Frequently Asked Questions
No. We depend on your commitment to the London program when we make our plans for the fall semester. You will need to choose whether to go to London OR commit to an on-campus spot in September.
Your initial deposits are non-refundable. You may be responsible to Skidmore for any monies already paid by Skidmore on your behalf, or in any respect committed on your behalf, that are not retrievable by Skidmore. Once you arrive in London, no fees are refundable.
If you decide you want to come to campus instead of going to London, please contact Kendra Nelson in Off-Campus Study & Exchanges to discuss your options.
According to past participants of the London program, independent, adaptable, open-minded, adventurous, mature, tolerant, and responsible students succeed in London. Students tell us that people who tend to be reluctant to engage in new experiences might find it more difficult to adjust.
Yes. Returning students from previous London programs have volunteered to e-mail or talk with prospective students to answer questions from the student perspective. Let us know, and we will provide contact information for a student that has already studied in London.
Yes. Skidmore will hold a virtual pre-departure orientation in July/early August.
All students will travel directly to London, and there will be a week-long orientation in London with the Skidmore Faculty Coordinators, IES staff, and Skidmore Program Assistant. Orientation activities may be delivered virtually depending on the U.K.'s requriements to quaratine upon arrival in London.
See Orientation and Activities for arrival and orientation dates.
If you are a US citizen, you will be able to enter the UK without a visa; however, you may be expected to show certain documentation at the border indicating that you have been accepted to a study abroad program and that you can support yourself financially for the length of the program.
If your citizenship is other than U.S., check with a British Consulate to find out what type of visa you will need or contact Off-Campus Study & Exchanges at Skidmore College for more information. Please note that visa requirements are subject to change.
If you are a citizen of the U.K., you do not need a visa.
With careful planning and close advisement, pre-med students and students planning to major in the sciences can study in London for their first semester at Skidmore. Some of Skidmore’s pre-med and science major course requirements are sequenced and the first course in the sequence may only be offered in the fall semester on the Saratoga Springs campus. This means you may have to wait until your sophomore fall to take the first course in the sequence of requirements for certain departments. Most of the courses available in London are based in the humanities and social sciences except for Calculus I, which may fulfill a mathematics requirement for some science majors.
In biology, both introductory biology courses for the first year of biology (BI107 and BI108) will be offered each semester and they can be taken in any sequence. This means that if you need to take the introductory biology sequence for your major you can take BI108 in the spring when you return from London and then BI107 in the fall of your sophomore year.
You are strongly encouraged to contact the Chair of your intended major department or the Health Professions Advising Committee (HPAC) before you commit to London and discuss your options.