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About the Program
One of the founding members and most respected colleges of the University of London, King’s College London has multiple campuses in central London specializing in the humanities, biomedical sciences, and health and life sciences.
Founded in 1829, King's College is one of the UK’s most historic and prestigious universities. It has long held an outstanding reputation for learning, teaching, and research. In addition to having a distinguished reputation in the humanities, sciences and social sciences, students can take courses from such dynamic and interesting faculties as War Studies and Digital Humanities. Many famous people have walked the halls of King’s College, among them, John Keats, Florence Nightingale, and nine Nobel Prize winners, including Desmond Tutu. Today, the college is home to over 27,000 students, including 4,600 students from around the world. Each year, King's welcomes about 400 study abroad students.
King's Strand campus is home to the Humanities, Law, Physical Sciences and Engineering, plus the departments of Geography and War Studies. The Waterloo campus hosts Nursing and Midwifery, some Biomedical and Health Sciences programs, Education, and Management. The Guy's campus is the base of the School of Biomedical and Health Sciences.
Studying arts and humanities in London, a hub for the arts, education, finance, and more, is a no-brainer. With a population of more than 8 million, London, the capital of both England and the United Kingdom, is a true cosmopolitan melting pot known for its theater, entertainment, fashion, history, pubs, museums and markets. As Carl Gobey said, "Everything is here – different nationalities, different people, different styles and fashions. Anything you want to be, any life you want to lead: You can find it." London is a fantastic location for a study abroad student, as entry into the world-renowned British National Museums is free of charge and student discounts at entertainment venues and restaurants are plentiful!
One of the world's largest financial centers, London houses the headquarters of most of the UK's top 100 listed companies and more than 100 of Europe's 500 largest companies. London boasts four World Heritage Sites - the Tower of London, the historic settlement of Greenwich, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the area comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret's Church.
- 3.3 CGPA Completion of 3-4 courses within the chosen field or department of study.
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Classics, Comparative Literature, Engineering, English Literature, Environmental Science, Film Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Economy, Political Science, Theology & Religious Studies
Higher Education in the UK is based on a system of lectures, seminars, tutorials and primarily self-directed study (meaning independent research). Undergraduate degrees normally take only three years to complete in England.
Unlike in the U.S. liberal arts system, you will find your British friends will generally be taking “modules” (classes) only in the department of their specific “course” (major). Because British undergraduates started specializing in their major during secondary school, there are rarely courses offered at what U.S. students think of as 100-level.
Teaching is done primarily by lecture, sometimes supplemented by small group supervision sessions called tutorials. Because of the emphasis on independent study, you may find you are in the classroom less in the UK than at Tulane. Assessment will vary from department to department, even course to course, and may be based only on one final exam or project; it can also include your participation in tutorials, and/or a few assignments throughout the term or year so check with your professor to find out what is expected. Do yourself a favor and don’t skip classes, even though they may not be part of your final grade. Students who attend the lectures and tutorials tend to do much better on the final exams (which can be your only grade for the class!).
Institutions vary on when their exams are given; some wait till the end of the academic year, but others now give exams at the end of each semester. If exams happen each semester, they will be given after the holiday break.
Reading lists will be given with syllabi on the first day of class. There can be up to 100 books on the list but don’t panic! You will not be expected to read everything on these lists. They are a guide for your independent research and reading. There are not usually required textbooks, so you will most likely spend more time checking out books and periodicals from the library instead of spending lots of cash on books.
In consult with a tutor within your chosen department, most students will schedule 4 classes per semester. While academic year students are privileged with the ability to take all courses within their major department, the Office of Study Abroad recommends taking at least one course outside of the department. King's also offers courses on contemporary London that may help students become acquainted with the city. Tulane students should indicate this on their initial application to King's
Tulane students at King’s College are directly enrolled alongside degree-seeking students and have access to all of the same clubs and student organizations. You’ll get to know local customs and culture by living with international and British students and getting involved with some of those clubs and societies, including those focused on culture, sports, arts, religion, media, and academic major.
Upon your arrival at King’s, dedicated advisers organize a two-day orientation program to ease the student’s transition into King’s. Students also have a specialized academic adviser from each department in which they study.
The King’s College student card gives enrolled students access to 50 sports clubs and numerous societies providing outlets for academic, cultural, political and religious interests, and membership in the King’s College London Students’ Union, with its many services and amenities, including cafes, cafeterias, bars, nightclubs, shops, and a gym.
You will work with King’s College to secure housing in London. University housing is an option, but you must apply for it and placement is not guaranteed. The King’s College housing office also has resources for you to live off-campus in London and works with the University of London in this regard.
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