On the IES: London Theatre Studies program, Whitman students can engage in Britain's rich historical and contemporary theatrical tradition through theater and drama courses. Students see at least nine shows in London.

“You're in one of the artistic centers of the world, and you're there as a student. You can get student discounts on most museums, shows, galleries, and food places, and I highly recommend taking advantage of that. In the five months I was abroad, I saw over 26 shows for a fraction of the price they would have been were I not a student. There is always something going on in London, so you never have a chance to get bored.” - Sara S. '18

Fields of study:



Minimum cumulative GPA requirement 2.8 (Whitman requirement). One semester of university-level study in English literature or theater.


15-19 credits per semester - required courses:
Theater in London: Analyzing Text & Performance (3 credits)
The Theater Industry: Inside & Out (3 credits)

Elective Courses (three additional courses)
IES Abroad Theater Courses (3 credits)
Elective University Course at Queen Mary or SOAS | Fall only (4 credits)
Internship or Service Learning placement (3 credits)
IES Abroad Study London Program Course (3 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


Theater-related internships are available.  Internships are competitive, and internship applications are due May 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester


International Student Residence Hall located in central London.  Students share a double room with another IES Abroad student.


Students are responsible for preparing their own meals in their residence hall kitchen or purchasing meals in restaurants.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


September-December; January-April


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: London Theatre Studies