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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 Road, one 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 offices for staff.  Library access is granted at Birbeck Collehe, Kensington Public Library, and Online Britannica.  All academic and housing facilities feature wireless internet access.

Big Ben & houses of parliament

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 2.75 GPA is required, however, students with lower GPAs may be considered. Students should have a strong interest in the curriculum offered and a particular interest in doing either an internship or a service internship as part of their program of study.



For the semester length program, FIE hosts students for 15.5 weeks of study, including a one-week mid-semester break and three-day orientation. The program model divides the semester into two seven-week phases with a one-week break in between.  During Phase One, students enroll in 1 of FIE's 4 Key courses and 2 to 3 elective courses.  In Phase Two, students begin their International Internship or International Service Internship Course, which consists of the internship placement for 3 full days per week, internship seminars on day 4, and the continuing Key course on day 5. 

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
  • British Life and Europe
  • British Life and Visual Media
  • British Life and Business


  • Internship Pathway: In addition to the FIE Key Course and 2 to 3 electives, students enroll in the International Internship course.  Internship placement areas include: Accountancy and Finance, Business and Economics, Communications, Education, Environment and Sustainability, Fashion, Film and Television, Historical and Cultural Organizations, Information Technology and Multimedia, Journalism and Media, Legal and Justice Organizations, Music, Politics, Psychology, Social Welfare and Non-Profit Organizations, Theater and Performing Arts.
  • Service Internship Pathway: In addition to the FIE Key Course and 2 to 3 electives, students enroll in the International Service Internship course.  Service Internship placement areas include: Community Regeneration, Disability Rights and Issues, Education, Environmental and Sustainability Issues, Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Diversity Issues, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Heritage/Arts Organizations, Housing/Homelessness, Human Rights and Conflict Issues, Mental Health, Poverty, Prisoner Welfare and Crime Reduction, Refugee Issues, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Women's Issues, Youth and Children's Issues.
  • Study: students can choose not to do an internship or service internship and take classes only.

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 Resident Life Supervisors in each residence hall provide support for any problems encountered and share knowledge of the surrounding area. Emergency assistance by reception staff is also available 24/7.


HousingMansion Place Housing

FIE's student residences are located in some of the most vibrant parts of London, a short Tube ride or walk away from Foundation House study center in South Kensington.  All FIE student housing and study facilities are in Zone 1 of the city center and well-serviced by the 24-hour public transportation system.

Student residential buildings in the Kensington area are usually mid-to-late 19th century converted townhouses.  Some are flats and some are floor style.  Most students will live in double triple, and quad occupancy rooms.  Each bedroom is fully furnished.  Common kitchens are equipped with cookware, silverware, and dishes.  Metrogate, our main housing facility in London, offers app-operated laundry facilities for use by FIE residents.  All residences feature common living areas where students can interact.

Student residences in other areas of the city may be purpose built or have more modern amenities.

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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 10/20/2016
Rolling Admission 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

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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