Location: London or Egham (Surrey), England
Program options: 
fall semester (QMUL, UCL, and UAL only), academic year (LSE, RHUL, QMUL, SOAS, UAL, and UCL), or spring semester (RHUL, QMUL, SOAS, UCL, and UAL only)*
*COVID restrictions may impact availability

The Tufts-in-London program is suitable for students of nearly every discipline, as it is fully integrated into six highly-regarded institutions: London School of Economics (LSE), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of the Arts, London (UAL), and University College London (UCL).

Founded in 1895, LSE is our newest partner and one of the world's premier social science institutions. The General Course is designed for dedicated students who wish to undertake a year-long course of study offering in-depth academic inquiry in international relations, economics, management, history, and other related subjects. General Course students will be fully integrated with degree students. Students may study at LSE for the full year.

QMUL blends city and university living on a self-contained residential campus in east London (at Mile End). It is one of the UK's leading research institutions, offering a wide range of subjects, including engineering, the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Students may study at QMUL for the full year, fall, or spring term.

RHUL is a member college of the University of London, but is 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. Students may study at RHUL for the full year or spring term.

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. Students may study at SOAS for the full year or spring term.

University of the Arts, London (UAL) 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. Students may study at UAL for the full year, fall, or spring term.

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. Students may study at UCL for the full year, fall, or spring term.

Four of the universities are city-style institutions, with university buildings, housing and facilities spread out in their neighborhoods rather than on a defined campus. UCL and SOAS are located in Bloomsbury, the center of academic London and an area known for its intellectual and literary connections. LSE is located a short walk away in the Strand, an area running alongside the Thames and near London’s legal center. UAL’s constituent colleges — CSM, LCC, LCF, Chelsea, Wimbledon and Camberwell — are all located in different areas of the city, and students commute between UAL halls of residence and their college studios.  

The two campus-style universities are QMUL and RHUL. QMUL combines city and university living on a self-contained campus in Mile End in East London, the Cockney heart of the city. RHUL is a member college of the University of London, but situated outside of London near the historic castle city of Windsor and forty minutes by train from the centre of London.  

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

Not sure which partner institution is right for you? They each have their own academic strengths, formats, and cultures, so please reach out to our staff for guidance. We encourage students to apply to only one Tufts-in-London partner institution. 

Program Staff

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

Assistant Director: Vicky Hill, B.A., University of Birmingham; M.A. Goldsmiths College, University of London
Program Administrator: Nicollette Kabat
Tufts in London maintains a program office at Faraday House, a fifteen-minute walk from UCL, LSE, and SOAS, which is staffed by a full-time on-site director and program coordinator who act as liaisons between students and their host institution, provide a full range of academic counseling and student support, and arrange extracurricular cultural and social activities to introduce students to all London has to offer. 


Applicants should have completed two years of study at Tufts University or another approved university prior to their entry and should meet the general eligibility requirements. Additionally, RHUL, QMUL, and UAL require a minimum GPA of 3.0 while LSE, SOAS, and UCL require a minimum GPA of 3.3*. All applicants must show college-level coursework in the area in which they wish to study.

*Some departments have additional admission requirements/stipulations – UAL, for example, places great emphasis on the submitted portfolio – and require a higher GPA:

  • UCL: 3.7 GPA for Neuroscience; 3.5 GPA for Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Political Science and International Relations, and Social Sciences.
  • RHUL: 3.3 GPA for English, History, or Drama
  • 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
  • LSE: 3.5 GPA for quantitative subjects (e.g., Economics, Finance, Mathematics, and Statistics)


$39,605 for the semester, $79,210 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 LSE, UCL, QMUL, SOAS, RHUL, or UAL.
  • A "Clubs & Societies" stipend to pay for student union, sports and special interest memberships at the UK university 
  • Tufts-in-London events and excursions; free or heavily subsidized tickets for a variety of cultural events such as performances, walking tours, historic visits, and group meals (please bear in mind that Covid restrictions may apply in 2021-22)
  • Please note that airfare and certain other travel costs (visas, etc.) are *not* included- student is responsible for these charges.