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First-Year Experience in London

Comments from former London FYE students

"The first year London experience is an incredible opportunity, and I am so beyond happy that I was able to and chose to do this program. I would recommend it to anyone. Studying in London, with classes that utilized the city so much was such a valuable experience." (Julia '18)

"The best part about taking classes in London was the involvement of the city itself in respect to what we were learning in class. When we were discussing the different sections in London (particularly the slums of London prior to the 20th century) in my "History of London" course, our professor showed us exactly where these slums existed and we even saw a lot of the architecture that still existed. It was incredible to see the history we were reading about in text books, right before our very own eyes." (Ricky '18)

First Year Experience from Claire '21 on Vimeo. "[Last] fall I got on a plane to London for my first semester in college. It's a very atypical study abroad experience, but its given me so much in terms of life experiences, friendships, and tools for going back to campus in the spring. This is my reflection on the experience and also a thank you to the city of London and the people I've met here for giving me such a meaningful semester." (Claire '21, video created fall 2017 for the IES film festival) 

"London is probably my favorite city in the world, and I loved the feeling of being a local--how it became normal to see Big Ben or the London Eye." (Denise '18)

"We went to a lot of great places in Art and Architecture class. Not just the typical museums though; we went to the Somerset House, the Leighton House and other great places that I didn't know about and wouldn't have known to go to if it weren't for the class." (Julia '18)

"I loved the ability to travel to surrounding countries in Europe. I also enjoyed the fact that all of my teachers took great advantage of the city by taking us on field trips and making something that we saw in a PowerPoint, real." (Rachael '18)

What's it like returning to Skidmore after spending your first semester in London? created by Alex '18, featuring Stevie '19, Maggie '20, Jinan '20, Olivia '18, Soren '20, and Lexi '19. Video created fall 2017 for London FYE students returning to campus in spring 2018. 


Contact former London FYE students

If you'd like to contact students that have already spent their first semester at Skidmore in London, please contact Kendra Nelson, the London FYE program manager in Off-Campus Study & Exchanges, at for a list of former London FYE students that have agreed to be contacts for prospective students.