King's College in London (KCL) is one of the UK's most historic and prestigious universities. With a forward thinking vision and state-of-the-art facilities, King's is renowned for excellence in both its innovative teaching and pioneering research. Based in the heart of central London, King's is one of the largest multi-faculty institutions in the UK. KCL has nearly 23,000 students from 140 countries across its nine academic Schools.
Students should take 60 KCL units per semester, which is typically 4 courses.
15 KCL units equals 4 WU units. Students must take at least 2 upper-level courses (2nd or 3rd year) in their major department.
King’s College is a prestigious British institution of higher education. Its central London location provides easy access to major libraries, institutes, and societies. It is also close to the Houses of Parliament.
In addition to a variety of sports and clubs that students can participate in, the number of things that students can to do around the three campuses is infinite. The Strand campus is between Trafalgar Square and St. Paul’s Cathedral. It is next to Somerset House and The National Gallery. Nearby is the West end, famous for shops, markets, and nightlife. Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet are there, too. The Waterloo campus, on the bank of the Thames River opposite the Strand campus, is next to the National Theater, the National Film Theater, and the Festival Arts Hall. The Eye of London is nearby as well. Guy’s campus is along the river, too, near the Tate Modern Gallery of Art.
Visiting students are usually offered a place in either a KCL or intercollegiate residence. The majority of KCL residences are self-catered student dormitories and apartments with kitchens that are shared with other students. The KCL and intercollegiate residence halls include cafeteria meals in the contract rate. The intercollegiate halls are only available to academic year students, not for one semester. Commercial apartments are available at higher cost if a student residence is not available or not desired.
Washington University in St. Louis staff have no control over the housing placements abroad and do not have the authority to change students’ accommodations. At KCL a student may swap housing placements with another student who wants to switch and KCL provides a mechanism for students to find each other. Students may also find apartments on their own in London if they are not happy with their housing assignments, however they may lose their housing deposit. WU students at KCL have been placed in dorms as far as 45 minutes away from campus and Central London. Although the location of these residences may not be ideal, they have the advantage of being more spacious and housing more British students. Students housed in these facilities are encouraged to befriend the other students in their dorm in order to have people with whom to commute to and from Central London at night. More information about accommodations at KCL may be found HERE.
Students can study at King’s College for the full academic year, or in the spring or fall.
Term Dates Application Deadline
Academic Year mid September – early June February 1
Fall mid September – end of December February 1
Spring mid January – mid June May 1
Minimum 3.3 GPA (both overall and within the major) for English majors. At least three courses of prior or current academic work relevant to the area to be studied at King’s College.