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University of the Arts, London

Program Overview 

Location: London, United Kingdom
Culture: Creative, experiential
Neighborhood: Urban, cosmopolitan
Housing: University-owned flat
English level: Intermediate - advanced 

The University of the Arts, London (UAL), ranks among the world's top 5 universities for art and design, according to the most recent QS World University Rankings. Instruction at UAL is designed to teach students with a creative, hands-on approach inspired by artists across mediums and disciplines.

An urban adventure awaits SAF Scholars who embark on a course of study at this university. London is a truly global city made up of more than 8 million people from around the world who speak more than 300 languages. London also serves as a cultural capital and a world center for the creative industries. Internationally renowned museums, galleries and artist-run exhibits abound.

Lastly, history-minded SAF Scholars would be able to gain a deeper knowledge of British culture and explore the global impact of Britain on Western art, literature and even financial and political systems.

Student Profile

SAF Scholars who thrive in a hands-on teaching environment and excel when given creative freedom would enjoy studying at UAL. SAF Scholars are also able to choose a course of study at six different UAL colleges for a personalized experience that meets their academic goals and interests.

Other Programs at University

Integrated, Non-Integrated, Fashion, Language

Other Comparable Programs

London College of Fashion (UAL Semester Program);  University of Edinburgh
Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Integrated program:
  • Fall Semester (September – December)
  • Winter Quarter (January – March)
  • Spring Quarter (April – June)
Non-integrated program / London College of Fashion:
  • Fall Semester (September – December)
  • Spring Semester (January – April)
**non-integrated study abroad can be no longer than one semester. No term combinations are permitted

Progression or Concurrent Notes

There are no progression or concurrent options at UAL.

Program Strengths

UAL has many different colleges which offer unique tracks to student’s learning. In the Integrated program, students study alongside local degree- seeking students for 1, 2 or 3 terms and fully integrate into the UK student life. 

In the non-integrated program, SAF scholars study for a 14-week semester designed and tailored to incoming study abroad students. This program offers electives to suit individualized learning needs.

# of Credits (per term)


Course Registration Policies & Procedures

Pre-registration is required and students are placed into a specific college.

Integrated study abroad offers the following courses across their different colleges (Camberwell, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea, London College of Communication and Wimbledon College of Arts):

  • 3D Design and Product Design
  • Accessories, Footwear and Jewelry
  • Animation, Interactive, Film and Sound
  • Architecture, Interior and Spatial Design
  • Business Management and science
  • Communication and Graphic Design
  • Curation and Culture
  • Fashion Design
  • Fine Art and Photography
  • Illustration
  • Journalism, PR, Media and Publishing
  • Textile and Materials
  • Theatre, Screen and Performance Design
Non-integrated study abroad students have the opportunity to study in the following areas across their different colleges (Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts and London College of Fashion):
  • Architecture, Interior and Spatial Design
  • Business and Management
  • Communication and Graphic Design
  • Curation and Culture
  • Fashion Design
  • Fine Art and Photography
  • Journalism, PR, Media and Publishing
Portfolios are required for the following (please consult SAF Advisor for more information):
  • Art, Design, Fashion – 20-25 images; CSM Fashion demonstrated fashion research and creative process skills
  • Acting and Directing – recent performance video
  • Film and TV - extracts of film projects
  • Sound Art – examples of original sound work
  • All other courses require 3 pieces of written work appropriate to the specialist area

Course/Departmental Restrictions

There are no course/departmental restrictions at UAL

Graduate Courses

There are no graduate courses at UAL


Housing Type

University-owned flat



Type of Room

Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

With plenty of events hosted by the university, SAF Scholars are able to attend a wide variety of interesting workshops and seminars. SAF Scholars receive the support of student services, too. The Social Programme at UAL is run by students in each hall and hosts a variety of events, from nights out and food festivals to movie nights and tours of London

Life on Campus

Located in the heart of London, the UAL campus is one with the city. Hard to discern where the campus ends and the city begins, students of UAL are just as much residents of London as they are pupils. As such, students’ favorite events include attending Design Week, one of the largest in the world, frequenting museums and coffee houses and traveling (by train) to sites around the United Kingdom and Europe

Last Updated: 1/9/19