You will take regular courses with local students at City University in the heart of London. This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in business and economics, computer science, finance, languages, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. Information about the range of courses can be found at the City University website.
Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take the equivalent of 16 credits (per IES requirements), which is comparable to a full-time load at Penn State. It is an IES policy that students are allowed to schedule only one 1000 level course (equivalent to 100 level at Penn State) at City University. For more information about this program, please visit the IES website.
Education Abroad Credits
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis. On this program students are not allowed to take two 2 credit courses at City University. The courses are: LA2017 Performing Arts and LA2018 Historic London. (Links to the course descriptions can be found here.)
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES London City Course Equivalency List.* Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by IES, and you will be living in the Nido King's Cross Residence Halls. You are responsible for providing your own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.
IES Public School Grant
As a Penn State student, you will automatically be awarded a $1500 Public School Grant for this program. IES has created this award to make their programs more affordable to you. This award has ALREADY been calculated into the above Budget Sheet.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Whitney Strickler, the education abroad adviser for this program. For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
•Education Abroad Questionnaire
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
•1 online academic recommendation for Penn State
Additional Recommendation Requirement: City University requires one (1) academic reference from a faculty member. The letter must be on Penn State letterhead and submitted to IES.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with IES as a part of your Penn State application. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.