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City and Academic Overview

City Information

London, an international center of business, fine arts, design, theater, technology, politics and finance, has inspired creativity and cutting-edge innovation for centuries. There is something for everyone in London: a bustling financial district, street markets, green spaces and elaborate parks, ruins, monuments, political machinations, art galleries and museums. Monuments to Britain’s glorious past are found throughout London, including the Tower of London, the Old Royal Observatory in Greenwich, the British Museum, and Trafalgar Square. Because of its famed galleries, the energy of Soho, the history that lives in the streets, the pub scene and the tranquility of London’s parks, London is alive with sources of inspiration.

Study Abroad in London

API offers options for students of all academic interests to study abroad in London.

The University of the Arts, London (UAL)

The University of the Arts, London is a collegiate university comprising 6 internationally renowned colleges of art, design, communications, fashion and the performing arts, and as such is the largest provider of higher level education in the arts in Europe. All the colleges are located within London and each college is at the heart of their respective communities. Drawing on and contributing to the local culture, they foster closely-knit and welcoming environments in which to study, supported by all the resources of the larger University and the wider arts community. The University’s 1,228 teaching staff; as active professional artists, practitioners, designers, critics and theorists, lead the way on creative and experimental practice alongside historical and theoretical analysis. The combination of a varied student group, cutting-edge research and highly-experienced staff creates a unique, multifaceted learning experience for students at the University.

University College London (UCL)

UCL is ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the world, and offers students the chance to study a wide variety of challenging disciplines. UCL was the first university in England to welcome students of any race, class or religion. It has earned a reputation as a center of enlightenment in academia. Semester internships are also available.

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

SOAS is the only higher education institution in the UK specializing in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East and is one of the world’s leading institutions of its kind. Academic year students may elect to complete a hybrid Arabic studies program combining a term at SOAS with a term in one of API’s Middle Eastern sites in Qatar or Sharjah.

The University of Westminster

The University of Westminster offers API students an ideal location for studying and absorbing all that London offers during the summer, semester or year. Course offerings include business, computer science, education, health/human services, humanities, law, government, media and design and more. Semester internships and graduate programs are also available.

The London School of Economics (LSE)

LSE is a prestigious business school where summer students can choose courses in business, economics, government and international relations.

API Students on London

Why London?

  • International center of fine arts and design
  • Global political/economic/business hub
  • A wealth of galleries, museums & studios
  • Historic sites & castles
  • World renowned theater
  • High-fashion shops alongside traditional markets
  • One of Europe’s most fascinating cities
  • Hands-on courses in art, communications and journalism