Yale in London

“Yale in London was the best way to spend my summer because it allowed me to pursue a new academic field, gave me some of the best friends, and was filled with adventures not just around London but the entire UK!”
—Dinee Dorame, ES ‘15

Yale in London offers Yale undergraduates the opportunity to take spring or summer courses in London at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

The Paul Mellon Centre has its own library, classrooms, and students’ common room. Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday, generally in the mornings, so that students can explore London or surrounding areas in the afternoons and on weekends. Students are free to visit other parts of Britain or Europe during long weekends or spring midterm break.

Yale in London Summer 2011 students visiting Rodmarton Manor in Gloucestershire; photo courtesy Yale in London

Yale in London courses are offered in both spring and summer, carry full academic credit, and are taught by the Yale faculty based at the Paul Mellon Centre, by professors visiting from Yale and by leading British academics. All classes are small and held in a seminar environment at the Paul Mellon Centre, located in the heart of London. Student accommodations are provided at convenient, nearby locations. Field trips to museums and historic houses in London and other English cities are an integral part of the program. Drama courses make full use of London’s theater scene, with visits to everything from top West End plays to small fringe productions, as well as talks by playwrights, directors, and actors.

Paul Mellon Centre Building Project
In order to create an improved and increased space for Yale in London students and staff, the Paul Mellon Centre at 16 Bedford Square, London, is closed for construction and refurbishment from October 24, 2014, to early autumn 2015.

The Yale in London spring term will continue as normal in January 2015 with temporary accommodations close to Bedford Square. Classes will be held in a fully equipped classroom and students will have access to a common room. Students will have some access to the Paul Mellon Centre collections and, in addition, full access to the Senate House Library. All other Yale in London activities will continue as normal.

For further questions, please contact Nermin Abdulla, Yale in London Coordinator.

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The program is only open to Yale undergraduates. All Yale undergraduates are eligible to apply to the program regardless of their declared or intended major. 

Transfer Credits
Yale in London courses are Yale courses, so your credits automatically go on your transcript. No transfer is necessary.

Tuition and Housing Fees
Tuition and housing fees are charged to Yale students at the usual rates for the spring semester, and financial aid is applied in the usual way. Board costs will be removed from your Yale bill as students live in flats and provide their own meals. A separate fee is charged for the summer program, and financial aid may be available through the International Summer Award (ISA), which provides funding for one summer experience for undergraduates receiving Yale financial aid.

During the spring term and summer sessions, students live in shared flats in central London, which are secured for them by the coordinator at the Centre.

Class Location
All classes are held in the seminar room at the Paul Mellon Centre, which has its own library and a students’ common room with computer stations and a printer—all for student use.

Traveling during term
Classes are held Monday through Thursday, generally in the mornings. So, with Fridays free, students can arrange weekend trips, day trips, and sightseeing in London. During the week-long spring break, many students travel around Britain or to other countries in Europe. Furthermore, field trips to museums and historic houses in London and other English cities are an integral part of the program.

Student numbers vary from session to session, but maximum enrollment is fifteen. Preference may be given to seniors in the spring term, or rising seniors in the summer sessions, and the order of applications may be taken into consideration.

There are links to sample syllabi in the “Courses and Faculty” section of this site, so you can see what the courses and the workload are like. Yale in London courses typically resemble regular Yale College courses in the humanities, which combine significant reading assignments with periodic critical writing assignments—but, perhaps, with more time spent with your classmates outside of seminar, visiting museums, and attending theatrical performances. The exact course load varies from professor to professor.