though!
Pros
  • Easy to make friends
  • Lots of travel opportunities
  • Living like a local
Cons
  • Tighter schedule in the second half of the program
12 people found this review helpful.
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Olivia
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Friendships and Connecting

Constantly be open to meeting new people. I came knowing my roommates because they were my close friends from school, however, truly the memories i think back on already are the ones with the people i met here. The people I came here with, I can see us doing trips and travelling together, but there is something very beautiful about making a friend, becoming close to that friend, and embarking on a new experience together. I went on a day trip with a new friend and it was so fun because we were both trying something new but had so much time to talk and get to know each other.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I think I, along with many others got carried away with how close in proximity we were to other countries, that when I had free time I would tend to leave London and the UK, but I feel like I missed doing things around London and the UK. I think if I knew more about the FIE planned outings and day trips ai may have elected to go on them. However, I didnt see as much marketing for them until after ai had booked some of my international weekend travel.
Pros
  • travelling
  • new friendships
Cons
  • work-life balance
19 people found this review helpful.
Response from FIE: Foundation for International Education

Dear Olivia

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are always looking to provide the best study abroad experience possible so we are extremely happy that you had an enriching and enlightening time with your friends while studying abroad with us.

Best regards, FIE London Team

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Gina
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Be yourself

When I arrived in London I was not too sad and got comfortable very quick. As time went on my sadness grew but I want you to remember that things and people you are missing you will be with again eventually. Therefore, doing all the things you want to do, making friendships you are scared to make, doing new things is so much more worth it then being upset about missing home. One thing I would change about this journey was to see more things, travel more, do things that make me happy more often and be more of myself and be outgoing to make new friendships. I learned to never forget who you are, be yourself, let your mind be open to the new things you can learn and people you can meet.

What would you improve about this program?
This program was wonderful and most of the staff was very supporting and helpful. I am thankful for all of my teachers as they all let us be ourselves freely. One thing I would change about this program is staff being more understanding toward children that just went across the country. The administrator Mieke gave me a very negative impact on my life and said very negative things while I simply was not myself. That is a big thing I would change is to be more understanding.
118 people found this review helpful.
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Samantha
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Will Tell My Grandchildren About My Semester Abroad in London

Studying abroad in London through the FIE was honestly a dream come true. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to live and study in London and that was made possible through the FIE London: Semester Abroad Internship Program. The coursework was definitely challenging as grading is a bit different in the UK compared to what I was accustomed to in the states. However, because of the structure of the classes and the fact we are studying abroad, London isn’t only the city we’re living in, it’s also our classroom. And I don’t know about you but learning history is way more interesting when you get to see it with your own eyes. The co-curricular activities and being able to immerse in the history of London was probably my favourite aspect of the program. But then again, also being able to hold an international internship was pretty amazing as well. How many students from your university can say they worked abroad? Additionally, I have to call attention to the housing. I knew very little about London in terms of the lay of the land prior to my arrival, so I was stunned when I arrived at our South Kensington accommodations. Literally down the road from Kensington Gardens! Again, I repeat, the program was a dream. Living in such a central part of London where we could easily go anywhere, the tube was around the corner and there were museums everywhere. There’s just so much to see in London and while you really got to master time management with all the course work so that the last 7 weeks can be focused on the internship, I can promise you that adventure is calling in London town. I went to more concerts, plays, musicals and museums during my time in London than I have combined in my life prior to. The diversity of London is beautiful and I stand by my statement that I will call it home again someday.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I wish I would have explored more areas of Great Britain on the weekend. It's super cheap to hop on a bus and Great Britain is fairly easy to navigate. I managed a few trips to places like Oxford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow, but I wish I could have seen more. I mean there is always more to see and more to do. And also went to more musicals and plays! Day tickets can be as low as 5 quid if you get up super early before classes!
148 people found this review helpful.
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Shifa
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Home away from home

As I was already studying abroad for Bachelors, during my freshman year I did not think I wanted to do a semester abroad somewhere else. However, my sophomore year I realized that it is a great opportunity and I decided to apply for study abroad along with my roommate. This was the best decision I made! I had a beyond amazing time studying and exploring in London and am more than happy about my experience with Foundation of International Education. I was able to choose the Quarter study program which fit with my college's trimester schedule and I also got a scholarship by FIE which made this possible. All the courses had out of class activities as well which I really liked. London soon became home and is a great place to study abroad, a city where you will never go out of things to do!

What would you improve about this program?
It would be nice to have more variety of courses such as those related to Mathematics.
142 people found this review helpful.
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Kara
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Realistic View of this Program

Don't get me wrong London itself is amazing. However, I feel like I am not able to see enough of it between my internship and all the homework assigned in my classes. I am only taking one class and an internship placement class and I still feel like there is more work assigned than back at my home university while taking 5 classes. Not only are the other students taken aback by it, but even the two professors admitted they are uncomfortable with the amount of work FIE requires them to assign. The internship placement course fails to relate to my internship at all, provides bad advice on how to handle an internship according to "British standards" (such as, don't ask your internship supervisors to clarify assignments) and packs a 6 week's syllabus into 5 weeks. I was lucky enough to get an internship I enjoy, but that seems rare amongst others I've talked to. In addition, housing 10 girls in 1 flat is too many. It gets dirty quickly; we're pressed for space and it is always too loud for you to get your homework done or sleep, especially since we were warned this building doesn't provide noise control. Yet the two boys in my program share a flat of the same size with one other boy (not to mention they live on the first floor and we all had to carry our heavy suitcases up 5 flights of stairs because there is no elevator). I understand the lack of elevator is not in FIE's control but even providing people to help you carry your bags would be better. There is no staff to greet you when you arrive which seemed pretty odd to me, and I haven't seen any FIE staff since orientation weekend. I wish there was a packing list that was more reliable because I packed all professional clothes for an internship that is casual, and I failed to pack towels, hand towels, hand soap, pillow, a fan, etc. which I had to purchase here. I am only 3 weeks into this 8 week program and for the amount of money I paid, I hope it improves. I guess I just expected more.

What would you improve about this program?
housing conditions and amount of homework assigned
162 people found this review helpful.
Response from FIE: Foundation for International Education

Hi Kara - great to hear you are enjoying your internship and London!

Our staff are readily available in Foundation House where your class sessions are (Academics Team, second floor and Experiential Education Team, fourth floor) and happy to set up an appointment with you to address your concerns around your International Internship Course and your British Life course. They can be reached at academics@fie.org.uk and internship@fie.org.uk, respectively or just pop up before/between/after class.

Housing allocations are based on a variety of factors but our Residence Life team does their best to be fair to everyone. Overall South Kensington is a prime London postcode and a fantastic area to live in, I'm sure you'll agree!

Please get in touch with our teams so we can make the remaining portion of your summer internship the best it can be!

Sincerely,
FIE Team

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Jenna
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

FIE Winter Quarter

I loved my experience with FIE! The housing was in a good location, was kept clean, had good bathrooms and kitchens, and felt very safe. It was great to feel like I was living in London on my own, but to still have support when I needed it. FIE provided lots of information about the events going on in London every week, and all the trips they provided were well organized and great experiences (especially the Wales weekend and Shakespeare Stratford Upon Avon). I loved the small class sizes and learning about the British culture in the classroom and on field trips throughout London. The diverse facility and subjects made for a good educational experience, and was not so challenging and stressful that I didn't have free time to explore London and Europe. Ultimately, I loved my time with FIE in London, and I wish I could go back!

What would you improve about this program?
The mattress were pretty hard and the pillows were flat, which was an adjustment, but definitely an easy sacrifice.
136 people found this review helpful.
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Carolyn
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Out and About: London Edition

I had the best time studying abroad and FIE truly helped me with that. This program allowed us to have the study abroad experience with an internship abroad which is very rare to see on a resume so I jumped at the opportunity! My internship started half way through the semester and after starting it, I wish it would have been concurrent with my entire semester there because I loved it so much! I know it sounds cheesy to say but my internship supervisor and co-workers were some of the nicest and sweetest people that even a year later I'm still in contact with. Yes it was tough to get up in the morning sometimes but once the semester was coming to an end I wish I could have stayed longer. Something I wish I would have done more is go out and explore London. I got to visit amazing countries but I barely scratched the surface with London. Although, if I were to do it again I wouldn't change a thing.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
My roommate and I got the chance to basically conquer a good part Scotland during our Easter break. We went up to Edinburgh for the day/night then the next morning we took a train up to inverness where we stayed for 2 nights and on the second day there we took a bus tour around the Scottish highlands!! I came back from my internship and my co-workers were so surprised I had done all of that traveling in 4 days without a car! Honestly it was one of the best trips we took that semester.
155 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

All of our London internships are unpaid.

Hi Charlotte, Emilie is correct. FIE's residences are generally mixed gendered; however, our rooms tend to be single gendered as we commonly allocate rooms based on individual sexes (male and female). Our residences are either flat-style or floor style residences, with shared common areas and kitchens. Only those living in each bedroom have keys to their personal sleeping and dressing areas, but...

Hi! While I was abroad studying at FIE, I took two of their offered classes. The first was a course called British Life in Business, and the second was an Internship class. In British Life in Business, we learned a ton about the UK. We learned about the history of the monarchy, how businesses operate there, and about different governmental policies that effect businesses. It was particularly...