Studying History Abroad at University College London

Institutional Affiliation

The program is affiliated with the Department of History at University College London, and students will have access to library and recreational facilities available to University College London students.


The History FSP consists of the following required courses:

History 95.01: London in History

  • Through lectures, readings, discussions, and fieldwork this course explores aspects of London's history from medieval to modern times. Using the city itself as a living laboratory for historical thinking, the course relates the development of London and its neighborhoods to the larger concentric histories of nation, region, empire, and world.

History 95.02: History Study Abroad

  • Graded credit for this course is awarded to students who have successfully completed an approved course offered by the History faculty at University College London while a member of the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program in History. Previously offered courses included: The Human and Its Others: Enlightenment Ideas of Ethnicity and RaceProtest and Policing in Modern Britain, c.1715–1958; Women and the Making of Central Europe: Texts and Contexts in the History of Political Thought 1750-Present; India and the Global Economy, 1500-Present; and Africa, Decolonization and Internationalism. Learn more about studying history at University College London here.

History 96.34: London-Based Archival Research and Historical Writing Independent Field Project

  • In consultation with the course instructors and the London FSP director, students will conceive, research, and execute a research project based on primary material from archives in and around London. See previous London archival research project titles here. Search program type "FSP".

Living Arrangements

Students live in flats in central London, within easy reach to UCL, theaters, museums and other famous historical sites. All flats have a comfortable living room, with television and wireless internet, and kitchens with a full range of crockery and utensils.  Students will need to provide for their own meals.

Criteria for Admission

The size of the program is limited and admission is selective. You do not have to be a History major to apply, but before arrival in London participants should have taken two history courses. Applicants to the program will be asked to briefly outline (max 250 words) the area, theme, or topic that they are interested in pursuing through their independent field project (History 96.34).

Admitted students are expected to take History 10.02, Archival Research and the Production of History, during the summer term preceding the program to prepare for their independent field project. Students who are not enrolled in classes during the preceding summer term may apply to the director for an exception.

Applications and more information about the program, including financial aid, can be found on the following websites:

Guarini Institute for International Education

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

History London FSP Video

Watch a video about the History Foreign Study Program in London.