UAL Central Saint Martins
Spring Semester Integrated 2018
12 - 15 credits

Semester students at CSM have the option of enrolling in the integrated semester or study abroad semester program. Students in the integrated semester program follow a set curriculum and are fully integrated into the degree courses, studying alongside degree seeking students. Students select a program area from 3d design, curation, fashion, fine arts, graphic design and theater subjects, and are placed in year 1 or 2 based on experience. Students complete 12 credits of pre-determined full time coursework in that area of study. Students can also choose to add a 3 credit Art History or Creative Industries course for a total of 15 credits.

Application Deadline
October 15, 2017
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Application Requirements

Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
One academic letter of recommendation
Digital portfolio (see Academics)
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)


  • Practical learning environment
  • Courses taught in the newly restored Granary building in Kings Cross
  • Optional 3 week course add-on: European Art History (includes a trip to Berlin!)

Program Dates
January 5, 2018 – March 17, 2018
Note: optional add-on has alternate departure date

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18

Academic Year: Sophomore (2nd year) or above

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Cumulative GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit IELTS: 6.5+ (5.5+ in each skill area), or proof of study in the US for 1+ year.

Program overviews encompass full 3 year degree programs. Study abroad students are placed into year 1 or year 2 of the programs based on portfolio review. For course details please view the program syllabi.

Ceramic Design
Ceramic Design is a specialist design course. We believe that ceramics can engage an individual in the process of design and provides a gateway into its own and other visual languages, critical discourses and an increasing diversity of professional and personal opportunities.

The essential premise of the degree course’s philosophy is explored through the understanding and knowledge of the material and technologies and the potential for designing and learning through making, to provide an intellectual as well as ‘hands on’ currency in creative work for the 21st century.

Ceramic Design seeks to explore and challenge the versatility of clay both as a creative and functional medium – a material that is universal and unique, sustainable and enduring, whilst also being both one of the oldest and newest technologies. Its classic characteristics can be developed into an almost infinite range of products and future contexts.

We help you to establish networks, which we believe are fundamental in linking methodology to practice through real world exposure. Positioned at the heart of these is ceramics, with its potential to engage with other subjects and disciplines – making explicit a unique pattern of experience that links education to industry, business, arts, science and technology, reflecting national and international lifestyles.

Product Design
Product Design believes product design solutions should meet the wants and needs of real people. Widely recognised externally as an environment in which rigorous thinking generates creative, commercially relevant work, this course gives you the intellectual, academic and subject-specific skills you need to define your own professional practice.

Central Saint Martins’ Product and Industrial Design courses are recognised for world-class excellence by the award of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education 2013.

Product and Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins is concerned not only with the skills and professional practice of the subject, but also places an emphasis on the role of creative experimentation and critical evaluation.

These help to challenge the assumptions and ideas around design and design practice and its relevance in the wider social, cultural, economic and environmental contexts.

Since 1938, our lecturers and alumni have been associated with groundbreaking products. These include the first laptop computer (Bill Moggeridge), the original London Routemaster bus (Douglas Scott), and the Apple iPhone (Daniele De Iuliis/Apple Industrial Design Group) among many others. We look to Product Design graduates to carry forward this tradition, to be innovators, to be questioning practitioners who understand the potential and the responsibilities implied by their contributions to the material world.

Since its first introduction as a discrete subject area, the professional practice of the Product/Industrial Designer has evolved to reflect other changes in manufacture, consumption and the wider concerns of society.

Most recently, this has informed a shift in the focus of Product Design students’ activities away from a purely market-orientated and problem-solving approach to a more analytical and critical approach. This accommodates an increasingly complex series of reference points including those provided by related and emerging disciplines such as sociology, politics, ethics, interaction design, service design, and experience design.

Design is about people
Designers have to understand people and their behaviours before formulating a response to their wants and needs. Product Design students’ understanding of people and their behaviour is informed through a consideration of ergonomics and usability as well as the ability to read and interpret market drivers and the softer, less tangible emotional responses to the material world. This approach is incorporated into increasingly complex projects that emphasise and develop appropriate research methods. In some cases, this is also enhanced through collaborative working methods. The programme reinforces deep learning through collective as well as individual activity.

Design is a process – not a thing
Whilst the output of the Product/Industrial designer is predominantly concerned with manufacture and production, the subject is predicated on the notion that design is a process-driven activity: the practice of applying a relevant process to a particular context. Out of such a process a very broad range of design outcomes might emerge: consumer durables, personal accessories, packaging and branding, furniture and lighting as well as other outcomes which might be categorised as service or system design, or even design strategy. The subject is therefore unconstrained by the conventions of specific typologies or pathways, and it is an approach that we believe enables you to be flexible, confident, creative and open to a broad range of unfamiliar and new high level design opportunities in strategic innovation and the design and creative sectors.

Design is about the future
Product and Industrial Designers are frequently called upon to conceptualise new products and systems of which consumers and users will have had no or little previous experience. You are encouraged to consider the impact of technology, consumer attitudes, environmental issues, cultural shifts and many other factors in the development of work directed at a future scenario. You are invited and encouraged to embrace change and to challenge accepted cultural and commercial norms. This flexibility makes you highly valuable in the more strategic and management roles that lie beyond mainstream design practice.

Program overviews encompass full 3 year degree programs. Study abroad students are placed into year 1 or year 2 of the programs based on portfolio review. For course details please view the program syllabi.

Culture, Criticism and Curation
With a focus spanning art, design, architecture, fashion, film, performance, literature and media, Culture, Criticism and Curation equips you for work in galleries, museums and collections, TV, radio and new media, theatre and cinema, teaching, and arts and events management.

Culture, criticism and curation refer to bodies of knowledge, skills, outcomes and opportunities within the arts. They are interrelated. Critical thinking, research, intellectual rigour and creative problem solving are at the core of the degree course.

Criticism relates to critical writing (the history and theory of arts criticism), as well as the critical thinking at the heart of cultural practices. Critical writing and thinking are key skills that help Criticism, Communication and Curation: Arts and Design students develop successful futures as organisers of, or commentators on, the arts, as writers and as teachers.

Communication refers to today’s media, including television, radio, print journalism, publishing, the web and other technologies. It asks how different arts communicate in different contexts. To develop an approach to communication, you’ll take practical courses in photography and web design, and in how to use these tools within your assignments. You’ll be introduced to journalistic writing. And you’ll consider how to communicate narratives and ideas to your audiences when curating exhibitions or planning public events. Personal communication skills – key to success in every professional field – are central to the degree course and developed within every unit.

Curation refers to the specific skills and knowledge needed to ‘curate’ exhibitions – for example, historical research and the contextualisation of art practice. It also takes in the wider meaning of curating as applied to arts events organisation, from planning film festivals to hosting local street events. Curation is linked to critical writing and to communication through publicity, journalistic reviewing and other activities.

Program overviews encompass full 3 year degree programs. Study abroad students are placed into year 1 or year 2 of the programs based on portfolio review. For course details please view the program syllabi.

Fashion Communication with Promotion
In Fashion Communication and Promotion, you will explore how fashion is communicated and promoted creatively through different media. The curriculum includes photography, fashion illustration, graphics and branding, trends, styling, public relations, fashion film, fashion show production, set and installation design and the creative use of new digital platforms. Core elements of the programme set out to develop communications awareness through investigation and analysis of the relationship of word to image; related aspects of professional practice are addressed through seminars and workshops. In all contexts, the emphasis is on professionalism, flexibility and teamwork.

Fashion History and Theory
This pathway develops your understanding of the history of western fashion from the Renaissance to the present day, and provides you with a sound theoretical framework within which to analyse that history. The subject’s interdisciplinary nature is addressed using a range of methodologies to analyse sources, drawing on approaches from cultural theory, material history and other fields. Fashion is studied as image, object and text. You’ll be asked to consider the design, manufacture, promotion and consumption of fashion and to explore these areas within social, historical and cultural contexts.

While this pathway analyses fashion history, it also engages with the contemporary fashion industry. You’ll work with students from other fashion pathways on projects that will enrich your understanding of the design process, cut and construction, and communication and promotion to make stimulating connections between theory and practice.

Fashion Journalism
This pathway focuses on fashion writing for different media and markets. Fashion writers do not work just for magazines and newspapers but are employed by brands to communicate directly to their customers through e-tailing sites and brand magazines. E-commerce needs writers with a commercial understanding of fashion and brands now employ fashion writers to manage social media and the new Fashion Journalism pathway will tap into the industry’s need for quality content. From traditional printed media to new media platforms, the pathway will respond to industry’s and non-retailing site’s insatiable demand for quality, written content from commercially savvy, fashion-alert journalists.

Program overviews encompass full 3 year degree programs. Study abroad students are placed into year 1 or year 2 of the programs based on portfolio review. For course details please view the program syllabi.

Fashion Design with Knitwear
Britain has an outstanding international reputation for design in knitwear thanks to our historical position at the centre of the wool trade. This sector has grown from traditional quality and craft styles to encompass high fashion, cut and sew jersey, stretch and bodywear. Today, knitwear is created and marketed worldwide, whether through multinationals or designer-makers. This pathway aims to familiarise you with knitwear processes and the impact of world fibre resources on the sector.

This pathway differs from some knitwear courses in that it is taught in collaboration with other fashion disciplines across womenswear and menswear. Understanding of mainstream fashion remains central to your development. You’ll undertake a range of activities alongside your peers in an atmosphere of creative cross-fertilisation. Team projects with other pathways and external assignments allow you to negotiate and share design solutions as in the professional workplace. Illustration, business and cultural studies, field trips, trade shows and collection visits are integrated with other pathways.

Though primarily fashion and design oriented, the pathway is strongly underpinned by technical ability. You’ll become conversant with the wide variety of techniques and fibres that can be used to create distinctive knitwear and jersey fashion. By designing and making in a variety of styles culminating in a collection, you’ll learn to specify for sewing and finishing equipment, graduating with a fully informed appreciation of this market.

Fashion Design with Marketing
This pathway is for designers who want to contribute innovative ideas to marketing activities operating alongside the international design industry today. Clothing, at the heart of lifestyle choice, is marketed in association with beauty products, music, food, interiors, fine art and more. Within this contextual mix, our graduating students play an important role as designers, marketing specialists and fashion consultants.

The pathway benefits from collaboration with sponsors and from teaching by a range of practitioners working in design and marketing. They include specialists in fashion design, forecasting, branding, product development, public relations and advertising.

Acknowledging the importance of global communication, the pathway introduces you to processes for communicating design information to international manufacturers and consumers within specific markets, actual or projected. Your presentations will feature personal signature clothes aligned to labelling and packaging ideas and must be supported by a convincing rationale linking product to consumer. Today’s global fashion design and marketing industry demands creative, articulate, highly organised individuals with communications flair. This pathway meets that demand.

Fashion Design Menswear
This pathway is for students who want to pursue careers as innovative designers. It sets out to deliver a clear understanding and experience of generating, developing and realising a wide variety of creative menswear ideas to a professional standard.

You’ll be encouraged to develop your personal design vision within the context of menswear design and in existing and expanding national and international fashion markets that incorporate both classic and innovative design concepts. Throughout the course the focus is on achieving the professionalism, innovation and creativity to develop and realise your design ideas. Essential skills you’ll learn include research methods, flat pattern cutting, modelling on the stand, garment construction, tailoring processes and finishing, technical drawing, illustration and presentation.

You’ll grow your understanding of the diversity of the menswear industry through a varied curriculum, targeted projects and the guidance of established and visiting lecturers who are specialists in this sector.

Fashion Design Womenswear
This pathway is for students who want to pursue careers as innovative designers. It sets out to deliver a clear understanding and experience of generating, developing and realising a variety of creative womenswear ideas to a professional standard.

You’ll be encouraged to develop your personal design vision within the context of womenswear design and in existing and expanding national and international fashion markets that incorporate both classic and innovative design concepts. Throughout the course the focus is on achieving the professionalism, innovation and creativity to develop and realise your design ideas. Essential skills you’ll learn include research methods, flat pattern cutting, modelling on the stand, garment construction, tailoring processes and finishing, technical specification, illustration and presentation.

You’ll grow your understanding of the diversity of the womenswear industry through a varied curriculum, targeted projects and the guidance of established and visiting lecturers who are specialists in this sector.

Fashion Print
In this pathway the design process starts with fabric creation. By handling image, colour, surface pattern and a wide variety of print processes you’ll develop and apply your printed textile skills to fashion design. Unlike some other printed textile courses, this pathway has fashion firmly at its heart. It’s fundamental to your development as a print designer that you have a thorough understanding of body proportions, the cut and construction of garments, the performance of fibres and fabrics in relation to these and, above all, a feeling for contemporary and evolving fashion trends.

This pathway aims to give you a varied and challenging experience of fashion. It enhances your creative potential through the study of printed textile design and its application to fashion, encouraging you to explore techniques, materials and processes that allow you to realise your creative printed textile ideas.

Jewelry Design
This degree course is for students who want to consider, design and produce exciting and original contemporary jewelry. It’s distinctive because it promotes understanding of a wide variety of approaches and contexts that contemporary jewellers can use or operate in. BA Jewelry Design offers a stimulating learning environment in which innovation, originality and excellence are encouraged and developed.

Textile Design
Textile Design has three specialist pathways – Knit, Print and Weave. Regardless of pathway, learning is student-centred with a focus on development of the individual. There’s no set formula for success. You’re expected to take responsibility for your own ideas and to become increasingly independent in your learning as you progress.

Program overviews encompass full 3 year degree programs. Study abroad students are placed into year 1 or year 2 of the programs based on portfolio review. For course details please view the program syllabi.

Fine Art
Artists create the cultural resources of our shared future. We recognise the breadth and diversity of social, political, cultural, economic and technological contexts of contemporary art. The Fine Art program will challenge you to develop an experimental practice within the context of an internationally renowned course. You will work within one of 4 pathways, 2D, 3D, 4D and XD, offering you a practice-based approach to technical, conceptual, historical and critical contexts. This will provide you with the skills and knowledge to define and innovate within your chosen cultural and artistic field.

As well as studio practice, the Fine Art program takes the form of lectures, seminars and assignments undertaken in a sequence of distinct Units. Your study of fine art follows one of four broad pathways, described below. All pathways involve studio practice, critical and theoretical studies, and personal and professional development. For all pathways and practice, students develop appropriate levels of research, initiative and responsibility in order to propose and implement their own programme of study.

The Fine Art program is practice-based and focuses on making and the development of ideas that constitute your artistic production. ‘Production’ takes place in many ways and places, including studios, workshops and off-site locations. In participating you benefit not only from the formal input of tutors but also from an informal interaction with peers, and an awareness of their development, within a shared environment. ‘Studio practice’ can mean site-specific work, film and video, live performance or installation as well as work actually made in ‘a studio’.

2D (art practice in two dimensions, for example – painting, printmaking and photography)
2D explores how making is informed by contemporary culture, politics and social forms as much as by questions of the image and abstraction. It considers the screen, the picture plane and surface as fundamental aspects of visual production. Technical inductions are positioned in terms of these questions. In the studio we discuss how diverse disciplines, practices and forms of thought can be mixed.

3D (art practice in three dimensions, for example – sculpture, installation and performance)
3D explores matter, scale, production, material and immaterial form in relation to place and
audience. Students are inducted into a range of traditional and new 3D technologies, and to the debates surrounding hybrid production processes. The studio is a place where the reading and writing of space can take place and be questioned. 3D challenges a conventional understanding of the studio, the exhibition and institutional spaces.

4D (art practice in four dimensions, for example – film, video, art writing, performance and sound)
4D explores time-based, durational performative, and interdisciplinary practices. Critical and philosophical positions are explored in relation to practice and current ideas such as the post-medium condition, the apparatus of technology and temporality are considered. The Pathway has an experimental approach to the studio and explores how this might challenge conventions of practice. In this context, the ‘open work’ is engaged as a site where collaboration and production take place.

XD (art practice across dimensions, practices, locations and situations)
XD explores the possibilities of not only ‘what does art mean?’ but also ‘what can art do?’ and ‘where can art be?’ The implications of working across different platforms and placing art in particular situations and communities’ throws into question the rights and responsibilities of the artist in relation to the audience and the environment. The studio is considered as a laboratory where ideas for interventions in the practice of everyday life can be generated.

Program overviews encompass full 3 year degree programs. Study abroad students are placed into year 1 or year 2 of the programs based on portfolio review.

Graphic Communication Design
Graphic and communication design are emerging from the historical landscapes of commercial art, advertising, and the longer established printing trades. Their aims are to record, identify, inform, instruct, promote and persuade – and to do this by developing presentational, organisational and promotional systems and structures. The presence of clients, together with the scope and form of our disciplines, clearly distinguishes our activities from those of, say, fine art.

Graphic designers work in media and for media. They shape and in turn are shaped by media. The emergence of TV in the 1950s, the shift to photographic imagery in the 1960s, the change from letterpress to offset litho printing in the 1970s, the advent of Adobe’s PostScript page description language and Apple’s first Mac computer in the 1980s, and the arrival of the World Wide Web in the 1990s are all examples of this. Each has added scope to our work.

The convergence of different media languages and physical environments has moved the sphere of influence of graphic design towards experiences that are global, dynamic, interactive and continuous. With this shift, our personal and ethical concerns have been repositioned.

The accelerating pace of transformation raises important questions about the future forms the world will take and, as a consequence, the future aims and possibilities of graphic and communication design. Such challenges demand that practitioners envisage and direct change, and accept responsibility as managers of material and cultural resources, data and information. The key concepts of today’s design society are situated in the sustainability of multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches.

This course equips you to become a versatile practitioner in a wide range of media and professions by offering you a choice of specialisms in design and interaction, advertising, illustration or moving image. You can also study related subjects including photography, printmaking, letterpress, typography and writing.

During the program, Graphic Design students:

  • Experience the subject areas of design and interaction, illustration, moving image, advertising, photography, printmaking, letterpress, print-production, typography and writing, with the awareness that these practices are becoming less discrete and more transferable
  • Acquire skills and process knowledge based on both the historical tradition of our discipline and the potential of modern technology within the systems and structures of society, providing a practical expression of the connections between meanings and audiences
  • Belong to a large, diverse design student community spread across five continents while enjoying direct access to London, one of the world’s great capital cities of design
  • Have easy access to London, one of the world’s greatest cities, and all of its cultural and social resources.

Program overviews encompass full 3 year degree programs. Study abroad students are placed into year 1 or year 2 of the programs based on portfolio review. For course details please view the program syllabi.

Highly vocational and intensive, the CSM Acting program prepares you for direct entry to the acting profession while laying the foundations for a successful career in acting. Distinctive features of Acting include:

  • Intensive career focus, including a well-attended Agents’ Showcase event.
  • Close links with the directing course at the Drama Centre London and collaboration with student designers, filmmakers and others from within Central Saint Martins and University of the Arts London
  • Strong contacts with the profession, including regular visits by distinguished practitioners either as lecturers, visiting professors or directors
  • A methodological approach based on the work and achievements of leading artists and teachers from 20th century European and American theatre
  • A balanced approach to repertoire, covering the classics and contemporary theatre and with a strong emphasis on the screen
  • Course work upholds a methodological approach to acting while developing your ability to work as part of an ensemble.

Course methodologies derive from the work of leading artists and teachers from 20th century European and American theatre. These include Konstantin Stanislavsky, Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof, Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Bertolt Brecht, Joan Littlewood, Rudolf Laban and Yat Malmgren.

The core technical disciplines (acting, voice, body) require a process of progressive and systematic development. Many of the activities associated with these disciplines, such as regular classes and daily warm-ups, are about ‘tuning the instrument’. Imaginative, analytical and critical faculties call for similarly careful and progressive development.

At the heart of Acting at Drama Centre London is performance, a complex process of decision making and problem solving that calls for an interaction between conscious and unconscious activity, intuition and skill. All course teaching and learning activities culminate in rehearsal exercises, which are given before internal or public audiences.

Performance Design and Practice
Challenging assumptions and territories, this course explores theatre, film, video and live art. It emphasises collaborative practice, instilling a strong set of specialist and transferable skills. In the final year you’ll shape your own individual project, anticipating your future in this diverse and expanding sector.

Performance Design and Practice is undertaken in studio/performance practice and in lectures, seminars and assignments, in a sequence of distinct Units. The programme of study enables you to identify with a broad pathway focused on performance design, or performance practice, as described below, presenting your work accordingly.

Both pathways are interlinked and involve collaborative and individual practical work, critical and theoretical studies, and personal and professional development. Skills developed include creative, critical and reflective processes, research and analysis, budgeting and marketing. A core studies programme of contextual knowledge and practical skills sessions supports the development of a community of practice across the program.

Performance Design
This pathway focuses on activities associated with the production and realization of the visual components of a performance. Forms include theatre, live art, video, and community events. This pathway develops skills in design including drawing, drafting, scale model making and presentation.

Performance Practice
This pathway focuses on a range of overlapping activities that support your development towards roles such as director, performer, devisor, choreographer, writer and dramaturge. Skills developed include writing for performance, movement, performance modes, as well as skills such as pitching ideas and recording work.

Students enrolled in Integrated Programs can choose to enroll in an additional 3 week 3 credit course that takes place at the end of their program. This optional add-on alters the departure date, and carries an additional fee. Students can choose from the following two courses; for course details please view the program syllabi.

Add-on Course: European Art History (3 credits)
The add-on European Art History course is based at Chelsea College of Arts. The 3 week course offers a varied and stimulating introduction to art and design as it has developed in Europe since the Renaissance. Through focusing on specific themes and artifacts, ranging from architecture to photography and from the Sublime to Surrealism, it equips students with a basis of knowledge and enthusiasm for study and practice in a European context. A four day / three night trip to Berlin is included in the European Art History course. The Berlin trip includes: flights to Berlin, shared accommodation, breakfast and all entrance fees. The course offers an excellent opportunity to study alongside students from a wide variety of backgrounds and artistic disciplines.

Add-on Course: Creative Industries London (3 credits)
The add-on Creative Industries London course is based at London College of Communication. The 3 week course is designed to give students a solid foundation in theory and introduction to disruptive design, media and screen practices. Students take workshops in blogging, photography and video while learning in seminars about the networks of cultural power. The course includes visits to East London, creative cooperatives, the Bussey Building and Museum of Brands. This course offers an excellent opportunity to develop skills of contemporary communication practices.

Portfolio Requirements
20-24 image digital portfolio. Portfolios should demonstrate art and design development, whether in a college project or in your personal work. It should have originated from your own experience and visual research, and have progressed through stages to a finished piece. It is important that the work you include reflects and demonstrates your creative thinking, initiative and personal commitment to a particular project, in addition to showing a breadth of work. You must also include a sketchbook showing the origin of ideas displayed in your portfolio in notes and pictorial form, and helping demonstrate your research and creative process. Please ensure that images have been sized down appropriately (for example, jpegs should not exceed 20 MB, multi page PDFs should not exceed 50MB).

Courses & Schedule
Since the study of art and design is different in Europe, study abroad students at Central Saint Martins find they are working more independently than at their home schools. Professors offer guidance and support to visiting students in order to help them fit seamlessly into their program of choice, but students should be keenly motivated and comfortable working with less supervision. Upon acceptance, students are placed in either Year 1 or Year 2 of the integrated semester program, depending on the student’s portfolio. Courses are predetermined as part of the overall degree program; information can be seen in syllabi. Courses offered in the overall degree program begin and end at different points throughout the year, therefore, some courses may or may not span the entire semester. Students receive their specific program’s schedules with days and times at academic orientation.

Pre-Departure Calendar
October 15 2017
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
October 1 2017
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the date of acceptance.
October 15 2017
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
November 15 2017
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until student loan disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
December 1 2017
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
December 1 2017
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
January 5 2018
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into any London airport, most common: Heathrow (LHR) or Gatwick (LGW). Airport pick-up is provided between 10am and 6pm. Apartment check-in begins at 2pm.
January 6 2018
SAI Orientation & Welcome Dinner
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture. Following orientation, students are welcomed with a great meal!
January 8 2018
Academic Orientation & Welcome Day
Mandatory academic orientation and welcome day, which includes lunch and a walking tour.
January 8 2018
Classes Begin
March 16 2018
Classes End
March 17 2018*
Regular Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to pursue independent travel or return home between terms.

* If participating in one of the 3 week add-on courses, the departure date is April 7, 2018.

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Program Fee: Fashion Design Programs
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Add-On Course: European Art History
This 3 week 3 credit course can be added to any integrated program and includes a trip to Berlin.
Optional Add-On Course: Creative Industries London
This 3 week 3 credit course can be added to any integrated program.
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom; limited supply.
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement: Add-on Course
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom during add-on course.
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from London
$900 $1,200
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$300 / term $500 / term
Includes groceries and eating out.
$500 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $250 / month $350 / month
Transportation within London
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $250 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • Staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • Orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI weekend excursion
  • Frequent cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Event
Students are welcomed to their new city over a delicious dinner to mingle and get to know each other.

London Walking Tour
Students visit the Western part of the city accompanied by one of the finest local guides. The tour covers major sights such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square, but also takes students through quaint back streets to experience the true spirit of London.

Pub History Tour
Through old alleyways and amongst other famous sights of the city, students explore 2,000 years of London’s best pubs and inns, tabernas, alehouses and coaching inns frequented by famous poets and writers such as Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens.

An Evening in London’s West End
London’s West End is the world’s premier home of English language theatre—a fact that even the most avid Broadway addict will (quietly and begrudgingly) admit. Students get to enjoy a top rated West End musical or play to experience what all the hype is about.

Tour of the Tate Modern
One of the best-kept secrets in London is the Tate Modern’s Friday “late viewing” period when visitors can roam the halls of the world famous museum practically undisturbed. On one such evening, students take a tour of the museum’s highlights with an audio guide.

Weekend Trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon & Warwickshire
Students travel to William Shakespeare’s birthplace, and talk to on-site historians to discover what life was like in Renaissance England. While there students experience some of the highest profile Shakespearean theatre in the world at the Royal Shakespeare Company, which has trained generations of famous British actors from Patrick Stewart and Dame Judi Dench to Jude Law and David Tennant. The group then travels to nearby Warwick, to experience the 1,000 year old Warwick Castle, described by some as England’s Ultimate Castle.

Farewell Event
Students celebrate the end of a great term and say their goodbyes over a pint!

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Apartments are within a 30 minute walk/tube ride of all London campuses. Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Alternate Housing: Independent
Students seeking independent housing can do so, for a reduction in the SAI program fee. Please contact SAI for details.

Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from the UK.

Student Visas
European Union citizens attending any SAI London school for an academic term do not require a student visa. United States citizens attending any London school for one academic term (6 months or less) do not require a student visa prior to arrival. All others should check with the British Embassy to determine if a visa is required and the process for obtaining one.

Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students requiring a visa; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

About SAI

SAI Programs is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.