Temple Theaters London

Administered by Temple University's Department of Theater and the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS). Study Away London is a fully accredited semester–long program in the United Kingdom. Program participants live and study in the heart of London close to many of the city's universities, libraries, museums, theaters and historical sites.

London is a thriving multicultural city boasting cutting–edge theater, art and music. In the Temple Theaters London program, students are given the opportunity to experience first–hand this vibrant society while enriching their understanding of theater and the arts in a global context.

The program is open to all Temple University students regardless of major. However, the courses offered are most relevant to students studying theater.

Program Dates: The program has been cancelled for the Fall 2015 semester. PLease check back over the summer for information regarding applications to the Spring 2016 program.

Application Requirements: To be considered student must have completed at least 30 credits and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Applicants must complete the Online Application Form and have two faculty members complete the online Reference Form. A non-refundable application fee of $50 must accompany the application.

Questions about the program should directed to: David Ingram, dingra@temple.edu

Questions about the application should be directed to: Leah Dempsey, leahdempsey@temple.edu

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates and costs are subject to change. The Bursar's office typically announces tuition rates for the upcoming academic year during the month of July preceding the start of the Fall semester in August and this page will be updated according to that schedule.

Per University policy, Temple students will be charged their home school tuition regardless of participation in this program. See the Bursar's website to calculate your tuition rate.

Tuition for full-time students (12-17 credits):

  • PA state residents: $7,500
  • Out-of-state residents: $12,800

*Please note that the tuition rates listed above are simply an example of the applicable tuition rates for a student whose home school is the Division of the Theater, Film, and Media Arts. All students are strongly encouraged to calculate their individual tuition rate.

  • Program fee: $8,000
  • University Services Fee: $345
  • International Insurance Fee: $1,694

Estimated totals of billed expenses (for undergraduate students):

  • PA state residents: $16,000
  • Out-of-state residents: $21,000
Other estimated costs:

  • Passport (for a new one, fees can total $120)
  • Student Visa fees: $516 (only if you're doing an internship)
  • Meals: $2,500 (an average for a semester). This will vary depending on style of living.
  • Daily expenses: $2,500 (an average for a semester). This will vary depending on style of living.
  • Cell phone rental estimate for 3 months: $150
  • Roundtrip airfare from Philadelphia: $1,000-$1,400


Program Includes:

  • Housing in a supervised AIFS residence within central London. Apartments are fully furnished and equipped with kitchens. Free wireless Internet is provided.
  • Travel pass for use on the buses and underground trains for specific travel zones for the duration of the program.
  • An orientation program in London with experienced AIFS staff. Includes orientation meeting, student information packet with comprehensive student handbook, a welcome reception, and half–day sightseeing tour of London.
  • Access to the wireless–enabled AIFS Student Center and the services of an experienced AIFS Program Coordinator and Student Advisors for information, advice and 24–hour emergency contact service.
  • Access to the student computer lab located in the AIFS Student Center with free email, printing and Internet facilities.
  • Special membership of the University of London Union giving access to Union clubs and societies and, at an additional cost, sports facilities.
Additional Program Benefits
  • Acting classes at the studios of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
  • Tickets to ten theater productions including one musical, one West End drama and seven fringe performances.
  • A guided day trip to Stratford–upon–Avon including roundtrip private coach transfers, visit to selected Shakespearean properties, group dinner and tickets to a performance. Services of a professional guide throughout.
  • A guided day trip to Bath and Stonehenge including roundtrip private coach transfers, entrance to Stonehenge and the Roman Baths. Services of a professional guide throughout.

About AIFS Partnership Programs

AIFS was founded in 1964 and since then, over 1.5 million students have participated in their educational and cultural exchange programs. Over 6,000 American college students study abroad each year with the AIFS College Division—approximately 2,000 of these are on customized, faculty­led programs such as Temple Theaters London program.

AIFS Student Center in London - Dilke House

Dilke House becomes a home away from home for students participating in the AIFS London Program. Dilke House is centrally located – accessible from the District, Circle, Northern, Piccadilly and the Hammersmith & City lines. Students can reach key London hotspots, including Oxford Circus, Camden Town, Covent Garden and Shoreditch via a quick tube ride.

Dilke House offers a number of services to AIFS students. There are two computer labs, free wireless internet access and free printing. There are maps, guides and fact sheets available to all students to help them navigate London. The Student Services Center has a number of guidebooks for various popular destinations both in the UK and outside of it. The AIFS Student Advisors are also on hand to answer questions and offer advice from their own travel experiences.

Most importantly there is always someone available to answer any question you might have, from "Where's the nearest shoe shop?" to "How do I get to Barcelona?" Whether students come in to pick up mail, print out their paper for class or just to chat about their recent weekend trip, someone is there to help.

Directly across from Dilke House is the University of London Union (ULU). All AIFS students have associate status at ULU. This gives them the opportunity to join a wide range of different student societies and sports clubs, from the Harry Potter club to fencing. Students often take advantage of the many theme nights at the ULU pub, The Duck and Dive. Students' involvement at ULU gives them the opportunity to meet and socialize with British students, an important aspect of their cultural experience.

Course Options

This is a selection of courses that may be offered in Spring 2015. For complete listing of course options for a particular semester of study, please contact Program Director, David Ingram (dingra@temple.edu).

Theater Courses
Among the possible course listings, the following may be offered (All courses 3 credits hours):
World of the Play

This course provides an overview of the dramaturgical research process. It is the prerequisite for an advanced elective course in Production Dramaturgy. In London you will attend nine productions and prepare materials to assist artists and audience in achieving greater insight into the period, locale and intentions of the playwright. NOTE: Required for the Theater Major.

Acting II

The actor applies techniques gained in Acting I to scene work. Exploration of scenes from 20th century American dramatic literature with particular focus on defining beats and playing objectives. NOTE: Required for Acting Concentration, Theater Major.

Acting III

The goal of this course is to assist the actor in negotiating the challenges of heightened language and period style while maintaining commitment to objectives, detailed given circumstances and truthful listening and reacting. The content of this course will focus on such writers as Shakespeare, Moliere, the Greeks, and Restoration playwrights. Requires intensive outside preparation of exercises and scenes for presentation in class. NOTE: Required for Acting Concentration, Theater Major.

Acting IV

This course is designed to expand the actor's understanding of a more physicalized or external approach to character building. The teachings of Michael Chekhov form the foundation for this work focuses on in depth explorations of the plays of Anton Chekhov.
NOTE: Required for Acting Concentration, Theater Major.

Acting Styles

In Philadelphia, this course focuses exclusively on Shakespearean text work and vocal techniques used to make his language clear and understandable. In London the class becomes a true styles class where the student will gain experience working on playwrights like Moliere, Sheridan, Shaw, and Coward.

AIFS Supported Courses
All course are 3 credits hours.
Art History

This course traces the development of modern and contemporary art. Through weekly visits to the city’s museums, it introduces students to a variety of art forms and media as they consider the development of art from the traditional paint on canvas to video art and installations.

British Life and Culture

TThis multidisciplinary course offers insight into the customs, politics, economy, art and culture of the country you'll be living in. It also enables students to appreciate more of what they observe during their stay in Britain in regard to the underlying history, themes, and institutions of the UK.


There are a number of internship possibilities that can be arranged by AIFS. In most cases these are arranged with smaller theaters throughout London and usually require a commitment of 2 days per week. Types of internships can include production assistants, assisting with the building, installing and removing of sets and lights, box office work, and/or clerical work.

Internship Application

AIFS Internship Handbook

More information on AIFS.