Program Details

Program Location London, United Kingdom
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33011
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 09/02/24 to 12/14/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 01/08/24 to 04/20/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice



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An urban adventure awaits you in London, one of the largest and most fascinating cities in Europe that almost nine million people call home. Our program offers you hands-on education in this iconic city—think: the Shard, Buckingham Palace, and Camden Market.

The goal of our program is to help you explore contemporary London and gain a deeper knowledge of British culture, including the central importance of history to the British. Explore the global impact of Britain on Western culture, including art, literature, and financial and political systems.

London's international character is evident in every neighborhood, where people of different cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds live and work together. This diversity is remaking London, bringing a new energy to its business, arts, and sense of heritage.

Students can choose between two options:

  1. Study London
  2. Theater Studies
For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.



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The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

For the Theater Studies program: One semester of university-level study in English literature or theater is required

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business] [College of Health and Human Sciences] [College of Science]
Specifically from: PSY (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

IES offers unique courses that explore arts, literature, business, politics, and science, as well as other topics, through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Worldclass professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You enroll in 15–19 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Academic programming is scheduled five days a week.

Most classes are taken at the IES Study Center in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, although students can opt to take one class at a local British university to round-out their experience. Students can take one course at City, University of London or Queen Mary, University of London - scheduling permitting. 

Internships are also available, for which you would earn 3 academic credits.


Even though your adventure starts in London, IES field trips and course-related trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad.

Many of the IES London field trip destinations double as course-related trips for students enrolled in specific courses. For course-related trips that are required for a course, the cost for the trip is included in the program fee. For field study trips that are recommended but not required, you are responsible for a portion of the trip cost.

For those on the Theater Studies program, multiple theater visits with live performances and tours are incorporated into the program as fundamental supplements to classroom learning.

See the IES website for example field-trip and course-related trip destinations.


IES arranges your housing, and options include:

Apartment Style Residence Hall – You will share a flat with five other IES Abroad students in a residence hall. Your room is single occupancy with a bed, desk, storage, and bathroom. There is a shared kitchen available to you and your flat mates. Washing machines and dryers are available. No meals are provided for this housing option.

Residence Hall – You and another IES Abroad student will share a room with a private bathroom and kitchen. You will share bunk beds and wardrobes for clothes storage. Washing machines and dryers are available. No meals are provided for this housing option.

Housing options subject to change, please see IES website for more details.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Program Fee includes tuition and on-site orientation. Students who wish to volunteer or intern will need a prior entry clearance visa, and should budget approximately $600 for the visa.

Some classes, options, or housing choices may carry additional fees not detailed below, please see IES website for details.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $16,517.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,590.00
Insurance $245.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $1,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,200.00
Local Transportation $530.00
Meals $2,700.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,300.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information


Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email