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"My Hollins Abroad-London experience was fantastic. I loved every minute and wish I could spend another term here."

Katherine Sikes
College of William and Mary


"Studying on the Hollins Abroad-London program changed my life — my values, my way of thinking, my perspective, my priorities. It also gave me a great feeling of success and belief in myself. I feel like I can do anything now."

Angela Broadus
Hollins University

Hollins Abroad-London details

Hollins Abroad-London details


The Hollins Abroad comprehensive fee ($21,930.00 per term for 2012-13) covers tuition, housing, all course field trips (excluding theatre tickets), the orientation program in London, and a guided weekend trip within Britain. It also covers all meals for students staying with British hosts and partial board for students living in a residence hall. Because homestays are in residential areas outside "central London," students in homestays also receive a transportation pass for unlimited use of the London bus and tube system. The comprehensive fee does not cover transatlantic airfare, or personal expenses, including independent travel.

You need not spend much more on program-related expenses in London than you normally would on campus. Textbooks, a major expense in the United States, will cost you next to nothing in London. However, if you enroll in The London Stage or Shakespeare as Dramatist course, there will be a fee of approximately $500 to cover the cost of tickets to productions and, in the case of the Shakespeare course, an overnight trip to Stratford-upon-Avon.

According to student reports, the minimum amount needed for personal expenses and independent travel is about $1,500 per term. Most students spend $2,500-$3,500 and those who travel extensively spend more.

What is Covered by the Comprehensive Fee

  • Tuition
  • Accommodations
  • Meals; level depending on housing choice
  • Assistance at airport upon arrival
  • Orientation program on the Hollins campus and in London
  • Comprehensive health insurance while abroad
  • All course related field trips except theatre performances and Shakespeare overnight field trip to Stratford
  • London Transport Travelcard providing free bus and tube transportation in the zones between accommodations and classes (students in homestays only)
  • Weekend excursion within Britain (transportation, accommodations, some meals, guided tours)
  • Internet access in the program's Reading Room at Connaught Hall
  • Membership in the University of London Student Union
  • Program handbook and other materials
  • International Student ID Card
  • Comprehensive visa advice/assistance

What is NOT Covered by the Comprehensive Fee

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Some meals as noted above for students living in a residence hall
  • Books (minimal)
  • Tickets to required performances for The London Stage and Shakespeare as Dramatist
  • Local airport transportation for the return flight
  • Personal expenses, including independent travel

Financial Aid

Financial aid policies for study abroad are different at each college and university. You should check with your college's financial aid office to ascertain its policies. In some cases, all home school financial aid can be applied to Hollins Abroad. In almost all cases, you can continue to receive federally subsidized grants and loans.

Hollins University students generally receive the same amount of financial aid for study in London as they receive for study on campus.

A number of travel awards are available to Hollins students based on academic merit, with a preference for financial need.

For our semester-based programs, students from other institutions are also eligible to apply for Visiting Student Merit Scholarships (with amounts ranging from $1,000 - $2,000). The scholarship application is available as a part of the online program application.

In addition, students attending institutions that are members of the Women’s College Coalition (WCC) or the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) will receive a 10% discount on the comprehensive semester-based program fee. You should check with your college’s financial aid office to ascertain its policies with regard to aid for study abroad. In some cases, all home school financial aid can be applied to Hollins Abroad. In almost all cases, you can continue to receive federally subsidized grants and loans.

Special note for Virginia residents: For Virginia residents who attend out-of-state-schools but still want to participate in the London program qualify for Virginia Tuition Assistance Grants worth $1,325 - $1,375 per term. Information, deadlines, and applications are available at http://www.schev.edu/schev/formsIndex.asp.


The minimum requirements for enrollment are a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 out of a possible 4.0 and good standing at your college or university. Students wishing to enroll for the academic year and/or in London Metropolitan University classes or internships must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 overall and in their academic major.


Recent Hollins Abroad students have come from Agnes Scott, American U., Arcadia, Catholic U., College of Charleston, Davidson, Duke, Hollins, Kenyon, Lehigh, McGill, Miami U. (OH), Montana State, Notre Dame, Ohio Wesleyan, Philadelphia U., Rice, Rollins, Salem, Sarah Lawrence, Sweet Briar, Trinity U. (TX), Virginia Military Institute, Wake Forest, Washington and Lee, William and Mary, and the Universities of Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Maryland, North Carolina/Chapel Hill, the South (Sewanee), and Virginia.

How to apply

Apply online at Hollins.StudioAbroad.com.


Deadlines are March 15 for the fall term or academic year and October 1 for the spring term.