The Honors Advantage

Are you ready for a challenge?

As a member of our selective Ithaca College honors program, you’ll feed your curiosity and expand your perspectives in an intellectual community of students from every school at IC. You’ll have access to unique coursework, travel opportunities, and learning experiences with faculty and peers who never stop asking questions. After exploring these pages check out the IC Honors Blog for the day-to-day buzz of the program.

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The London SemesterThe London Semester
Each fall, Honors students can take their studies across the pond for a full semester at Ithaca’s beautiful London Center.

The Ithaca College Honors Program: The London Honors Semester

The honors program offers a comprehensive honors semester every fall at Ithaca College’s beautiful London Center. (A special note to theatre students: Participation in the London honors semester is designed to be completely compatible with the London Drama Program, including Interrelationships.) The London honors semester has three components:

  1. A specially designed honors seminar, London as Text. The city itself is the text you study.
  2. Choices from a variety of liberal arts courses, such as Shakespeare; The London Theatre; British Art and Architecture; Irish Literature; and many others.
  3. A special trip, funded in part by the honors program, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, perhaps the most exciting arts festival in the world!

Ithaca College London Center

Ithaca College has a campus in London: a beautiful building in one of the nicest parts of the city. There, IC faculty and British professors teach a variety of exciting and challenging courses that will count directly toward your academic program.

London as Text

The centerpiece of the London honors semester is the 3-credit honors seminar London as Text, taught by Bill Sheasgreen, director of the Ithaca College London Center.  In this seminar, students encounter the city of London in a variety of ways—cultural, social, political, and artistic. The seminar meets occasionally in a classroom, but most of the time students actively engage the text: the endlessly fascinating city of London. This intermediate honors seminar counts toward progress through the honors program.

Honors at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Fall London honors semester students travel to Great Britain a week before other students arrive in order to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, to experience the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The honors program underwrites part of the cost of transportation between London and Edinburgh, accommodations in Edinburgh, and several special events in Edinburgh.

Costs and Accommodations


Tuition at the London Center is the same as at the Ithaca College home campus. All financial aid and scholarships can be applied to this program. 

Room and Board

In London, students typically rent a flat, often with other Ithaca College students. Payment is arranged directly between students and landlords. Note that tuition includes a limited period of accommodation at a London hotel to ensure that students have a safe place to stay while they seek housing.

The Ithaca College London Center does not offer a meal plan. Students are responsible for making their own arrangements for meals. Students are also responsible for the cost of transportation between London and the United States.

How to Apply

This program is open to all students in the Ithaca College Honors Program as well as to students enrolled in honors programs at other colleges and universities.

(1) Inform the director that you plan to participate.

(2) Attend an informational session in January of the year in which you plan to study abroad.

(3) Apply to attend the London Center through the Office of International Programs.