AIFS Semester or Academic Year Abroad in London

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Spend a semester or academic year in the classic city of London with AIFS! Earn up to 15 credits per semester through a Traditional Program, Certificate in British Studies Program, Certificate in Fashion Marketing Program, or a Freshman and Sophomore Program at Richmond, the American International University in London. Courses taught in English.
Looking to volunteer abroad? Richmond offers a Service Learning and Active Citizenship course that combines a community placement with written work.
Live in a student residence hall. Ten meals Monday through Friday in the student cafeteria are included.
Cultural and social activities, along with excursions to Brighton, Oxford, and Stratford-upon-Avon are also included.
An optional 3-day trip to Paris (taking students through the Channel Tunnel!) is offered.

Highlights
  • Tours of London and historic sites
  • Day trip to Brighton
  • Transcripts issued by Richmond, The American International University in London

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Questions & Answers

Yes this university has a great history program! I took History of London while I was there and got to take field trips to different locations throughout London that I wouldn't have thought to go see otherwise! I also to a British Art and Architecture course which was so great because it was history and art together!
I'm not entirely sure about their film program. I did my study abroad in 2007, and they had an excellent art, art history, and photography course that my roommate and I both did at that time. So, I would say their art program in general was terrific!

Reviews

96%
based on 41 reviews
  • Academics 8.1
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 8
  • Housing 9.2
  • Safety 9.6
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Taylor
10/10

The Best Place to Live

I knew I wanted to go to London so my search for a program was based on cost and location- AIFS was hands down the best choice for both! Not only was it the most affordable program (that also included meals!), it also had an amazing location. I did not know much about the "best places to live in London," but Kensington, where the AIFS campus and living is located is THE nicest place to live. You are a block back from Kensington Gardens and High Street and are consistently surrounded by luxury and posh people. Never in my life would I think I would be living among the Beckhams or Kate Middleton, yet I was fortunate to be thanks to AIFS.

How can this program be improved?
I wish the housing in Atlantic House was upgraded. I think they are in the process of doing so with a couple renovated bathrooms, but I would like to see the rooms be a bit more "home-y"
Yes, I recommend this program
Amber
10/10

AIFS London: Life Changing Experience

Choosing to study abroad with AIFS was the best decision I ever made! The location in Kensington was absolutely beautiful and very accessible to the rest of central London. I loved the fact that there were several bus stops and a tube station nearby, it made travelling around the city very easy and convenient. The city itself was amazing, never had I ever seen so much history and diversity in one place. The night life, shopping, museums, there is always something new to do and see.

The office staff was extremely helpful, the professors very knowledgeable and all the students got along great! To this day(8 years later) I'm still very close with several people on my program.

My time in London with AIFS was so fantastic that when I returned home, I changed my major and transferred to a University in Central London. I finished my undergraduate degree in London, married my British boyfriend(who I met on the program) and ended up living in London for the next 6 years!!

I will always remember the summer I spent studying abroad with AIFS and will forever be grateful for the passion of travel and culture the program instilled in me.

If you want to study abroad, I highly recommend AIFS!!!

How can this program be improved?
London is expensive, especially living in the heart of Kensington! I know that the program can't change that, but budgeting is very difficult. On my program, back in 2007, we didn't have a lot of planned activities outside the classroom. I went to a couple of Musicals arranged by AIFS and a did a boat ride down the Thames River. All other activities were arranged by us(the students).
Yes, I recommend this program
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Nupur
10/10

Amazing Summer

London with AIFS was an amazing experience. I met people who are still my best friends to this day and experienced a beautiful and diverse city. You can experience almost every culture, as the food is vast with dining from all over the world and hundreds of languages spoken on the tube. It's such an amazing city to get a cultural experience, but still be able to speak English and feel a little bit at home.

How can this program be improved?
Housing was decent- but the cafeteria was closed over the summer. We had a stipend for meals- but in London such a little amount of money does not go very far. Feeding ourselves was a constant struggle.
Yes, I recommend this program
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NancyM
9/10

Awesome Experience

I loved this program! Studying abroad in London thru AIFS was literally the best experience of my life! The location (Kensington) is amazing, especially with David Beckham and the royals right down the street...not to mention that there was so much to do & see (museums, beautiful gardens, shopping, nightlife, pubs, food, monuments, etc). I had a blast! Classes kept you busy, but they weren't too challenging, especially with professors knowing that us (study abroad students) want to travel/have time to enjoy our experience here. Overall, staff was great and wish I could come back.

How can this program be improved?
Re-do the bathrooms in Atlantic
Yes, I recommend this program
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Caitlin
10/10

Amazing!

When I got to London I became very sick. My Afis advisor Anderson Hillen was amazing! She checked on me every day and brought me food,drinks, etc... She acted like my mom and it made me feel at home.

How can this program be improved?
The program wasn't perfect and the living situation was okay. They put too many people in one room and the internet connection was not that good. It struggled with skyping and video streaming.The teachers and staff were very helpful and made me feel at home.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Maura
9/10

Perfect London Life

The Kensington location of this campus helped tremendously with day to day London life. You are located in central London and are able to explore so many parts of the city. The school is full of bright teachers and the AIFS staff at Richmond is the best! I would give anything to go back and do it all over again!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Teyonna
10/10

AIFS London was a life- changing experience!

Studying abroad was the best decision of my life so far and I am glad that I went through AIFS. Each day I learned more about London, the world and myself.

One of the highlights of my experience was the orientation week. AIFS planned alot of fun events to help us get accustomed to London including a bus tour of London, a ticket to London Eye, a ticket to a theater show and more. Each semester the orientation week changes but the staff do a great job planning events and informational sessions (like safety awareness).

Other highlights include the amazing onsite staff that was always there if you needed anything, having some meals included and location. I'm definitely glad that I chose AIFS.

How can this program be improved?
There isnt many negative things that I can say about the program. But there weren't many opportunities to get to know people in the program. I would recommend including some get-to-know-you games or teambuilding activities.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Meg
10/10

Best Experience I've Ever Had.

The staff (particularly Anderson and Tracy) were absolutely incredible in making us feel included and welcome at this school and in London. The location was amazing, being so close to Hyde Park and Kensington High Street as well as two separate Tube stops in such a close proximity.
Within the walls of Atlantic house, it was a great college experience, and as soon as we walked out, we felt like actual Londoners, which was very important to me. I would do it again in a heartbeat, only the second time definitely go for the whole year--or more!!!

How can this program be improved?
The food was definitely sub-par, and it was a little disconcerting we were only fed breakfast/dinner and only on weeknights, and not given a stipend for the remaining days.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Cait
9/10

I love LONDON!

I can't simply express my love for my study abroad program. Everything was amazing. It was well-organized and I felt like my money was well spent. I got up each day for my classes, and when they were done in the afternoon I had a whole evening to explore and sight see! Also, most of the classes do NOT meet on Fridays so you will have long weekends a lot of the time. I had an experience that I wouldn't trade for anything, and I just want everyone to be able to say the same.

How can this program be improved?
The food in the cafeteria was awful. I had toast almost every night in the cafeteria. However, breakfast was usually pretty great.
Yes, I recommend this program
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studylondonnow
9/10

Great experience, would not change a thing!

Being able to study abroad was absolutely a life changing experience. AIFS specifically, made it easy to navigate the specifics and their staff was always willing and able to help with planning the trip and making it happen. I love that the Richmond experience allowed us to have the best of being a study abroad student while still allowing for the option to get to know not just locals but people from all across the globe. In addition, I have to say that the student trips and activities offered were very reasonably priced and offered something for everyone. To this day I find myself telling stories from my time abroad and am constantly looking for the next chance to return. If you are going to study abroad, which everyone should, I am confident that AIFS is an excellent choice. I was told this before I went abroad and I believe it now; there is no better time and no cheaper way to travel Europe than when you are a student.

Yes, I recommend this program
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mva249
9/10

An amazing time in London

I honestly had the time of my life at AIFS at Richmond London. The housing was comfortable, safe, and at a convenient location. The activities planned by the program were great, and the staff was amazing, friendly, and always there to help. Would definitely recommend this program to anyone considering it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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JAlbiani
10/10

10 out of 10

Studying abroad at Richmond in London was the best choice I ever made for myself. I was nervous about going abroad, as I was leaving for my first semester of my senior year and didn't know anyone, but it turns out I could not have made a better choice. The location in central London could not have been more ideal, and staying in Kensington was so easy to get to places from it was awesome. The staff here could not have been more helpful, and they made the whole experience even better. I could not imagine my college experience without having studied at Richmond in London, and I think that it's an experience that everyone should have as well!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Megan1986
10/10

A wonderful experience

I enjoyed everything about my semester in London through AIFS. Everyone i met through AIFS at Richmond were so wonderful and helpful. The school in Kensington is so close to where we lived and the area is beautiful. London had so much to offer no matter what your tastes were. The thing i loved most about being in London was that it was a great starting point for other traveling as well! I didn't really experience any major difficulties. Anytime I had questions or minor issues, there was always a willing staff member around to help out. When it was time to leave to come home, I wanted to stay because my dorm at Atlantic House had become such a home to me.

Yes, I recommend this program
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katamoran
10/10

Best program ever!

I was skeptical about going abroad, but I could not have chosen a better program than this one! The staff was extremely helpful in all situations- they would even personally take us to the airport if we felt scared about going there! The dorms are set up to help you make a lot of friends, and the area (Kensington) itself is quite amazing. You cannot go wrong studying abroad in London at Richmond.

Yes, I recommend this program
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lmp427
10/10

Amazing Experience

Choosing to study abroad in London through AIFS was the best decision that I have ever made. I didn't know a single person in our program when I flew over and immediately made friends that I'm still very close with. The program is incredible--the academics aren't particularly challenging and the travel opportunities are beyond amazing. I was able to travel to eight different countries during our 4 months and although I loved everywhere I went, I was always grateful that I chose to study in London. I would highly recommend this program and would do anything to go back.

Yes, I recommend this program

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