Semester Study Abroad

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

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

Semester programmes are designed for Study Abroad students. Semester dates are (usually) more in line with the US, and the style of teaching is more in line with that employed in US universities, rather than the approach taken by British universities.

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

I had my own studio space, which was a great place to get to know other students and see what they were working on. Experiencing London and learning from the city was great and very influential in my work.

- Sarah Benedict, Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Studied Theatre Design at Wimbledon.

  • 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. 

Semester Study Abroad is suitable for art, design and fashion majors as well as liberal arts students with some prior experience in these areas.


For one semester of study on our Semester programmes, 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 your credit to transfer back to your home institution, you and your advisors should read through the course descriptions together before you travel to London for them to 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.


2016/17 Fees

Semester Programmes at Camberwell, Central Saint Martins and Chelsea

1 semester - £6,750* 

*Includes Berlin European art history trip for Camberwell and Chelsea students

Optional European study trip for CSM students  - £650

Semester Programme at London College of Fashion

1 semester - £6,500*

*Includes Paris fashion and cultural trip. 

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