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Undergraduate options by department

Below is an alphabetical list of King's departments and programmes with the related study abroad options for UG students in these departments. If yours is not listed here yet, please contact us directly for information by email: studyabroad@kcl.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 7386. 

With the exception of Modern Language partner universities, a sufficient number of modules are available in English, unless specified below.

*Destinations can change at short notice, as and when departments add or remove them, but we will aim for this list to be as current as possible.

*Destinations are dependent on students' home department. Students in any degree programme or year of study can apply for a Global Summer Experience

*For a joint honours student, the home department and study abroad options are based on the department that is mentioned first in the name of the degree programme (e.g. the department of Classics is the home department for a Classical Studies & Comparative Literature BA student). The only exceptions are Maths & Philosophy students, whose home department is Philosophy for their year abroad.

*Meeting the study abroad requirements set by the Global Mobility Office and your home department does not guarantee that you will be accepted by the host institution.

*Non-Modern Language students usually need to take and pass modules equivalent to 60 King's credits for one semester/120 King's credits for a full year. (Check our internal Assessments page for further detail on marks/credit transfer and credit load). There may be a difference between what King's requires and what the host institution may require, and that the former may be higher than the latter. 

Bioscience Education (including Anatomy, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, etc)

Students from the School of Bioscience Education have the opportunity to study abroad for the first semester of their second year at either the University of North Carolina or the University of Skovde, OR for their full second year at one of the other four destinations. This includes those registered on MSci programmes.

Students are advised to speak to their programme advisor and consult the recommendations and guidance given from the School of Bioscience Education. This guidance is based on students' study abroad experiences over the past few years, and was presented at the 2018 Go Global Bioscience Education briefing.

Bioscience Education students are required to achieve at a least a 60% average across their midsessionals, as a well as a 60% average overall in their first year, in order to receive departmental approval to study abroad. Information about this and other Biosceince-specific FAQs can be found here.

Additionally, students can also consider the extra mural year as another way to add value to their King's Bioscience Education degree.

Business Management

Students on the BSc Business Management programme have the option to study abroad for their full second year or just the first semester of the second year, at one of these destinations:

Module Selection

Students should be aware that there are module requirements that need to be fulfilled whist studying abroad. Students need to take and pass modules equivalent to 60 King's credits for one semester, and 120 King's credits for a full year, taking into account any pre-requisites for third year modules

For BSc Business Management students studying abroad for Semester ONE only should enrol in modules realated to the following:

  • principles of marketing (required)
  • quantitative research methods/introductory statistics (required)

For BSc Business Management students studying abroad for a FULL YEAR should enrol in modules realated to the following:

  • principles of marketing (required)
  • international business (required)
  • quantitative research methods/introductory statistics (required)

ALL students preparing to study abroad must work with the Study Abroad Tutor for Management to confirm appropriate module choices ahead of the module selection deadline set by the host university.

It is the students' responsibility to ensure they have registered for enough credits whilst studying in the partner institutions and submit in time the learning agreement. The credit equivalence is as follows:

 Credit Conversion (per semester)

  • 60 King's credits = 30 ECTS credits (European universities)
  • 60 King's credits = 2.0 Toronto units
  • 60 King's credits = 30 Hong Kong credits
  • 60 King's credits = 15 CUHK credits
  • 60 King's credits = 15 Renmin credits
  • 60 King's credits = 20 Fundação Getulio Vargas-EAESP credits
  • 60 King's credits = 24 University of New South Wales credits
  • 60 King's credits = 12 Universidad del Pacifico credits
  • 60 King's credits = 50 University of Melbourne credits
  • 60 King's credits = 24 University of Sydney credits
  • 60 King's credits =  12 Universidad del Pacifico credits
  • 60 King's credits =  50 University of Melbourne credits
  • 60 King's credits = 24 University of Sydney credits
  • 60 King's credits = 15 McGill credits
  • 60 King's credits = 5 Singapore Management credits

Chemistry

It is projected that students on the MSci Chemistry and MSci Chemistry with Biomedicine degree programmes will have the opportunity to study abroad for either or both of the semesters of their third year.  Destinations that are likely to be offered are:

Classics

Students from the department of Classics (including student on Classical Studies & Comparative Literature BA) have the opportunity to study abroad for either the second semester of the second year, or for their whole second year, at one of these destinations:

Students are not permitted to study abroad for the first semester only. 

Comparative Literature

Students on the Comparative Literature programme have the opportunity to study abroad for the first semester of the third and final year at the following institutions:

Third year students must take the minimum credit requirement of their partner institution and pass at least 45 King’s credits whilst abroad. 

Students on the Classical Studies & Comparative Literature BA follow the study abroad options for the Classics department.

Digital Humanities

Students on the BA Digital Culture, within the Department of Digital Humanities, have the opportunity to study abroad for the second semester of the second year at:

Economics

Students on the BSc Economics degree will have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of the second year, with the first cohort due to study overseas in 2018/19.

Please note - Students must take an Econometric Theory module whilst abroad. It is the student's responsibility to pick a module that is equivalent to the Econometric Theory module at King’s, at their host university.

Students on the BA/BSc Philosophy, Politics & Economics degree (PPE) should see the notes regading their options under Political Economy.

Economics and Management

Students on the BSc Economics and Management programme have the option to study abroad for their full second year or just the first semester of the second year, at one of these destinations:

Module Selection

Students should be aware that there are module requirements that need to be fulfilled whist studying abroad. Students need to take and pass modules equivalent to 60 King's credits for one semester, and 120 King's credits for a full year, taking into account any pre-requisites for third year modules 

It is compulsory for BSc Economics & Management students to enrol in modules related to the following: 

  • intermediate microeconomics (semester 1)
  • introduction to econometrics (semester 1)
  • intermediate macroeconomics (semester 2)

And any TWO of the following four: 

  • principles of marketing (semester 1)
  • corporate finance (semester 2)
  • management accounting (semester 2)
  • international business (semester 2) 

ALL students preparing to study abroad must work with the Study Abroad Tutor for Management to confirm appropriate module choices ahead of the module selection deadline set by the host university.

It is the students' responsibility to ensure they have registered for enough credits whilst studying in the partner institutions and submit in time the learning agreement. The credit equivalence is as follows:

 Credit Conversion (per semester)

  • 60 King's credits = 30 ECTS credits (European universities)
  • 60 King's credits = 30 HKU credits
  • 60 King's credits = 15 CUHK credits
  • 60 King's credits = 16 California credits
  • 60 King's credits = 2.0 Toronto units
  • 60 King's credits = 15 Tongji credits
  • 60 King's credits = 15 Renmin credits

English Language & Linguistics

Students on the BA English Language & Linguistics, within the School of Education, Communication & Society, have the opportunity to study abroad for the second semester of the second year at:

Students must enrol in two compulsory modules from the two of the following study areas:

  • Grammar/Functional Grammar/Syntax
  • Phonetics/Phonology/Phonetics & Phonology/Sound Systems of English
  • Lexis/Semantics/Pragmatics/Lexicology/Morphology

ALL students preparing to study abroad must work with the Study Abroad Tutor for English Language & Linguistics to confirm appropriate module choices ahead of the module selection deadline set by the host university.

English Literature

Students from the department of English Language & Literature have the opportunity to study abroad for the second semester of the second year at one of nine destinations:

European Politics

European & International Studies

Students on the BA European Studies have the opportunity to study abroad for the third year of four at one of three destinations, as dictated by their degree pathway:

Film Studies

Students from the department of Film Studies have the opportunity to study abroad for either the second semester of the second year, or the first semester of the third and final year, at one of these destinations:

Third year students must take the minimum credit requirement of their partner institution and pass at least 45 King’s credits whilst abroad. 

French

Students from the department of French have the opportunity to study abroad for their whole third year, at one of these destinations, in mainland France and beyond:

Students also have the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme, or can apply for a semester-long internship

Students on the 3 year BA French attend the University of London in Paris (ULIP) in the second semester of the second year.

In addition to the options listed above, BA French & Management students also have the opportunity to study at ESSEC (École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) and also EDHEC Business School, France.

Geography

Students from the department of Geography have the opportunity to study abroad for either the second semester of the second year, or for the whole year, at one of these destinations:

German

Students from the department of German have the opportunity to study abroad for the whole of their third year, at one of six destinations:

In addition to the options above, students also have the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme, or can apply for a semester-long internship

Online destination forum - by students, for students!

The Year 2 and Year 4 German student representatives have created an online Year Abroad destination forum on Facebook, so students from both year groups can chat about destinations and practical tips on issues such as accommodation, student life, travel etc. Returning students, this is your chance to pass on your expert knowledge to second years about to embark on their year abroad, and second years, hear first hand from those who have been there, done that! Click here to join the discussion.

Global Health & Social Medicine

Students on the BA or BSc in Global Health & Social Medicine can extend their degree programme by a year and spend their full third year (of four) at the following destinations:

History

History & International Relations

History & Political Economy

Students on the History & Political Eocnomy degree programme have the opportunity to study abroad for the second semester of the second year at one of many destinations:

For students who select this option, the requirement to take certain compulsory modules in History during semester 2 will be waived, although they will still need to take 30 credits of History modules.

To fulfil subject-specific requirements in Political Economy, students will need to take equivalent modules to those they would take at King’s.

It is compulsory for BA/BSc History & Political Economy students to complete the following modules in their second year:

  • Political Economy 

Additionally BSc History & Political Economy students must complete the following modules in their second year: 

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Econometrics

Informatics

Students from the department of Informatics (on either the Bsc Computer Science with a Year Abroad or the BSc Computer Science with Management and a Year Abroad) have the opportunity to study abroad for their full third year at one of nine destinations:

Students on the following degree programmes must take the minimum credit requirement of their partner institution and pass at least 30 King’s credits whilst abroad.

International Development

Students on the BA in International Development have the opportunity to study abroad for a full, additional year at the following destinations:

Students add an extra year to their degree and will therefore study abroad in their third year and return to King's for a fourth and final year. Students must take the minimum credit requirement of their partner institution and pass at least 30 King’s credits whilst abroad.

Check out the DID Abroad blog here! Read all about the experiences of International Development students on their year abroad. 

International Management

Students under this degree programme study abroad in their third year and return to King's for a fourth and final year. They have the option to choose from the following destinations:

Module Selection

Students should be aware that there are module requirements that need to be fulfilled whist studying abroad. Students need to take and pass modules equivalent to 45 King's credits for one semester, and 90 King's credits for a full year, taking into account any pre-requisites for third year modules 

It is the students' responsibility to ensure they have registered for enough credits whilst studying in the partner institutions and submit in time the learning agreement. The credit equivalence is as follows:

 Credit Conversion (per semester)

45 King's credits = 

  • 22.5 ECTS credits, including HSE (90 King's credits = 45 ECTS)
  • 9 GWU credits (90 King's credits = 18 GWU credits)
  • 15 Hitotsubashi credits (90 King's credits = 30 Hitotsubashi credits)
  • 22.5 Hong Kong credits (90 King's credits = 45 Hong Kong credits)
  • 11.25 CUHK credits (90 King's credits = 22.5 CUHK credits)
  • 11.25 Tongji credits (90 King's credits = 22.5 Tongji credits)
  • 15 Fundação Getulio Vargas-EAESP credits (90 King's credits = 30 FGV-EAESP credits)
  • 18 Sydney credits (90 King's credits = 36 Sydney credits)
  • 18 UNSW credits (90 King's credits = 36 UNSW credits)
  • 9 NTU credits (90 King's credits = 18 NTU credits)
  • Students at The Wharton School must take 4 UPenn course units per semester (to satisfy visa requirements) 
  • 3.75 SMU credits (90 King's credits = 7.5 SMU credits)

Since BSc International Management students must spend a compulsory year abroad, they do not have a specific grade requirement for King's to approve them to study abroad. Please note that admission to a partner university is still dependent on the student satisfying the entry requirements of the partner university.

Students should also take particular care in giving the reasons for selecting certain universities as their preferred destinations. For example, they should mention if they have chosen the host country's native language as their language in the 1st and 2nd year of their programme. 

Students have the option to split their year abroad, studying in semester one and completing an interntional internship in semester two.

Law

Students from The Dickson Poon School of Law have the opportunity to switch from the three year LLB into one of the following four year programmes. In all cases students will spend their third year of study overseas:

  • LLB Law with European Legal Studies with a year at a European university. The language of instruction at these universities is that of the host country, unless otherwise noted:

Students on the four year Politics, Philosophy and Law programme do not currently have the opportunity to study abroad, as decided by the School of Law.

To see the full list of international links within the The Dickson Poon School of Law, please click here.

Liberal Arts

Students on the BA Liberal Arts are strongly recommended to consider studying abroad. This is available for the second semester of the second year of the BA. 

King's has a whole host of partner universities, and different departments offer different destinations to their students. The study abroad options for Liberal Arts students vary. They have the option of selecting from destinations that are either:

a)      a partner of their major department

b)      a Liberal Arts partner

For students interested in studying abroad at a Liberal Arts partner, they need to ensure that the institution offers sufficient modules in their major subject. Students can explore their major’s departmental study abroad destinations by clicking on the relevant department’s drop-down menu on this page.

Liberal Arts Partners

Mathematics

From 2017/18 onwards, students on the following programmes will be able to add an additional year abroad at one of the below destinations. 

  • BSc/MSci Mathematics
  • BSc Mathematics with Statistics with a Year Abroad
  • BSc/MSci Mathematics with a Year Abroad 
  • BSc/MSci Mathematics & Physics with a Year Abroad
  • BSc Mathematics with Management & Finance with a Year Abroad
  • BSc Mathematics & Philosophy with a Year Abroad (students follow the Philosophy destinations)

BSc students will study abroad between their second and third years, and MSci students have a choice of studying abroad between their second and third, or third and fourth years.

An average of 60% will be required for study abroad to be considered and only if the appropriate modules are approved in advance with the departmental Study Abroad Tutor.

The current destinations available are:

Please see the information on the Department of Mathematics website for more details.

Medicine

Students on the Medicine Programme (MBBS) can spend their 5th year elective at one of King's prestigious partner institutions around the world. Electives are facilitated by the GKT School of Medical Education and for more information, and for a list of partners, please see their Clinical Elective Placements page.

Midwifery

Students on the BSc Midwifery programme have the opportunity to study abroad and experience clinical work in international settings for a two week period in the third and final year provided they have met all EU requirements for registration. Midwifery electives are facilitated by the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care - please see their page on electives for current students and their internal page on international mobility for more information.

Music

Students from the department of Music have the opportunity to study abroad for the second semester of the second year at one of many destinations:

Nursing (BSc and PG Dip)

Students on pre-registration BSc Nursing programmes have the opportunity to study abroad and experience clinical work in international settings for four weeks in the spring of the second year of three. Students on the PGDip programmes have the opportunity for four weeks in September of part two (the second year). Electives are facilitated by the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care - please see their page on electives for current students and their internal page on international mobility for more information.

Pharmacy

Students on the MPharm programme have the opportunity to study abroad for the first semester of their fourth and final year at one of several destinations. However, unlike most study abroad students who take a selection of taught modules much as they would do at King's, MPharm students complete a final year research project with a relevant academic or group of academics at the partner.

The nature of the research project means the Study Abroad Tutor for the MPharm programme, Dr Khuloud Al-Jamal, is involved with working with students to attain the right placement, but it is down to individual students to research where is appropriate for their interests/requirements and investigate with the relevant Principle Investigator (PI).

Additional information

For students doing their research projects at USP:

Students with EU passports issued in the UK (and some other EU countries, but not all) do not require a visa to study in Brazil for up to 90 days. If students stay longer than 90 days though, they must register on the 'Special Topics for Foreign Student' course at USP. These topics can be anything from seminars to Portuguese classes. Registering on this course will allow students to qualify for a student status visa for Brazil.

Philosophy

Students from the department of Philosophy have the opportunity to study abroad for the second semester of their second year, or the full second year, at one of many destinations. Students on the BSc Mathematics & Philosophy With A Year Abroad or BA Philosophy, Politics & Economics degree (PPE) programmes should see the notes below.

Students on the BSc Mathematics & Philosophy with a Year Abroad students follow the Philosophy destinations and study abroad for their third year, returning to King's for their final (fourth) year. 

Students on the BA/BSc Philosophy, Politics & Economics degree (PPE) should see the notes regading their options under Political Economy.

Physics

Students from the department of Physics have the opportunity to study abroad for a full year at the following destinations. BSc students add an extra year to their degree and will therefore study abroad in their third year and return to King's for a fourth and final year. MSci students replace their third year at King's with the year abroad, adding no extra time to the degree.

Module requirements

1) BSc with the year abroad: there are no compulsory modules. 

2) MSci: MSci students can spend their third year in another university. In this case students need to take modules that are (more or less) equivalent to the ones that are offered to third year students at KCL. In particular, 4 modules are compulsory:

- Solid state physics

- Statistical mechanics

- Optics

- Quantum mechanics II

Regarding the other 4 modules that students need to take in their third year, students can choose within a range of different courses (but they must be at the appropriate level, i.e. third year level).

Students must take the minimum credit requirement of their partner institution and pass at least 30 King’s credits whilst abroad.

Political Economy

BA and BSc students from the department of Political Economy studying Politics or Political Economy have the opportunity to study abroad for the second semester of the second year. 

Students can choose to study abroad at one of the following destinations:

Students on the BA Philosophy, Politics & Economics degree (PPE) have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of the second year at the following destinations, however BSc PPE students must first check the module catalogues of the below institutions to make sure they can fulfil their degree requirements whilst abroad:

Module Selection

Students should be aware that there are module requirements that need to be fulfilled in their second year of study, regardless of them studying abroad. Students need to take and pass modules equivalent to 60 King's credits for one semester, taking into account any pre-requisites for third year modules 

It is compulsory for BA/BSc Political Economy students to complete the following modules in their second year:

  • Political Economy 

Additionally BSc Political Economy students must complete the following modules in their second year: 

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Econometrics

It is compulsory for BA/BSc Politics students to complete the following modules in their second year:

  • Research Methods for Politics 

Additionally BSc Politics students must complete the following modules in their second year: 

  • Game Theory and Strategic Decision-Making
  • Statistics for Political Science II

It is compulsory for BA/BSc PPE students to complete the following modules in their second year:

  • The Philosophy and Practice of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Additionally BSc PPE students must complete the following modules in their second year: 

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Econometrics

Psychology

Students on the new BSc in Psychology have the opportunity to study abroad for a full, additional year at one of the following destinations:

What can I study?

Students will continue to follow the broad BSc Psychology curriculum and in all cases module choices should be first discussed with the department Study Abroad Tutor

Students must take the minimum credit requirement of their partner institution and pass at least 30 King’s credits whilst abroad.

*Yonsei University - Psychology modules taught in English may cover content similar to core King's BSc modules, and access to these modules cannot be guaranteed. Thus this option is more suitable for students looking to broaden their study topics beyond psychology, than to those looking primarily at experiencing a cross-cultural approach to psychology.

How long can I go for?

Students add an extra year to their degree and will therefore study abroad in their third year (of four) and return to King's for a fourth and final year. 

Social Sciences

Students on the new BA Social Sciences programme have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of their second year to study abroad and one of the following destinations:

Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies

Hispanic Studies students have the opportunity to study abroad for the whole of their third year at one of several destinations in Europe and Latin America:

In addition to the options above, Hispanic Studies students also have the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme, or can apply for a semester-long internship

Portuguese & Brazilian Studies

Portuguese & Brazilian Studies students have the opportunity to study abroad for the whole of their third year at one of three destinations in Europe, and four in Latin America:

In addition to the options above, Portuguese & Brazilian Studies students also have the opportunity to apply for a semester-long internship.

Travel guide for SPLAS students

This guide has been put together by SPLAS study abroad tutor Toby Green in collaboration with returning SPLAS students. All information is accurate as far as can be verified as of December 2017, but SPLAS cannot take responsibility for any error which may be contained therein.

Theology & Religious Studies

Students from the department of Theology and Religious Studies have the opportunity to study abroad in either or both semesters of the second year, at one of seven destinations:

War Studies & International Relations

Students from the department of War Studies (including those on the BA International Relations) have the opportunity to study abroad for their full second year. War Studies & History joint honours students follow War Studies options for study abroad, too. Destinations on offer are:


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