The London Art History Program, offered in the fall semester, integrates students into Britain’s preeminent art institute, the world-renowned Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London. Students receive all of the privileges the institute provides, including membership in the student union, library access, email addresses, and identification cards. The BU/Courtauld program includes a 4-credit seminar, Modern British Art and Design, taken prior to the beginning of the Courtauld semester at the BU London Academic Center. This seminar allows students to:

  • Gain an additional 4 credits, and complete a full semester course load
  • Prepare for the Courtauld academic experience
  • Live in London a month longer than they would if they enrolled directly at the Courtauld
  • Preference given to juniors and seniors
  • Final admission decisions are made by the Courtauld
  • Admission requirements for all programs
The BU/Courtauld program includes a 4-credit seminar, Modern British Art and Design, taken prior to the beginning of the Courtauld semester. This seminar allows students to:

  • Gain an additional 4 credits, and complete a full semester course load
  • Prepare for the Courtauld academic experience
  • Live in London a month longer than they would if they enrolled directly at the Courtauld

Students in enroll in CAS AH 320 or CAS AH 388, and CAS AH 300.

  • CAS AH 320 Modern British Art and Design (4 credits)
    • (This course is part of the regular BU London curriculum but includes special requirements for Courtauld students and is taken prior to the beginning of the Courtauld Fall Term). Provides a broad introduction to visual arts and design in modern Britain. Through lectures and visits to museums, galleries, and dealers, examines the recent history of art and design, the London art market, and the British art establishment.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS AH 388 British Painting from Holbein to the Twentieth Century (4)
    • This course provides an introduction to British painting, and it is intended for students who have a major or minor in art history. The structure of the course is broadly chronological, covering the sixteenth century to the end of the nineteenth. The course offers students the unique opportunity of studying the artworks in London galleries and museums. Enrollment is limited. Donnellan.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS AH 300 Frameworks for Interpretation: Historiography and Display (6)
    • An introduction to some of the key philosophical theories, particularly aesthetic theories, that inform the history of art. Taken at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

Students choose one six-credit, 400-level elective seminar in a specific period of the history of Western art, selected from a varying menu of options, at the Courtauld Institute. Please note the Courtauld cannot guarantee a seminar in modern art.

  • CAS AH 430 Greek and Roman Art (6 credits)
    • An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of Greek and Roman art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Instructor: Peter Stewart and other members of the Courtauld Institute faculty.
  • CAS AH 440 Seminar, Late Antique and Medieval Art (6)
    • Prerequisite: Junior art history concentrator.
    • An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of late antique and medieval art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Instructor: Antony Eastmond and other members of the Courtauld Institute faculty.
  • CAS AH 450 Seminar, Renaissance Art (6)
    • Prerequisite: Junior art history concentrator.
    • An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of Renaissance art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Instructor: Paul Hills and other members of the Courtauld Institute faculty.
  • CAS AH 460 Seminar, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Art (6)
    • Prerequisite: Junior art history concentrator.
    • An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Instructor: Denise Ribouillault and other members of the Courtauld Institute faculty.
  • CAS AH 490 Seminar, Special Topics in the History of Art (6)
    • Prerequisite: Junior art history concentrator.
    • An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of art. Topics change annually. Taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Instructor: John House and other members of the Courtauld Institute faculty.


The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101: The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.

Program Residences

  • Accommodations are apartment-style suites in BU’s own housing in the centrally located South Kensington neighborhood. All residences are approximately a 15-minute walk from the BU London Academic Center. Bedrooms consist of doubles, triples, and quads and all bedrooms come with an en-suite bathroom. Limited single rooms are available on a space-available basis for a supplemental fee.
  • Fully equipped kitchens are available within BU housing. Kitchens are shared between approximately 6–14 students.
  • Students are responsible for budgeting their own cost of meals. Board isn’t included in this program.
  • BU London does not have dining hall facilities, but there are ample grocery stores, restaurants, and other amenities in the immediate area surrounding the residences.
  • All buildings are within walking distance to local transportation, including the London Tube and bus systems.
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities are located in the basements of all residences. Cost of laundry is not included in the program fee.
  • Students have access to the BU London Library for research and printing purposes. For recreational and social activities, students may take advantage of the BU London Social Programme as well as the clubs and societies of Imperial College London.
  • WiFi is available throughout all the BU buildings.
  • Fall Semester: Late August to mid-December

Please note: This program is only offered during the fall semester.

  • Fall: January 26

Please contact BU Study Abroad for additional application instructions. Notification of admission begins after the application deadline.

Late applications will be considered if approved by both Boston University and the Courtauld Institute of Art. Applicants seeking to apply after the January 26 deadline should send a request to Program Manager Corey Smith (coreys@bu.edu).