If you’re looking for a rigorous and creative academic study abroad experience, and the opportunity to explore a vibrant and cosmopolitan capital through cultural and leisure activities, you’ve found it.
In England you’ll enjoy a wide variety of course options through direct enrollment at Goldmiths; coordinated cultural activities; and integration with local students allowing you to become a real participant in the social and intellectual life of perhaps the most dynamic and diverse city in Europe.
Study abroad in London and you will:
Study arts, humanities, and social sciences alongside English students
Become part of the diverse campus community and participate in the student union, club sports, cultural and political societies, and musical, theatrical, and cultural events
Receive personalized attention from faculty and student services alike
Join CIEE in weekend excursions out of the country to Wales, Scotland, or Ireland
The CIEE Difference
At Goldsmiths, you’ll focus your studies in one of fifteen academic departments. The school provides excellence in teaching and research, particularly in the humanities, art and design, and social sciences, and is known for its interdisciplinary approach.
CIEE excursions help study abroad students explore all aspects of contemporary London during their stay, including trips to Parliament, sporting events, concerts, and the theater. Each semester also includes a weekend trip to another area within the UK or Ireland. Past participants have had the opportunity to visit Edinburgh, Dublin, and the Welsh Coast.
Goldsmiths has a thriving Students’ Union, which is a hub for social life, with frequent entertainment and outings. There are many opportunities to participate in club sports, join a cultural society, or take in a concert.
Students earn 12–16 semester/18–24 quarter hour credits during the fall term, 16–20 semester/24–30 quarter hour credits during the spring term, and 28–36 semester/42–54 quarter hour credits during the academic year.
Each course is worth between four and six semester hour credits.
Students typically take four courses during the fall semester, four or five during the spring semester, and eight to ten during the academic year.
Home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games, London is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with over 250 languages spoken in the UK capital. This makes London the most linguistically diverse city in the world. London is at the cutting edge of the arts scene and provides access to music, fashion, museums (which are all free!) comedy, and theater. For those who want a break in the pace of London life, there is an abundance of green space to be explored in and around the capital, which boasts eight Royal Parks right in the heart of the city.
Where You’ll Study
Founded in 1891, Goldsmiths joined the University of London in 1904 and has since gained international recognition for its creativity and innovation. Located in New Cross, South East London, Goldsmiths is situated within Zone 2 and has excellent transport links to other parts of London. The area itself is a lively, diverse, working class neighborhood and is a hub for creative talents offering a booming music and arts scene. Goldsmiths is large enough to offer a variety of facilities, yet small enough to offer personalized attention to its diverse student community. For this reason, there is a real sense of community within this urban campus.
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Students are typically housed in single, self-catered rooms. However, college housing cannot be guaranteed and students may be placed in intercollegiate residences or private residence halls. The Goldsmiths residence halls are located on or adjacent to the New Cross campus, which is within walking distance of all classes. Most halls are just a five minute walk away.
Students are responsible for their own meals during the entire program; however, some meals are provided during orientation. Meals may be taken at cafeterias and University restaurants, at restaurants throughout London, or prepared in the residence’s kitchen facilities.
New Cross is a lively, rapidly changing urban environment, populated largely by immigrants, offering a variety of commercial enterprises including cafés, pubs, takeaways, and restaurants. A short distance away are the pubs, restaurants, parks, and historical attractions of Greenwich and the open green spaces of Blackheath.
The CIEE Study Center in London opened in 2000 and is designed for students who are highly motivated, think creatively, and look forward to living in a different culture.
CIEE study abroad students at Goldsmiths focus their studies in one of fifteen academic departments. Goldsmiths provides excellence in teaching and research, particularly in the humanities, art and design, and social sciences, and is known for its interdisciplinary approach. CIEE students may register for all courses available to study abroad students for which they meet the prerequisites. Students normally take four courses per semester and eight to ten courses for the academic year. Cross registration among CIEE host institutions is not possible.
CIEE participants may notice a striking difference between the educational system in the United States and Britain. The British educational system allows students greater responsibility and initiative in a less structured environment. The CIEE program is geared towards students who are motivated, self-sufficient, and fully interested in experiencing the British educational system. To aid in this transition, the CIEE London Resident Director will cover these differences during orientation and will be available throughout the semester.
Learning takes place through a coherent blend of lectures, group seminars, tutorials, workshops, studios, and laboratory work, depending on the subject. Key concepts and topics are usually introduced in lectures, sometimes involving the entire group, and then might be discussed in depth with a smaller group in seminars. Students have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other students and a tutorial system ensures academic support. Students will find that the number of classroom hours is less than they are accustomed to. This does not imply there is less material to cover but that more independent study is expected.
Goldsmiths fall term runs from September to December; the spring term runs from January to March; and the summer term runs from April to June. Students participating in the U.S. spring semester attend Goldsmiths for the spring and summer terms; there is a four-week break between terms. Students studying in London during the spring term earn slightly more credits than students studying during the fall term. Students may not enroll in the Goldsmiths spring or summer term only.