King’s College London

  • Location: London, England
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Minimum GPA: 3.3
  • Class Eligibility: juniors and seniors

Introduction

King’s College London (KCL) was established by King George IV in 1829 and became one of the founding colleges of the University of London. It is now a multi-faculty institution with a worldwide reputation for teaching and research. KCL also has a famous library as well as a renowned Religious Studies program. Today, King’s is a world-class university, emphasizing both teaching and research. Located in the heart of London, it is the fourth oldest university in England. In 2012, King’s was ranked as one of the top 30 universities in the world by QS International World Rankings. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British Universities, 23 departments ranked in the top 25% of British universities. Over half of King’s academic staff works in departments that are in the top 10% in the UK. King’s has a distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including health areas such as psychiatry and medicine), and the social sciences (including international affairs). King’s is in The Complete University Guide’s Top Ten for Anatomy & Physiology (9th), Classics & Ancient History (9th), Drama, Dance & Cinematics (4th), Education (2nd), French (6th), Music (4th), Philosophy (6th), and Physiotherapy (10th).

  • Visa:

    U.S. citizens entering the United Kingdom for a stay of less than six months do not need a visa.  They apply for prior entry clearance as a ‘student visitor’.  Students who plan to work while abroad (voluntary work, internships, placements, part-time work, or vacation work) must apply for a Tier 4 visa. If students plan to stay in the UK for longer than six months, they must apply for a Tier 4 visa.

    See the NAFSA site for information on the application process, the UK Visa and Immigration website to apply, and the UK Immigration and Visa Enquiry site with questions.

      
  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition only to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    Juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.3 may apply. Students who are not in good health may be required to undergo a medical exam (including an HIV test) prior to being granted entry into the country. War Studies and English Literature require a minimum 3.5 GPA.

    Direct Enrollment

    There are no American representatives on site. Students work with university personnel at the International Office.

    Academic Credit

    Students studying for the year should register for 32 credits. Students studying for a semester must take 16 credits. 16 KCL credits are equivalent to 4 Haverford credits. There are some exceptions, such as Philosophy (all courses are 8 credits).  All full year and semester students are required to take the equivalent of a full course load for a KCL student reading for a degree (16 credits). All full year and spring students are required to take the formal examinations in each course, in addition to completing the prescribed course work. Exams occur in June; under no circumstances may students leave the program after the end of classes but before completion of the exams. Students must remain in residence until all exams are completed in June. Fall term students may be examined by an alternative means of formal assessment in lieu of the exam. In such cases, a department will either arrange for the student to sit for a specially arranged departmental exam or the student will be required to produce additional course work in the form of extended essays or project work.

    Curriculum

    Students must be accepted by a department, but can cross register in humanities and sciences. However, logistically this may not always work well because the campuses are located throughout the city of London. Students must take at least two courses in their department. Pre-med courses available, including Organic  Chemistry.  Special program in English Literature.  Special Pre-med Program. New Intelligence and International Security Program. Volunteer opportunities available. Students can join sports clubs and social groups.

    Internships: King’s currently offers a Study Abroad Plus internship program for students wishing to study abroad for either the academic year or spring semester. Students would enroll in the internship course and three additional courses to complete a semester. More information can be found at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/abroad/internships/internprog/saplus/index.aspx. Students may also contact internships@kcl.ac.uk for more information.

    Pre-Medical: King’s College London: US Study Abroad Practice of Medicine Course

    Major features of the course are:

    • Training in the core skills of the biomedical sciences
    • A specially designed course in the Practice of Medicine
    • An intensive two-week clinical attachment at the School of Medicine
    • Courses in Organic Chemistry directly modeled on those at Ivy League schools

    Health Studies:

    • Unique insights into the economic, political, and cultural factors that shape the nature of health and disease and which explain entrenched inequalities in the provision of health car worldwide.
    • International focus, and teaching from an international team of experts, the program offers a unique opportunity to students who are committed to understanding and solving the most pressing challenges that face the world in the 21st century.
    • Two mandatory modules – Introduction to Global Health and Introduction to Social Medicine – make up half or your credits, and elective modules make up the rest
    • A student wishing to apply for the Global Health & Social Medicine Programme should make sure to indicate his/her desire for the new track in the first line of the personal statement on the standard Undergraduate Study Abroad Programme application.
    Course Highlights

    American Studies, Anatomy & Physiology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Bimolecular Sciences, Byzantine and Modern Greek, Classics, Centre for Computing in the Humanities, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama, Dance & Cinematics, Education, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, English Literature, European History, Politics and Society, Film Studies, French, Geography, German Language and Culture, History, Immunology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering—Mechatronics, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Music, Neuroscience, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology and Genomics, Philosophy, Physics, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Spanish and Spanish American Studies, Theology and Religious Studies, and War Studies. Students may take courses across disciplines and across campuses. The War Studies Department is unique and popular Political Science and History majors as well as students with a Peace and Conflict Studies Concentration.

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad


  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Students will receive their ID and e-mail, meet with professors, learn about the campus and student services, and socialize with other students. Official registration takes place during orientation. Orientation is 2 days.

    Number of Students: Nearly 23,000 students (including 10,000 postgraduates) from 140 countries.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    The majority of King’s residences are in central London, and most are close to King’s teaching campuses. All are within the London Travel Zones 1 and 2. There are four places of residence that are assigned by lottery at the end of May. Once students are accepted and confirmed, they will receive instructions for participation in the housing lottery.  Housing options include:

    • Self-catered halls of residence
    • Apartments: self-catering for 4 to 11 students; each room with en-suite shower and WC
    • Studios: self-contained units with en-suite shower/WC and kitchenette
    • Intercollegiate halls: all full-time King’s students can also apply for a place in one of the seven University of London Intercollegiate halls, which offer catered accommodation and a valuable opportunity to mix with students from other colleges.

    KCL has no central campus; dormitories are scattered throughout London. Students should expect to commute 20 minutes to an hour each way. Students are cautioned to select a dorm carefully as some are very expensive, and students pay room and board directly to UCL. Haverford students may not opt for independent off-campus housing – that is, housing not arranged by the program.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Sports: Archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, cheerleading, cricket, cross country, fencing, field hockey, karate, kung fu, lacrosse, mountaineering, netball, rifle, rowing, rugby, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, squash, table tennis, tai chi, tennis, tae kwon-do, ultimate, volleyball, water polo

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Dates
  • Semester I: Late September to mid-December
  • Semester II: Early January to mid-June
  • Year: Late September to mid-June
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: February 15
  • Semester II: October 1
  • Year: February 15
Faculty Contact

Raji Mohan