The program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the British culture while learning about a topic of their choice. The classes take place on the riverside campus in the heart of London, thereby providing students easy access to major visitor attractions.
King's College is one of the UK's most historic and prestigious universities. With a forward thinking vision and state-of-the-art facilities, King's is renowned for excellence in both its innovative teaching and pioneering research. Based in the heart of central London, King's is one of the largest multi-faculty institutions in the UK. This college has nearly 23,000 students from nearly 140 countries across our nine academic Schools. King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs.
KCL Summer School offers two sessions during the summer. Students may decide between Session I, Session II, or both the sessions. For each session, students select one module worth 3-4 credits in the areas of Culture, Governance, Health & Science, Maths & Engineering, Law, Business, and Ancient Languages. Depending on the module students may be studying at Strand, Waterloo, or Guy’s Campus.
Courses are intense and academically challenging, taught by King's College regular faculty. In general, British universities place a greater emphasis on independent learning than most undergraduate programs in the United States. In contrast to American universities, where course syllabi delineate the professor's expectations of the student for each week of the academic term, most British professors rely on the student's self-direction, research and study of outside readings to guide the courses of their learning. In this way, the curricula are comparable to graduate programs' style of scholarship in the United States. (Students in the fields of science or engineering might find their course curricula to be more structured than that of the arts or social sciences with a strong emphasis on laboratory work). Although, the British pedagogical approach may appear somewhat relaxed it, in fact, provides a very challenging and invigorating environment in which to study. Students are responsible for their own learning and must be self-motivated and committed to their studies in order to succeed.
Students have the option to reside in King’s accommodation or secure their own housing. Students who choose King’s summer program housing will have a private en-suite room with a shared kitchen. All accommodation has a 24-hour security desk, a central common room with TV, on-site laundry facilities, WiFi, and secure door entry systems. Students staying in King’s accommodation will also receive a daily on-campus meal allowance. Confirmation of accommodation will be confirmed prior to arrival. Students will be able to book your accommodation via the estore.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
As all the classes are taught and assessed in English, students are required to have an English level of B2 or higher in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). Students may be required to provide evidence for English proficiency depending on their level of English. Visas: Yes; American citizens will not need a visa if they stay in the Schengen area up to 90 days. Students from different countries may need a visa. Students who will need a visa (e.g. Chinese students) will be assisted with the visa application.
Dr. Williamson has 16 years of business development experience, the last 10 years of which she has spent leading international programmes in higher education. She aims to utilize this background to improve the cultural landscape of institutions.
Ian Fielding, Deputy Director of Summer Programmes
Ian has been assisting in the development of this summer programmes for the past 8 years. He is really excited to provide the best academic experience to all students participating in this program.
Estimated Program Fee: $1,914
Included in the program fee:
$350 Study Abroad Fee
Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $900)
The Study Abroad fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates. Students must pay the course-related fees directly through the King's College Summer program application.
A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.
Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.
For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The $350 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.