Is this Program Right for You?
For students who want to be immersed in the excitement of modern Britain, living and studying in London is the obvious choice. The cultural life in London is one of the richest and most diverse in the world.
Studying in England is very different than what you might be used to. Students are expected to study outside of class to retain a large portion of their subject matter. Unlike universities in the United States, the majority of each student's grades in England is based on one or two large assignments or solely on the final test - not on class participation or attendance. This study abroad experience will provides AU students an independent experience with the opportunity to get to know students from Britain and all over the world.
King's College London was founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington in 1829 and is one of the two oldest and largest colleges of the University of London. It has a leading position in UK higher education and a world-wide reputation for research and teaching. King's is perhaps the most central of all universities in London, composed of three beautiful campuses right along the River Thames. The Study Abroad program at King's is fully integrated, so you will attend the same classes and live in the same accommodation as any other King's student.
This King's College London video for study abroad shows a bit of what you might expect when you study abroad with them.
AU students directly enroll in King's for either a semester or for a full year and earn full AU credit. A typical course load at King's is four courses which equates to 16 AU credits. Because you are directly enrolling in King's, an extensive course catalog is available to you. Over 800 courses are offered in subjects ranging from American Studies to Biology. Students are free to take courses from multiple departments in multiple subject areas, provided any course prerequisites are met. This enables flexibility for students in designing their study abroad. King's is renowned for the excellence of their academic departments, especially in such areas as Biology, Pre-Medicine, English, History, Political Science and War Studies just to name a few. Please review the King's College London website for more course information in the online module selection/course catalog.
In addition to the regular undergraduate study abroad program, King's now has specialized study abroad tracks that students can choose from for a more directed experience.
Course Equivalency: View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed.
King's offers some special scholarships for study abroad students. NOTE---King's tuition fees DO NOT apply to AU students. Other scholarship information including the AU Abroad Grant can be viewed at the AU Abroad website.
Life in London
London is truly one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in the world, offering students an unparalleled environment in which to live and study. Whether your interest is art and theater, politics and economics, or film and music, it can all be found in abundance. King's College is in between the City of London, which is the financial and legal centre of the capital, and the West End with its shops, bars, theatres, museums and other major tourist attractions. King's College is composed of three campuses, all of which are in the center of the city near the famous River Thames. Already a leading university in London, King's College was made even more famous by Dan Brown's novel The DaVinci Code, in which the renowned Religion Department library played a role."
Housing and Meals
Once accepted the university, students are required to submit a housing application directly to King's. Housing is applied for and paid directly to King's College by the student. More information can be found at the King's Accommodation website.
King's offers a variety of housing options and prices can vary. Most King's residences are self-catered flats/apartments in style with both single and double rooms with shared facilities or en suite. Students are responsible for making housing and meal arrangements directly to King's and not through AU Abroad. All residences are served by public transportation and have easy access to all the campuses by bus, underground Tube or mainline train.
There are two kinds of visas available to students studying in the UK: the Short Term Study visa and the Tier 4 Student visa. Each visa type has different requirements and stipulations. More visa guidance will be provided after acceptance to the program, as well as in the King's College London application. Each student is responsible for applying and obtaining the appropriate visa.