CIEE Arts & Humanities Program
About the Program
CIEE's program at Goldsmiths University, a top creative university in the UK in the heart of a neighborhood known for its emerging creative scene, offers academic immersion along with coordinated cultural activities and activities with local students help to give you a real sense of social and intellectual life in one of the world's most dynamic and diverse cities. Goldsmiths' main campus lies in New Cross, a riverside borough in Southeast London, just 15 minutes by train from Central London. Around New Cross itself you'll find an eclectic mix of coffee shops, pubs and places to eat. The area is a hub of creative talent and has a thriving music scene. Goldsmiths combines excellence in teaching and research with a distinctly innovative and creative approach to a wide range of subjects: psychologists work with computer scientists, artists with cultural theorists, musicians with anthropologists.
One of the world's largest financial centers, London houses the headquarters of most of the UK's top 100 listed companies and more than 100 of Europe's 500 largest companies. London boasts four World Heritage Sites - the Tower of London, the historic settlement of Greenwich, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the area comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret's Church.
Studying arts and humanities in London, a hub for the arts, education, finance, and more, is a no-brainer. With a population of more than 8 million, London, the capital of both England and the United Kingdom, is a true cosmopolitan melting pot known for its theater, entertainment, fashion, history, pubs, museums and markets. As Carl Gobey said, "Everything is here – different nationalities, different people, different styles and fashions. Anything you want to be, any life you want to lead: You can find it."
- 3.0 CGPA
- Completion of 3-4 courses within the chosen field or department of study.
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Art, Chinese Studies, Communications, Design, English and Comparative Literature, History, Music, Politics and Economics, Psychology, Social & Cultural Studies, Sociology, Theatre and Performance, Visual Cultures
By directly enrolling at Goldsmiths, you’ll focus your studies in one of fifteen academic departments. The school provides excellence in teaching and research, particularly in the humanities, art and design, and social sciences, and is known for its interdisciplinary approach. Students may register for courses available to study abroad students for which they meet the prerequisites.
Learning takes place through a coherent blend of lectures, group seminars, tutorials, workshops, studios, and laboratory work, depending on the subject. Key concepts and topics are usually introduced in lectures, sometimes involving the entire group, and then might be discussed in depth with a smaller group in seminars. Students have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other students and a tutorial system ensures academic support. Students will find that the number of classroom hours is less than they are accustomed to. This does not imply there is less material to cover but that more independent study is expected.
While at Goldsmiths, students have access to the diverse campus community and participate in the student union, club sports, cultural and political societies, and musical, theatrical, and cultural events. Goldsmiths has a thriving student union, which is a hub for social life with frequent entertainment and outings. There are many opportunities for you to participate in club sports – from rugby and football to aerobics and aikido. There is also a training field with cricket nets and open-air tennis courts. Cultural and political societies thrive at Goldsmiths, organizing plenty of events. The Department of Music promotes a wide range of concerts, from classical to contemporary and world music. At the Composer’s Forum, presentations are made by Goldsmiths students and staff. Goldsmiths is also known for its art, textile, and design shows.
Goldsmiths has a state-of-the-art fitness facility on campus. With a large range of exercise equipment and regular fitness classes, it provides you with first-class fitness facilities at affordable prices. As part of the University of London system, Goldsmiths students can access a gym, swimming pool, weight room, and sports hall at the Malet Street building near Russell Square, a 30-minute jaunt from New Cross.
As CIEE students, you will also benefit from the weekend excursions planned by CIEE staff out of the country to Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Ireland for an overnight trip that includes group activities. In London, you’ll visit key landmarks, such as the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, or the British Museum. Plus, you might take a street art tour of East London, discovering the work of more than 40 street artists in the process. CIEE excursions to sporting events, concerts, and the theater help you explore all aspects of contemporary London during your stay.
Students are typically housed in single, self-catered rooms. However, college housing cannot be guaranteed and students may be placed in intercollegiate residences or private residence halls. The Goldsmiths residence halls are located on or adjacent to the New Cross campus, which is within walking distance of all classes. Most halls are just a five minute walk away.
New Cross is a lively, rapidly changing urban environment, populated largely by immigrants, offering a variety of commercial enterprises including cafés, pubs, takeaways, and restaurants. A short distance away are the pubs, restaurants, parks, and historical attractions of Greenwich, and the open green spaces of Blackheath.
Goldsmiths Student Union
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