Find the soul of England by living in the heart of London.
"Studying on the Hollins Abroad-London program changed my life -- my values, my way of thinking, my perspective, my priorities. It also gave me a great feeling of success and belief in myself. I feel like I can do anything now."
Angela Broadus, Hollins Abroad-London
For students enrolled in Hollins Abroad-London, the British capital is an extended university. With frequent field trips in every class, you'll get to know the city inside out. You'll explore British history in the British Museum, study masterpieces of modern European art in the Tate Gallery, and view Shakespeare's tragedies at Stratford-upon-Avon. Qualified students may also enroll in a course at London Metropolitan University or undertake a Parliamentary or other career internship.
With classroom and study space in Connaught Hall in the center of the University of London, Hollins Abroad-London's location couldn't be better. Several University of London colleges, the Student Union, the Senate House Library, and the British Museum are just steps away. The upper floors of Connaught Hall house several social spaces and a student pub. Our full-time resident director, a native Londoner, provides expert advice and assistance, and also organizes group travel within the United Kingdom and to the Continent.
Hollins Abroad-London Courses are taught by expert British faculty and include numerous field trips to museums, plays, concerts, or sites of historical and political interest. Classes are generally small and seminar-style. Assignments and grading are similar to those at Hollins but the perspective and expectations of faculty will be somewhat different, due to their British academic training. Courses are included in the Hollins academic catalog, and can be applied to majors, minors, and general education requirements without special approval. Hollins Abroad courses are taken with Hollins Abroad program participants.
Qualified Hollins Abroad-London students may substitute one course in their major at London Metropolitan University for one Hollins Abroad course. (Other options may be available on a case-by-case basis.) LMU offers courses in a wide range of academic disciplines including art history and studio art, business, communications, economics, English and creative writing, film, history, philosophy, politics, psychology, women's studies. Most LMU courses are primarily lecture format, with class participation and discussion playing a lesser role. There are generally few assignments and an expectation that you will do a considerable amount of independent reading and study. Your grade may be determined by one or two major assignments/examinations. LMU courses are taken with British and international LMU students and these courses are subject to the registrar's course approval process.
For London Metropolitan University course descriptions, go to http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/ugstudy/courses/. Click on a subject then on a degree number to see the courses offered in that program. You can view detailed course descriptions by clicking on course numbers.
Hollins Abroad-Londoners may elect to undertake an internship for credit in any one of a wide variety of settings, including Parliament, business, law, media, the arts, education, sports, and many other fields. London internships are arranged based on the student's area of interest. A separate application is required for the internship program. Interns must work 15 hours per week, scheduled around your Hollins Abroad classes. Grades are based on the required internship journal and supervisors' evaluations.
There are also options for independent study for dance students at the London studio The Place and for studio art students at LMU and the Art Academy, and for voice students with private instructors.
Other Program Features
- Full-time on-site director
- Assistance at airport upon arrival
- Four-day on-site orientation program with excursions
- Two group weekend excursions, one within Britain (included in the program fee) and one to the Continent (optional, extra charge)
- Membership in International Students House (with activities, travel agency, pub, cyber café)
- Membership in University of London Student Union (including facilities and club activities)
- Opportunities for community service
Housing and Meals
Students can choose to live with British hosts, or in International Students House. Most students choose to live with British hosts, which gives the students the opportunity to experience British culture and British perspectives on political and social issues. Students who live with British hosts have their own house keys and are treated as independent adults. Homestays are in the residential areas of northern London with convenient connections on public transportation to Connaught Hall. A bus and tube pass is provided for students in homestays. Both double and single rooms are available. The housing coordinator matches students with hosts based on information provided by students on the housing form. All hosts are carefully screened by the program director and most of them have been with Hollins Abroad for many years, receiving excellent student evaluations.
International Students House is a residence hall complex in central London housing students from around the world. ISH rooms are doubles. Students can choose to room with other Hollins Abroad students or with other ISH residents chosen by their staff. Other ISH residents may be on different academic schedules so roommates may change one or more times during the course of the semester.
Students staying with British hosts have all breakfasts and three dinners with their hosts and receive a stipend from Hollins to cover the costs of all other meals. Students staying at International Students House receive breakfast at ISH and a stipend from Hollins for lunches.
What is Covered by the Comprehensive Fee
- Meals as noted above
- Pick up from airport upon arrival
- Orientation program on the Hollins campus and in London
- Comprehensive health insurance while abroad
- All course related field trips except theatre performances and Shakespeare overnight field trip to Stratford
- London Transport Travelcard providing free bus and tube transportation in the zones between accommodations and classes (students in homestays only)
- Weekend excursion within Britain (transportation, accommodations, some meals, guided tours)
- Internet access in the program's Reading Room at Connaught Hall
- Membership in International Students House and University of London Student Union
- Program handbook and other materials
- International Student ID Card
What is NOT Covered by the Comprehensive Fee
- Roundtrip airfare
- Dinners for students at ISH
- Books (minimal)
- Tickets to required performances for The London Stage and Shakespeare as Dramatist
- Local airport transportation for the return flight
- Personal expenses, including independent travel
- Public transportation pass for students in ISH ; a student pass for unlimited use of the city bus system can be purchased for approximately $200 per term, while a pass for both the tube and buses costs considerably more
Hollins Abroad London is open to Hollins students as well as students from other U.S. colleges and universities.
Minimum requirements are
- Sophomore or Junior status
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
- For LMU registration or internships: cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and GPA of 3.0 or higher in major
- Two faculty recommendation
- No major disciplinary infractions
Applicants are also evaluated on their academic and personal maturity, flexibility, and openness to new cultural experiences.
** Please note that rolling admission only applies to visiting students on the Hollins Abroad programs in London and Paris.