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Program Snapshot

BGL LogoGoldsmiths College, University of London

Goldsmiths College focuses on the study of creative, cultural and social processes, with a commitment to lifelong learning. It values its international and national reputation for research, scholarship and teaching and its tradition of working with and for the people of southeast London. Penn Abroad has designated Goldsmiths as a site specifically of interest to students studying communications, fine arts, and performing arts, although it also has a broad range of social sciences options. Goldsmiths is also academically rich in art history, drama, sociology, psychology, and music; it has one of the largest music departments in Great Britain. 
For additional information, visit the Goldsmiths College website
The City of London

London is one of the most exciting and dynamic places in the world to be a student - a city at the cutting-edge of developments in every field. With more than 8.5 million inhabitants and an incredible concentration of history and creativity throughout the city, you can find yourself among a sea of both British and worldwide cultures. For study purposes, London offers special advantages, including major libraries, museums and art galleries, the headquarters of learned societies, and research institutes in medicine, law and the humanities.

Did you know…?

Famous alumni from Goldsmiths College include Steve McQueen, BBC DJ Rob da Bank, and Graham Coxon.

The university is located in New Cross, which has a noteworthy art and music scene. 



The program at Goldsmiths College, University of London is for College credit only.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Other Requirements: Completion of at least two full years of undergraduate study by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure is required.


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A full course load at Goldsmiths College usually consists of four classes per semester.  Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.

Students can choose courses (called modules) from a variety of disciplines. Note that courses in fine arts are only open for those spending the entire academic year at Goldsmiths.

Goldsmiths College Academic Calendar
Goldsmiths College Course Catalog
Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.

Grades are reported to Penn on the Goldsmiths scale and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
Goldsmiths Grade Penn Grade
70-100 A
65-69 A-
60-64 B+
55-59 B
50-54 B-
45-49 C+
40-44 C
0-39 F

Special Features

BGL Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by Goldsmiths College prior to the start of each semester. Specifics will be distributed upon acceptance into the program.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to enhance your time at university, add to your CV ‌and most importantly give something back. More information on how to get involved with volunteer opportunities is available on the Goldsmiths College website.

Group Excursions

Excursions are organized by members of student groups at Goldsmiths.

Other excursions and activities are organized by the Cornell Brown Penn UK Centre.

Academic Support

BGL Special FeaturesStudents are assigned an International Liaison Officer (ILO) in each of their departments to support them academically and advise them on other support services. Additionally, there are Departmental Student Coordinators, fellow students who are there to represent students on academic issues.

In addition to academic support, many other support offices exist to help international students.

Student Associations

Penn students studying at Goldsmiths’ College have access to a wide range of student activities and associations. More information can be found at the Goldsmiths Students’ Union website and the Goldsmiths activities and societies page.


BGL CampusParticipants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

Study abroad students at Goldsmiths for one semester are guaranteed housing in a single en-suite room that includes a kitchen in Loring Hall. Loring Hall is located about five minutes' walk from the main campus and is comprised of 55 self-contained, mix-sex, flats spread over seven blocks.

Full year participants can choose a list of undergraduate accommodation options.

Information regarding accommodation can be found here.

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.

Budget Sheets

Academic Year

Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship: Merit-based scholarship awarded to the applicant who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international educational experience and who agrees to share how the scholarship helped to fulfil their academic and personal ambitions. The award is £500 for a semester abroad or £1,000 for a full year.

BUTEX offers eight scholarships to North American students studying at a university in the United Kingdom. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. Interested students should contact the appropriate Global Programs Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in London, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.