UNC students directly enroll at King’s College London for a semester or academic year for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life at King’s. You may apply as an exchange student or as a non-exchange/studyabroad student. No matter your classification, you will take courses alongside degree-seeking King’s students, have access to student housing, and participate in all aspects of student life.
King’s, one of the two founding Colleges of the University of London, is one of the oldest universities in England, and it’s also one of the largest, with a student population over 23,000. King’s is an urban campus, meaning instead of a contained campus, university buildings are located in the heart of the city and housing is scattered throughout the city.
King's is one of the UK’s most distinguished universities with an outstanding reputation for learning, teaching, and research. King's is known worldwide for the range and quality of its teaching and research and for fostering an enriching and stimulating learning environment. Just as at UNC, students studying at King’s have opportunities to study under top professors at the forefront of their disciplines in all departments. King’s offers a diverse, balanced curriculum in a variety of fields, including excellent Humanities and Sciences departments.
King’s is located in central London, with its main campus on “The Strand” along the River Thames. London is one of the world’s leading business and financial centers and home to many universities. With a population of 9 million, it is a major global city and one of the most cosmopolitan in the world. London boasts a rich culture and many attractions and lends itself to an atmosphere of excitement and sophistication.
UNC students at King’s are fully integrated into the university and have virtually the same range of classes to choose from as British students. The undergraduate course catalog (known at King’s as the module catalogue) can be found online.
King’s may be a good academic fit for students interested in coursework in the following fields, though King’s extensive course catalog offers plenty of classes in other fields as well.
English and Comp Lit
Peace War & Defense
For students interested in War Studies, European Studies, English, History, and Political Economy:
Please note that these subjects are excellent at King’s, but are also considered high-volume. High-volume subjects can sometimes have limited availability for exchange/direct enroll students, and as a result, may prove difficult when it comes to securing top-choice modules. As a result, we ask that you consider this when applying to King’s and prepare accordingly. You can do this by broadly researching available modules, considering possible alternatives, and approaching the enrollment process with flexibility.
For students interested in Global Health and Social Medicine:
KCL offers two modules - Introduction to Global Health and Introduction to Social Medicine- that allow students to gain unique insights into the economic, political and cultural factors that shape the nature of health and disease and which explain entrenched inequalities in the provision of healthcare worldwide. Students interested in these modules should submit their module request early as space is allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
Study Abroad Plus Internship Program:
Students applying to King’s for the academic year or the spring semester can elect to pursue an internship as one of their modules. Internship placements are not automatically provided, rather, resources are provided to assist students in finding their own internship in London. In addition to the required internship module, students select any three additional modules from the study abroad module catalog.
The British Education System
The British educational system positions students to be more independent and pro-active in their learning. Rather than multiple assessments throughout the semester, students may be graded only on a final essay and/or exam. Students may find that they are spending less time inside the classroom, but the expectation is that they will spend increased amounts of time engaged in independent study. While this system may prove challenging for U.S. students, many students thrive on the freedom to direct their education and welcome the exposure to a Graduate School-style approach.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit. Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
King’s offers a range of housing options in central London, including single or shared rooms in residence halls or apartments. Most housing options are self-catered, meaning kitchen facilities are available and residents can prepare their own meals. Though King’s housing is spread across London, convenient public transportation options make it easy to get to class and around the city.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.