The First-Year Experience in London
Each fall, 36 students from Skidmore's incoming first-year class will have the opportunity to spend their first semester of college in London, one of the world's great cities. In addition to allowing students to enjoy the historical and cultural riches of England's capital, the First-Year Experience in London enables them to begin working toward their Skidmore degrees; helps prepare them for Skidmore's academic challenges and opportunities; and builds strong connections and friendships among the participants.
Students will study under the guidance of two Skidmore faculty directors who will oversee the academic program, serve as advisors and mentors for the students, and organize a variety of group cultural excursions and activities. The faculty directors will each teach a required Scribner Seminar. These courses have been specifically designed for the program and take full advantage of London's resources. Students will take additional classes at the IES Abroad (Institute for the International Education of Students) London Center. All courses are considered Skidmore courses; grades will appear on the Skidmore transcript and will count toward the Skidmore GPA. A number of courses may also count toward core-curriculum requirements. At the conclusion of the program, students will join their classmates in Saratoga Springs for the spring semester.
Why the FYE in London?
- Receive academic credit that counts toward your Skidmore degree.
- Enjoy the historical and cultural riches of London under the guidance of Skidmore faculty members.
- Gain maturity and independence
- Make lifelong friends.
"The London First-Year Experience opened my eyes to how big the world really was,
and gave me the desire to want to learn everything I could about different cultures
and to explore the world further."
— Karen Donovan, Class of 2012, studied on the London FYE program in fall 2008
The River Thames meandering through the city center; the trendy West End with Soho, Piccadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square; the cultural melting pot of the East End; and the world-famous theaters—all combine to form today's London. Students can explore artistic treasures at the National and Tate galleries, visit the resting place of the royals at Westminster Abbey, watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, or pick through antiques at Portobello Market. It's easy to see why London attracts visitors from around the world. It's also easy to see why so many students find this to be a fantastic study abroad destination.
Questions regarding the London FYE orientation or arrival day should be directed to Kendra Nelson, London FYE Program Manager in Skidmore's Off-Campus Study & Exchanges, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-518-580-5355
Questions regarding the admissions process should be directed to Karlene Kunigiel, Associate Director of Admissions at email@example.com or +1-518-580-5570.Questions regarding Skidmore on campus housing for the spring semester following London should be directed to the staff of the Office of Residential Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.