Programme Structure

Our Study Abroad programme gives international students the opportunity to live, study, and socialise with Goldsmiths students for a term or a full academic year.

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We also offer help with English for those who are not fluent speakers, and opportunities for postgraduate study.

Programme options

Autumn Term only

The autumn term programme runs from September to December. Exact dates are available on our term dates page.

On this programme, you choose four modules from across Goldsmiths’ departments (with the exception of Art and Design).

In September you will join in the Goldsmiths-wide Welcome Week, which is full of activities and events to help you get acquainted with our campus and integrated into our community. The Global Opportunities team will also host a series of events specific to Study Abroad and Erasmus students.

Spring/summer term only

The spring/summer term programme runs from January to June. Teaching takes place from January to March (spring term), and assessments take place from April to June (summer term). Exact dates are available on our term dates webpage.

If you choose modules assessed by essays, you may not need to be on campus in the summer term, and may be able to choose a shorter (January to April) accommodation contract because if this. You can find more information about modules and their assessments on our module options page.

In January, you will take part in a Welcome Week hosted by the Global Opportunities team. There will be a series of events specifically for Study Abroad and Erasmus students.

Full academic year

The full academic year programme runs from September to June. You will be integrated into a full year of study at Goldsmiths. Exact dates are available on our term dates webpage.

Most students will choose a total of eight modules – four in the autumn term, and four in the spring term. Some modules are available for the full academic year. You can find more information about modules on our module options webpage. See below for information on credits and grade conversions.

In September, you will join in the Goldsmiths-wide Welcome Week, which is full of activities and events to help you get acquainted with our campus and integrated into our community. The Global Opportunities team will also host a series of events specific for Study Abroad and Erasmus students.

In January you will be invited to join in events to welcome the spring/summer students.

Study abroad with pre-sessional English language

Students who do not meet our English language requirements can apply to join our pre-sessional English language programme. We offer three different programme lengths – 12 weeks, 9 weeks, and 5 weeks. Which one you can apply for depends on your IELTS score.

Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional programme can join the autumn term or full year Study Abroad programme.

To apply, you must complete an application for the pre-sessional programme and an application for the Study Abroad programme. On your Study Abroad application, you can select if you wish to do the autumn term Study Abroad programme with pre-sessional, or the full year Study Abroad programme with pre-sessional.

Art programme

The Study Abroad Art programme is only available for students on the full-year programme. You will be fully integrated into the first year of the BA Fine Art degree programme, and will be given your own studio space.

You will only be able to study within the Art department and will not be able to take modules from other departments.

Design programme

The Study Abroad Design programme is available for students on the autumn term only, spring/summer term only, or the full academic year programmes. You will be fully integrated into the first year of the BA Design degree programme, and will be given your own studio space.

You will only be able to study within the Design department and will not be able to take modules from other departments.

Postgraduate

You can Study Abroad at Goldsmiths as a postgraduate student for the autumn term only, spring/summer term only, or the full academic year. We list many modules available to postgraduate students on our module options page.

However, if you are interested in any modules at Goldsmiths that are not currently advertised on our module options page, please contact us directly at studyabroad (@gold.ac.uk). Additional modules can often be made available on a case by case basis.

Grades and credits

Undergraduate students must take a total of 60 credits per term. Modules that last one term are worth 15 credits each, so students on the autumn term or spring/summer term programmes will take four 15-credit modules.

Undergraduate students who are studying abroad for the full academic year take a total of 120 credits. Full year modules are worth 30 credits each.You can take four full year modules (4x 30 credits), eight one-term modules(8x 15 credits), or a combination of the two (e.g. 1x 30 credits, 3x 15 credits in the autumn term, and 3x 15 credits in the spring/summer term = 120 credits).

Credit values for postgraduate modules can vary, so please contact us directly at studyabroad (@gold.ac.uk) for more information.

ECTS credits

The ECTS credit value of our modules is half the Goldsmiths credit value. A 15 credit module is worth 7.5 ECTS credits, and a 30 credit module is worth 15 ECTS credits.

Syllabi

Full syllabi for modules are available by request. Please email studyabroad (@gold.ac.uk).

Grades

You will be graded according to the British grading system. The table below suggests how these grades could be converted. Please note that your home university may choose to interpret grades differently.

UK and USA grades compared

Goldsmiths Degree Class

UK Percentage Marks (%)

US Equivalent Grade

First

80 - 100

A+

70 - 79

A

Upper Second (2:1)

65 - 69

A-

60 - 64

B+

Lower Second (2:2)

55 - 59

B

50 - 54

B-

Third 

46 - 49

C+

43 - 45

C

40 - 42

C-

Fail

0 - 39

Choosing your modules

When you select your modules depends on the programme you have selected. You will receive an online module selection by email. 

  • For autumn term and full year students, this process takes place in July.
  • For spring/summer students, this process takes place November.

You should check with your home university which modules taken at Goldsmiths will provide you with credit. In the module selection process, we ask for both first choice modules and back up choices, to be used in case of timetable clashes or changes in availability. We recommend you get at least eight modules approved by your home university.

Learning and teaching

Most modules at Goldsmiths are taught using a combination of lectures and seminars. Some modules may also have tutorials, workshops, or lab sessions.

You will generally have two contact hours a week for each of your modules. You will also be expected to undertake independent study.