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Skidmore in London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London was established in 1891 and is the British school that is most similar in structure and size 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 more than 15 academic departments to choose from at Goldsmiths. Students may take classes 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. 

Chinese Studies
Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
Educational Studies
English and Comparative Literature
Management and Economics
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Politics and International Relations
Theatre and Performance
Therapeutic Studies
Visual Cultures

At Goldsmiths, classes are called modules. Typically, students will take 4 modules (each module is worth 4 credits at Skidmore) for a total of 16 credits each semester. 

For course descriptions, please see Goldsmiths' module options. Please note that the course descriptions for Economics are currently listed under Management Studies. 


Preference will be given to students who meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0*;
  • At least sophomore standing at the time of program participation
  • Ability to demonstrate, through personal essay and recommendations, the level of maturity and self-motivation needed to succeed abroad.

Any student receiving academic or physical accommodations at Skidmore should contact OCSE as soon as possible to discuss your program selection with a Program Manager and what accommodations may be available in London. 


Goldsmiths CampusStudents must apply for housing directly with Goldsmiths' accommodation office after being accepted. Please note: In the UK, housing is called "accommodation". 

Most study abroad students at Goldsmiths will be assigned to live in Loring Hall. Full-year students may apply to live in other Goldsmiths residences. Please note: In the UK, housing is called "accommodation". 

Loring Hall is located on the Goldsmiths campus and students can walk to most classes in 5-10 minutes. Loring Hall offers single bedrooms with a shared kitchen facilities for students to use for their meals. All rooms have a private bathroom. 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. 

Program Dates

Students can apply to study at Goldsmiths for the fall, spring or full-year.

  • Fall semester dates: mid-September to mid-December
  • Spring semester dates: early January to mid-June
  • Full-year dates: mid-September to mid-June

Upon arrival, students will participate in an orientation with IES Abroad, Skidmore's partner for additional student support in London. After the IES orientation, students will move into their university housing assignment and participate in the Goldsmiths orientation for study abroad students. 


The application process for Skidmore in London: Goldsmiths, University of London is a two-part application process. Students must first submit a Skidmore in London application to Off-Campus Study & Exchanges (OCSE) to be approved for off-campus study at Goldsmiths. In addition, you must also submit an online application directly to Goldsmiths, which may include the submission of supporting documents. Goldsmith’s will make the final decision on your application.

Application deadlines

  • October 1 for the spring semester
  • March 15 for the fall or full-year