British/Irish programs

Photo of Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, Scotland
Final App Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Language Requirement: 
None
Coordinator: 
Lewis Fortner
Quarter(s): 
Academic Year

Through agreements made by the College with seven British universities and one Irish university, a select group of Chicago students can study for an academic year in Great Britain or the Republic of Ireland. The eight institutions are:

  • The University of Bristol
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • King’s College London
  • The London School of Economics
  • St. Catherine’s College, Oxford
  • Trinity College, Cambridge 
  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • University College London

Read a brief description of each partner institution. 

Chicago’s agreements with these institutions specify that Chicago students study as visitors for a full academic year, attending regular university lectures and tutorials and pursuing a course of study as close as possible to that of a regular degree candidate. In keeping with this principle students are generally expected to devote most of their time to a single subject. Students attending Trinity College, Cambridge will be expected to focus exclusively on a single subject.

Housing

Most of the host universities provide housing in student residence halls (assuming a timely submission of the housing application). Trinity College, Dublin, cannot make this absolute guarantee, though most students will be accommodated. Students planning to attend either of these institutions should be prepared for the possibility that they will need to seek non-university housing in the surrounding city.

Credits and Registration

Study abroad students remain registered as full-time students in the College. They receive a full year’s credit for their work. Course titles, units of credit and grades are placed on the College transcript. Since the use of these credits in a specific degree program is variable, students should consult with their academic adviser and program chair to determine the exact distribution of credits.

Finances

Participants in the British and Irish programs pay regular College tuition and a non-refundable study abroad administrative fee. The tuition is paid in conformity with the home campus payment schedule, and the non-refundable study abroad administrative fee is submitted when accepting a place in a program. Students pay accommodation costs while in Great Britain or Ireland, either directly to the host university or, if the student is not living in university housing, to a landlord. Precise figures for the British and Irish programs for the 2017-18 year are listed below:

Academic year tuition: as set by the Bursar’s Office

Study abroad administrative fee: $650

 

Out-of-pocket expenses include:
round-trip airfare to and from the program site
transportation on site
accommodation
meals
course materials
personal entertainment and travel
communications (most students bring or buy a cell phone)
health insurance and upfront payments for care
other miscellaneous expenses

Study abroad students retain their financial aid eligibility. For more information about financial aid resources, please see our Tuition, Fees, and Funding section.

Eligibility and Application

The British and Irish programs are open to University of Chicago undergraduate students only. Applications from outside the University are not accepted. 

These programs are designed for undergraduates in good academic standing who are beyond their second year in the College. Because there is a limit on the number of students who can participate in the British and Irish programs, admission is highly competitive. Applicants should present a solid academic transcript as well as sound academic reasons for wishing to study in England, Scotland or Ireland. Students are expected to have conscientiously pursued general education requirements, and to have begun coursework in their major subject by the end of their second year. It is especially desirable that their transcript, which will show coursework through autumn quarter of the application year, presents at least one course in their major.

On the application, students are asked to rank the eight universities according to their preferences. If this initial application is approved, students then complete forms specific to the university to which they are applying. The College forwards this second application to the host university, which reserves the right of final decision.

Students wishing to apply to British/Irish programs must meet with Lewis Fortner as a requirement of the application process. Appointments can be made with Mr. Fortner by contacting the Study Abroad Office at 773.702.4858 or fortner@uchicago.edu.

Further Information

To discuss the British/Irish programs and the possibility of participating in one of them, please contact Lewis Fortner.

What you’ll see: 

Photo of Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, Scotland