IES Abroad London - Study London

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About

The goal of our over 35-year-old program is to help you explore contemporary London, both physically and culturally. Gain a deeper knowledge of British culture, including the central importance of history to the British. Explore the global impact of Britain on Western culture, including art, literature, and financial and political systems.

London will also be your classroom. Get to know British culture and arts by visiting some of the city’s many museums and art galleries, including the British Museum (a two-minute walk from our Center!), the National Gallery, and the Tate Galleries. Learn about the city’s history from your world-class professors and then visit London’s three UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Tower of London, Westminster Palace, and Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Everywhere you turn in London is a new opportunity to learn more—strolling down the streets, passing by the many book stores, watching street performers, and listening to live music. Welcome to study abroad!

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YES! I came in knowing about one person from my school going on this program and came out with so many new friends!

Reviews

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based on 54 reviews
  • Academics 8.4
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.8
  • Housing 9.4
  • Safety 9.4
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sd.akd.
9/10

Study London

I studied abroad in London during the fall of 2014. I lived right by King's Cross Station and my classes were held in Bloomsbury at IES London building. It was an easy walk to calss and the train station was close by to the dorm which was nice for travel. I absolutely loved my time abroad meeting new people and traveling to new places. I love seeing the friends I made while in London back here at my campus in the US. IES classes overall were interesting and I was very easily able to manage my time between school work, exploring London, and traveling to other locations. Overall, studying abroad in London with IES was an extremely rewarding experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I made amazing friends, learned alot about the world & myself, and can't wait to go back to visit London in the future.

How can this program be improved?
If I could change one thing, although I loved that my dorm was near King's Cross Station, I think that housing in another part of London would be more fun as a student abroad.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ruby
10/10

From Chicago to London

After having the opportunity of a lifetime to study for a semester in London, I have nothing but appreciation and happiness when I think about my time there. Through IES Abroad, I was able to have 3 months of pure bliss in London. IES helped us not only accommodate to our new world, but helped us every step along the way. I have eternal gratitude for IES for facilitating a safe and life changing experience. I would recommend IES Abroad without hesitation for anyone wishing to study abroad.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Michael
10/10

London Town

As overwhelmingly massive the city of London could be, I had never found myself so connected to the people in the city. From your very arrival, the IES London staff is hyper accommodating to get you settled in as quickly as possible. From there, the city was mine to explore for four months. I would constantly explore different districts and be fascinated by the astonishing street art in Shoreditch or the array of delicious food in Camden Lock. I would pleasantly interact with different people every single day and even recognize locals as they explore their own city. It’s a little easier to make friends in London it seemed. Maybe its because I could ask the staff exactly what suited my interests and they’d lead me in the right places, or maybe it’s because it seems everyone looks into your eyes in London, something I found hard to come by on my way home through Miami International airport. The city is full of charm, excitement, art, and beauty giving the sense that everyone is welcome. The public transportation alone makes you feel like you can travel the world instantly. Besides the sheer enjoyment of everyday life in London and all of the wonders it has to give to its residences, the IES program and time abroad is an incredibly fulfilling learning experience. The teachers hired by this program are brilliant professors and really make you reflect on your own thoughts and desires to ultimately help you grow. Sometimes it’s hard to grow when everyone around doesn’t seem familiar or perhaps, doesn’t know you. But the independence that you develop and is required to capture the most out of London comes quick and with many friends along the way. The people I’ve met, the places I’ve seen, the spontaneity of my life at the time helped shape one of the most positive experiences of my life. For the hundreds of friends I met along the way, I know it did for them to.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Clare
10/10

One Experience with a Lifetime Impact

My experience in London through the IES Abroad Study London program harbored personal independence and growth that I can apply to all aspects of my life. IES Abroad provides a gentle guide for students while allowing them to be independent discoverers of the world around them and receptive learners of the cultures in which they immerse themselves. Within weeks of the program, I had become well-acquainted with and an avid navigator of London. During my time in London, I discovered strength in adaptation and a heightened confidence in my abilities. I became fully self-reliant and learned how to budget and cook for myself. The coursework in which I partook was valuable and engaging, and the internship component of the program rose above and beyond my expectations. Through my experience with my internship, I was able to work with a variety of talented and accomplished individuals form the UK and Europe. The environment of the workplace was highly interactive and communicative, which provided me the opportunity to sharpen my professional communication skills. I learned about the inner-workings of a large-scale organization and made contacts with whom I plan to maintain life-long connection. Additionally, I cultivated valuable friendships with other students in my program who share similar life ambitions and who will remain an important part of my personal growth journey. The impact that my study abroad experience had on me was a product of my actions, the location, and the IES Abroad program. The IES Abroad program provides support and opportunities that facilitate an enriching growth of perception and understanding of the world that positively impacts the way in which one chooses to lead all areas of his/her life.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Emma
9/10

Study London

I had a fantastic semester in London with IES. The academics were on par with any standard university term, and the staff were incredibly helpful throughout the process. We were given ample opportunities to explore not just London but the UK overall, and IES made every effort to assist us while we traveled farther into Europe. Housing was through a third party, but overall we felt very comfortable and looked after. I would definitely recommend IES to anyone looking to spend a semester studying in London.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Chelsea
9/10

Study London 2014

I was someone who always wanted to travel abroad. The first time I went to Europe, I knew I needed to go back not just for a week vacation, but that I wanted to live there for at least a semester. I knew it was going to be a tough transition, but I also knew the experience would help make me a more interesting, worldly, and confident person.

Once I made the final decision to spend my fall semester abroad, I next had to figure out where to go. London was someplace that I had visited before and instantly fell in love. At first I thought I wanted to go to a new place for this experience, but as I thought about it, I realized that going to London would allow me the chance to experience the city not as a tourist, but as a resident—as a Brit, even if it was just for a little while.

Settling in to my new life in London was a bit harder than I thought it would be. Me and the other IES students lived in a student residential complex called Nido Kings Cross. Because space is so tight in London, the rooms provided to us were small with little space to store clothes and baggage. The bathroom was even smaller. I would joke with my roommate that you could shower, brush your teeth, and go to the bathroom all at the same time without getting the floor wet. Despite the space issue, I grew to love Nido. The building was super safe and the kitchen area was nice in order to cook instead of spending money on eating out. The location was the best advantage of Nido. We lived just a few blocks from Kings Cross/ St. Pancras station, the travel hub of London.

Other adjustments were a little more difficult, such as being homesick and having to stay up late in order to call my parents as they came home from work in the States. Getting over my homesickness was probably my biggest challenge about going abroad, however London is so exciting that it is easy to forget about issues like that, making them less important.

One of the most memorable experiences in from the program was travelling with the group for our Midterm trip and getting to see so much of Scotland. We spent four days travelling the country seeing Inverness, where we fed reindeer, Oban, and Edinburg, which was one of the most beautiful cities I had ever been to. That whole trip is something I will never forget.

I would definitely recommend this program to anyone thinking about studying abroad. The professors and staff are incredible, the classes all revolved around learning about London and the U.K., and best of all you get to spend three and a half months in this incredible, cultural, and fun city. If I could go back, I would in a heartbeat.

How can this program be improved?
In the future, I hope the IES program is able to offer more transferable classes for major requirements.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sean
9/10

Londinium

I wasn't sure where I wanted go abroad, all I knew was that I wanted to go. I had wanted to travel since I was a freshman and it took me until my first semester of my senior year to make the leap of faith and just go for it. Up until that point the only place I had been outside of the US was Canada. In the months before my departure I was deciding between going to Spain, China, and England. I ultimately chose London and couldn't have been happier with my decision. China was just too far for me and I happened to make a visit from London to Spain during my time abroad because of how centralized England was and how modestly priced the flights were throughout Europe.

Some of the pro's of my visit included:
Travel - as stated above. Considerably cheap & very convenient

The transportation - bus/tubes take you anywhere for reasonable prices.
TUBE IS GOING 24/7 SOON

No real Language Barrier - Not an entirely new language but certain expressions may have you scratching your head. All the more fun tho

Fashion Capital - plenty of good looking people in London thats for sure

Classes - Most, if not all, of my classes took walking tours during class time and I got to see some of London's most renowned features along with local favorites that I may have never even heard about had it not been for the classes.

The People - Theres not enough that can be said about the people you'll encounter. For me it was the people who made each place I visited while abroad what it was. They were the lifeblood of the trip and regardless of where I was or the wonders I saw it was the people who made the biggest impact on my journey.

I could go on and on with pro's but I'll stop there and give a few cons to the experience to make things fair:

Currency - The exchange from Dollar to Sterling Pound was rough when I went abroad. I've heard stories of it being even worse and then other stories of it being cheap. It varies from day to day and either way I don't regret the money I spent. If anything I'd regret not spending more. It's just a friendly reminder to budget for your time cause theres always gonna be something you wanna go out and do.

Dorm Living - As a senior it was a little odd for me to go back to dorm living with a roommate. The place looked a lot bigger in pictures too. Turned out my roommate and I were both in the same fraternity so we hit it off pretty quickly and the small space wasn't as awkward. The elevators though broke pretty much every other week and would sometimes go up when you pressed down which was extremely frustrating. You also had to pay for laundry services. But there was a weekly cleaning lady and a common room area with pool and foosball tables too so if you wanted to get out of the room you could.

Overall It was an experience that I would recommend to anyway and hope to be able to go back abroad one day.

How can this program be improved?
FREE UMBRELLAS!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Madalina
9/10

my abroad experience at UCL

As an international student originally from Romania, studying abroad was a familiar experience since I was already abroad in the USA. However, the semester I spent in London at University College London was a unique experience I enjoyed very much. The first couple of weeks I was there, the most challenging part was to find my way around, remembering how to get from the building I was hosted at to school, to the groceries stores, or to restaurants; being used to a small university campus, I found it relatively hard to live in a very busy city. This experience however turned out to be a rather pleasurable and exciting one as I started to get used to the public transportation. London is an amazing city, having to offer incredibly many attractions and exciting places to visit and enjoy such as restaurants, museums, parks, etc. Not only did the city of London impress me, but also the classes I took at UCL were extremely interesting and stimulating. I was enrolled in the Psychology department, where I also had the privilege of working on a research project with amazing professors. This study abroad experience was definitely a very positive one, and I highly recommend all students to try at least one study abroad program.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sarah
10/10

Living in London - The Best Four Months of my Life!

If I could re-live my four months in London, I would do it again in a heartbeat! The IES Staff was fantastic, the food delicious, classes interesting, and plenty of fun field trips! Not to mention, I got to travel to several other countries being that there are no Friday classes. I was able to learn through a unique mixture of typical classroom learning and exploring throughout the city. I would definitely rate this program five stars.

How can this program be improved?
I would suggest that the syllabi be more clearly written. Sometimes, I felt as if I knew what the assignment was, but had no idea what exactly the professor was looking for grading wise.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Megan
10/10

A Great Experience

I absolutely loved living in London. The administrators were very helpful and nice. IES organized a bunch of trips throughout the semester that were awesome. You also don't have classes on Fridays so you have plenty of time to travel as well. The program was small but this wasn't a problem for me. You end up knowing your teachers and classmates really well. Classes weren't that challenging, in my opinion, but they were really interesting and I learned a lot. As for housing, you are very centrally located, right near King's Cross Station. My most memorable experiences were the markets! Overall, I had a great experience, and I can't wait to go back.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Allie
9/10

A great opporunity to live and learn in the center of London

The program allows participants to be immersed in life in London, from both an academic and social perspective. Classes, covering a wide variety of topics from theatre to media and politics, are often conducted outside of the classroom and take advantage of resources such as the Museum of London, West End theatres, and more. Housing is conveniently located at about a 15 minute walk from the IES center, and is located near King's Cross station, making all of London extremely accessible. The coursework at IES is challenging, but still allows for travelling on the weekends and enjoying all the London has to offer at night.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sarah
10/10

Couldn't Have Been Better

Studying abroad in London with IES was the best decision I could have ever made. I need six more credits to graduate in August and what better way to do that then by studying abroad in a city I've dreamed about studying British culture. The program is very well organized and the orientation definitely helps you gather your footing the first couple of days. The professors are the best I've ever had, I wish could have taken more classes with them.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jill
10/10

A great way to experience London

The program coordinators encouraged full immersion into London with helpful tips and excursions. Nido Spitalfields is a safe, clean, and comfortable dorm located in a vibrant area. The commute to class was simple with easy tube access. Classes were manageable and the professors were engaging. I learned more than I anticipated and lessons informed my new world view. The program allows you to experience all that London has to offer.

How can this program be improved?
Some courses were a bit challenging at points in the semester, but if you keep up with your work the projects shouldn't be a problem.
Yes, I recommend this program
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apioggia
10/10

London will become a part of you

The Study London Program through IES Abroad is a small, one of a kind program. The classes consist of no more than 15 people and you truly get to know everyone including the teachers. The program is easy to adjust to and you have plenty of free time. The teachers are engaging and the classes are 90% focused on just London, which makes living in the city a lot more interesting and valuable. Even though people speak English in London you still feel abroad. My most memorable experiences were the theatres and markets. Both are great way to tackle the city in a focused way because the theatres are surrounded by really good restaurants and packed pubs. The accommodations are insanely nice, Nido is 33 floors with a gym on the top floor (great view) an students from all of the world live there. All accommodations are located close to a tube and I had my own room and shared a kitchen and bathroom. I seriously cannot wait to go back. The staff are extremely helpful and understanding also.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Arianaa
8/10

Good way to experience London

IES administrators are very helpful and encourage travel and exploration of the city. Living situation and IES building are incredibly centrally located in the city, and living in Nido was a great way to meet people from all over the world. Academics were challenging and fun, and no class on Fridays. IES fieldtrips were also a great way to see the UK without the hassle of planning!

How can this program be improved?
In general, if you're looking for a very independent, self-sufficient experience studying abroad and don't need or want to be under the wing of your program's administrators, this program might not be right for you. Also, don't expect the academics to be a breeze! The professors demand a lot and the workload is more time consuming than you might be led to believe from others' study abroad experiences. If you're opposed to a small inner-city apartment with shared kitchen and bathroom, you also won't enjoy living in Nido.
Yes, I recommend this program

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