First Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) in London

London FYSAE

London FYSAE gives you one of the world's greatest cities as your campus. Few, if any, cities offer the incredible diversity of culture, history, and modern vibrancy of London.


You will choose from a variety of classes offered at the Arcadia University London Center.

Courses taken during the semester in London have been approved to fulfill Arcadia's Undergraduate Curriculum (AUC) degree requirements. These include courses in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. There are plenty to choose from; the credits you will earn apply toward your bachelor’s degree at Arcadia and the grades are included in your Arcadia University GPA.

Offered courses vary from year to year; below is a sample of what past students have taken:

  • LONS HSSN 112 Showcasing The Nation: First Year Cornerstone Course (AUC Equivalent: GR)
  • LONS ARLC 103 – London: City of Art (AU Equivalent: AH185/CL)
  • LONS ENCW 210 – Creative Writing: The Art of Fiction (AU Equivalent: EN285/CE)
  • LONS DTPC 181 – London Stage in Text and Performance (AU Equivalent: TH285/CL)
  • LONS SOGL 212 The Making of Global London: Migration and Identity (AU Equivalent: SO285/SS)

Living in London

FYSAE students will live in Central London in Arcadia University owned or rented residence halls with other American students who are studying in London. The residence halls are fully furnished and stocked with necessary kitchen utensils and equipment. As there is no meal plan, students will have to purchase and prepare food for themselves.

Students participating in London FYSAE will live like local students and should anticipate a typical city commute of 30-40 minutes to the London Center. Students will also experience this global city through academic and co-curricular excursions throughout London.

Important Dates

Fall Semester 2018
  • August 24: Arrive for New Student Orientation in Glenside
  • August 29: Depart from the U.S.
  • August 30: Arrive in London
  • August 31-September 2: FYSAE Welcome Weekend
  • September 3-7: Orientation
  • September 10: Classes begin
  • October 22-28: Reading week (no classes!)
  • December 15: Program Concludes/Return Flight to the U.S.
Spring Semester 2019
  • Early January: Depart from the U.S.
  • January: Orientation in London
  • January: Semester begins
  • Mid-February: Reading week (no classes)
  • April: Program Concludes/Return Flight to the U.S.