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First-Year Experience in London


Participants on London FYE program are charged the Skidmore comprehensive fee for the semester. This fee is equal to Skidmore's tuition, room at the campus apartment rate, and board. All first-year students, regardless of whether they study in London or in Saratoga Springs, are also charged the mandatory records fee that covers the cost of transcript requests for the life of the student.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition for a full semester of study, including the Scribner Seminar taught by a Skidmore faculty member.
  • Shared double room in the student residence hall.
  • Living stipend of approximately £680 a month to cover most meals, laundry, and a local transportation pass (Students should budget some personal funds to cover eating out, taking taxis, and other incidentals).
  • Emergency international health insurance 
  • Guaranteed credit to the Skidmore degree plan (provided students successfully complete their courses)
  • Pre-departure orientation materials and guidance provided by Skidmore's Office of Off-Campus Study & Exchanges.
  • Group transportation upon arrival from the London airport to the student residence hall in central London
  • Orientation in London with IES staff and Skidmore Faculty Coordinators
  • Superior on-site support, including two Skidmore Faculty Coordinators, Skidmore Program Assistant, and IES student services staff
  • Full access to IES London Center including a small library, study space, and wireless internet 
  • Access to Senate House Library at the University of London
  • Cultural and social programming provided by Skidmore College Faculty Coordinators, Program Assistant and IES, including weekly informational and social gatherings with the program assistant; theater and cultural events; visits in and around London to museums, galleries, and historic sites; at least 1 day-trips outside of London; and 1 overnight weekend excursion in the UK outside of London.
  • Academic advising in London and pre-registration for Skidmore classes for spring semester
  • Group transportation on departure day from the student residence hall to the London airport

The program fee does NOT include:

  • Round trip flight
  • School supplies and textbooks or any special course fees
  • Personal expenses (approximately $2,000 -$3,000 for the semester)
  • Additional travel expenses outside London

Note: All students are required to submit a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $500 upon acceptance to Skidmore. If the student decides not to attend Skidmore, the $500 deposit is forfeited. For students who do attend Skidmore, the funds will remain as a deposit until the student separates from the college, at which point it will be applied to any outstanding charges and any balance will be refunded. Student are not required to pay an additional deposit to the Off-Campus Study & Exchanges.

Financial Aid

Skidmore students participating on the London FYE program are eligible to use most of their Skidmore financial aid package toward the semester costs for London FYE. Students receiving financial aid should speak with a Financial Aid representative in the Financial Aid Office to review possible aid changes or increased costs of studying off campus. Students can make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office to review the use of their financial aid package toward the London FYE program. We recommend meeting with Financial Aid as soon as possible after acceptance to Skidmore to make sure you understand the costs and additional expenses to study in London. 

Winter Break

The cost of the London FYE fall semester does not include housing or meals over winter break. Students are required to leave program housing in London on the last day of the London FYE fall semester. When returing to the U.S., students are responsible for their own transportation from the airport to their home or wherever they will spend winter break. Students are not permitted to arrive on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, NY until the start of the spring semester. Students are responsible for making their own housing and meal arrangements (at their own expense) for winter break. You can find the date for London FYE students to arrive on campus for the start of the spring semester on the program calendar.


For questions about your financial aid package from Skidmore, please contact the Financial Aid Office at Skidmore College at or 518-580-5750.

For further information the cost to study in London, please contact the London FYE program manager in Off-Campus Study & Exchanges, Kendra Nelson at or 518-580-5355.

This page was updated on December 8, 2022.