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 Study London Program is to help students 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 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.
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 you are abroad, you will work two days each week in your internship placement, and additionally attend tutorials to complement your learning experience through an internship 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. IES course options are worth three credits, and the direct enrollment courses are worth four credits. Please note: Since an Internship is a core part of this program for AU students, only the course options at the IES London Center can be taken. Partner University courses and the Service Learning Option are not open to AU students.
Course Equivalency: View the Course Equivalency Database 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 Chapter King's Cross Residence Hall. 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. Example optional IES Abroad field trips to locations of historical and cultural relevance include Edinburgh, Stonehenge, and Stratford-upon-Avon.