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Kingston University
London, United Kingdom (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring,
Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: BW applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 11/01/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.70
Housing Options: On Campus
Program Description:
Kingston University
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History & Description

Kingston University is a public research located in Kingston upon Thames in southwest London. It was originally founded in 1899 as the Kingston Technical Institute, but it did not become a university until 1992.  Today, Kingston hosts about 24,720 students with a sixth of that figure being international from over 151 countries.  

Kingston Upon Thames


First recorded in 838 A.D., the medieval market town of Kingston has become a mix of the old and new flavors of England. Kingston Upon Thames much like its past hosts an eclectic mix of unique shops, themed markets, street performances, and numerous cafes, restaurants, and bars.  With its thriving arts scene, festivals, great nightlife, and riverside location not to mention the fact that this city hosts Wimbledon Tennis, the Hampton Court Palace, and Chessington World of Adventures, Kingston Upon Thames is not a city to miss.  However, if Kingston Upon Thames does not offer what you are looking for, London is only 12 miles away.

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About The Program

Orientation and Airport Pick-Up

Kingston University offers a 1-day orientation as well as airport pick-up.  If you would like airport pick-up, you must contact the University months before you arrive.  The orientation consists of a formal welcome, a seminar on cultural adjustment and practical information regarding academics and life in England, guided tours of the campus, and an information fair where you will receive advice about how to open a bank account, part-time jobs and visas.

Housing

For information about housing at Kingston, please go to this link: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/studyabroadandexchangeprogrammes/study-abroad-partner-students/accommodation/#halls.  Note: there are different options for 1-year students and 1-semester students.

Food & Laundry

There is no food plan.  You will have access to a kitchen and there are also student cafes and restaurants on campus.  As for laundry, you will have access to modern laundry facilities whether you are a 1-year or 1-semester students.

Transportation

It is suggested that you set aside money for transportation (the “tube” or the bus) as you will most likely want to explore England’s and London’s sites.  The public transportation here is very reliable!

Banking & Cell Phones

It is recommended that students keep their American bank accounts and simply use the ATM's instead of opening a local bank account.  It is imperative, however, to inform your bank of your upcoming time abroad and to learn more about your bank’s policy for making withdrawals  in order to best avoid any banking problems.  Usually, you should expect a fee for withdrawals (usually about $3 or $4). More information regarding banking will be discussed during the BW Pre-Departure Orientation Session. 

As for cell phone use, it is recommended that you buy a cheap cell phone in England and use a Pay-As-You-Go phone card.  According to past students, having a cell phone made socializing a lot easier and if you plan on travelling, having a cell phone is strongly recommended.

Academics & Activities

The teaching methods used vary subject to subject, although most involve a mixture of formal lectures and smaller seminars, which provide the foundation for further independent study.  Independent studies are a major component of the British education system.  The teaching styles and classroom etiquette as well as assessment information will be given during orientation.  As for extracurricular activities, there are several social events each semester as well as trips.  You can also join the Kingston International Student Society which coordinates social events and sightseeing trips too.

Health

All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding this can be found at www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/health/.



Eligibility


Current BW Status

You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.

GPA

Your cumulative grade point average has to be 2.7 or above (the host institution might have a higher GPA requirement.)  If lower than a 2.7, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director.

Student Conduct Record

Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible for a program if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive).

Bursar's Approval

Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.

Insurance

You must be willing to accept and pay for an international health insurance policy as required by the University.

What Can I Study?

The areas of study available at Kingston are: Accounting, Broadcasting/Mass Communication, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Conservatory(Music), Economics, Finance, Health Care Mgmt., Human Resources, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Management, Mathematical Economics, Medical Technology, Organizational Leadership, Sortware Engineering, and Theatre. 

Academic Credit

In order to receive transfer credit from your classes abroad, you need to receive a "C" grade or better.

How Much Does It Cost?


Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Housing at Kingston is approximately $1000 more than housing at BW. Additional financial aid is available. Please see below. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit : www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/costs/.


Summer Program

Students will enroll in 1 or 2 courses at Kingston.
Students can expext to pay the cost of the Kingston Summer Program. The cost will be determined by the number of courses taken. Please see explorations for details.

Included in the cost of the program is:

  • tuition
  • 32 nights in Kingston Residence Halls
  • mobile phone
  • one month travelcard (giving you free travel around London)
  • social events programs
  • field trip
There are two 4 day weekends built into the program, where students can opt to go on organised weekend trips to Paris, Scotland, or Ireland, or they could opt do their own independent sightseeing on the long weekends.



 



 
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