King's College London
One of the largest colleges in the University of London, King's College London is host to over 19,000 students. King's offers a long and distinguished tradition of academic excellence, dating back to 1829, and boasts a number of Nobel Prize winners among its alumni. This provides students with an academic experience that is both rigorous and rewarding. Its three main campuses—Strand, Waterloo, and London Bridge—are in the heart of London and in close proximity to Trafalgar Square, Covent Gardens, the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theater, and the River Thames.
This central location allows students to easily take advantage of the incredible diversity and resources of London. Students also have access to the many social and cultural opportunities offered by the student union, including a number of societies from dramatic to political.
King's College is a competitive institution that offers program participants full integration into a traditional British university setting. Students can select courses from a broad range of subjects: humanities, including American studies, classics, film studies, linguistics and languages, music, philosophy, and religious studies; biomedical sciences; health and life sciences; physical sciences; and social sciences and public policy, including war studies.
At King's College London, 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 the King's College module directory.
Program Tracks for Study Abroad Students
Global Health and Social Medicine
King's offers a Global Health and Social Medicine Track for study abroad students. The track requires students to enroll in two mandatory modules: Introduction to Global Health and Introduction to Social Medicine. In addition, students will select 2 other modules from the Undergraduate Study Abroad Module Catalogue.
Health & Society Study Abroad Programme
The Health & Society program is designed for students in a pre-medical or pre-health degree programme and intending to pursue a medical professional degree. Students are required to enroll in one course, Health & Society, composed of coursework and clinical observation, and three other modules from the Undergraduate Study Abroad Module Catalogue. Early applications are encouraged since King's has an early application deadline for the Health & Society program - Students applying for the fall semester should apply to OCSE by February 15. Students applying for the spring semester should apply to OCSE by September 15.
Preference will be given to students who meet the following requirements:
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3*;
- 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 should contact OCSE as soon as possible to discuss your program selection with a Program Manager and what accommodations may be available in London. For more information, please see Disability Services.
Students must apply for accommodation directly with the accommodation office at King's College London after being accepted. Please note: In the UK, housing is called "accommodation".
King's offers a wide range of housing options, including single rooms in a residence hall or apartment-style accommodation. Students are strongly encouraged to explore and compare the different housing options prior to applying for accommodation.
Students can apply to study at King's College London for the fall, spring or full-year.
- Fall semester dates: mid-September to mid-December
- Spring semester dates: early January to early June
- Full-year dates: mid-September to early 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 King's College London orientation for study abroad students.
The application process for Skidmore in London: King's College 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 King's College. In addition, you must also submit an online application directly to King's College, which may include the submission of supporting documents. King’s will make the final decision on your application.
- September 22 for the spring semester
- March 15 for the fall or full-year
Students applying for the Health & Society program at King's should apply early - for the fall semester please apply to OCSE by February 15; for the spring semester please apply to OCSE by September 15.