AIFS Study Abroad in London: Semester or Academic Year
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AIFS Study Abroad in London: Semester or Academic Year

Study in London and earn up to 15 credits with courses in art, business, economics, history, psychology and more at Richmond, The American International University in London.

AIFS in London offers a unique academic program. Because of the wide range of degrees offered by Richmond, AIFS students have an array of courses to choose from. Students can opt to do a Certificate in British Studies Program and focus on courses related to British culture, or choose from a myriad of courses in business, finance, economics, public relations, psychology, sociology, journalism, communications, art, history and more. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

Live in a Residence Hall in the central London neighborhood of Kensington and enjoy cultural and social activities such as guided city tours, museum visits, theater and musical performances, sporting events, and day trips to nearby cities.

  • Show in the West End
  • Day trip to Brighton
  • Day trip to Oxford
  • Ride on the London Eye
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Program Type
Subject Areas
American Studies
Art History
Creative Writing
Cultural Studies
English Literature
European Studies
Global Studies
Graphic Design
International Business
Liberal Arts
Media Relations
Public Relations
Service Learning
Social Sciences
Theater, Drama and Dance
U.S. Studies
Visual Arts
Web Design
Women's Studies
Degree Level
High School Diploma
Academic Year
Travel Insurance
Online Application
Official Transcripts
GPA Requirement
Price Details
AIFS is a premier provider of study abroad programs. Comprehensive fees cover tuition and housing with $800,000 in scholarship and grant funding available each year. A meal plan, tours and excursions, insurance and 24-hour emergency service are also included. Coordinated AIFS Flight Packages are available.

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!

Program Reviews

based on 38 reviews
  • Academics 7.9
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 7.8
  • Housing 9.1
  • Safety 9.6
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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!

No, I don't recommend
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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.

Yes, I recommend
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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!!!

Yes, I recommend
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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.

Yes, I recommend
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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.

Yes, I recommend
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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!

Yes, I recommend
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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.

Yes, I recommend
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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!

Yes, I recommend

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AIFS is a leading provider of study abroad programs. Since 1964, more than 1.5 million students have traveled abroad with AIFS. Comprehensive program fees make it convenient for students to study abroad and experience all that the world has to offer....