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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: Pre-intermediate - advanced 

The University of the Arts, London, 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

Students who thrive in a hands-on teaching environment and excel when given creative freedom would enjoy studying at UAL. SAF Scholars who are interested in arts such as ceramics, digital printing, letterpress, photography, woodwork and painting would excel in the program. The language programs allow students to study either just English, or add a class in art and design, communication or fashion along with English studies.

Other Programs at University

UAL Academic – Integrated; UAL Academic – Non-Integrated; London College of Fashion Academic

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (September – December)
Fall + Winter + Spring (September – June)
Fall + Winter (September – March)
Spring + Summer + Fall (April – December)
Spring + Summer (April – August)
Spring + Summer + Fall + Winter (September – March)

Program Strengths

UAL offers many different course combinations which can be tailored to meet a student’s interests. Students with interests in any area of art, from Fashion and Photography to Design and Communication can find a course for them. Small class sizes of 12 - 15 is ideal for students who want more contact with their professors.

Number of Classroom Hours Per Week

General English: 15-20 hours per week
Year-round English Plus: 15 hours English / 7 hours Art studio
Summer English Plus: 15 hours English / 15 hours Art studio

Number of Levels

Pre-Intermediate (A2)
Intermediate/Upper Intermediate (B1)
Upper Intermediate (B2)
Pre-Advanced/Advanced (C1)

Elective Courses Offered

Courses in English Plus are available in the following areas:
Year-round courses:
  • English Plus Art and Design
  • English Plus Communication
  • English Plus Fashion
Summer courses:
  • English Plus City Photography
  • English Plus Digital Graphic Design
  • English Plush Fashion Design
  • English Plus Fashion Styling
  • English Plus Fine Art
  • English Plus Graphic Design
  • English Plus Marketing and Communication

Progression or Concurrent Notes

There are no progression or concurrent options 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