Founded in 1829, the main buildings of King’s are located on the River Thames amidst a concentration of art centers, museums, historical monuments, and public buildings. King’s has an outstanding international reputation in the humanities and sciences and is one of the world’s major centers for medical and dental education. Special opportunities include a pre-medical program and an opportunity to take classes in the world renowned War Studies Department.
Students are integrated into the regular university curriculum at the host university. Each institution offers a wide-ranging curriculum that enables students to design a discipline-specific program to suit their major program of study.
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Course information for King’s College is available here
Students can take courses in two or three subjects. Students should take courses that are offered in the first or second year/level. In some cases, third year/level three courses may be appropriate. The academic system at King’s is different than what students find at Boston College. Students take 16 total credits, which is 4 classes. Students are expected to do much more independent reading then at BC. Students’ grades will be based on a limited number of assignments. It is likely grades will be based on one final exam or paper.
Please note that the 3.5 GPA is the minimum BC GPA required. Due to the competitive nature of King’s applicants, a 3.5 does not guarantee approval by BC. It is recommended that students research a second, less competitive program outside of London as a back-up choice.
Students should consult the host university’s course pages to review any course requirements, restrictions or limitations. Students should review and understand the information provided by the host university.
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-September and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in early June.
Housing fees will be paid directly to King’s and costs vary according to the type of accommodation. King’s College students live in one of several King’s College-run residences halls. The residences halls are located throughout London. Students should expect to be living 20 to 40 minutes away from their classes.
Visiting students are usually placed in King’s housing alongside other King’s students in residence halls, student houses, or student apartments. Over 90% of the rooms are single rooms and all but one of the residences are self-catered (provide shared kitchen facilities).
Upon acceptance, students will receive a housing brochure and application form which should be used to select housing preferences. The form will be received electronically. King’s will do their best to accommodate first and second choices; however, housing is based on availability.
Further information about residence options and housing fees and payments is available on the King’s accommodation website.
Students shop for themselves and cook in their residences. There are numerous shops and restaurants located throughout the city.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of membership to the Student Union. The Union organizes various social and cultural events and provides excellent facilities such as pool tables, game machines, pubs and a forum for free entertainment. Visit the Student Union
website for more information on activities and events. In addition to King’s events, BC students are invited to participate in monthly activities organized by the BC resident coordinator. In the past, activities and excursions have included museum and theatre visits in London and trips to Brighton and Hastings.
London has an extensive subway system (the Underground or “The Tube"), bus system and the black cabs. The city is walkable as well. Students can purchase monthly passes for the public transport at a discounted rate. For more information about local transportation, please click here