Semester Study Abroad

Fabric cutting. Photography: Monica Alcazar-Duarte
Photography: Monica Alcazar-Duarte

Study alongside other overseas students for 1 semester, with opportunities to learn and collaborate with local undergraduates

Our semester programmes are suitable for art, design and fashion majors, as well as liberal arts students with some prior experience in these areas. They are designed specifically for Study Abroad students, with a similar style of teaching to that employed in the US, and programme dates tend to fall in line with US universities. 

Check the subject groups at the bottom of the page to see which courses are available on this programme.

At UAL I was given the time and space to explore every interest and through that I was able to develop my work in a way I never thought possible. 

- Sarah Ingraham (USA) BA Fine Art Semester, Central Saint Martins

  • Classes
  • Credit
  • Fees


For each of our semester programmes, there are classes that are mandatory for all students, and these classes will automatically be assigned to you.

For certain programmes, let us know before you arrive which classes you are interested in taking, and we will do our best to accommodate your requests.

If you or your home university have any specific requirements about what you need to study while you are in London, please contact us in advance of your arrival.

Hear from some of our Study Abroad lecturers

Course information

As most of the teaching on the programme is conducted separately from our full-time students, semester programmes can be shaped according to the needs, interests and requirements of the group with time for more student support and additional elements such as field trips and special events. 

A European study trip is either included in the fees or is an optional extra depending on which College you study at. 


For 1 semester of study, you will earn between 12 to 16 US credits, depending on the number of classes you take.

For our intensive summer programmes, this varies between 6 and 8 credits. 

In order for you to transfer credit back to your home institution, you should read the course descriptions with your advisor before you travel to London, so that you have a clear idea about what you will be studying while you are here.

It is your responsibility to make sure that your UAL classes will transfer back to your home institution.


2017/18 Fees

Semester programmes at Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Arts

One semester - £6,950* 

*Includes study trip to Berlin for Chelsea students

Optional trip to the Netherlands for CSM students - £695.

Semester programmes at London College of Fashion

One semester - £6,600*

*Includes study trip to Paris. 

Find more information on financial aid and scholarships on the Study Abroad FAQs page.