Summer in London

An affordable program on a picturesque campus within easy reach of central London makes for a perfect summer study abroad program.

On our Summer in London program earn credits in your major and fulfill general electives, all in one summer abroad in London. We offer you the flexibility of a variety of disciplines—business, theater, literature, humanities, and more—so you can earn credits toward your major and check out something new.

We are here to support you. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad. We love the British countryside and its exciting capital, and with our help you’ll fall in love with them too!

London at a small-town price. Here’s a way to explore without breaking the bank! We know how expensive it can be to live and study in London. When you study abroad through us,  you'll save  money while you stay on a gorgeous campus with the city center a short train ride away.

On the Summer in London program you will study at the highly ranked University of Roehampton. Roehampton is unique among London universities in having its housing, support services, classrooms, shops, and Student Union all within a 15-minute walk of each other. The picturesque campus is the ideal environment in which to study, and on its doorstep is one of the world's most exciting cities. You will experience:

Affordability- Check out one of the best cities in the world on the most affordable London study abroad option. Don’t forget that many of London’s best museums are free, and many pubs and restaurants offer inexpensive lunches. We have tons of tips for you on how to save money and still enjoy all that this incredible city has to offer.

London-focused courses - The Summer in London program offers courses in British Culture, Theater and Literature. Many of the courses are related to the city of London, which will allow you to expand upon your learning as you take the classroom out into the city!

Peaceful campus – The University of Roehampton comprises 4 historic colleges—Digby Stuart, Froebel, Whitelands, and Southlands—each with its own traditions and personality. Consistent across all four colleges are the beautiful grounds and the mix of historic buildings and exceptional new facilities. .

If you've ever wanted to spend your summer abroad in London, our Summer in London Program might be just what you're looking for! Here are just a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • Affordable London study abroad option! 
  • Study in London on a picturesque campus just southwest of the city center 
  • Learn about British culture through your courses and city excursions 
  • Unique British-focused Literature courses 
  • Check out Big Ben, Parliament, Oxford Street, the London Eye, and more
  • Easily explore other parts of the UK and Europe on the weekends

One of the most exciting aspects of the Summer School is our social programme, which includes evening activities in and around London, day trips to fascinating cultural and historic locations in the UK (such as York, Stonehenge and Oxford), and shows in London’s famous West End. The trips are led by a guide who will help you to get the most out of your time in the UK. 

On the Summer in London program you can participate in one or two sessions. Each session is three weeks long, giving you the opportunity to be in London for an entire six weeks. 

You will study one module of 20 UK credits per session (*the equivalent of 5 US credits) and you can come for either one or both sessions, earning a maximum of 40 UK credits (*the equivalent of 10 US credits).

*Please check with your Academic Advisor to confirm credit conversions at your  home institution.

GPA Required: 2.8. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses:

As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Section of the CISabroad Application. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course load: 1 or 2 Courses (5 or 10 US credits)

Course approval: It is best to get 4 classes approved before you go abroad.

Classes run 9am - 1pm, four days per week. (Monday - Thursday)


Session 1:
Choose one of the following courses

NEW: Legal London in Practice - Advocacy in the Courts of England
Dept. of Social Sciences

The course will introduce students to the legal and court systems of England, through field visits to England’s leading legal institutions and courts. Students will see from the inside the basic workings of the highest courts in England and work with members of the judiciary to deepen their understanding of ‘law in action’. In addition, the course will illustrate for students the skill of advocacy and case presentation as practised in both the English civil and criminal courts and provide them with a grounding in the skills ‘toolkit’ used by a successful advocate. Students will “learn by doing” and through practise gain an understanding of the importance of the many different components of the advocacy ‘toolkit’.

Media City and Cultural Capital 
Department of Media, Culture and Language

Students learn an overview of media and creative industries in London and will introduce students to topics ranging from the BBC and London's newspaper industry, to London's art and culture scene and the Olympic park. Incorporating a mixture of both class based sessions and visits, this module explores some of London's cultural arena and encourages students to draw on their own experience in order to make connections between what they see, know and read. This module also offers students the opportunity to gain some practical skills in the areas of Journalism & News Media and Media & Culture. Students will gain a familiarity with the capital city and encounter theories, concepts and practical skills that will prepare them for further study in Media and Arts based subjects.

Gods and Heroes of Classical Mythology
Department of Humanities

The topics to be studied on this course include the enduringly intriguing Athena/Minerva, Aphrodite/Venus and Herakles/Hercules. We will explore the role of these and other personages in some of the most important works of literature and art from Greece and Rome, including Ovid’s Metamorphoses. We will also consider their rich ‘afterlife’ in the postclassical world down to the present day. Students will not just study at Roehampton, but will actually study features of its historic campus. In particular, we will explore the representation of a key story from the myth of Hercules in the Adam Room of Grove House. This ‘hands on’ approach to the study of mythology will be continued in offsite sessions at world-class galleries and museums in easy reach of the campus, such as the British Museum and the National Gallery.

Introduction to the London Stage
Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance

Students will be introduced to a range of dramatic forms, conventions and aesthetics, which are employed on current London stages. Students will be encouraged to identify trends in productions and analyse the social and cultural contexts through which they are formed and constructed. Students will explore the relationship between contemporary theatre practices and specific periods of theatre history, i.e. the influence of earlier dramatic forms, conventions, contemporary stagings of classics, and contemporary responses and reworkings of the canonical texts/productions.

The Psychology of Murder
Department of Psychology 

This module has been designed with ‘murder in mind’! Murder and why individuals commit such heinous crimes is a fascinating topic of study. Throughout history scholars have tried to understand the motivation behind taking another person’s life. The principle aim of this module is to introduce you to the psychology of murder. Initial sessions will provide a background through exploring the importance of psychology in the field of criminology and what exactly do we mean by murder. Our intellectual journey will then progress to delve into the most fascinating area of murder: the world of the serial killer. Exploring actual crimes we will gradually build up a picture of the psychological motivations behind such serious crimes - are murderers mad, sad or bad? To further understand the motivation behind murder we will explore why certain victims are selected (female, homeless, children) and debate how such crimes should be punished in our society. 


Session 2
Choose one of the following courses 

Art in London Museums
Department of Humanities

This module introduces students to the national art galleries in London, with a dual focus on the cultural history of these sites and the art history of their collections. Approaching the public art gallery as a historically specific phenomenon, we will trace the emergence and evolution of these institutions from the late-18th to the early-21st century and analyse their objectives, policies and artworks with reference to the political events, socio-economic conditions and cultural debates that shaped them over 250 years. By placing the development of public art collections into their historical context, the module utilises these resources for the teaching of British cultural history. Beyond this, it seeks to develop students' knowledge of the institutional frameworks within which art has been historically produced, disseminated and consumed. A further aim is to broaden students' understanding of the public functions of art, such as the construction of national and civic identities and the propagation of political ideas and regimes.

London's Creative Business Economy
Business School

London is the centre for international finance, banking and insurance but it is also described as the creative hub of Europe. The cultural and creative industries form an important and growing economy for London and the UK. The economic impact of this sector is increasingly important and a since the detailed 2012 -13 survey, completed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport which estimated that 2.55 million people are now employed in this creative sector, updating on this data has been produced on an annual scale. This sector now accounts for one in twelve of all jobs in the UK. The creative workforce has been growing faster than other sectors having increased by 6% in recent times. The 13 main creative areas, which form this sector, will be examined through a series of specific lectures which will give students a basic understanding of the creative and cultural industries and their financial impact on the UK economy. 

Department of Social Sciences

This module will combine contemporary theories and debates on the condition of urban life in a global city with hands-on ethnographic, street level perspective experienced and then conceptualized by students. The idea is to continuously relate theories from urban anthropology, sociology and urban studies with dynamic reality ‘out-there’ directly confronted by students. The aim of the module is to generate discussions on the interplay between culture and structure, economy and society, urban landscape and human behaviour using phenomena, data, images, observations gathered by students during field trips which are the integral part of the teaching tool. The methodological assumption behind the module is strictly anthropological - that students need to be ‘immersed’ in various aspects of London life, see things with their own eyes, analyse and critically evaluate their own assumptions against the backdrop of chaos and order of urban life in London.

Magic, Murder & Mystery in London Literature

Covering detective stories, fantasy, children's literature and graphic novels, this module introduces students to London city as the source, setting and inspiration for literary texts. Our investigations will lead us from Vistorian London through to the 21st Century, examining texts where magic, mystery and murder come to the fore.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

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London has long been a popular desination thanks to its rich history, culture and thriving nightlife. You’ll have easy access to the Globe Theater, where Shakespeare’s famous works were performed hundreds of years ago, the Olympic Stadium, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London, among other famous sights.

All of these and more are easily accessible through London’s underground train, and bus systems. Along with the historical sites, you will also be able to visit countless parks, pubs, theaters, concert halls, and clubs within the city. 

The diverse multicultural population makes living in London an exciting adventure! If you’re looking to get out of the city for a weekend, the rest of the country is easily accessible thanks to its small size and easy transportation system. Travel along the coast, visit Manchester and Liverpool, or even jump over to another European country for a change of pace. Our Summer in London is located at the University of Roehampton, which is located close to London’s center. You won’t be far from all the exciting attractions that London has to offer, and will get to experience the benefits of living in a fun, supportive campus community.

Our Summer in London program is located at the University of Roehampton. Founded in 1975, Roehampton is accredited by the Ministry of State for Universities, Science, and Cities and also the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Roehampton is the most research intensive modern university in the UK, according to Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Our Summer in London program is housed at University of Roehampton, a friendly, lively community dedicated to providing the best academic, cultural, and social opportunities imaginable. The beautiful and historic campus, situated in one of the most attractive suburbs of London, provides a stimulating environment in which to pursue your studies. You will receive support from on-site staff throughout your summer abroad to ensure that you are getting as much out of your experience as possible. It’s also an excellent base: the center of London, one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world, is just a few miles away.

The University comprises four Colleges, which, together with the Student Union, offer a strong sense of community. You will quickly feel at home, make friends, and start enjoying the many campus activities. With students from over 80 countries, Roehampton offer exceptional support to its international students (you!). The international advisors have the info you need on everything from your arrival to course registration to fun excursions that integrate you into student life. In 2016 Roehampton celebrates 175 years as an institution. You will truly enjoy all aspects of your summer abroad experience at Roehampton.

You’ll be met at Heathrow airport by representatives from the University of Roehampton’s International Center, who will then get you acquainted with the university and London in general. Roehampton houses 7,000 students, but you will get all of the support benefits of a much smaller school. The school is broken up into four smaller colleges, which will make it easier to get to know your professors and fellow students. You will have access to a modern Learning Resource Center, computer centers, and a medical center.

The Student Union sponsors tons of clubs and societies for you to join. There are also sports teams and classes such as cricket, tennis, aerobics, basketball, rowing, soccer, and rugby. It’s easy to meet new friends from all over the world when you join a club or sports team that interests you!

Students on the Summer in London program will live in on-campus residential dorms.  The dorms will come with a shared living area as well as a shared kitchen space.  Students will also have access to the internet.  One of the benefits to living on campus is that students will be able to participate in dorm-wide activities, which will give them a chance to meet and make friends with the local students.

Take a tour of a typical Summer in London dorm

Originally from Texas, Regina Tingle has done her best to make a career out of her love of traveling.  As an undergrad, Regina studied abroad in Alicante, Spain three summers in a row and then spent her junior year studying Italian at Universita’ per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy.  After earning her Bachelor’s in Journalism with a concentration in Advertising from University of North Texas, she moved back to Italy where she spent nearly ten years working for the Umbra Institute as Program Manager.  After earning her Master’s in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Regina moved to New Zealand where she spent some time with the locals picking grapes in Hawke’s Bay.  She has visited over twenty countries and speaks fluent Spanish and Italian. As our site director in Londin, Regina enjoys showing enthusiastic students and visitors the best of what London and CISabroad has to offer! 


1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Summer in London can be found here.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program fees for Summer in London are due on April 15th. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.

The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We do also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for Summer in London can be found here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

Yes, you do need a passport to travel to London. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Summer in London, you WILL need a visa. If you are a U.S. citizen and are studying in London for less than 6 months, you will need to get a Student Visitor Visa when you arrive at the airport. You will receive specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to the program.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes. For Summer in London, the GPA requirement is 2.8.

6. What are my housing options?

Summer in London students live in dorms on the University of Roehampton campus.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

You will be taking 1-2 classes. You will receive 5 - 10 credits. To see the courses available, go to the course catalog.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and a January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Summer 2016
Arrival Session 1 June 9
Classes Start June 13
Classes End July 1
Departure July 2
Application Deadline March 1
Arrival Session 2 June 30
Classes Start July 4
Classes End July 22
Departure July 23
Application Deadline March 1
Term: Summer 2016 Price: $4,990 - $7,990 more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance 
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program 
  • Academic advising 
  • Financial aid counseling 
  • Assistance with travel arrangements 
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing pass
  • One-week public transportation pass
  • Airport pickup 
  • On-site support 
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

CISabroad  reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.