A study-abroad student following an undergraduate program at University College London, the School of Oriental and African Studies, Royal Holloway University of London, or Queen Mary University of London will find that it consists of a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory classes (in science and engineering), which in total account for about fifteen hours per week. Arts, humanities, and social sciences students may well find that their official contact with faculty is less than this average, while science and engineering students may expect to be scheduled for up to twenty hours per week. You will take a series of lecture courses which may be a full-year or half-year in length. Associated with each lecture course are seminars, tutorials, and possibly laboratory classes which draw on, analyze, illustrate, or amplify the topics presented in the lectures. Lecture classes can vary in size from twenty to two hundred. Seminars and tutorials are on the whole much smaller than lecture classes and in some departments can be on a one-to-one basis. You are expected to prepare work in advance for seminars and tutorials. Preparation can take the form of researching a topic for discussion, writing essays, or solving problems. Multiple-choice questions are never used as a means of assessment. Lectures, seminars, and tutorials are all one hour in length, while laboratory classes usually last two to three hours. Many courses run for the full year and examinations for all courses are held in the final term. Students at the University of Arts, London will spend the majority of their time in studio-based art courses. 

Much emphasis is put on individual study in British universities, and all students are expected to spend as much time, if not more, studying by themselves as being taught. In Britain, students say that they go up to university to read for a degree, thus emphasizing the private study nature of university-level work in the United Kingdom. You should expect to spend eight to ten hours studying on your own for every hour spent in class. Successful study at a British university requires an ability to be self-motivated and pursue academic goals seriously and independently.

To help you select a full course load, each course at our host institutions has been assigned a credit value. Over the course of a full year, you will ordinarily register for the equivalent of eight Tufts course credits but, in certain circumstances, you may be permitted to register for the equivalent of nine or ten.

Tufts in London has two in-house courses offered to all program students: English Literature (specific topics vary) in both fall and spring; and "Contemporary British Politics and Society" in both fall and spring, with an optional parliamentary internship course in the spring semester for full-year students who take the course in the fall. (Internship places are very limited and somewhat uncertain at the moment.) These courses count for English and Political Science credit, respectively.

University College London

Students at UCL will select one admitting department (subject) within which to take at least half of their coursework. Read more about study options and departmental restrictions for visiting students at UCL. The following subject areas at UCL are most relevant to Tufts students (for information on GPA requirements by department, please inquire with Tufts Programs Abroad):


Biochemical Engineering
Biological Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Chemical Engineering
Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering
Computer Science (limited availability)
Earth Sciences
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
English Language and Literature
European Languages, Culture and Society
European Social and Political Studies
Fine Art (Slade School)
Global Health
Greek and Latin (Classics/Ancient World)
Hebrew and Jewish Studies
History and Philosophy of Science
History of Art
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanical Engineering


The School of Oriental and African Studies

The School of Oriental and African Studies is known for its expertise in examining a range of academic subjects through the lens of three specific geographic regions: Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Tufts students may take courses from across the school's varied departments. The following departments at SOAS are most relevant to Tufts students:


African Studies
Anthropology & Sociology
Chinese Studies
Development Studies
Financial & Management Studies
Gender Studies
Global Liberal Arts
History of Art & Archaeology
International Relations
Japanese Studies
Korean Studies
Media Studies
Near and Middle East Studies
South Asian Studies
South East Asian Studies
Study of Religions and Philosophies

The School of Oriental and African Studies also specializes in language instruction in a range of non-European languages (beginner-level instruction is *not* available to spring-only students). The following languages may be of particular interest to Tufts students:



Royal Holloway University of London

Courses are available at Royal Holloway University of London to visiting students in the following departments:


Biological Sciences
Comparative Literature and Culture
Computer Science
Contemporary Britain
Drama & Theatre
Earth Sciences
English Literature*
Geography (including Globalisation and Development)
Law, Criminology, and Sociology
Media Arts*
Politics & International Relations and Philosophy
Psychology (for majors and minors only)
*limited availability for visiting students

Queen Mary, University of London

Visiting students at QMUL have access to courses (modules) from a wide array of disciplines, where they will be taught alongside other local (matriculated) and visiting students. Alternatively, there is the option to participate exclusively in one of QMUL's 'Thematic Programmes' of study in English and Drama. The following subject areas at QMUL are of particular interest or relevance to Tufts students:


Biological and biomedical sciences
Business and management
Chemical sciences
Comparative Literature
Computer and data science
Economics and finance
Film studies
Geography and environmental science
Global health
Materials science
Modern languages and cultures
Physics and astronomy
Politics and international relations


University of the Arts, London

Students wishing to take studio-art courses abroad should consider UAL. Semester-length options are available through either UAL's 'Semester Study Abroad' program (more hands-on, US-style instruction, alongside study-abroad students) or through their 'Integrated Study Abroad' program (more independent and focused in a specific area/medium, alongside matriculated UAL students). If students choose the 'Integrated Study Abroad' program for the fall only, they are required to enroll in one of the 3-week pre-term modules so that the semester is sufficient in length. The following subjects are offered at UAL:

'Semester Study Abroad' Subject Areas

Business and Management
Communication and Graphic Design
Fashion Design
Journalism, PR, Media and Publishing

'Integrated Study Abroad' Program Options (includes but is not limited to:)

3D Design and Product Design
Accessories, Footwear, and Jewellery
Animation, Interactive, Film, and Sound
Architecture, Interior, and Spatial Design
Business Management and Science
Communication and Graphic Design
Curation and Culture
Fashion Design
Fine Art and Photography
Journalism, PR, Media, and Publishing
Performance and Design for Theatre and Screen
Textile and Materials