Location: London or Egham (Surrey), England
Program options: 
fall semester (UAL only), academic year (RHUL, SOAS, UAL, and UCL), or spring semester (RHUL, SOAS, and UAL only)

The Tufts-in-London program is completely integrated into University College London (UCL), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), and the University of the Arts, London (UAL).

UCL, founded in 1826, is the oldest, largest, and most distinguished college of the University of London. UCL was the first to admit students regardless of class, religion, race, or gender. With a total student population of approximately 36,000, of whom nearly 40% come from 150 countries across the world, UCL is known for its strong scholastic tradition: it boasts 29 Nobel Prize winners among its graduates and past faculty.

SOAS was founded in 1916 and focuses on the languages, cultures, and societies of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. With a student population of around 5,000, of whom roughly 50% are from outside the UK, SOAS has a dynamic student body with a global vision unlike any other.

The University of the Arts, London is one of the world's premier institutions for art and design, and is ideally suited for SMFA students looking to study abroad (yet is open to all Tufts students). UAL offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication, and performing arts. It is comprised of six renowned constituent colleges, each enjoying a world-class reputation of its own.

UCL, SOAS, and UAL are all located in the heart of London. With the British Museum and British Library only minutes away, all three institutions are within easy reach of more than twenty theaters, dozens of music venues, the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery, and the Tate Modern. 

RHUL is a member college of the University of London, but situated outside of London near the historic castle city of Windsor in the beautiful English countryside. Still less than an hour's journey to the heart of London, RHUL is a campus university akin to Tufts in size and environment. Apart from its academic excellence, RHUL is also recognized as the University of London’s top sporting college.

Tufts in London is designed as a one-year program of academic study (UCL is only available for the full year), but semester options are available as follows: RHUL and SOAS are offered for either the full year or for the spring semester; and UAL has full-year, fall-semester, and spring-semester options.

Program Staff

Resident Director: Meredith Hyde, B.A., Yale University; M. Phil., Oxford University; D. Phil, Oxford University.

Tufts in London maintains a program office at Faraday House, fifteen minutes walk from UCL and SOAS, staffed by a full-time resident director who provides a full range of academic counseling and student services, acts as liaison between students and their host institution, provides a program of extracurricular cultural and social activities, and coordinates all aspects of the program. The resident director’s office is open to students on a daily basis. Each student is also assigned an academic adviser from within the faculty at their host institution.


Applicants should have completed two years of study at Tufts University or another approved university prior to their entry to UCL, SOAS, or RHUL and should meet the general eligibility requirements. Additionally, for applicants to SOAS and UCL, a minimum GPA of 3.3 is normally required (some departments require a higher GPA- see below).* A minimum GPA of 3.0 is expected of applicants to RHUL (some departments require a higher GPA- see below) and UAL (UAL places great emphasis on submitted portfolio).* All applicants must show college-level coursework in the subject of the department through which they wish to be admitted at UCL or in the area in which they wish to study at SOAS, RHUL or UAL.

*Additional Admission Requirements: 

  • UCL: 3.5 GPA for Economics, European Social and Political Studies, History of Art, Mathematics, and Physics; 3.4 GPA for Political Science and International Relations
  • RHUL: 3.3 GPA for English, History, or Drama at RHUL
  • SOAS: 3.3 GPA is generally expected, but serious applicants with a 3.0 may be considered if their major GPA is higher
  • UAL: 3.0 GPA and portfolio submission required


$36,832 for the semester (fall: UAL only; spring: RHUL, SOAS, or UAL only), $73,664 for the academic year includes:

  • Orientation program.
  • Accommodation within student residences.
  • Weekly (excluding breaks) cost-of-living stipend to cover all meals.
  • Full tuition and fees at UCL, SOAS, RHUL, or UAL.
  • Extracurricular activities.
  • A "Clubs & Societies" stipend.
  • Cultural events and excursions; free or heavily subsidized tickets for a variety of cultural events such as plays, concerts, operas, and group meals.