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Skidmore in London

Queen Mary, University of London
Queen Mary Campus

Queen Mary, University of London is one of the UK's top universities and was ranked amoung the top 100 universities in the world and ranked 9th among multi-faculty institutions in the UK. A member of the Russell Group, Queen Mary is particularly strong in business and the sciences, and offers a multi-disciplinary range of courses. This is a large research university of more than 25,000 students welcomes over 2,800 international students each year. This is an ideal option for students who are looking for an academically challenging urban environment with a community feel. 

QMUL is made up of four total campuses, with two campuses located in east London and two campuses located in central London. Study abroad students study and live on the Mile End campus in the East End.


Because of the large size of the student body, there are many diverse course offerings available. Students can take courses within the humanities or biological sciences, including economics, business, language, linguistics, film, history, and natural sciences. Many departments offer pre-registration, which allows students to know their course placement in advance and to plan accordingly. 

At Queen Mary, 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 further information about QMUL modules, including details of the different subject areas you can study and a full listing of all modules on offer please check the Online Module Directory.


Queen Mary offers students the opportunity to undertake an internship as part of the Study Abroad Programme. Internship opportunities are run in collaboration with Arcadia University through the London Internship Programme. Internship placements are available in wide range of fields including business, journalism, politics, psychology, and theater. Some placements may require a specific GPA or previous work experience.

Students enrolled on the Internship Programme through Arcadia are required to take an Internship seminar course with Arcadia and should plan to intern three full days per week over ten weeks during the semester. The internship is worth 4 credits and replaces one of the 4 modules required for your semester's enrollment.  

English & Drama Programmes

Queen Mary offers a few thematic programmes for study abroad students interested in English & Drama. Classes within the thematic programmes complement one another and these thematic programmes have been carefully crafted for students who wish to immerse themselves in the School of English and Drama, taught by experts in the field. 


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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. 


Students must apply for accommodation directly with Queen Mary's accommodation office after being accepted. Please note: In the UK, housing is called "accommodation". 

Student housing at Queen Mary is located on the Mile End campus, which includes state-of-the-art residence halls and a vibrant student culture.  The residence halls are located on the QMUL campus, making an easy commute to classes and public transportation. 

All of the rooms in the QMUL flats are single occupancy and the majority have en-suite (private) bathroom facilities. Typically, rooms are grouped in flats for between four and six students with shared kitchen facilities.


Queen Mary is a residential campus. Live and study only minutes from the center of London. 

Program Dates

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

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

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 Queen Mary orientation for study abroad students. 


The application process for Skidmore in London: Queen Mary, 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 Queen Mary. In addition, you must also submit an online application directly to Queen Mary, which may include the submission of supporting documents. Queen Mary will make the final decision on your application.

Application deadlines

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