The London Music Program, offered only in fall semesters, provides students with the opportunity to live and study in one of the world’s most important cities for music performance. Students receive all music instruction through the Royal College of Music (RCM), as well as one-on-one music lessons. Students also join the RCM Orchestra, Chamber groups, and Choral Ensemble.

Before starting classes at RCM, students take an intense liberal arts course at the centrally located BU London Academic Center. The London Music Program will expand the existing academic and artistic offerings of the School of Music and will provide students with an opportunity to further their theoretical and musicological studies.

Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Students receive all music instruction through the RCM including Music Theory, Music History, Psychology of Performance, as well as one-on-one music lessons. Students also join the RCM Orchestra, Chamber groups, and Choral Ensemble. Before taking classes at RCM, students take an intense liberal arts course. This course, AH 381 London Architecture and Urbanism, is taught by BU British Programmes faculty through a combination of lectures and walking tours. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin. All students will register for:

  • CAS AH 381 London Architecture and Urbanism (4 credits)
    • This course aims to provide an introduction to the history of London and its buildings. The growth of the city as a historical phenomenon, covering early-modern London to the present day and the development of various architectural styles will be discussed in the context of social, political, and economic change. The course is aimed at a wide audience rather than architectural specialists, although some familiarity with British history is helpful. Several different faculty teach this course throughout the academic year.
    • Syllabus
  • CFA MH 321 Medieval Music (3)
    • At the end of this unit, you should be able to draw on a broad and informed awareness of selected composers, performers, musical genres, and artistic ideas and show a more extensive knowledge of musical history. You will develop ideas on the method of musical/historical study, and use both primary and secondary sources to arrive at an informed and detailed understanding of genres and/or repertoire, their context, and their performance history. Finally, you will be able to articulate that knowledge and apply it with imagination and resourcefulness to your chosen written assignments.
  • CFA MT 301 Music Theory 5 (2)
    • Individual musicianship problems developed according to the major area of study. Formal and compositional idioms of the Romantic period of music. Individual study or compositional projects.


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.

Students will register for additional courses dependent upon their individual program, for a total of 16 to 20 credits.

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 ensuite 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 Semester: March 15