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United Kingdom, England: Foundation for International Education (FIE) London
London, England, United Kingdom; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
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SUNY code: 108
Program Description:

Program Information | Requirements | Academics | Support Services | Housing | Cost Estimates | Resources

Scholarships!!!: FIE's semester scholarship awards are increasing to $3,000 (from $1000) for spring 2017 and that there is still time to apply, even if you are just beginning your application with UAlbany and FIE.  The September 15th deadline is firm, so please apply now!

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Program Information

FIE is committed to maintaining the highest possible standards in teaching and study facilities. FIE's primary study center, Foundation House, is located in the center of London on Cromwell Roadone of London's main arteries leading into the heart of the city. Foundation house is equipped with updated classrooms, a student common room, meeting rooms, and administrative office

Big Ben & houses of parliament

s for staff. Library access is permitted at Birkbeck College, Kensington Public Library and Online Britannica. All academic and housing facilities feature wireless internet access.

For more information about bei
ng a student at FIE London, check out this link: London Student Center



Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are eligible to apply. A 3.0 GPA is required however students with a lower GPA may be considered. Students should have a strong interest in the curriculum offered and a particular interest in doing either an internship, service learning experience or independent  research and study.



For the semester length program, FIE hosts students for 14 weeks of study. The model of the program is such that students choose an FIE Key Course and a Pathway Course. Electives are also offered.

A Key Course is a class geared towards helping students to contextualize their experience in London in a broad academic manner. The Key Course serves as an anchor for the FIE program in London

Key Courses for the Semester include: FIE Classroom

  • British Life and Cultures
  • Britain and Europe
  • British Culture and Visual Media
  • British Life and Business

The aim of a pathway is to increase student choice and allow for a variety of student interests to be represented and nurtured.

Pathway Courses:

  • Internships: 3 days a week internships with class meetings throughout the term.
  • Research: (social science, business, humanities)-- Develop research skills through designing, executing, writing and presenting your own research project.
  • Service Learning Pathway: students are matched with non-profit, charity or social enterprise organizations. 3 days a week placement with class meetings throughout the term.
  • Study: students can choose to take elective courses throughout their semester.

See the following FIE websites for specific class listings and details: General Education Information for UAlbany students: credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these General Education credits. You may file a request to have additional courses approved. 

Support Services

All students studying abroad should attend the pre-departure session at UAlbany prior to your time abroad. UK participants also have an additional pre-departure session at UAlbany. Details are provided to participants.

FIE London also provides on-site support. Experienced residential and student life staff based in the Foundation House work together to support students in fully utilizing the historical, cultural, social and political resources of London in their out-of-class time.

Their work includes:

  • Coordinating a comprehensive orientation for all students upon arrival.
  • Organizing and leading a variety of extra-curricular events.
  • Keeping students informed about unique events happening in London.
  • Offering help and advice on a wide range of issues.

FIE staffs Resident Assistants in each residence hall providing support for any problems encountered and knowledge of the surrounding area to new students. Assistance by reception staff is also available 24/7.


HousingMansion Place Housing

FIE offers student accommodation in Kensington, a short walk from the Foundation House Study Center and situated in a lovely and very safe neighborhood. Parks and gorgeously appointed homes are characteristic of this part of the city and are a welcome retreat from the busy city center.

All bedrooms are full furnished with twin beds, desks and dressers. The majority of rooms are doubles with a few singles, triples and quadruples. Common living areas in each residence allow students to interact with others in the program.

Kitchens are fully equipped with cookware, silverware and dishes. Coin operated laundry facilities are available.

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Please click to view or download the most recent cost estimate here: UK FIE London Cost Estimate 2016-2017

Click here for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid

Scholarships!!!: FIE's semester scholarship awards are increasing to $3,000 (from $1000) for spring 2017 and that there is still time to apply, even if you are just beginning your application with UAlbany and FIE.  The September 15th deadline is firm, so please apply now!

For more information, please go to:


In a city of almost seven million people, it is hard to imagine that anyone would not be intellectually stimulated by the cultural diversity of this metropolis. London boasts a fine tradition of art and literature, a bustling commercial center, and a population from the far reaches of the globe. Today, visitors to London experience a blending of British culture and the cultures of former colonies such as India, Nigeria, and Malaysia, to name just a few. You can feast on authentic Indian cuisine followed by a rousing political discussion at a local pub any evening of the week.

To learn more about FIE London and this fabulous city, please feel free to browse through the following websites for more information.


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/01/2016 10/15/2016 01/04/2017 04/23/2017
NOTE: Insurance dates: 1/1/17-5/1/17
Academic Year 2017-2018 04/01/2017 04/15/2017 TBA TBA
Fall 2017 04/01/2017 04/15/2017 TBA TBA