Foundation for International Education (FIE) London (Summer)
The University at Albany, SUNY continues to monitor and assess the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus pandemic. All Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 education abroad programs worldwide are suspended, and Fall 2021 remains uncertain. While there are no definite answers on when education abroad programming will resume, programs abroad are not expected to all re-open at the same time. Instead, when education abroad relaunches only a limited number of programs and destinations will be available, evaluated based on global travel conditions, health and safety guidelines, SUNY System Administration re-opening protocols, and UAlbany priorities. Therefore at this time, students cannot apply for any UAlbany education abroad programs for Fall 2021 or any future term, as we await guidance and approval from SUNY System Administration. The process of review and approval to re-open programs and destinations will be ongoing. As you plan now for your global future, our dedicated Education Abroad team remains ready and available to assist and guide you! Join our virtual events throughout the Spring 2021 semester and check out our credit bearing virtual options for Summer 2021.
Experience London, a cosmopolitan center of diversity and the capital of Britain. Surround yourself with centuries of history and cuisine from around the world. Visit Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and museums with artistic treasures from around the world.
Studying in London through FIE, you will be in Kensington, London’s upscale neighborhood with the Natural History Museum, Kensington Palace and Royal Albert Hall nearby. Experience London’s cultural attractions while studying abroad at FIE. Take in the sights of London while surrounded by British accents and enjoying the many shopping and fine dining venues of Kensington.
For the summer program, FIE offers an 8-week Internship program where you are placed in an internship and receive 6 credits, in addition to taking a British Life & Cultures course for 3 credits. This is your opportunity to boost your resume and gain intercultural skills with an international internship in London. Use London as your classroom through extra-curricular activities in London.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
As part of the internship, you will split your week evenly between classwork and placement time. The British Life & Cultures course will help you develop an appreciation for the issues of this rapidly changing nation and the exciting effects this has on British identity, its relationship with Europe and the rest of the world. In addition to the traditional classroom experience, learning will be supplemented with guest speakers, and guided visits to places of both historical and contemporary significance.
Review FIE’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
You will be living in the FIE Residences which are located in some of the most vibrant parts of London, a short Tube ride or walk away from Foundation House study center in South Kensington. Your housing and study facilities are in Zone 1 of the city center and well-serviced by the 24-hour public transportation system.
Student residential buildings in the Kensington area are usually mid-to-late 19th century converted townhouses. Some are flats and some are floor style. You will live in a double, or triple room. Each bedroom is fully furnished. Metrogate, FIE’s main housing facility in London, offers app-operated laundry facilities for use by FIE residents. All residences feature common living areas where you can interact with other students.
Common kitchens are equipped with cookware, silverware, and dishes. You can choose to cook or eat out.
Estimate of Costs
For reference, review the Summer 2019 Estimate of Costs.
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Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are eligible to apply. A 3.0 GPA is required however students with a lower GPA may be considered. You should have a strong interest in the curriculum offered and a particular interest in doing either an internship, service learning experience or independent research or study.
FIE’s London Student Life team will help you make the most of your time studying abroad. FIE will provide you with a comprehensive orientation program, organized activities outside of the classroom and offer you travel advice. What better way to learn about London than being in London?
FIE will also help you get tickets to activities like Lion King, Harry Potter Studio Tour, London Eye, Tower of London, Afternoon Tea, and other cool events.
FIE partners with the Fund for Education Abroad to provide scholarships for up to $5,000. Check out more information online here!
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
About the City
In a city of almost seven million people, it is hard to imagine that anyone would not be intellectually stimulated by the cultural diversity of this metropolis. London boasts a fine tradition of art and literature, a bustling commercial center, and a population from the far reaches of the globe. Today, visitors to London experience a blending of British culture and the cultures of former colonies such as India, Nigeria, and Malaysia, to name just a few. You can feast on authentic Indian cuisine followed by a rousing political discussion at a local pub any evening of the week.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. As you are partaking in an internship, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 visa. FIE will provide you with more information. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
- Fall/Year/Summer programs: December
Session 1: 05/21/2020 to 07/19/2020
Session 2: 06/18/2020 to 08/16/2020
Details are available on the FIE program dates web page.
About the Program
One of the largest and most iconic cities in the world, FIE study abroad programs in London offer excellent opportunities for almost any major. FIE is committed to maintaining the highest possible standards in teaching and study facilities. FIE’s primary study center, Foundation House, is located in the center of London on Cromwell Road, one of London’s main arteries leading into the heart of the city. Foundation House is equipped with updated classrooms, a student common room, meeting rooms, and administrative offices for staff. Library access is granted at Birbeck College, Kensington Public Library, and Online Britannica.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival to the FIE program, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
The FIE staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.