Fall, Spring, Academic Year
London, England, United Kingdom
• Clear Interest and Commitment
• Demonstrated Preparedness/Maturity
• Minimum 3.3 GPA, or higher for some departments
• Good academic and disciplinary standing
• Junior or Senior standing at the time the program begins
• Approval by UI and IES Abroad
• Attendance at orientations
• 18 years of age
• September 12 for Spring
• February 24 for Fall
Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.
There is something irresistible about London. Maybe it’s the sights like Big Ben or the Tower Bridge that already feel familiar. Or the international character that is evident in every neighborhood, where people of different cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds live and work together. Whatever it is that has drawn you to London, don’t look back now—London awaits!
This is your chance to live and learn alongside students from the UK and around the world by directly enrolling at University College London.
You can learn more about the program on the IES London: University College London program website.
Students usually apply to one or sometimes two academic departments and then select courses from these and/or other departments.
The UCL undergraduate program consists of a series of lectures, seminars, and tutorials (and lab classes if enrolling in science subjects). Tutorial classes are much smaller than lecture courses and, in some departments, are taught on a one-on-one basis.
UCL offers a wide range of disciplines, with particular strengths in:
In addition, courses are available in a huge variety of other departments, including:
You will work directly with IES Abroad and UCL to select and finalize your courses schedule after you have been formally accepted to the program.
You can find more information about the academics at UCL, as well as a list of available courses, course descriptions, syllabi, etc. on the IES Abroad website.
You will enroll in four courses (16 semester hours) per semester.
Your courses will be graded using the US letter grade system. IES Abroad will send your grade report to the University of Iowa several weeks after the end of your program. Your grades will then be applied to your cumulative GPA as transfer credit, the same way credit transferred from any US college or university would be.
Students can expect their grades to appear on their UI grade report around two or three months after they return from studying abroad.
Unless UI Study Abroad has an approval on file for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course.
If you plan to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, contact your UI study abroad advisor for details on the process.
Even though your adventure starts in London, IES’s field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are subsidized by IES Abroad, though additional costs may apply.
You can find more information about excursions and activities on the IES program website.
Program dates vary from year to year, but typically follow the University of Iowa’s academic calendar.
This program is not offered during the summer session.
You can find the specific dates for the upcoming programs on the IES program website.
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This program is hosted by IES Abroad, a study abroad program provider with more than 60 years of experience offering programs all over the word.
London is the capital of the United Kingdom, and the largest city in the UK London is a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, research, tourism, and transportation. It is a tremendously diverse city of 8.6 million people, representing dozens of cultures and hundreds of languages.
London holds something for everyone- as the saying goes, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
England is a member of the United Kingdom, which also includes Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It features a diverse landscape, friendly people, and a rich history.
The United Kingdom (UK) refers to the four countries of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This is in contrast to another common name, Great Britain, which excludes Northern Ireland. Life and culture in the UK is different from that in the US. Experiencing this rich tradition is what studying in the UK is all about!
The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.
Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.
IES Abroad helps to arrange housing at one of UCL’s student accommodations. You can learn more about IES housing options on the IES program website.
All students need a valid passport to participate in this program. You can find details about applying for a passport on the UI Study Abroad Travel Documentation website.
Students will work with their program provider to make travel arrangements to their program site. The cost of travel is not included in the course fee. UI Study Abroad will not arrange a group flight to your study abroad destination.
Do not purchase plane tickets until you have received instructions on how to do so from your program provider.
London has an excellent public transportation system comprised of the world-famous ‘Tube’ system, buses, and taxis. London's modern, international airport provides a hub to all major European capital cities, as well as other major cities around the world.
This program is open to University of Iowa students who fulfill the following requirements:
Students will be responsible for paying many of their program costs through their University of Iowa U-Bill, while other costs will be out-of-pocket costs paid by the student directly to vendors before and after going abroad. Refer to the cost sheets below for details on the costs associated with this program.
The cost sheets outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include fees charged on students’ U-Bill as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.
Costs for future sessions are usually similar to the current session, however students can expect a modest increase in overall costs each session. Final cost sheets for future sessions are typically available early in the semester before the session begins.
The cost sheet below applies to the Spring 2020 session.
A cost sheet for the Fall 2021 session will be available by mid-spring 2021.
The cost sheets are based on the fees described below:
The cost sheet does not include the following optional additional costs:
Optional fees vary by session, and will be available shortly before the upcoming session.
Costs for personal travel are not included in the cost estimates provided on the cost sheet. If you plan to travel outside of your host city or country during or after your study abroad program, you will need to budget for additional funds to cover the cost of your personal travel.
The cost of personal travel depends entirely on each student’s individual travel plans and spending habits. Estimates for personal travel costs provided by past students on this program vary significantly from $1,500 to as much as $9,000 or more per session.
Students should budget additional funds to cover the costs not described on the program cost sheet. Contact IES Abroad for more information about these optional additional costs.
You can find information about options for funding your study abroad experience, including financial aid, scholarships, grants, etc, on UI Study Abroad’s Funding Website.
In addition, take a look at IES Abroad’s Scholarship website for information about scholarships offered directly through your program provider.
If you are accepted to your IES program, you will be asked to commit to participating in your program by submitting 1) the University of Iowa Confirmation of Participation form, and 2) the IES Abroad Intent to Enroll document.
After you have formally confirmed your plans to participate, you will work both with UI Study Abroad and with IES Abroad. Follow instructions from both. Later in the semester, your UI study abroad advisor will contact you regarding orientation sessions, registration, and other required UI procedures and documentation.
Applications for the Fall and Academic Year sessions are due on February 24.
Applications for the Spring session are due on September 12.
Confirmation materials will be posted after the program application deadline.
All students preparing to study abroad should review the following:
Students are also encouraged to complete the Health Preparation Guide for International Travelform with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.
All program participants are required to complete immigration requirements to enter and study in your host country. UI Study Abroad and your program provider/host institution abroad will provide you with immigration instructions prior to departure.
Note that permission to enter and study in your host country is provided exclusively by the host country’s government based on that country's immigration requirements. Your host country’s immigration requirements may include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to receive permission to enter the country in some cases. Contact your UI study abroad advisor for more information.
It is essential that you thoroughly review all of your immigration materials before you leave for your host country to ensure that they are absolutely complete and accurate. It is entirely your responsibility to ensure that all of your immigration materials are in order and fully accurate before you leave for your host country. If any of your immigration materials contain inaccurate information of any kind, contact your UI study abroad advisor immediately to discuss your options.
Do not take steps to complete your host country’s immigration requirements until you receive more information from UI Study Abroad.
Review the UI Study Abroad Travel Documentation website for further guidance on the immigration/visa process.
In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.
You are required to complete the International Programs ICON course "Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation" prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email email@example.com.
This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.