Is this Program Right For You?
An urban adventure awaits you in London, one of the largest and most fascinating cities in Europe. The goal of the IES London Program
is to help you explore contemporary London, both physically and culturally. Gain a deeper knowledge of British culture, including the central importance of history to the British. Explore the global impact of Britain on Western culture, including art, literature, and financial and political systems. While adding study abroad to your résumé is impressive enough, adding an international internship is even more powerful, and can help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. Before you depart, we talk to you about the type of placement you’d like and then work to match you with a placement in London. Service learning placements are also available if you would like to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society.
While IES offers the option for students to participate in an internship, as an AU student you will be required to take this important component of the program. IES will work with you prior to your departure to determine your interests and needs for your placement. While a variety of placements are available, IES will consider additional areas of interest. While you are abroad, you will work two days each week in your internship placement, and additionally attend six 2-hour tutorials to complement your learning experience through an academic seminar
. The internship is worth three credits.
IES offers a broad range of course options
to complement your internship while in London. Most IES courses have already been reviewed by faculty at AU and are included in the equivalency database
. Additionally students may select one course from a partnering British institution as is academically appropriate. IES course options are worth three credits, and the direct enrollment courses are worth four credits. Please note: The Service Learning Option is not currently open to AU students.
You have the option of selecting the IES Summer Internship
option that runs for approximately eight weeks and is offered for six credits. Participants will work at least 32 hours per week in the internship placement, and attend the internship seminar. Housing and excursions are similar to the semester participants.
Course Equivalency: Click here to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed.
Excellent student apartment-style housing in the Chapterhouse King's Cross Residence Hall.
Optional IES Abroad field trips to locations of historical and cultural relevance such as Edinburgh, Stonehenge, and Stratford-upon-Avon.
This international student residence hall is located in central London. Students share a room with an en-suite bathroom and have access to a common kitchen with other students on your floor. There is also a café on-site providing hot and cold meals. Bed linens are provided, but you’re responsible for your towels. There are laundry facilities and common areas with wireless Internet (and 24-hour Internet access in your room) on various floors of the residence hall, and you have access to the fitness facility (with a one-time induction fee) located in the building.
The housing has 24-hour security, and is a 5-minute walk to King's Cross station, where you can catch trains on six different underground lines. You can also reach the IES Abroad Center in 25 to 30 minutes by foot.
IES offers a range of optional excursions
that you can elect as you wish and pay for on site. Some trips are included as components of academic programs, in which case the cost of the travel is included in your fees.