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Skidmore College
Skidmore in London

University of the Arts London

UAL entrance

University of the Arts London is Europe's largest university for art, design, fashion, communications and the performing arts. The University is comprised of 6 internationally renowned Colleges, each with their own style, academic offerings, and location. Courses are also available in UAL's Creative Computing Institute.

  • Camberwell College of Arts is located in Southward, an artistic and vibrant borough of London, and has approximately 1,750 students enrolled. Camberwell is known for its teaching in photography, graphics, illustration, drawing, painting, sculpture and 3D design.
  • Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design is located in King's Cross and has a student body size of 5,000. This College offers fine art, fashion and textiles, graphics and 3D design, and theatre and performance.
  • Chelsea College of Art and Design is home to 1,750 students and is located right next door to the Tate Britain and the river Thames. This College is famous for its fine art (painting, sculpture, media), graphic design, and interior design and textile programs.
  • London College of Communication, located in South East London, offers students TV studios, darkrooms, animation suites, and other state of the art facilities to learn their trade. LCC enrolls 5,000 students and is home to the Stanley Kubrick Archive.
  • London College of Fashion offers its student body of 5,000 training in all aspects of the fashion industry.
  • Wimbledon College of Art is located 15 minutes outside central London and is the smallest of the Colleges, with 1,100 students. Wimbledon College is know for its Fine Arts and Theatre & Screen programs.


UAL Study Abroad brochureStudents at UAL can choose to participate in one of two program options: the Integrated Study Abroad program or the Semester Study Abroad program.

Integrated Study Abroad Program

On the Integrated option, students will study on one course (i.e. Fine Art: Sculpture) alongside UAL's degree seeking students. Skidmore students are fully integrated into the BA course and must adapt to the British style of teaching and studying. Courses are delivered in a variety of ways including individual and group tutorials, projects, seminars, lectures, and museum, gallery and studio visits. Much of the students' time will be spent working independently with little feedback or direction from teaching staff.

UAL runs on a 2-block, semester system. The fall term is approximately 10 weeks for a total of 12 US credits, and the spring term is approximately 16 weeks for a total of 18 US credits. Students studying for the fall term at UAL can also add one of the optional 3-credit modules, European Art History or Creative Industries London prior to the start of the semester. In the fall, the optional module runs prior to the start of the fall term. 

Semester Study Abroad Program

The Semester option is designed and tailored to incoming study abroad students. The teaching is more structured and there is more faculty support than on the integrated programs. Instead of following one course for the semester, students will take multiple modules making up between 12-16 US credits. Students take classes with other study abroad students but are taught by UAL faculty and share UAL facilities with degree-seeking students. 


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. 

*Applicants with a GPA less than 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Skidmore in London Program Manager to discuss your application. 


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

Study abroad students studying at UAL for one semester will apply for housing at either the Costume Store or the Glassyard Building. The majority of rooms are single bedrooms with a private bathroom. Students have access to a shared kitchen to cook for themselves.  

Program Dates

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

  • Fall term dates: mid-September to mid-December; optional 3-week module starts late August/early September prior to the fall term.
  • Spring term dates: late January to mid-June (includes a 4-week spring break)

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 UAL orientation for study abroad students. 


The application process for Skidmore in London: University of the Arts, 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 UAL. In addition, you must also submit an online application directly to UAL, which may include the submission of supporting documents. All students will be required to submit a portfolio as part of their application to UAL. UAL will make the final decision on your application.

Application deadlines

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