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Spend a semester or academic year in London with AIFS! You’ll earn up to 15 credits per semester through courses offered at Richmond, the American International University in London.
Students in the Traditional Program, Certificate in British Studies Program and Certificate in Fashion Management and Marketing Program live in central London at the university’s Kensington campus in secure university residence halls. Students in the Freshman and Sophomore program live at the university’s Richmond Hill campus and receive 10 meals per week through the student cafeteria.
Enjoy cultural and social activities including:
Guided city tours of Kensington and London
Visit to an English soccer game
Day trips to Cambridge, Stonehenge and Salisbury.
An optional 3-day trip to Paris (taking you through the Channel Tunnel!) is offered as well.
Offering more than $800,000 in scholarships, grants & financial support each year!
AIFS is recognized as a premier provider of study abroad programs. All-inclusive program fees cover tuition, housing, a meal plan, tours and excursions, insurance and 24-hour emergency service. Since 1964, more than 1.5 million students have traveled abroad with AIFS.
The AIFS program at Richmond offers courses taught in English in economics, international relations, humanities (anthropology, art history, history, communications, literature, religion, sociology, theater and philosophy), international relations and political science. For a summary of courses available to students, please see the AIFS catalogue at aifsabroad.com. Specific Ohio State course equivalences and credits will be determined by the appropriate Ohio State academic departments.
Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
Be approved. Student may either select courses from the pre-approved course list or seek course approval via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this priorto submitting their applications.
Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
PLEASE NOTE: Course approval, either via the pre-approved course list or completion of the credit evaluation process, does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students must consult their program provider regarding course availability and talk with their Ohio State academic advisor to ensure that approved course options are appropriate given their degree requirements. All students should have multiple back-up courses approved. Canceling participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy.
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.
Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications:
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
2. AIFS application.
IMPORTANT: Both applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students will pay the AIFS program fee* and GeoBlue International insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021. The AIFS program fee includes tuition, housing, excursions, ten meals per week and in-country orientation.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
*OSU students participating on an OSU-approved AIFS semester program will discount of $400 (each semester)
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. Both the OIA and AIFS applications must be submitted by the Ohio State deadline. The AIFS application can be found at aifsabroad.com. All AIFS application materials must be submitted directly to AIFS.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.
I think this experience has broadened my understanding of people and their different perspectives. It has also made me more likely to branch out of my comfort zone and take initiative to do what I deem necessary. I am a lot more assertive and independent as a result of studying 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.