One of the largest and most iconic cities in the world, FIE study abroad programs in London offer excellent opportunities for almost any major. From the top of Big Ben to the bottom of the ever-flowing Thames River, London has a hustle of innovation that is hard to ignore. Historical documents, the cradle of the English language, and technological frontiers melt in this charismatic, diverse city to bring you the best of the best.
FIE programs for study abroad in London are held at the Foundation House Study Center in the heart of the city’s Kensington district. Leafy trees and photogenic Georgian architecture line the streets of your walk home from nearby cultural institutions like Royal Albert Hall, Chelsea's famed King's Road, and stunning Hyde Park. When you’re not acing your studies, you can attend rugby matches, pose on Abbey road, take to the coast, or host tea parties (Twinings ONLY) with your new mates.
FIE’s staff and faculty, as London specialists, are proud to have been helping universities, colleges, and students realize their potential in this exceptional city for nearly 20 years.
As if you need more reasons to study abroad in London, here are three awesome FIE programs to get you started:
Study (semester, quarter, and summer program options)
Study & Internship (semester, spring quarter, summer, and academic year options)
Study & Service Internship (semester, quarter, summer, and academic year options)
Whilst British humor might take a little getting used to, an FIE program will serve as the perfect bridge for connecting with the locals in no time. Study abroad in England and experience for yourself what it’s like to be front and center on the global stage.
FIE KENSINGTON CAMPUS
We use the entire area as our campus with Foundation House serving as an administrative hub, housing classrooms, staff offices, and a student lounge. Metrogate House is our largest student residence, with two classrooms, a common area, study lab, and 24-hour reception desk. Explore our neighborhood and find out more about the FIE Kensington Campus.
DID YOU KNOW
More than 300 languages are spoken in London
London boasts more than 800 bookstores and 380 public libraries
With more than 170 museums, London is home to 3 of the top 10 museums in the world
There are more than 17,000 music performances each year in London's 300+ music venues
The Rosetta Stone is housed in the British Museum, one of the 11 national museums in London
With over 40 universities located within the city’s limits, education remains one of the things that London does best. That and meat pies.
With London’s lively streets as your classroom, you can revel in all the familiar landmarks — Buckingham Palace, the Tower Bridge, the London Eye. Why not recite Shakespearean sonnets in the Globe Theater or quote Peter Pan beneath Big Ben? Living in London means daily time travel, as innovative, modern architecture stands proudly beside centuries-old neighbors.
FIE’s study abroad London programs seize the best of both worlds. With an emphasis on co-curricular activities to ensure you contextualize your academic learning, FIE London offers extensive and authentic exposure to the daily lives of Brits. Foundation House serves as not only as your homebase, but also as your launchpad to adventure (but not just any kind of adventure — the juicy kind that leads to boundless inspiration and profound lifelong lessons).
With FIE London you can pursue studies for just about any major imaginable. Our can choose from over 30 electives from this smörgåsbord of options:
If you think that you can combine professional development with new career options (and a few fish and chips on the side), you’ve come to the right place.
Fast-track your career in almost any field as you level-up with an international internship in London. Beyond impressive resume/CV additions, new office-friendly skills, and professional connections that’ll benefit your career loooooong after you return home, an international internship in London with FIE will stretch your comfort zone, deepen your understandings of the global marketplace, and inspire your future vocation.
Your studies are paired withan FIE internship placement at a small-to-medium sized London company. Classes include your International Internship Course (IIC), which integrates your internship with classroom seminars — the perfect setting for reflecting and analyzing your work experience. You will also take an FIE Key Course and can sign up for optional electives (depending on your program term).
International internships are proven to be one of the most valuable rungs in the ladder you can climb towards your dream career. It also doesn’t hurt those post-work happy hours will be in charming pubs and your water-cooler conversations will discuss where you plan to jet set over the weekend. Get to it!
Visit our Internships in Londonpage to learn more about your entire internship journey, including the necessary steps to make the most out of your internship in London before you leave, while you’re there, and after you return.
Semester (15.5 weeks)
Summer (8 weeks)
FALL AND SPRING SEMESTER INTERNSHIPS
Mandatory morning and afternoon cuppa tea breaks will soon be your BFFs!
During this period, students will interview for internships/service internships and sites are confirmed.
Classes meet two days per week.
The required FIE Key Course continues for three hours a week.The International Internship Course (IIC) meets during Phase 2 as a space for reflection on the placement experience. Some elective courses continue while others begin.
Internships are scheduled for three days a week.
Crisps or chips? Biscuits or cookies? Football or soccer?
Answer these (dare we say, heavy) questions — and many more — as you test out expat life during your summer internship in London. Participants enroll in FIE’s Key Course, British Life and Cultures, as well as the International Internship Course (IIC). Internship interviews and sites are confirmed during week one of the program; the program includes 2.5 days in the classroom and 2.5 days of interning weekly.
Throughout the experience, the required British Life and Cultures Key Course meets for six hours a week. During the first week, students interview for internships and sites are confirmed.
The International Internship Course (IIC) consists of the actual placement and weekly seminars that enhance and contextualize your internship experience; the in-class component meets six times for 90 minutes each.
Academic classes meet for two and a half days a week with the placements taking place in the other two and a half days of a week.
Sufficient academic preparation and experience to participate in an internship abroad
NOTE: Your home institution may require a higher GPA and other prerequisites
If you attend an FIE partner institution, contact your study abroad advisor on campus for any additional requirements
CREDIT AND TRANSCRIPT INFORMATION
Check with your study abroad advisor for course equivalencies, credit approval, and transcript information on your campus
Based on your campus requirements you may receive a transcript from your home university or from Drexel University, FIE’s School of Record
Depending on courses selected and approval on your campus, you will earn:
INTERESTED IN A MORE SERVICE ORIENTED INTERNSHIP?
FIE London also provides a study and service internship program. Find out more details here.
There’s so much more to an international service internship than a bullet point on your resume for doing service work overseas. It’s great for learning flexibility, working hard, perfecting old skills, developing new ones, and learning humility. If you have an open mind, big heart, and strong hands, it’s a good indicator that a service-oriented internship is for you.
Join the ranks of inspiring colleagues working to benefit the public good while knocking out some required and/or elective courses about the British way of life. Trust us — it’s much more than milky tea and wizards.
This combination study and service internship program in London will help you put life into perspective. Beyond an immersive professional experience, you’ll come back home with a few extra credentials and a lighter peace of mind (and, most likely, boxes upon boxes of Jaffa Cakes).
Now that you’re radiating good vibes, go see which FIE service internship in London best matches your interests and “Cheers!” to getting closer to your goals.
Visit our Service Internships in London page to learn more about your entire service-learning journey, including the necessary steps to make the most out of your internship in London before you leave, while you’re there, and after you return.
Make your semester abroad more meaningful than just weekend jaunts with your mates and a memory card of high-resolution photos.