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Skidmore in London

Program Overview

Skidmore's program in London offers the choice of enrollment at one of the following schools. All programs except for the London School of Economics & Political Science allow students to study for the fall, spring or full academic year. LSE only considers full-year applicants.

Just as each student has diverse academic and personal needs, each institution offers a distinct curriculum and atmosphere and a distinct level of integration into the British university system. When choosing a final destination, students should carefully consider the different academic offerings and calendars, housing options, and campus cultures.

ACADEMICS

Credits earned on the Skidmore in London program are transfer credits. Students must earn the equivalent grade of "C" or better to transfer credit to Skidmore, but the grades are not be factored into your Skidmore GPA and do not appear on your Skidmore record. Transfer credit can count toward major, minor and other degree requirements with departmental approval. Students cannot take any courses graded pass/fail in London since  a grade of “C” or better is needed to transfer the credit to Skidmore. 

In London, students will find a different academic culture than the Skidmore campus in the United States. Students will be directly enrolling at British universities, taking classes alongside degree seeking students, and will expected to be more independent and proactive in their studies. All faculty and instructors will be international or British faculty and will employ the academic structure and expectations found in the British academic system. The differences in academic culture can create a very academically challenging semester in London.

London - The city

A massive cosmopolitan city in southeast England, London serves as one of the world's most important cultural and business capitals. The world-famous theaters, the breathtaking art collections and museums, the River Thames meandering through the city center, the cultural melting pot of the East End, and the trendy West End with Soho and Trafalgar Square—all combine to form the London of today.

You 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, jewelry, and second-hand clothes at Portobello Market.

Add to these possibilities the outstanding educational opportunities offered by London's colleges and universities, and it is easy to see why so many students find this to be a fantastic study abroad destination.

Support Services

Off-Campus Study & Exchanges provides extensive advising to students during the program selection and application process. In addition, as they prepare to depart, during their time in London, and upon their return to Skidmore, OCSE is ready to assist our students in any way possible, including hosting orientation and re–entry programs. 

Once students arrive in London, they will benefit from the support of the IES Abroad in addition to the support provided by their London university. Participants will also find that each of the host universities has staff available to offer advice and guidance for its international student population.

finances

Participants on Skidmore in London Program are charged a program feecomparable to staying on campus for a semester. This fee covers tuition, housing and meals, orientation, program–sponsored events, a local transportation pass, international medical insurance, and the administrative services of the IES Abroad staff in London and the OCSE staff at the home campus in Saratoga Springs. Students will be billed by Skidmore's Bursar's Office directly.

Skidmore College students participating in this program may apply their financial aid to the costs of the program. Please contact financial aid if you have questions about your aid package.

All students participating on the Skidmore in London program will receive a living stipend each semester.  This stipend is intended to cover the cost of food, a monthly tube pass (Oyster Card) and various cultural activities of their choosing within London such as high tea, tours, theater performances, English sporting events, etc. The stipend will be disbursed by check prior to the start of the semester.

Fees paid to Skidmore do not cover round–trip airfare; books and supplies; private studio art, music, and dance classes; or personal and travel expenses. In addition to the program fee, we suggest students budget an extra $2,000 to $3,000 per semester for personal expenses.

orientation

Off-Campus Study & Exchanges will hold a pre–departure orientation meeting on the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs, New York, during the semester prior to studying in London.

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 their London university's orientation for study abroad students.