Studying in London is a great choice, and there are some great universities and colleges in the city for American students. In fact, London is the most popular city in the world for students from all countries – and it’s no wonder, with so many wonderful educational institutions here.
In addition to providing wonderful academic opportunities in pretty much any field you can think of, London is also a pretty cool place to live as a student.
It’s a cultural melting pot of different nationalities and cultures – and also a city where you’ll never be short of things to do.
Now, when we’re looking at the best places to study in London for American students, then you might want to study at an American specific institution.
However, one thing that’s completely on your side is the fact that, barring a few country specific differences, you already speak the language!
Now that makes life so much easier, and also means that you can study at pretty much any place you choose.
So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the top places you can choose to study.
Also known as the American International University in London, this not-for-profit, private university provides an outstanding educational experience for students from over 100 countries.
One great thing about studying at Richmond is that in most cases, you qualify for an American BA or BS degree, as well as simultaneously gaining an UK degree as well. This is possible because all degrees studied at Richmond have both US accreditation and institutional approval in the UK by The Open University.
1st and 2nd year students live on the Richmond Hill Campus, and 3rd year, 4th year, and graduate students live at the city campus in Kensington.
University College London
Billing itself as “London’s Global University,” University College London needs no introduction as an educational institution. More commonly referred to simply as UCL, there is a long tradition of American students studying here. In 2015, there are 481 students from the US on the register.
Entry requirements for students from the US are well explained on the university’s website. UCL has been providing top class further education since 1826, and they are known around the world for their academic excellence.
The location in the heart of London makes this a wonderful place to study and live. It offers education to all on equal terms, and is an institution well known for its research and innovative teaching solutions.
Imperial College London
Imperial College London is a great choice for American students. This is one of the best places to study science, technology and medicine, and there are students from more than 125 different countries studying here.
They provide an International Student Support team, and also provide help and advice on the type of study visa needed (and how to apply for it).
In addition, members of staff make regular visits to the US to meet prospective students and answer any questions. There’s also various US-specific clubs and societies at the university, including The North American Society, Baseball, Cheerleading, American Football, Basketball, and Dodgeball.
Regent’s University College London
You might have heard of the American InterContinental University. Well, in April 2013 this was acquired by Regent’s University London.
In addition, Regent’s also has the Regent’s American College London that offers a new range of degree programmes that are based on the US liberal arts curriculum.
The institution has been providing American education in the UK for more than 20 years, and offer undergraduate degrees in humanities, social science, arts, and business.
They also offer postgraduate programmes in International Human Rights Law, Media and Communications, and International Relations.
King’s College London
One of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, King’s College London is known and envied throughout the world for the education it provides.
This makes it a wonderful choice for students from the US, and indeed they have an international office in Alexandria, Virginia specifically to help students planning to come and study in London.
King’s is one of the oldest universities in England, founded in 1829, and it currently ranks 19th in the QS World University Rankings 2015.
In addition, King’s offers in-house experts who can advise you on any visa issues, and also provide webinars and Q&A sessions that will guide you on completing your student visa application.
London School of Economics and Political Science
Known affectionately as LSE, the London School of Economics and Political Science is a world leader in the subjects of law, accounting, politics, sociology, and international relations.
The school was founded in 1895, and since then, students around the globe have flocked to learn within its walls. Today (2016) there are over 150 different nationalities studying here.
International undergraduate students are guaranteed accommodation in either an LSE or a University of London Hall of Residence. In addition, the British Council will help provide information for potential international students wanting to come to London to study.
There are more than 100 different languages spoken on campus, and the Chancery Lane location of the institution makes it simplicity itself for students to walk to places such as the British Library and Trafalgar Square.
Today, there are 859 American students studying at the LSE – 622 of them are graduates and 237 undergraduates. The university also offers Bon Voyage Parties back at home, allowing you to meet other American students who are going to be studying in the following year.
In addition, students who’ve already begun their studies are invited as well, so new students can get information right from the horse’s mouth…
These events take place in 18 different locations throughout the US including New Orleans, NYC, San Diego, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Seattle, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and more.
As you can see, there are many good universities in London that are well suited for American students. In fact, we’ve only touched on some of them, as there are many others that you might want to check out. These include the Queen Mary University of London, Royal Holloway, City University London, and Brunel University.