UMD: A Globally Connected University

Arts & Humanities-in-London (United Kingdom)

London, United Kingdom
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Among the oldest of the world’s great cities, London is a global metropolis where history meets modern architecture, culture and heritage sites. As part of your Arts & Humanities-in-London program, London is your classroom and you will experience the arts and humanities in practice. Explore world-class museums like the British Museum or Tate Modern. Witness the legacy of London theater from Shakespeare’s Globe to the West End. Visit historical sites throughout the city and beyond, including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Stonehenge. You’ll immerse yourself in the great ideas of literary, artistic and cultural history, and in the process, develop your creativity, critical and analytical thinking, problem solving and communication skills—qualities crucial for the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs, diplomats, archivists, journalists, scholars, lawyers, doctors and more.

In partnership with the University of Maryland College of Arts & Humanities, this program was designed as a part of the Be Worldwise, Get Worldready initiative to integrate global career readiness and an intercultural lens into your college experience. You will enroll in courses at Queen Mary University of London, a leading research institution located in the diverse East End. Work toward your degree requirements and expand your learning while developing important cross cultural skills and knowledge to succeed in a global workplace. You will also have an opportunity to apply scholarship to practice and gain real world experience through a 3-credit internship at a London-based organization.

Students are encouraged to apply for the Education Abroad Scholarship - ARHU Scholarship, which awards both merit and need-based scholarships for study abroad programs. 

You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. 

While this program is especially suited for students studying the arts & humanities, all majors, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply to this program. 

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, make an appointment with your EA advisor to discuss.

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:

The Arts & Humanities-in-London academic program offers you flexibility to advance your studies in a wide range of disciplines while also deepening your global competency. We encourage you to pursue a 3-credit internship to enhance your international experience. With opportunity in over 3000 organizations in 70+ industries, there is no better way to enrich your global learning. 

UMD students will enroll full-time at our partner university, Queen Mary University of London. Queen Mary is an inclusive and diverse institution located in London’s East End. UMD has approved nearly 100 Queen Mary modules for resident credit including:

  • Scriptwriting, Creativity and Technique
  • Presentations of London in Modern European Literature
  • Human Rights in History: Origins, Foundations and Prospects
  • Persuasive Strategies in Marketing
  • James Baldwin and American Civil Rights

Students can choose from a variety of courses in the Arts track and the Humanities track. Both tracks maximize London as a learning environment, with the Arts track offering unique performance courses in dance, music, theatre, as well as courses in the visual arts and the Humanities track exploring history, literature and cultures of the world. Whether you study the arts or humanities, you will learn how the two are inextricably connected to help you investigate human experience, thought, expression and imagination.

Arts & Humanities-in-London Academic Program Structure

Option A 4 QMUL modules
Option B 3 QMUL modules
3-credit internship

Modules are taught by local or international faculty who provide students with expertise in their respective discipline and often act as a cultural interpreter as students explore the socio-political and cultural aspects of their study abroad semester.

Browse UMD course evaluations in the Study Abroad Course Database:

COURSE OFFERINGS: Please refer to the Arts & Humanities-in-London Academic Overview to find course offerings for your particular term and to read more about the academic structure, universities, and academic policies..

Internship (recommended) 
Through Arts & Humanities-in-London, you’ll work with UMD’s partner organization to land an internship placement that directly connects to your interests and career goals with high profile organizations and businesses in London. Students will earn 3 credits for ARHU486 or ARHU286 and competency to excel in your future career. 

Internship placements are available for all majors in a wide range of industries and positions.  Responsibilities could include:

  • Designing costumes or constructing sets for productions at a local London theater
  • Crafting public relations campaigns at one of the UK’s premiere communications agencies
  • Curating exhibits and conducting research at one of London’s many world-class museums
  • Supporting event coordination and execution at one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music
  • Promote social care and fundraising initiatives for a London-based women’s rights and international development organization

Participating in an internship during your study abroad will give you an edge as you enter the job market and help you build the skills employers are demanding of applicants. During this internship you can expect to:

  • Learn how to effectively articulate your learning and newly developed skills to grad schools and hiring managers.
  • Collaborate with and learn from professionals in your host country.
  • Gain experience in your field from a global perspective.
  • Gain exposure to, understanding of, and appreciation for diverse working cultures and practices.
  • Develop intercultural communication skills.
  • Perform meaningful work in a fast-paced, diverse global city.
  • Build relationships with international references.
  • Develop foreign language knowledge (select locations).
  • Earn academic credit.
  • Build your resume.

UMD students will be housed in Queen Mary residence halls where you will experience campus life while living in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Queen Mary offers a variety of room types in their residence halls, including ensuite and non-ensuite options, and shared facilities with other Queen Mary students. All bedrooms are furnished with access to WiFi, laundry and a fully-equipped kitchen.

Students have access to all the resources and amenities of a Queen Mary student, including library access, residential services, support services and the student union. Queen Mary student union runs a wide range of activities, student groups and societies, from volunteering and fundraising to sport and student media production that you are encouraged to take advantage of.

Spring Budget

Costs listed are for spring 2022.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $230
Tuition $11,552
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, and teaching services.
Housing Fee (billable to UMD account) $2,786 - $4,634
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $1,800
Passport $145
Expedited Passport Processing $60
Education Abroad strongly advises expedited processing for new or renewal passport applications due to current delays with processing times. 
Visa $488
Roundtrip Airfare from DC to Host Country (estimate) $1,000
In-Country Transportation Expense (estimate) $1,200
Course Materials (estimate) $350
Personal/Incidental Expenses (estimate) $3,600
Covid Rapid Antigen Test in Host Country (estimate) $30
The cost of a COVID test not prescribed by a physician is not covered by CISI Insurance.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

*Education Abroad strongly recommends applying for the Education Abroad Scholarship, which includes merit and need-based scholarships especially for ARHU majors.

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Conrad ZeutenhorstConrad Zeutenhorst is an International Education Advisor and coordinates the Arts & Humanities-in-London program. Conrad advises prospective students and can answer questions about the program. He coordinates program admissions, course registration, pre-departure orientation, and other logistical aspects of the program. Conrad is the primary point of contact for students before they go to London and upon return to College Park.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2021 03/15/2021 01/01/2021
Spring 2022 10/03/2021 10/12/2021 01/14/2022 06/01/2022
The spring 2022 exam period at Queen Mary University of London is May 5th to June 1st. Exams dates are determined by the university in March, and students may depart after their last scheduled exam. Note that exam dates cannot be altered to suit students' personal schedules, and may result in failure if a student misses an exam.