Study Abroad in London, England: Semester or Academic Year

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Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Boating in Hyde Park
Boating in Hyde Park
Big Ben | Palace of Westminster
Big Ben | Palace of Westminster
Big Ben, London
Big Ben, London

About

Spend a semester or academic year in London with AIFS! You’ll earn up to 15 credits per semester through courses offered at Richmond, the American International University in London.

Students in the Traditional Program, Certificate in British Studies Program and Certificate in Fashion Management and Marketing Program live in central London at the university’s Kensington campus in secure university residence halls. Students in the Freshman and Sophomore program live at the university’s Richmond Hill campus and receive 10 meals per week through the student cafeteria.

Enjoy cultural and social activities including:
• Guided city tours of Kensington and London
• Theater performances
• Music concerts
• Visit to an English soccer game
• Day trips to Cambridge, Stonehenge and Salisbury.
An optional 3-day trip to Paris (taking you through the Channel Tunnel!) is offered as well.

Highlights
  • Tours of London and historic sites
  • Day trips to Cambridge, Stonehenge and Salisbury
  • Earn up to 15 credits with transcripts issued by Richmond, The American International University in London
  • Optional 3-day trip to Paris, France
  • Internship and volunteer opportunities

Scholarships

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships
AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants & Financial Support

We believe a study abroad experience is an essential component of well-rounded university education and we are committed to providing financial assistance to as many students as possible in support of their goal to study abroad.

Value
$500 - $5,000

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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

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based on 44 reviews
  • Academics 8.1
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 8.1
  • Housing 9.2
  • Safety 9.6
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Megan1986
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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katamoran
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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lmp427
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Carissa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Loved it!!

Overall my experience in London was amazing! Sure there were little things that would have made it better, but it was the best experience I've ever had! I made tons of friends that I consider life-long friends and we had wonderful adventures around the city, the country, and the rest of Europe!

The location of the housing is perfect and it's very easy to get around the city (which I had to do a lot of for my classes and just for fun!) Kensington is beautiful and extremely safe, which was one of the things I loved best about where the school was. The staff are amazing and very helpful for any problem you have. They are there to help make your experience at the school the best it can be!

The housing was pretty good, and the food could have been better, but they worked on making it better once we said we wanted better food! Classes were about the same as the school I go to now, but it was interesting to get a different style of teaching and working with the different expectations of the professors.

Overall I loved my study abroad experience at Richmond University and I would love to go back!

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Beka
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AIFS Takes Care

I really enjoyed how the AIFS program was so well organized and ran. By having my fee include the cost of the flight, tuition, and room & board it made going abroad less stressful and more enjoyable! I didn't have to worry about where I was living or what I was eating. It was great to live and eat with people in the same program as me and we got to experience our new surroundings together. The was always a lot of activity options so I felt like I could get involved and experience my new surroundings.

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Lonelymoonchild
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The most magical of my life!

I don't even know where to start. This experience changed my life forever. London is the most amazing city for one to find new interests and meet new people! I got to travel to France, Morocco, around the UK, and would have went to Ibiza but the Icelandic volcano erupted and my flights were cancelled! I met so many amazing people, one which called me today! After coming home I started my online shop which is based on a necklace that I found in Brighton! Honestly, I could go on forever about how amazing it was and how safe I felt and everything else. All I can say is that it was perfect and I grew do much as a human being.

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RHucko
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fall 2011

Richmond was one of the greatest experiences of my entire life. When I studied in London, I got to travel to seven different countries and meet tons of new people. My favorite place that I went was Stockholm, Sweden. It was a Richmond planned trip and it was amazing. Sweden was breath taking, and I went only know two people and I came back with a lifetime of memories. I would not trade my study abroad experience for anything!

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Caitlyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

London Review

I lived on the Richmond campus, so I had a commute to some of my classes, but it wasn't too bad. There aren't as many study abroad students that live on the Richmond campus, but this allowed the few of us to become very close friends. Also, this allowed us to meet more of the other international students and get a chance to learn about their cultures. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I would say the classes are the same rigor as American classes, although teachers are less willing to "hold your hand"; therefore, if you have questions it is important to visit their office hours for help. I really enjoyed my program and was able to travel to 8 other countries while studying in London. Living in London can get very expensive, but it is easy to budget your money, while still experiencing everything you hope to.

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bec27
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Lots of fun!

Attended for my first semester of college. I had lot of fun, I did not want to leave and even contemplated staying for the whole year. I now have friends from all over the world. London is seriously the best city to live in. Traveling is so easy. The museums and food are great. The nightlife was amazing! The academics are not too difficult or demanding which is perfect because it allows you to travel around europe and really experience everything the city has to offer. I really recommend taking an art class or london history class. Richmond Hill campus is on the outskirts of the city, Richmond can get boring but having the Tube and Bus is amazing. The dorms are a bit dated and the food in the cafeteria is questionable but it does not matter because you are in London!!!

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wl671127
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best of all Possible Experiences

When I left my hometown for London, I was 20 years old and had never lived on my own. Upon arrival in Heathrow airport, I met some of my fellow study abroads, and we rode in a car from the airport through the city to our dorm, laughing and getting to know one another.

As soon as you get to London, be open and welcome to new experiences, and most of all, new people. Within the first day, I met the people that would soon constitute my close group of friends. You will be amazed by how quickly you adapt to a situation so unfamiliar and yet intriguing.

The neighborhood of Kensington was,and is, to say the least, beautiful. The streets are narrow and quiet, and the neighbors are friendly yet mostly keep to themselves. The buildings are old and classic, and the dorm building itself is only 2-3 blocks away from High Street Kensington. You'll spend a lot of time here. Whether it be shopping, pub crawling, or dining, there is plenty to do simply in the surrounding area. Hyde Park, a great place to walk, relax, or play sports, is also within the immediate area. By subway, you are only 15-20 minutes away from the downtown.

Since this was my first time living in a dorm, I cannot sufficiently compare living in Atlantic House to any other experience. It is constituted by four floors filled with dorm rooms, a ground floor with offices and a library, and a basement containing a dining hall and student lounge. I loved living in Atlantic house. Every day, you will see friends and acquaintances walking by, and there is never a dull moment here.

Depending upon your major, class difficulty varies. I took four courses abroad, and they consisted primarily of writing courses. To say the least, I had an immense variety of experiences to write about. My courses were not difficult, yet kept me busy, and contained what I found to be an appropriate level of work so that I could thoroughly enjoy my experience in London.

Each day I went to class. When outside of class, I would take walks around the city, exploring new areas and new neighborhoods by bus and by tube(subway). London is very easy to traverse, and you will have no issue with getting from point A to point B.

In the evening, friends and I would seek the night life. London's night life is the best in the business, and Piccadilly Circus is the epicenter of all the fun. This area of town (likened to Times Square in New York) is loaded with dining, pubs, clubs, movie theaters, etc. I have many wild stories involving this part of town. There are buses that run well into the evening that can take you home. Otherwise, the tube closes at midnight and taxis are available. Be wary, though, they can be expensive.

Of course, if you're not interested in clubbing or drinking, there is still much to do. Plays and comedy shows are always available, and you can spend your time lounging in cafes or in parks. London tourism is always in full operation, so go see the sights. Musical artists and bands are always coming to London, so concerts are always available.

I suppose I should mention the food served in Atlantic House. Well, many of my peers would probably tell you it is not so good. Personally, as a non-vegetarian, I liked the food provided. It is served in a buffet style, though you can only help yourself once, so pile up! They offer an assortment of meat dishes, as well as vegetable dishes. For those of you that are vegetarian or vegan, these options are provided, though not in abundance.

As for the food in London? Don't believe all that you hear. London's food is diverse and you can find nearly everything, especially in Kensington. Whether you're looking for Chinese, Indian, American, Vegetarian, or Italian, you can find it in London.

The staff is incredibly welcoming, and they are there to help you, so utilize their knowledge at any opportunity!

Bring lots of clothing, like long-sleeves, short-sleeves, jeans, khakis, dresses, shorts, flip flops, sneakers, jackets, sweaters, etc. I also brought some books and a journal. You won't need to bring tooth brushes and the like. All of that you'd be better of purchasing once you get to the city. Oh, and bring lots of money! London is expensive, and I spent well over 6,000 dollars there (though you can certainly get by with less).

As for the city of London itself, you couldn't be in a more prime location. It is a place rich with history and life. Not only are you in one of the biggest and most diverse cities in Europe, you are in close proximity to the European mainland, so travel as much as possible!

During my stay in London, I traveled to Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona, Athens, and Scotland. Each of these trips was incredible, and I would highly recommend these places as possible destinations.

Go everywhere you possibly can. See everything. Do everything. Talk to everyone. Live each day until your legs ache and your body is forcing you to fall into bed. Then, wake up, and get back out on the streets. Live, live, live, and most of all, enjoy each moment. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain from an experience such as this.

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jmmaeser
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AIFS London- Richmond

The experiences I had in London were life changing and the people I met I will always remember and keep in contact with for the rest of my life. The school was a great experience and the professors want to see you succeed. I definitely recommend this program to every person that reads this.

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Chris
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying Abroad at Richmond

I can honestly say that my time at Richmond was the most interesting, rewarding, and fun time I had as an undergraduate. Being able to not only visit, but live and learn in another country was the most valuable experience I could have hoped to have.

The classes were not only interesting, but very hands on. My history and art classes met in the classroom once a week, and once a week we went on field trips around the city - visiting museums and other historic sites.

The staff were all very helpful, and offered tons of inside advice on everything from where to go grocery shopping to where the best places to eat were. There were also trips and other activities planned and chaperoned by the staff. I was lucky enough to be able to see "Love Never Dies," the sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera," on a school based trip which got us awesome tickets at a discount!

While you do have classes all week, you're still left with plenty of time to explore the city and travel throughout Europe. The Underground is very easy to navigate and very close by, but it's also nice to take the time and walk around the city. Richmond is located in a very safe area, and I had no problems walking around by myself.

I could honestly go on for days about how wonderful my experience was, but when push comes to shove, the best way to find out about the program at Richmond is to experience it for yourself!

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Hilary
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Living in London

What a woderful experience! London was amazing! I loved the location of our AIFS program. Kensington is beautiful! There are so many things to do close by and we had easy access to The Tube and the rest of London. The AIFS staff was always helpful for recommendations and directions. I know it is cliche but my summer in London changed my life and AIFS had a big part in that.

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WCU
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Time of my life

This was an awesome expiriance. The program was amazing and they allowed for the greatest time. School was fun and I learned a lot from the professors who really understood and appreciated the diversity among students. The location in Kennsington was unparalleled and made for easy access to the rest of London and to Hyde park. Worst part of the trip was leaving all your friends at the end. They will be friends for life!