London Tower Bridge at night

Arts+Humanities (Goldsmiths)

Study Program

Motivated, creative thinkers eager to experience London university life should seize the opportunity to study at CIEE’s renowned partner school, Goldsmiths University of London. Choose from courses offered by 18 academic departments and study while exploring London’s rich offerings of art, music, theater, and fashion. Join our fantastic, ever-changing array of CIEE excursions and let our staff show you the insider’s guide to the city and beyond.

Unique Experiences


a prominent London university known for teaching excellence and innovation.


with guided excursions that reveal the hidden side of the culture and landscape.



in a diverse urban environment with palpable creative energy.







  • London Big Ben
  • London Tower Bridge close up

Your Destination

London has a history stretching back to the Romans - four World Heritage sites, leading museums, and plenty of green spaces. A contemporary global city, London is home to almost nine million people from all over the world. A major financial center and leading hub for the arts, London has many eclectic neighborhoods to discover. 

The New Cross campus is south of the River Thames in Southeast London. It is linked to other parts of the city via excellent transportation. Students walk to and from their Goldsmiths housing and class. It takes around 30 minutes to travel to CIEE London from Goldsmiths.

The Goldsmiths campus is a great base to explore watersports at Canada Water, the site of the 2012 Olympics at Stratford, or the Prime Meridian line at Greenwich, where you can stand with one foot in the Western Hemisphere and the other in the East. When you come and visit us at CIEE London, you will find us in the heart of museum land in Bloomsbury and only 10 minutes from Trafalgar Square or Covent Garden and its beautiful shops. The London Center has a lounge, café and, study areas if you need a change of scene and we will always be delighted to welcome you here to join our activities.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in London.

The Culture

London Cardiff Castle interior golden walls

Excursions & Activities

  • Experience London’s highlights like the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, the British Museum, East London’s street art scene, and more. 
  • Experience contemporary London entertainment by attending sporting events, concerts, and theatre. 
  • Join students from all over the world through campus clubs and societies. 
  • Take advantage of state-of-the art fitness facilities, or get out on the rugby and football fields, learn aikido, and more. 
  • See what’s new at one of Goldsmiths’ many art, textile, and design shows.

Program Blogs


Round the Corner from CIEE London

By CIEE London at CIEE

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Green Spaces in London

By CIEE London at CIEE

You may know of London for its theatre, music scene, architechture and night life but did you know that London actually comes under the UN defintion of forest with over... keep reading


Living in London: 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About London

By CIEE London at CIEE

We have all heard about the vibrant city of London but there may be a thing or two that you can still learn. Here is 5 things you probably did... keep reading

What People are Saying

  • "The program staff was very nice, they were very generous with the scholarships and gain that paid for the flight here, the program trip to York was amazing, and the staff makes sure you don't lose touch with them and that you have support and feel comfortable while you're here."

    Kamiya T., Howard University

  • "The program was well-organized and provided me with all of the relevant information throughout the program."

    Taylor C., California Lutheran University



Founded in 1891, Goldsmiths joined the University of London in 1904 and is world-recognized for creativity and innovation. The urban campus is in New Cross, South East London, a lively, diverse, working-class neighborhood with a booming music and arts scene. Goldsmiths is large enough to offer a variety of facilities, yet small enough to give personalized attention and create a strong sense of community.

This program is geared for motivated, creative thinkers, who are eager to experience a new culture. Goldsmiths is known for its interdisciplinary approach and CIEE students can focus their studies in one of 20 academic departments. Courses are taught by Goldsmiths faculty.



Language Requirements

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


Students must enroll in 4 courses for a total of 16 credits.

Program Credit

  • Total credits, one semester: 16 semester credits
  • Total credits, academic year: 32 semester credits

Course Credit

University of London, Goldsmiths courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; typically, 24-50 contact hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Students notice striking differences between the U.S. and U.K. education systems. The British model is less structured and requires students to take more responsibility and initiative. Students will notice less class time and more independent work. The CIEE staff supports students as they adapt to this new style. Professors teach with lectures, group seminars, tutorials, workshops, studios, and laboratory work, depending on the subject. Key concepts and topics are usually introduced in lectures and might be discussed in smaller groups. Students have opportunities to collaborate, and a tutorial system provides support.

Class Format

Students take Goldsmiths classes with British students as well as other CIEE and international students.


Assessment is based on overall performance, including coursework, essays, exams, and participation in seminars.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


Course Information


Below is a list of subject areas available at Goldsmiths. For specific course listings, please refer to the Goldsmiths website.

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Chinese Studies
  • Computing
  • Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Design
  • Educational Studies
  • English and Comparative Literature
  • English Language Development
  • History
  • Law
  • Management, Economics, and Marketing
  • Media, Communications, and Cultural Studies
  • Music
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Criminology
  • Theatre and Performance
  • Therapeutic Studies
  • Visual Cultures, Art History, and Curating

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Dates & Fees

What's Included



Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet


Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support


Our Staff

Mark Simmons

Center Director

Mark Simmons has an M.A. in History from the University of Aberdeen and a postgraduate degree in Administrative and Information Management from Napier University Edinburgh. 

Seán O’Donnell

Student Life Manager

Seán O’Donnell studied Anthropology at Goldsmiths – perhaps that’s why he is so good at working with students as they explore and study with us in London! He has worked...

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