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King's College London (KCL)
London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
|Partner Institution/Organization Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Program Dates & Deadlines:||Click here to view|
|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||Study Abroad OIP||Program Type:||Study Abroad (semester)|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Language Prerequisite:||NO|
|Program Features:||Academic Study||Degree Level:||3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior|
|Time Away:||Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester||Housing options:||Apartment (Shared), Dormitory|
|Program Group:||Study Abroad OIP||Program Adviser:||Claire Hu|
Please be reminded that you may need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program.
- Program deadline: March 1, 2020
- Princeton deadline: April 30, 2020
Situated in the heart of global London, partaking in a course at King's you will become part of a vibrant and intellectually stimulating community - with all of London's opportunities on your doorstep. King's is especially noted for its courses in the biological sciences, classical studies, and war studies. A yearlong security/defense studies program and a special spring program in English literature with a two-week component at either the Globe or the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art have been introduced. Students in politics have had on-site advisers at King's for junior papers. King's College London is part of the University of London, a federation of more than 40 colleges and institutes.
Courses:King’s has a wide variety of courses available to Princeton students. For details on course availability and selection, please refer to the module selection information on King’s website.
Eligibility:KCL entry requirements:
- Undertaken a minimum of 1 year of university level study (by the time you start at King’s)
- A cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above on a 4.0 scale; or its equivalent.
- A relevant academic background: It is important that you have the necessary academic background for the modules you wish to be considered for
Grading & Credits:For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.
- Fall semester typically runs from late September to early December
- Spring semester typically runs from mid-January to early June
You can view exact program dates on the university’s Key Dates page.
HousingStudy Abroad students at King's College London are eligible to apply for housing through the Student Residences team. There is a wide range of housing on offer, covering different budgets and locations around our campuses and many study abroad students live on campus while attending King’s. For more information about the housing process, check out the accommodation information on King’s website. Please see below for information from previous students:
- "Kings had a variety of accommodations that were spread across London and also of varying quality. The problem is they place you randomly so you don't really have a choice as to where you want to live. Ultimately I liked my neighborhood but it was pretty far from class and didn't have amazing public transportation options (no tube stop nearby only bus and rail). I don't know if I would try to find housing independently if I did it again because it was nice to have it all arranged for me but I do know people who enjoyed their private housing arrangements and who paid essentially the same as I did to live in generally nicer and more central locations."
- "King's housing isn't always the best or closest, but it definitely is affordable and the friendships I built were amazing! I loved living in an apartment with other students. You have your own bathroom and kitchen. My neighborhood, Elephant & Castle, had a lot of history – it has been referenced by Shakespeare, bombed in WWII, and raised Charlie Chaplin. My student residence, Julian Markham, is a 45-minute walk and a 25-minute bus from campus. In my building, there were tons of cool internationals...e.g. a Bulgarian evening receptionist who claims he has a special recipe for crepes. I had a French flatmate - he cooked us crepes at night. A Dutch roommate - we stayed at his house in Amsterdam. A Danish roommate - she was 26 and a grad student. Living here gifted me the opportunity to meet internationals I would never have met otherwise."
Student LifeWhile studying at King’s, Princeton students have the opportunity to be an active member of the student community by joining a club or society or participating in a volunteer experience. Learn more about King’s vibrant community on their website. Student experiences.
Money MattersStudents who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.
Passport and VisaStudents must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program. For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.
If you are studying in the UK for six months or less and do not plan to intern/work/volunteer while you are there, then you can enter as a student visitor. Non-visa nationals (which include U.S. citizens) do not need to apply for student visitor clearance before arriving in the U.K. They do, however, need to bring specific documents to show the entry clearance officer upon arrival. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you should check to see if you need to apply for student visitor clearance ahead of time. If you enter as a student visitor, you must leave at the end of six months.
If you are studying in the UK for more than six months or want to have the option to intern/work/ volunteer while you are there, then you need to get a Tier 4 Student Visa. This visa is complicated, and you will need to start the process six-eight weeks before you plan to leave for the UK. If applying from the U.S., you should first complete the visa application form online, make your payment, and then use the online booking system to schedule a convenient location and time to submit your biometric data. You will visit one of the 129 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Centers, where they will scan your fingertips and take a digital photo. Once you have submitted your biometric data, you will send in your passport and documents by mail.
Students are responsible for checking the entry requirements for their destination country, and obtaining an appropriate visa, if required. Entry requirements can be found on the destination country’s embassy or consulate website.
Application ProcessStudents interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
- Apply directly to the program. Visit the program website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines. Review the KCL Study Abroad Application Guidance Notes
- Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.
Start planning your study abroad experience!
- Make an appointment with a study abroad adviser
- Contact a Global Ambassador
- Attend an OIP event or info session
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