Art History, Business/Management/Finance, Communications, Culture, Drama/Theater/Performing Arts, Economics, Film Studies, Fine Arts, History, International Business, International Relations, Internship, Literature, Management, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Sciences/Sociology, Women's Studies
The IES: Study London program offers a large selection of courses, including international business, art history, liberal arts and humanities (with a British focus). There are various options for Penn State students to study in central London on this program. Students may take courses from the variety offered at the IES center. Students also have the option of taking one supplementary course option at a local institution, participating in creative workshops, or a 3-credit internship. IES: London also integrates field study into their courses, focusing on the many opportunities for learning that London presents. Visits have included art galleries and museums, a mosque, World War I battlefields, the Museum of Immigration, European Parliament and NATO headquarters, and walks through Dickens' London are examples of recent field study opportunities.
For more information about the program visit the IES website.
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.
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 3.0 cumulative GPA
Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live in the secure IES residence hall located about a 25 to 30 minute walk from the IES Center. Bed linens are provided, but students are required to bring towels. You will share a room and bathroom with another student. There is access to a common kitchen in addition to a cafe on site. Students will be responsible for providing their own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall budget sheet and Spring budget sheet. 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 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 visit theFunding Study Abroadsection 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 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 at the top of this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
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.
** 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.