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First-Year Experience in London

Arrival and Orientation

The fall 2021 London First-Year Experience will begin in London. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions and U.K. regulations, Skidmore will not hold an in-person pre-departure orientation in Saratoga Springs, NY prior to flying to London. Instead, all students will travel directly to London, arriving on August 24, 2021. 

Arrival Day in London

Fall 2021: Tuesday, August 24, 2021

All London students should plan to travel directly to London, and should plan to arrive on August 24, 2021 before 11:00 am. Please wait to book your flight to London. Skidmore will provide details about booking your flight and by late May. 

If it is not possible to book a flight that arrives in the morning of August 24th before 11:00 am, please book your flight for as early in the day as possible on August 24th and notify Kendra Nelson, the London FYE Program Manager, of your arrival time. Students are not permitted to arrive in London early. 

London FYE Student Orientation

Skidmore will hold a virtual pre-departure orientation for students and families this summer prior in July/early August to the start of the semester. Exact date and time for the orientation is to be determined, but the virtual orientation will be recorded and made available to anyone that can not attend.

Orientation activities will begin in London on the day of arrival. Current UK regulations require a 10-day quarantine upon arrival. While it’s possible that the 10-day quarantine upon arrival requirement may change before August, we are currently planning orientation activities with the possibility of a required quarantine period. Current U.K. regulations allow for students to quarantine in their room at the residence hall and most orientation activities, as well as the first week of classes, can be held virtually. 

London FYE Parent Orientation

Skidmore will hold a virtual pre-departure orientation for students and families this summer prior in July/early August to the start of the semester. Exact date and time for the orientation is to be determined, but the virtual orientation will be recorded and made available to anyone that can not attend.

Questions

Questions regarding the London FYE orientation or arrival day should be directed to Kendra Nelson, London FYE Program Manager in Skidmore's Off-Campus Study & Exchanges, at knelson1@skidmore.edu or +1-518-580-5355.