Study Abroad at Goldsmiths College in London with Arcadia University

Goldsmith, University of London Course Registration

Course Information


Goldsmiths, University of London pre-registers you in the classes you select with your application. Make sure you carefully consider the courses you choose on your Course Selection Form. It can be extremely difficult to change courses after your application, and in many cases, you will find limited course availability after the application deadline.

  • You should secure approval for at least 8-10 courses per semester.
  • Make sure to list at least one alternate course for every course you select.
  • List your choices and alternates in order of preference.

It is your responsibility to make sure:

  • You are registered for a full academic load according to your home school  
  • The courses you take abroad will transfer for credit to your home school  

Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form on your Arcadia Passport.

Every effort will be made to place you in the courses you originally request. However, neither Goldsmiths nor The College of Global Studies can guarantee placement in any course. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Alternate course approval and flexibility is extremely important.



The Goldsmiths academic year is divided into two terms, a fall term, and a spring term, followed by a summer term during which examinations often take place. This means that students may enroll for the autumn term, or the spring and summer terms combined (which are referred to by Arcadia as the spring ‘semester’), or the full academic year.


Types of Course Listings

You will see courses listed in the following ways:

  • (EN52008A / 4 credits / Autumn & Spring) – available either semester
  • (PO53009B / 4 credits / Spring) – available spring semester only
  • (DR51001A / 4 credits, Autumn / 4+4 credits, Autumn & Spring) – full year course, but fall semester students may take the course as well. This course is not available to spring semester only students.
  • (AN52004A / 10 credits / full year only) – available for full year only


Spring and Academic Year Students

You will need to make arrangements for summer term credit (the period between the end of the spring break and the middle of June).
You have two options:

  • Extending two spring classes into the summer term (check the Goldsmiths course catalog to see which courses have this option, and indicate on your course selection form which two classes you would like to extend)
  • Taking two two-credit summer courses, only offered in some departments


Course Loads

  • Fall term: You will take 4 courses at 3.5 US credits (4 Goldsmiths credits) each= 14 American semester hours of credit
  • Spring semester: You will take 4 courses at 3.5 US credits each (4 Goldsmiths credits) + 2 continuing at 2 credits each = 18 American semester hours of credit
  • Full year: You will take8 courses at 3.5 US credits each (4 Goldsmiths credits) + 2 continuing at 2 credits each= 32 American semester hours


Choosing Classes

The Goldsmiths course catalog is available here: 

Click on the link for "List of Visiting Student Programmes" under the box at the right-hand side of the page for links to courses offered by department.


Specific Subject Areas


Communication studies courses are in high demand. Classes often fill up early during the application process. If you are interested in these courses, make sure to apply early or check course options in related departments.

Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) Department

Offers courses in:

  • Social sciences, political studies, poetry, creative writing, literature, journalism.

These courses (beginning with the course code CU):

  • Are taught in the early evenings or on Saturday mornings.
  • Offer the same credit as a day class.
  • Are limited to two courses per student per semester.

Studio Arts

Studio Arts at Goldsmiths is offered to students who wish to enroll for the full academic year only. Studio Art is not available on a one-semester basis at Goldsmiths. 

You are required to register for two mandatory courses:

  • FA51010A: Studio Practice (for at least half of your credits)
  • FA51011A: Critical Studies

It is not possible to enroll in courses from another department if you take studio art courses.

Students who enroll in studio arts have the option to concentrate in drawing and painting, sculpture, multimedia art, textiles, printmaking or a combination of the above.

Studio Art Portfolio Guidelines

If you are applying to study on any of the practice-based courses in Fine Art or Design, you must submit a non-returnable portfolio, clearly labeled with your name.

Your portfolio should consist of slides, photographs, or digital images on CD-ROM, and should include at least 10 non-returnable examples of recent original work. You should include notes to explain the nature of your work.


Special course fees apply if you take three or more courses in any given semester in any of the following fields (combined): Art, Computing, Communication Studies, Design, Drama, Music and Psychology. Please see the Fees Page at for details.   


Assessment Methods

The assessment method(s) for classes may be indicated in the study abroad catalogue, or on the course syllabus.

These methods may vary between essay, examination, project work, or a combination of some or all of these. You are responsible for finding out how each of your courses is assessed, and for completing any and all assigned assessments by the deadlines set by Goldsmiths.

You must take examinations attached to their classes whenever the exam is scheduled during their period of study. Autumn students who leave before their examinations are held may be assessed by coursework or by any other additional requirements set by Goldsmiths.



For assistance with any part of the application process, call Michelle Kasmauskis, your Program Manager, at 1-866-927-2234, or email her at Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form on your Arcadia Passport.