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Universities in London

University of Roehampton

Being one of the first higher education entities to admit women, Roehampton has a strong academic history dating from the 1840s. In 2004, four unique colleges combined forces and were awarded the title a University title by the Department of Education and Skills, now known as the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The University of Roehampton is recognized by both the Ministry of State for Universities, Science and Cities and also the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Boasting a student community of over 110 nationalities, the university is committed to ensuring that students receive a truly globalized education during their time in London.

Popular Areas of study at Roehampton include:
  • Dance
  • Biology
  • Media Studies
  • London Studies
  • Social Sciences

Roehampton is US style campus situated in south-west London, just south of the River Thames, in Zone 3. The areas nearest the university are Putney, Richmond, and Hammersmith. Students will also be able to take advantage of the surrounding green space as Richmond Park, the largest of London's parks, and Wimbledon Common (the site of Wimbledon stadium) are within close proximity to the university campus. ISA students will enroll in courses with locals at the University of Roehampton. Students have full access to all the facilities, services and courses offered at the University of Roehampton, allowing complete integration with local degree-seeking students.

In 2014, the Research Excellence Framework released their results and Roehampton was named one of the most research intensive modern universities in the country. Key achievements included the No. 1 University in London for quality of research, No. 1 in the UK for Research Intensity, No. 1 in Dance Research with 94% of their research rated 4 (world leading) and 3 (internationally excellent) and best in English research for a modern university in London. Additionally, 100% of their Psychology, Sociology, History, Drama & Dance research is officially rated world leading or internationally excellent for the impact it makes. In 2015, the university was ranked as the top modern university in London by the Complete University Guide. The results are based on factors including student satisfaction, employment prospects, the quality and intensity of research and spending on academic services and student facilities.

University of Westminster

The University of Westminster was founded in 1838 and has been teaching international students for over 175 years. Westminster is recognized by the Privy Council of the United Kingdom and the Ministry of State for Universities, Science and Cities. They are also AMBA (Association of MBAs) accredited. Today, the university accommodates approximately 22,000 students of which more than 6,000 are international students from over 160 countries.

Popular areas of study at Westminster include:
  • Media & Design
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Social Sciences

The University of Westminster has four discipline-specific campuses, three in London's West End and one 40 minutes North West in Harrow. Each campus contains its own library, computers and cafes so no matter which campus a student is on they will have similar resources. The Harrow campus houses the School of Media, Arts & Design and is equipped with purpose-built studios, set construction workshop, and video & sounds facilities. The university's small student to teacher ratio creates an enriching environment for ISA students while the university offers a wide variety of traditional and progressive courses as well as theory and practical courses in the field of media, arts and design. Located in the heart of this international and cosmopolitan city, the University of Westminster provides a truly British experience.

In 2013, the QS World University Rankings ranked Media, Communications, and Journalism 1st (UK), 2nd (EU), 19th (World). Westminster was also awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2000 and 2005 for the university's expanding overseas activity.

Queen Mary, University of London

Queen Mary, University of London has an international reputation for quality, achievement and research success and is a part of the prestigious Russell Group. The fully enclosed campus is based at Mile End, about two miles from St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London. The main campus building dates from 1887, but the sixteen-acre site consists mainly of modern, purpose-built buildings which house the five faculties and administrative offices and include the Great Hall, a new library, bank, bookshop, health center, student residences and the Student Union. Queen Mary University is recognized by the Ministry of State for Universities, Science and Cities and also is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Popular areas of study at Queen Mary include:
  • STEM focused subjects
  • Drama
  • English
  • Business
  • Biological Sciences

Queen Mary is situated in the heart of London's East End where students from all over the city come to enjoy the nightlife of neighboring Shoreditch and Hoxton Square. Nearby Brick Lane, famous for its curry houses, is home to unique second-hand clothing shops and popular clubs. The site of the 2012 London Olympic Village is just a few miles away and the college is a short walk to two Underground (Tube) stations, providing easy access to the ISA London office and the social, cultural, historic and academic attractions of London. Queen Mary is the only enclosed campus in Central London while still providing all the modern facilities of a traditional campus including campus cafes, libraries, dorms, computer labs, research facilities and health clinic.

Queen Mary was ranked 109th in the 2015 QS World University Rankings. All courses taken by Study Abroad students are credit bearing degree modules taught by Queen Mary faculty. All lectures are given by Queen Mary lecturers and Professors, all of whom will have PhDs. Seminar and tutorial groups may, in some cases, be facilitated by Post Graduate Teaching Assistants who are in the process of completing their doctoral studies.

King's College London

King's College London (KCL), ranked among the top 25 universities in the world and part of the prestigious Russell Group, was founded in 1829 by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington. With its regal history and prestigious ranking King's has created a reputation for being a center of global academic excellence. KCL is recognized by the Ministry of State for Universities, Science and Cities. Additionally, King's College London is accredited by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the European University Association (EUA). Today, the college accommodates more than 25,000 students, including 7,000 international students from almost every country, ethnic and cultural group.

Popular areas of study at KCL include:
  • Global Health
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Humanities
  • European & International Studies
  • English Literature

King's College London offers over 800 courses from nine schools of study. These academic disciplines are taught across the five King's campuses, 4 of which are located right in the heart of London, along the River Thames. King's Denmark Hill Campus is located in South London, 30 minutes from central London, but the majority of students will attend class on the Strand or Guy's campus. Students have access to the facilities, services and courses offered at King's College London allowing complete integration with local degree-seeking students. This unique connectivity provides students with an immediate network of academic, social and cultural organizations and opportunities as they experience the capital city.

King's College was ranked 19th worldwide in the 2015 QS World University Rankings. King's College London was also named "University of the Year" by the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards in 2011. The university also boasts 12 Nobel laureates and an extensive list of famous alumni including Peter Higgs, John Keats, Florence Nightingale, Desmond Tutu and many more.

Kingston University

Kingston University has a rich history dating back to the Anglo-Saxon times and is today well recognized for the strength of the academic departments and the quality of instruction. In 1927, the university received permanent Board of Education (now known as the UK Department of Education) recognition. It continued to grow over the next 100 years and by 1992 received a University title and officially became Kingston University. The university is AACSB accredited and was also one of the first business schools with triple Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation (MBA, Masters in International Business Management and DBA). With about 21,000 students, it is the largest provider of higher education in southwest London.

Popular areas of study at Kingston include:
  • Life Sciences
  • Business
  • TV & Film Studies
  • Music & Music Technology
  • Culture Studies

Kingston University offers an extensive range of 1,300 modules in more than 30 different subject areas and all courses are taught with local students by Kingston University faculty. Students have the option to choose modules in the arts, humanities, business, law, social sciences, life sciences and mix and match between them all. The university is located is based in Kingston upon Thames along the borders of London and Surrey. It is very near Richmond Park and Hampton Court Palace as well as a wide selection of shops, bars, and restaurants.

On this traditional style campus, students have access to all facilities and services offered by the university including housing, cafes, libraries, computer labs, classrooms, health clinic, tutoring centers and more. Kingston University seeks to establish a learning culture in which teaching and research of the highest quality are able to flourish equally. The university's enthusiasm for novelty and innovation in higher education are reflected in the classroom as well as its extensive community involvement.

Custom Programs in London

Academics vary by program and may be comprised of one or more of the following:
  • A U.S. university-taught course
  • Guest lectures by local experts
  • Visits to local companies or organizations
  • Enrolling in a course at the host university in London
  • Service-learning and/or internships