London ranks as one of top 3 best places to study abroad! London is not just a capital city - the center of British politics and governments - it is an international center of excellence for business, culture and the arts. With more students than any other city in Europe, London is an extraordinary place to live and study. There is something for everyone in London and student life is full of unlimited opportunities.
Queen Mary University London (QMUL) consists of five campuses spread out across the city. Fairfield summer students will reside in the Mile End campus. The Mile End Campus is a unique urban campus in London’s diverse and multicultural East End. QMUL provides students with a truly international experience in one of the most culturally-diverse areas of London. QMU has more than 15,000 undergraduate students and has students from over 45 countries.
Hear about QMUL from students here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqBbXU0Dr3k
Virtual Tour: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/virtualtours/
QMUL wants you to feel at home the moment you arrive in London. You’ll have our full academic and pastoral support while you’re there. Orientation is designed to make you feel at home straight away. You will be given practical advice about living and studying in London (and offered optional social events like a student boat trip down the River Thames, so you get to see London’s historic riverside while relaxing with your fellow students). Students will be connected with site-staff upon arrival and will be provided with a welcome lunch, theater night, and a tour of the city and campus. Information regarding course registration, student safety, sports clubs and societies, student health, library services, etc. will be also provided.
QMUL has a variety of courses in which students can enroll. Summer School courses are three weeks long and transfer back as 3 credits. Students can enroll in one or both Summer School Sessions (see Application Procedures below for 2018 dates). Some courses run in both sessions and others run in only one. Please see the QMUL course offering for the complete list and course descriptions. Here is an example of the courses offered for 2018:
- Artistic Rebellion in London and Paris
- British Cinema from 1960 to the Arrival of Channel 4
- British Horror and Fantasy Cinema from Dracula to Harry Potter
- Games and Strategies
- Global Migration Flows
- Has the LHC Destroyed the World Yet?
- International Business
- Introduction to International Law
- Issues and Debates in International Relations
- London Performance Past and Present
- Practical Machine Learning
- Presentation of London in Modern European Literature, Fine Art and Film
- Screenwriting in London: Feature Film Fiction
- The International Politics of Global Health
- The Universe
The Students' Union also operates the Volunteering programme
. Through the programme you can find volunteering opportunities working with a wide variety of organisations and charities in the local area (Tower Hamlets) and all over London. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people in the wider community, adding a whole new dimension to your study abroad experience at Queen Mary.
As a QMUL Summer School student, you have a guaranteed place on campus in comfortable accommodation. You’ll have an en-suite single room in one of the comfortable self-catering flats, so you can meet other students and make friends while you are here. Breakfast is included in your accommodation (so that’s one less thing for you to think about…). Included in your housing is bedding and towels, weekly cleaning service, and free Wi-Fi. In your shared kitchen, you’ll find a stove, microwave, freezer and kettle, toaster, with a mini-fridge in your bedroom. Basic crockery, cutlery and utensils will also be provided.
Most students will require a Short-term Student Visa. Please see QMUL's information on Visas and immigration
Application Procedures and Deadlines
Students can attend one or both summer sessions.
- Summer I: June 25- July 13
- Summer II: July 16- August 3
- Summer: June 25- August 3
In order to participate in this program, each student should complete the following steps (preferably in this order):Attend information session (required)
- Attend a First Steps Information Session (required)
- Meet with academic advisor
- Meet with study abroad advisor (not required)
- Attend a Next Steps Session (required)
- Meet with academic advisor again
- Attend Course Selection Workshops (required)
- Attend pre-departure meeting (required)
After the initial application has been processed by the Study Abroad Office, students will receive an e-mail regarding their application status and instructions on the next steps.
Application Deadline: February 1 (rolling admission)
Payment Deadline: March 1
Students applying to study abroad at QMUL must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 as well as meet the remaining Fairfield University study abroad approval requirements. This program is competitive and applicants are expected to exhibit a high level of maturity, independence, and seriousness of purpose.
Summer 2018 price is $4,000. All payments toward this program should be made directly to Fairfield University through the student's StudioAbroad portal.
Summer program cost includes:
- Airport pick-up and transfer
- a British Welcome meal
- Comprehensive orientation, including campus tours
- Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency assistance
- a Thames riverboat cruise
- Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical emergency evacuation
After the program balance deadline, students who withdraw are subject to a cancellation fee.The amount of the cancellation fee will be determined by the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad after a review is conducted of the non-refundable expenses that have already been incurred. These direct non-refundable expenses will begin to incur as soon as commitment is made to the study abroad program; they may include tuition, housing, and orientation fees. The cancellation fee may be as high as $5,000 or more.
All Fairfield University students participating in this program are automatically enrolled in CISI Health Insurance from the start date to the end date of their study abroad program. There is no additional cost to the student.
Fairfield University requires that all travel done independently from the program be registered with CISI for emergency purposes. Independent travel can be registered by logging into individual CISI accounts. Students will be able to log-in once insurance cards are issued (within a month of departure).
To view detailed information regarding the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad insurance agreement with CISI, please see the following CISI website: http://www.culturalinsurance.com/fairfield_U/