City University London gives you the flexibility to schedule all of your coursework within one school or department, or cross-register in two or more schools or departments. The typical course load for a semester includes four, four-credit courses and for a full year it includes eight, four-credit courses. You can also earn an additional two credits through classes offered through the Cultural Studies and Language departments.
City instructors use a variety of teaching approaches including formal lectures, seminars, laboratories, tutorials, and personal studies. Generally, technical subjects require more classroom time and labs, while other subjects require more independent study. For maximum convenience, you'll be provided with access to e-mail and the Internet.
For all of your courses, you can expect to be assessed on the basis of a final examination paper and on the quality of your coursework during the teaching period. The weighing of coursework and final examination is normally split 50/50.
Additional fees apply for registration in music, computer science and engineering. These fees usually are assessed to cover the use of laboratory facilities and equipment.
Arcadia University College of Global Studies guarantees your accommodation and handles these arrangements for you. City University London residence halls, which are self-catered, typically feature single-study bedrooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Students who reside in City University London's residence hall will have to pay a supplemental housing fee.
Students also have the option to be placed in a shared room in a furnished flat or student residence operated by Arcadia University. Arcadia's accommodation provides cooking facilities so you can prepare your own meals. You can expect a commute of up to one hour to any of the University's campuses from Arcadia housing. Students can state their preference between City University London's residence or Arcadia housing, however we cannot guarantee first choice placement.
As a study abroad student you'll become a member of the University's Students' Union. The Students’ Union, as at most British institutions, is the focal point for non-academic activities and the best places for you to make friends. Through the Union, you'll be invited to join any of the athletic, cultural, political, religious, international, and/or general interest societies that interest you.
City University London’s sporting facilities (due to open in spring 2015) include a fitness suite, aerobics studio, weights room, squash courts, climbing wall and swimming pool. You'll have use of the University's large indoor sports hall, which can accommodate football, basketball, netball, volleyball, and badminton. For outdoor sports, you can use the shared sports grounds that City maintains throughout north London. Finally, you'll enjoy access to a variety of fitness classes that include cycling, step aerobics, yoga, and martial arts. As with most UK university fitness centers, there is an additional cost to use the facilities.
One of the more interesting London neighborhoods is Islington, where City University London is based. It is a colorful, upbeat quarter that brims with shops, cinemas and clubs, arts and comedy venues, and cafes, pubs and restaurants that serve food from all over the world. What's more, you can enjoy hours of fun scouring the local street markets, which sell everything from antiques to food and clothing.