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QUICK FACTS    
Location London, United Kingdom
Academic Term Summer A-term: Jul 1 - Jul 19, 2019
Summer B-term: Jul 22 - Aug 9, 2019
Summer Quarter: Jul 1 - Aug 9, 2019
Estimated Program Fee $1,914
Credits 3 - 4 UW credits (7.5 ECTS)
Prerequisites Current undergraduate student; 3.3 GPA or above; evidence of English proficiency
Program Manager Mike Renes | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline April 1
HIGHLIGHTS
General The program allows students 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 attractions.
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
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.
 
LOCATION

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London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. It is the world's largest financial centre alongside New York City and has the largest city GDP in Europe. It has the most international visitors of any city in the world and London Heathrow is the world's busiest airport by number of international passengers. To add, London's 43 universities form the largest concentration of higher education institutions in Europe.

London also has a diverse range of peoples, cultures and religions and more than 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries. In July 2016, Greater London had an official population of 8,787,892, making it the most populous municipality in the European Union. UCL is located at the very heart of this unique city and is well served by transport links from all over the city, including King's Cross and Euston Station.

King's College is in central London, with the main Strand campus being on the Thames River. Students are thus provided great opportunities for exploring some of London's finest neighborhoods and historical attractions as part of their coursework and beyond.

 
ACADEMICS

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

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 3 - 4 UW credits per quarter. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.

Courses

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.


If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

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. 


 

 
VISA INFORMATION

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

 
FINANCES

Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $1,914

Included in the program fee:

  • $350 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Housing
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $900)
  • Food (about $20/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money


Payment Due Date: Payment Deadline

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.

Financial Aid

  • 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.

Scholarships

  • 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.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
 
APPLICATION

Application Process

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.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

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.

Withdrawals

The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be 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. Note that 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:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.