Find the soul of England by living in the heart of London.
"Studying on the Hollins Abroad London program changed my life--my values, my way of thinking, my perspective, my priorities. It also gave me a great feeling of success and belief in myself. I feel like I can do anything now."
Angela Broadus, Hollins Abroad London
For students enrolled in Hollins Abroad London, the British capital is your classroom. With frequent field trips in every class, you'll get to know the city inside and out. You'll explore history in the British Museum, study masterpieces of modern European art in the Tate Gallery, and view Shakespeare's tragedies at the Globe. Qualified students may also enroll in a course at London South Bank University or undertake a career-focused internship.
With classroom and study space in Connaught Hall, in the center of the University of London district, Hollins Abroad London's location couldn't be better. Several University of London colleges, the Student Union, the Senate House Library, and the British Museum are just a short walk away. The upper floors of Connaught Hall house several social spaces as well as a student pub. Our full-time resident director, a longtime Londoner, provides expert advice and assistance, and also organizes group travel within the United Kingdom and to mainland Europe.
London Pre-Departure Guide
London Academic Calendar 2019/20
Hollins Abroad-London Courses are taught by expert British faculty and include numerous field trips to museums, plays, concerts, and sites of historical and political interest. Classes are generally small and seminar-style. Assignments and grading are similar to those at Hollins, but the perspective and expectations of faculty will be somewhat different, due to their British academic training. Courses are included in the Hollins academic catalog and can be applied to majors, minors, and general education requirements without special approval. Hollins Abroad courses are taken with fellow program participants, including both Hollins students and students from other American colleges and universities.
Qualified Hollins Abroad London students may substitute one Hollins Abroad course for a course in their major at London South Bank University or Queen Mary University of London. LSBU and QMUL offer courses in a wide range of academic disciplines. Most LSBU and QMUL courses are primarily lecture-format, with class participation and discussion playing a lesser role. There are generally few assignments and an expectation that you will do a considerable amount of independent reading and study. Your grade may be determined by one or two major assignments/examinations. LSBU and QMUL courses are taken with British and international students and these courses are subject to the registrar's course approval process.
LSBU Module Directory
QMUL Course Directory
Hollins Abroad London students who are 2nd-semester sophomores and up may elect to undertake an internship for credit in any one of a wide variety of settings, including Parliament, business, law, media, the arts, education, sports, and many other fields. London internships
are arranged based on the student's major and area of interest. A separate application is required for the internship program. Interns must work approximately 20 hours per week, scheduled around your Hollins Abroad classes. Grades are based on the required internship journal and supervisors' evaluations. Internships are worth six credits and take the place of two of your four courses.
There are also options for independent study for dance students at the renowned London dance studio The Place.
***Please note that Hollins Abroad London students may elect only one "non-Hollins experience." For example, a student may do an internship or a course at LSBU/QMUL, but not both.
Other Program Features
- Full-time on-site director
- Assistance at airport upon arrival
- Four-day on-site orientation program with excursions
- Two group weekend excursions, one within Britain (optional, extra charge) and one to mainland Europe (included in the program fee)
- Membership in University of London Student Union (including facilities and club activities)
Housing and Meals
Students can choose to live with British hosts or in a student residence hall. Most students choose to live with British hosts, which gives the students the opportunity to experience British culture and British perspectives on political and social issues. Students who live with British hosts have their own house keys and are treated as independent adults. Homestays are in the residential areas of northern London with convenient connections on public transportation to Connaught Hall. A bus and tube pass is provided for all students. Both double and single rooms are available. The housing coordinator matches students with hosts based on information provided by students in the housing questionnaire of the online application. All hosts are carefully screened by the program director and most of them have been with Hollins Abroad for many years, receiving excellent student evaluations.
A second option is a student residence hall where students share facilities with British and international university students, which is a nice way to meet students outside the program. Each flat has its own bathroom facilities, but the kitchen and common areas are shared.
Students staying with British hosts have all breakfasts and three dinners per week with their hosts and receive a stipend from Hollins to help cover the costs of all other meals. Students staying in a residence hall receive a stipend from Hollins for lunches.
What is Covered by the Comprehensive Fee
**Students traveling on non-US passports may need to apply for Schengen visas to travel to EU countries during the semester, including the included excursion. To do this, you must schedule an appointment at the appropriate consulate 90 days prior to the scheduled excursion or you will not be able to attend.
- Meals as noted above
- Assistance at airport upon arrival
- Orientation program on the Hollins campus and in London
- Comprehensive health insurance while abroad
- All course-related field trips except theatre performances and overnight Shakespeare field trip to Stratford-upon-Avon
- London Transport Travelcard providing free bus and tube transportation in the zones between accommodations and classes
- Weekend excursion to mainland Europe (transportation, accommodations, some meals, guided tours)**
- Internet access in the program's Reading Room at Connaught Hall
- Membership in the University of London Student Union
- Program handbook and other materials
What is NOT Covered by the Comprehensive Fee
- Roundtrip airfare
- Some meals as noted above for students living in a residence hall
- Books (minimal)
- Tickets to required performances for The London Stage and Shakespeare as Dramatist (each of these two courses carry an additional $500 fee for this reason)
- Optional group excursion to a location in Britain
- Transportation to/from airport (beyond £15 toward cost of transportation from airport to residence upon arrival)
- Personal expenses, including independent travel
Hollins Abroad London is open to Hollins students as well as students from other U.S. colleges and universities.
Minimum requirements are
- Sophomore status or higher during program
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
- For internships or LSBU courses: cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher as well as GPA of 3.0 or higher in major
- Two faculty recommendations (part of application process)
- No major disciplinary infractions
** Please note that rolling admission only applies to visiting students on the Hollins Abroad programs in London and Paris.
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