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Study Abroad | London

England | AIFS Global Education Center | May Term 2024
Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London, England


Spend May in London, one of the great capitals of the world and home to the iconic Globe Theatre made famous over 400 years ago by William Shakespeare. Study on-site with the education staff at The Globe, learning from professional actors, directors and other theater practitioners.

3 Weeks Not Enough? Stay Longer in London!

This May Term program can be combined with these summer program sessions in London for a longer study abroad experience:

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    3 credits from Fairfield University

  • Courses

    Shakespeare’s Globe: History and Performance

  • Housing

    Student residence

  • Excursions & Day Trips


  • Travel

    London Transport travel pass

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Guided sightseeing tour of London, walking tours, theater performances

  • On-Site Program Director

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

Program Details: Study Abroad | London Shakespeare’s Globe


May 11, 2024June 1, 2024


May Term


AIFS Global Education Center

Application Deadline

March 1, 2024

Inclusive Fees



Open to High School Graduate, First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum of 2.5 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Literature
  • Theater

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
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AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

Fairfield University

Academic credit for the Shakespeare’s Globe program is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students. The London course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

  • Literature
  • Theater
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Adrianna from Western Kentucky University recently took over our Instagram story to talk about her summer abroad in London, England with AIFS!

Three Royal Guards in London.

Living Abroad


During your time abroad you will live in London, within easy travel of the AIFS Global Education Centre and Shakespeare’s Globe, the many museums, galleries, theaters and green open spaces of central London. Housing will be in shared rooms in a student residence.

Self-catering cooking facilities.

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in London.

Transport Pass

A travel pass for use in Zones 1 and 2 on buses, underground (tubes) and overground trains on the London Transport system


London has a diverse range of peoples and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries. London had topped 9 million people in 2020.  


London is home to numerous museums, galleries, libraries, sporting events and other cultural institutions, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, British Library and 40 West End theaters.


London’s transportation system is also renowned, and the London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world.

AIFS in London Director, Summer Program

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Chris Shia

Chris has several years’ worth of experience in international education and support. Before joining AIFS, Chris worked in student resident life for many years. Growing up in Ealing, West London, Chris has studied abroad on an exchange to the University of North Texas and lived abroad in Toronto, Canada. Chris holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Surrey and a Masters in Urban Planning from University College London. Traveling around the world is something that Chris really enjoys, and Chris has been to over 36 countries around the world ranging from Bosnia to Japan. You can find Chris exploring and learning about different neighborhoods in London on the weekend and is always on the lookout for “hidden gems” that few people know about including local restaurants, markets, nightlife and experiences. Chris’s big passion is watching football and Chris supports the mighty Tottenham Hotspur and attends matches whenever possible. Feel free to contact Chris about a variety of things including things to see and do in London and the UK, housing, healthcare, traveling, saving money and much more.

The Program Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of theater life, extracurricular activities have been arranged specifically for students on this program to enable you to become fully immersed in the life and work of the Globe. Activities include:

Theater performances: Attend two performances at the Globe and experience Shakespeare’s work just as theatergoers did in the 1600s.

Other events are offered which are subsidized from student fees so students pay a much lower rate than they would if they bought tickets directly from local theaters and tour agencies. Previous years’ activities included:

  • Walking tours including Black London, Street Art and Harry Potter
  • A sports event
  • River boat cruise along the Thames
  • West End theater performances such as WickedMatildaLes Misérables, and The Woman in Black
  • Traditional afternoon tea


This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside London and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of England. Previous excursions have included:

Three Royal Guards in London.

Introductory Sightseeing Tour of London

Half-day panoramic sightseeing tour of London. Includes transportation, professional guide, and photo stops at London highlights.
  • England
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Birth house of William Shakespeare in Stratford upon Avon, England


Take a day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace. Includes round-trip transportation, professional guide, all entrance fees.
  • England
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    March 1, 2024
  • Deposit Deadline
    March 20, 2024
  • Scholarship Deadline
    March 1, 2024
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    May 10, 2024
  • Program Begins
    May 11, 2024
  • Program Ends
    June 1, 2024
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    June 1, 2024
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.
  • **** AIFS Abroad offers visa processing services to applicants who enroll into the program by this date. All other applicants who enroll after this date will be responsible for securing their own visa with guidance from AIFS Abroad.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington/Dulles
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Ready to Study Abroad in London?

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