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Program Information


London, United Kingdom


Spring, Summer



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities


Study Center


The advisers for this program are:

  • Jemma Field, Director of the Yale in London program, New Haven-based, Email Jemma
  • Rachel Prosser, Onsite Programme Manager, London-based, Email Rachel


This study abroad program is hosted by the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) and Yale’s Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC)—a world-class research center in central London. This program is an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to take interdisciplinary courses explore the arts, politics and culture in Britain, and through its diasporic and global histories, during the spring term or the summer break.

Yale in London is unique because:

  • you earn Yale credit 
  • it is the only study abroad program where you can earn Yale credit for a semester abroad
  • you can attend this program even if you have earned transfer credit from another study abroad experience
  • it is the only study abroad programme you can attend in the spring semester of your senior year
  • if you receive financial aid, you automatically receive a Mellon Travel Grant ($2,000/$2,500) on top of the aid you already receive

Course Description

Courses change each term and are in humanities subjects, including art history, history, literature, politics and architecture. Courses make use of the collections and resources (museums, archives, public spaces) in London and elsewhere in the UK to explore different facets of the UK’s identity, impact and culture, both local and global. Previous courses have included ‘London and the Legacies of Empire’, ‘Writing About London’ and ‘Collecting PostWar London’.

They are offered as small seminar classes and instructors include Yale University professors and world-leading academics, writers and thinkers from the UK. Courses are experiential and designed to ensure a significant amount of time is spent learning outside of the classroom. Day trips, visits to museums/sites/organisations and guest speakers are a key part of their delivery. Previous course trips include a day exploring Charleston Farmhouse and Monk’s House in Sussex, a workshop at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, and a Jack the Ripper walking tour.

In the spring term and each summer session there is a residential trip related to one of the courses studied. This is a three-day trip outside of London to different parts of the UK. Previous trip locations have included the city of Edinburgh, the beaches of St Ives in Cornwall and the Black Mountains of South Wales.

Classes generally meet Monday – Thursday for two hours and students should expect 10 hours of work outside the classroom each week, as well as other required program activities and field trips. Fridays are reserved for personal time and to give you the opportunity to travel across the rest of the UK and Europe.


These courses are Yale courses and earn Yale credit. They will appear on your Yale transcript as any other courses you take at Yale. The course titles and grades will appear and will be factored into your Yale GPA.


The spring term program is open to undergraduate students in their sophomore spring, junior spring, or senior spring. This is the only study abroad option for your senior spring term.

Note: Interested seniors, please make sure you have sufficient credits to graduate, or will be able to accumulate them during your time in London, by consulting your Director of Undergraduate Studies and Residential College Dean.

In the summer, the program is open to students who have completed their first, second or third year at Yale. The program is open to all majors.

Trip and Activities

The program not only includes trips and visits as a required part of your course, but also includes social activities designed to help you experience all this metropolitan city has to offer. These experiences are provided on a near weekly basis and previous social activities have included a boat trip on the Thames River, watching theatre productions in the renowned West End, and a group dinner at a curry house on Brick Lane.

In the spring term only, students also go on a three-day social trip outside of London to explore more of the UK. The trip is not related to your courses. It is an opportunity to bond as a group and explore.

Contact Information

This study abroad opportunity is offered through the Yale Center for British Art.

For more information about course offerings, housing, and fees, please visit The Paul Mellon Center.

  • For general questions about the program: yaleinlondon@yale.edu
  • To schedule an appointment to speak with someone about the program contact: Yale in London Director in New Haven, Jemma Field


A single application for this program is required. Click the "How to Apply" button below to see the application details and deadlines for the spring term and summer sessions. The way you apply for Yale in London is a bit different to other study abroad programmes so please read the instructions carefully.

For Yale Students on Financial Aid

If you'd like to take part in the spring semester and you receive Yale financial aid when on campus in New Haven, you can apply your Yale financial aid toward the cost of study abroad.

Students who receive financial aid are also automatically eligible for the Mellon Travel Grant in the spring semester and summer break. This additional funding is only available for Yale in London and Undergraduate Financial Aid can provide more information about it.

The International Study Award (ISA) provides a stipend for one credit-bearing summer study abroad experience for eligible undergraduates receiving a Yale scholarship. For all ISA-related details, including how to request funding, when it gets disbursed, how much funding you can expect, and more, visit the ISA website.

Learn More

Find detailed information about this program, including course information, dates, fees, and housing options, on the program website.

Review eligibility requirements, the application process, and deadlines:

How to Apply