Goldsmiths, University of London
Goldsmiths, University of London was established in 1891 and is the British school that is most similar in structure to Skidmore. Goldsmiths is a university that prides itself on creativity and emphasizes the importance of "freedom to experiment, to think differently, to be an individual." This is a creative arts focused school located in New Cross, South East London, and has approximately 6,400 students enrolled, 4,000 of which are undergraduates. Goldsmiths is considered a top arts school and is ranked in the top 50 schools amongst U.K. colleges and universities for prestige and quality of academics.
There are 15 academic departments to choose from at Goldsmiths; most are humanities based. These departments include: anthropology, computing, design, drama, education, English, history, media, music, politics, psychology, and sociology. Students may take courses across the curriculum, with the exception of studio art students who must take all of their coursework in that discipline and is only offered to full year students. Details on specific courses that are available to Skidmore students can be found at http://www.gold.ac.uk/studyabroad.
All residence halls offer a single bedroom with a shared kitchen facility for students to use for their meals. All bathrooms are shared. Laundry is available on site and most buildings are wireless. Each building has 24-hour security and a sign-in/sign-out system for guests.
The program at Goldsmiths, offered only in the SPRING SEMESTER, consists of two terms separated by a 4-week break. The first term runs from early January through late March, while the second term runs from late April through mid-to-late June. Our students attend both sessions and take exams as scheduled in June.