Foundation for International Education (FIE) London
The University at Albany, SUNY continues to monitor and assess the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus pandemic. All Winter 2020-21 and Spring 2021 education abroad programs worldwide are suspended. 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. 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!
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.
FIE faculty use the entire city as a classroom, giving you the opportunity to explore museums, parks, and cultural centers to bring your academic coursework to life. FIE London offers Study, Study and Internship, or study and Service Internship programs for undergraduate students.
FIE’s academic and administrative hub is Foundation House, a five story Edwardian mansion with modern classrooms, staff offices, and a student lounge.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
You can choose form the following Pathways:
The FIE study semester incorporates 14 weeks of study with an FIE KEY course and three courses from an extensive menu of topics. The semester is divided into two phases with an orientation at the start and midterm break, for a total of 15.5 weeks.
A Key Course is a class geared towards helping you to contextualize their experience in London in a broad academic manner. The Key Course serves as an anchor for the FIE program in London.
- British Life and Cultures
- British Life and Europe
- British Life and Visual Media
- British Life and Business
STUDY and INTERNSHIP/SERVICE INTERNSHIP
The program model divides the semester into two seven-week phases with a one-week break in between. During Phase One, you will enroll in 1 of FIE’s 4 Key courses and 2 to 3 elective courses. In Phase Two, you will begin your International Internship or International Service Internship Course, which consists of the internship placement for 3 full days per week, internship seminars on day 4, and the continuing Key course on day 5.
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 double, triple, or quad occupancy 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
Review this program’s Estimate of Costs. Note, there may be several tabs in the Estimate of Costs. Please be sure that you are reviewing the tab for your anticipated semester abroad.
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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.
Sophomore, junior and senior students are eligible to participate. Applications are welcome from students in all majors. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required. If your GPA is below the level indicated, consult with us about whether or not you should apply.
You should have a strong interest in the curriculum offered and a particular interest in doing either an internship or a service internship as part of their program of 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.
In Their Own Words
My experience abroad was something I will never forget. It was an invaluable experience that brought much insight from different cultures around the world. I made friends that I still keep in touch with and made memories that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Michael S., Business Administration
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 a U.S. citizen, if you are studying abroad and only doing the Study Pathway, then you simply need a short term study visa. If you are doing the Internship or Service 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
09/2/2020 to 12/20/2020
01/06/2021 to 4/25/2021
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.