The First-Year Experience in London
Each fall, 36 students from Skidmore's incoming first-year class will have the opportunity to spend their first semester of college in London, one of the world's great cities. In addition to allowing students to enjoy the historical and cultural riches of England's capital, the First-Year Experience in London enables them to begin working toward their Skidmore degrees; helps prepare them for Skidmore's academic challenges and opportunities; and builds strong connections and friendships among the participants.
Students will study under the guidance of two Skidmore faculty directors who will oversee the academic program, serve as advisors and mentors for the students, and organize a variety of group cultural excursions and activities. The faculty directors will each teach a required Scribner Seminar. These courses have been specifically designed for the program and take full advantage of London's resources. Students will take additional classes at the IES Abroad London Center. All courses are considered Skidmore courses; grades will appear on the Skidmore transcript and will count toward the Skidmore GPA. A number of courses may also count toward core-curriculum requirements. At the conclusion of the program, students will join their classmates in Saratoga Springs for the spring semester.
Why the FYE in London?
- Receive academic credit that counts toward your Skidmore degree.
- Enjoy the historical and cultural riches of London under the guidance of Skidmore faculty members.
- Gain maturity and independence
- Make lifelong friends.
"The class excursions reinforced the academic experience by allowing us to physically see and interact with much of the course material."
- Trevor Cloen, Class of 2018, studied on the London FYE program in fall 2014
"The best aspect of my abroad experience would have to be the easy and affordable access to traveling between countries in Europe. I was able to visit various countries while knowing that if something happened, IES (or Skidmore) would know exactly where I was and made the necessary steps to ensure my safety."
- Ricardo Rios, Class of 2018, studied on the London FYE program in fall 2014
"The best part of the London FYE program was the relatively small group of kids that I was with during the program. With such a small group it was easy to make friends and connect to other kids. Equally, I'd say, was the opportunity and freedom to be in London, explore the city as well as explore the rest of Europe. The city offered so many different things to do and places to go and it was convenient for other travel."
- Hannah Wilson, Class of 2018, studied on the London FYE program in fall 2014
The River Thames meandering through the city center; the trendy West End with Soho, Piccadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square; the cultural melting pot of the East End; and the world-famous theaters—all combine to form today's London. Students can explore artistic treasures at the National and Tate galleries, visit the resting place of the royals at Westminster Abbey, watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, or pick through antiques at Portobello Market. It's easy to see why London attracts visitors from around the world. It's also easy to see why so many students find this to be a fantastic study abroad destination.
Take IES Abroad’s Virtual Tour of London with photos of the Center where students take classes, the housing, and many popular London spots. Please note that internships are not available as part of the London FYE program.
How do I apply to be a London FYE student?
For information on how to apply to the London FYE program, please visit the London FYE Admissions webpage.
Questions regarding the London FYE program details, orientation or arrival day should be directed to Anna Burnett, London FYE Program Manager in Skidmore's Off-Campus Study & Exchanges, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-518-580-5355
Questions regarding the admissions process should be directed to Ariana Vacs Renwick, Assistant Director of Admissions at email@example.com or +1-518-580-5570.
Questions regarding Skidmore on campus housing for the spring semester following London should be directed to the staff of the Office of Residential Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.