London Metropolitan University has a rich history with strong educational roots dating back to 1848. London Metropolitan University is one of the largest universities in London with around 30,000 students and some 4,000 staff over both campuses (North and City campuses) and offers an exciting and vibrant educational experience. London Met has a very diverse and international study body, with students coming from over 200 countries around the world.
London Metropolitan University is located in the center of London and has two campuses: North (Holloway) campus and City (Aldgate) campus. The University's North campus is located in the borough of Islington in North London. The main buildings (including the International Programmes Office at Stapleton House) are on Holloway Road, near Holloway Road tube station. Holloway Road tube station is on the Piccadilly line, two stops north of King's Cross Station. The City campus has a prime location in the heart of the City of London, the Aldgate area and East London. The nearest tube stations to the City campus buildings are Moorgate (for the Moorgate building only) and Aldgate and Aldgate East for all other buildings at City campus.
Students may study at London Metropolitan University for one semester or a full academic year.
Mid-September- Mid December.
: Late January - Late May
Accommodations for students participating in the London Met Program are contracted by London Met thus they are subject to change at any time. Most apartments are conveniently located near King's Cross underground train station (and a short underground ride to the London Metropolitan campus) these stylish, contemporary and secure (24/7 security) accommodations offer:
- Double occupancy with bathrooms, microwave, tea kettle
- Shared Kitchen/dining area: (with all appliances, fridge lockers, cupboard lockers, and plates/pans/silverware are provided)
- Shared Kitchen cleaned twice a day by housekeeping
- Shared common rooms/table tennis/games
- A café
- Free Fitness center
- Fitness classes
- Movie screening room
- Study zones
- Outside courtyard
- Free internet access and VOIP system.
- High tech laundry in basement with a cashless system. (Machines capable of text messaging when out of use, or laundry is complete.)
- Additional items available in lobby (post boxes, towels, dry cleaning, extra storage, housekeeping & irons to borrow.
Students are responsible for purchasing and cooking food on their own. Students have access to a kitchen to prepare meals or may choose to dine out at restaurants and cafes around their apartment or university. Meals, including options for vegetarians, are available from snack bars and cafes located in each of the University's main buildings. Each of the main sites also has a bar serving competitively priced food and drink. In addition, the city of London is filled with thousands of restaurants, supermarkets, and shops to meet every taste.
Many students who travel to the United Kingdom for a semester or year expect the university to be very similar to that which they are used to in the United States. However, students should be prepared for some significant differences in terms of the numbers of hours spent in the classroom, the amount of work required outside the classroom, and methods of assessment.
Lectures are formal talks given at set times according to a timetable published in advance, and normally last one hour. Depending on the subject and the module, the size of the class may vary from a few students to two hundred students. A lecture gives students the starting point for their work, brings them up to date with the results of recent research, and, in some cases, provides a view of the topic with which they may agree or disagree. Some lecturers allow time at the end for questions but lectures are not the place for discussion of the material covered. Many students take notes of the main points the lecturer makes or in some cases the lecturer may provide hand-outs summarizing them.
A tutorial or seminar is a group discussion lasting one or two hours. Typically a tutorial group might contain ten students and will be led by a tutor. The exact topic of the subject under discussion will be determined in advance and students will be expected to have prepared beforehand by reading. Students will be expected to contribute to the discussion, perhaps offering different perspectives or suggesting new approaches.
Most lecturers will provide students with readings lists for their modules and thereafter it is up to the student to decide how much reading he or she wants to do. How much time is devoted to private study is a matter for the individual but students are expected to demonstrate a certain degree of maturity in their approach to private study.
Subjects Offered: Business and Management, Computer Science, Film & Television, Human Sciences, International Relations, Journalism, Law & Government, Literature & Creative Writing, Media & Communications, Sociology, Psychology.
Courses can be viewed in the university-wide university course catalogue.
Many students in the United States rely on periodic assessment of their progress throughout the semester, which may be done through regular tests, mid-term exams, and papers. However, this type of regular assessment is not necessarily the norm in the United Kingdom. There is a greater expectation that students learn independently and there is less focus on tests, quizzes, and short assignments throughout the semester. Exams are normally held at the end of each term or year at which time students are required to demonstrate an understanding of the material. There will be considerably fewer assessments than typically required in your classes at Millersville. It could be that one assessment is all that is required and is the basis of your entire grade for that module.
CREDITS & GRADES
"Definitely keep track of what “week” number it is. Professors won’t give you dates for assignments...they’ll tell you something is due week 8."
"Be prepared for a huge difference in your classes! A lot of the responsibility is placed entirely onto your shoulders and things like readings may not be covered in class at all. Books are suggested not required and can either be taken out through the library or bought at the bookstore. An example of how my classes were run was meeting twice a week. One hour was a lecture and then the second one-hour class was a smaller round table discussion. Attendance was not mandatory or recorded. My only assessment in this class was a 5-minute presentation and an 8-10 page paper. Another major difference is the extremely informal relationship with the tutors. Each are addressed by their first names and are very laid back. Some may even invite you out for a drink or to chat."
"Don’t bring US notebooks; UK has a different size of standard paper. Set aside money for books, some are highly recommended and some you cannot take out of the library. Text books are not as expensive in the UK. There is usually only one essential reading book recommended by the professor."
"Make sure you turn in any Alternate Assessment Forms to the Stapleton House (the International Office)!"
You will take four classes while at London Met, each the equivalent of 3 U.S. credits. A total of 12 credits can be earned for one semester. London Met will not let study abroad students take more than four classes.
Transcripts from London Met will be sent to Millersville in a U.S. format. Grades will already have been converted over to a U.S. system. However, your grades in the classroom will be in the U.K. system, which is numerical.
The U.K. grading scale is between 0 and 70. The following scale will give you a general idea of the U.S. letter grade equivalency for the U.K. number score.
||35 or below
*(A grade of C- or higher is required to transfer credits. Therefore, anything below 40 is not transferable).