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 completely integrated into University College London (UCL), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), the University of the Arts, London (UAL), and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). A new partnership has just been established with London School of Economics (LSE), where students may attend their full-year General Course.

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.

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.

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

Founded in 1895, LSE is 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.

LSE, 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. Students may study at RHUL for the full year or spring term.

QMUL is our second newest partner institution, blending 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.

Tufts in London is designed as a one-year program of academic study (LSE is only available for the full year), 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.

Program Staff

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, LSE, and SOAS, which is staffed by a full-time on-site 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 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 LSE, 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), QMUL, 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 LSE, SOAS, RHUL, QMUL, or UAL.

*Additional Admission Requirements/Stipulations: 

  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please note that airfare and certain other travel costs (visas, etc.) are *not* included- student is responsible for these charges.