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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Tineka Lebrun
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Astronomy, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Classics, Computer Science, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English, Geography, Global Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Plant Science, Political Science, Psychology, Science, Sociology, Statistics, Visual Arts
Program Description:
London at night

Program Overview     

London will be your classroom as you explore the historical, architectural, and cultural allure of this great city!  You will have the chance to study alongside local students from the United Kingdom and international students from around the world while also enjoying all that London has to offer its residents.

You will take regular courses with local students at University College London as a direct enroll international student. This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in archaeology, english, economics, geography, history, and philosophy.

*Please note that there is a substantial additional fee ($3,000-$4,000) for enrolling in courses in certain disciplines such as Science and Engineering-related subjects, Business, Anthropology, Archaeology, Fine Art, Geography and Psychology.

For more information about this program visit the IES website.


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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 on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Students must take a minimum of 15 credits per semester, and can enroll in a maximum of 19 credits. Further information about the range of IES courses can be found at the IES website by utilizing the "homepage" link on this page.

Students typically apply to one or sometimes two academic departments and then select courses from these and other departments. You may enroll in courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. However, some departments are only available to Academic Year and Spring semester students (for example, Management Science and Innovation). You will take four courses which is the equivalent of 16 credits.  

*Please note that there is a substantial additional fee ($3,000-$4,000) for enrolling in courses in certain disciplines such as Science and Engineering-related subjects, Business, Anthropology, Archaeology, Fine Art, Geography and Psychology.

Academic Terms in the United States and United Kingdom

When viewing the on-site course catalog, please note that the UK academic terms may differ than the terminology used in the United States. 

Academic Terms Used in the US Compared to the UK
United Kingdom Term
United States Term
Degree Program

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES London 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 must satisfy the requirements established by the program:

  • Minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA, but some departments have higher requirements
    • 3.7 minimum cumulative GPA for Economics
    • 3.3 minimum cumulative GPA for History and Psychology
    • 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA for English
    • 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA for Management
  • Junior class standing or higher at time of study

Housing and Meals

Your housing will be arranged by IES Abroad. You will live in a University College London student house. You are responsible for providing your own meals by utilizing the kitchen in your house or purchasing meals from the on-campus and local eateries.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall budget sheet and Spring budget sheets. 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 there is a substantial additional fee ($3,000-$4,000) for enrolling in courses in certain disciplines such as Science and Engineering-related subjects, Business, Anthropology, Archaeology, Fine Art, Geography and Psychology. Tuition
 rates may also 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 visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

IES Public School Grant

As a Penn State student you will automatically be awarded a $2,000 Public School Grant. IES has created this award to make their programs affordable to you. This award has already been calculated into the Budget Sheet.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact 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. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

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 on of this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation (submitted electronically to Penn State)
    • You will also need one (1) academic reference from a faculty member in your major or minor department on Penn State letterhead (required by University College London and submitted to IES)
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with IES as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance. 

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Cost & Funding
Health & Safety
Parents & Family

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
Rolling Admission 12/28/2017 06/09/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 09/13/2018 12/15/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed