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IES: London
London, United Kingdom
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates &
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Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Dormitory, Homestay
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
 Courses Offered:
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
 Type of Program:
Study Center
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirement:
0 - none
 Education Abroad Adviser:
Nimisha Thakur
 Internship Available:
 Non-Penn State Students:
 Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:

Students by the London EyeThe 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.

In addition to the Study London program with IES, there is also a theatre study option, which is designed for students interested in studying drama, theatre, literature, and creative writing within the context of London and the U.K. Highlights include:

  • A required core course that offers an in-depth study of theater in London, from an analysis of artistic and financial structures to theater criticism and dramaturgy
  • Internship placements at local theaters and arts venues
  • Course-related field study, including trips to numerous theater productions and backstage tours
  • Creative workshops in theater performance or play writing
  • Enrollment options at a University of London institution

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. You may also click on the "homepage" link above for more information on program specifics.

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; however, you may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis.

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 may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

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.

Program Costs
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.  

Students in London Phone BoothFinancial 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 Nimisha Thakur,  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
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
  • 1 or 2 academic recommendation(s)
  • Signature documents

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.


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2014 09/15/2013 
Rolling Admission 01/07/2014 04/19/2014
Academic Year 2014-2015 01/20/2014 
03/15/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 01/20/2014 
03/15/2014 09/02/2014 12/13/2014
Spring 2015 05/01/2014 06/30/2014 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.

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