Overview (Applications for 2018 will open from 1st January 2018)
Kingston is an ideal location to study abroad. Based beside the River Thames in an attractive leafy suburb of south-west London, Kingston has a vibrant town centre of shops, restaurants, a theatre and a cinema. It also has excellent transport links and central London is just 25 minutes away by tube (or train).
Home to around 29,000 university and college students, it's a lively, thriving, student-friendly place, packed with historic buildings, leisure venues and open spaces for you to enjoy life as a student. It's also the seventh largest retail centre in the UK (according to the Kingston Council website). So you could never call it a sleepy suburb!
The Kingston University Summer School is a popular program for university-level study in the UK. It is open to international students from around the world who would like to study during the summer and experience British culture. Summer classes aim to minimize the amount of time spent in a classroom and maximize the amount of experiential learning in and around the London area. All classes require a lot of walking as they are all field trip based, so please only apply if you are happy to be on your feet a lot! Courses are offered in a variety of subjects ranging from business, visual arts, theatre, literature and more.
Students can choose to take up to two classes for a total of 6 credits. For a full list of the summer courses click here.
Below you will find course descriptions offered in the past!
British Culture and Society (3 US credits)
This class gives you the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of:contemporary British culture and society; and the differences between Britain and your home culture and lifestyle.
Guided field trips might include visits to:
- Gurdwara Sikh temple (Southall)
- a performance at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
- Hampton Court Palace
- Stonehenge and Bath
Muggle Madness: Harry Potter and other popular British icons (3 US credits)
This class will celebrate not only the popular and internationally successful creations of J K Rowling but also place the Harry Potter stories in a lineage of heroic British fiction – from Sherlock Holmes to James Bond, Frodo Baggins to Doctor Who. We will study a range of these stories and also read them in terms of politics and gender. In doing so, we will seek to understand how these narratives can provide us with an alternative cultural history.
Field trips will include expeditions to the Harry Potter Studios, the Doctor Who experience, the Covent Garden James Bond exhibition and the Harry Potter walking tour.
London Global City of Enterprise (3 US credits)
The modules aims to explore the nature of enterprise, the characteristics of entrepreneurs and identify the factors involved in starting and growing businesses.
To identify what makes London a global city and why this is important for enterprise activity and why it attracts entrepreneurs.
To demonstrate how London has supported and encouraged enterprise and innovation for 2,000 years and has developed into one of the world's top global enterprise cities.
The course will include lecture led tours to:
- Chelsea Football club
- Bank of England museum
- Institute of chartered accountants
- Canary Wharf Docklands Museum
- Inns of Court
- London Transport museum
- Fullers Brewery
- Denbies Wine Estate
- London Finance
All summer program costs are paid directly to the institution.
Find program costs here.
Program Fee Includes:
Group transportation to your accommodation from Heathrow or Gatwick airports on program start date only (more information will be sent with acceptance email)
Return group transportation to Heathrow or Gatwick airports on program end date only
Tuition fees, field trips and entrance fees for class visits
Accommodation in single-occupancy bedrooms with private en-suite bathroom and shared kitchen facilities for duration of program
Lunch for the first three days of the program
Library and computing facilities – including email/internet access
Travelcard for one calendar month – giving unlimited travel on the underground, buses, overground and trains throughout Greater London (London zones one–six)
Calendar of social events. In the past this has included welcome reception, movie nights, BBQ and farewell party with dinner
Orientation program – including a walking tour of Kingston town and the University
Enrollment at Kingston University and certificate of credits earned on completion of program
The price does not include:
Round trip airfare and/or other travel costs for getting to the UK
Local travel outside of London
Food and beverages (unless specified)
Accommodation for friends and family of students
Costs of additional travel on weekends.
Some scholarships are available to help with the costs.
Application Procedures & Deadlines
In order to be accepted in an Adelphi study abroad program students are required to:
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in order to apply to study abroad at Kingston University.
- Schedule a mandatory meeting with a study abroad advisor by emailing email@example.com.
- Complete the Adelphi study abroad application. Click Apply Now below.
- Once the Adelphi study abroad application is complete, you can proceed to fill out the Kingston application online here. (Summer 2018 applications open January 1.)
- Meet with your academic advisor to explore programs and course options. It is important that the school you are interested in offers the courses you need to take in order to graduate on time
- Select the courses you would like to enroll in and fill out the AU Course Equivalency Form.docx. Courses must be approved before you depart for your program.
All students must receive CIE approval to study abroad prior to having Student Financial Services determine their eligibility for funding for such study. Students will receive a revised Financial Assistance Award Letter after their eligibility has been confirmed. Depending on eligibility and any additional costs associated with the study abroad experience, students might receive an adjustment in their financial aid package.
All students studying abroad with Kingston University are required to purchase insurance with CISI Insurance, a worldwide coverage plan. For more information about CISI insurance please contact the CIE office.