King’s College London Study Abroad
King’s College London Study Abroad
Discover the world
King’s College champions collaboration with global partners, giving students international experience, supporting and encouraging their mobility. Why study abroad? Visit the ‘Discover the World. pages to find out more.
BA Students are given the opportunity to Study Abroad during their second year [full year study abroad programmes only] and with a wide range of choice (USA, China and Australia), the world is your oyster! There are varied and numerous opportunities to spend time abroad in order to enrich your studies, increase your employability and broaden your horizons.
King’s Study Abroad programme provides you with the opportunity to apply to study abroad at some of the world’s premier institutions for a year, or a semester, as a fully integrated part of your degree. In addition, King’s students are also eligible to participate in summer programmes around the world and to complete international internships.
Applications will largely be assessed on the strength of the personal statement along with your academic performance to date (where possible). Whilst we do not require a formal reference, we will also consult with your department who will advise on your suitability for the programme. For this reason, you should ensure you have made contact with your Study Abroad Tutor to discuss your plans before applying. Please see here for more information
The most important point for Study Abroad (SA) students to grasp is the dichotomy between the Department they are visiting and the SA Office that organises the procedural details. The SA Office is responsible for allocating modules to the students, registering them and addresses the problems occurring because of clashes.
The Department is responsible for the academic side of the visit; all matters related to teaching and the students’s progress will be within the Department’s remit.
In the event that a student wishes to apply for an extension for the coursework, this would have to go through the Department and not individual lecturers; similarly, students are required to inform the Department or the SA Office of any problems that might affect their studies. Please note that a Study Abroad Tutor is assigned to the students to offer support during their time within the Department. Current students please visit the Study Abroad web pages.
How to apply to study abroad at King’s
The King’s College London Study Abroad programme allows students who are currently studying for their degree at an overseas institution to spend either a semester or a full year at King’s. Find out more about the entry requirements and how to apply below. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to read some of our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
To apply for a Study Abroad or Internship programme at King’s you will need to first register on our online application system and then complete our online application form.
(If you are coming on Exchange, rather than as a fee-paying student, your home institution will first need to nominate you – details of the nomination process can be found here.)
Study Abroad Application Guidance Notes
Please read our application guidance notes very carefully before submitting your application to study abroad at King’s College London. It is essential that you refer to the step-by-step guidance notes throughout the application process to avoid mistakes that will delay the processing of your application.
If you are unable to access the online application form, please contact the study abroad admissions team at King’s for advice.
In order to apply for study abroad at King’s, you must meet the following criteria:
- Undertaken a minimum of 1 year of university level study (by the time you start at King’s)
- A cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above on a 4.0 scale; or its equivalent.
- A relevant academic background: It is important that you have the necessary academic background for the modules you wish to be considered for.
If you have any questions about your qualifications or the entry requirements, please contact us.
English language requirements
If you require a Tier 4 visa, you must meet the specific Level B2 English Language requirements as specified on the UKVI website. Further information on English language requirements, including IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English, and Cambridge Advanced Certificate criteria can be found in the relevant column on King’s main English language requirements webpages:
For further information about the pre-sessional English language course please visit the English Language Centre’s webpages.
For exchange students applying to study abroad at King’s who will not require a visa to study in the UK (Tier 4 visa or short term study visa), a letter from a relevant academic member of staff or international office co-ordinator, confirming the necessary English language requirement and academic ability, can be submitted as part of the application along with the transcript. This will satisfy the GPA and English language requirements. However, if students do hold a recognised English Language qualification then this would be preferable and a transcript is still required.
Please note that further information on this letter (if applicable) will be provided once an application has been received.