British Studies

(Courses at the Paul Mellon Centre in London)

During the spring term, and the summer break, the Yale in London program at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, located in central London, offers courses in British studies generally including British history, history of art or architecture, literature, and drama. The spring program consists of four courses, while the summer program has two courses. There are no prerequisites and students from any major, and from any year of study may apply. All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Further information is available on the program's website. Inquiries may also be directed to The application deadline for the spring term 2021 is Thursday, October 15, 2020. Students will be notified of acceptance within one month of the application deadline. Inquiries about the summer program, described in The Undergraduate Curriculum, should be directed to the same address. Applications for summer 2021 are due Monday, February 15, 2021.

The Yale in London program offers Yale undergraduates the opportunity to take spring or summer courses in London at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. The Paul Mellon Centre has its own library, classroom, and students’ common room. All the seminar-style classes are held Monday through Thursday, generally in the mornings, so that students can explore London and surrounding areas in the afternoons and on weekends. Yale in London courses carry full academic credit and are taught by Yale faculty based at the Paul Mellon Centre, by professors visiting from Yale, and by leading British academics. Student accommodations are provided at convenient, nearby locations. Field trips to museums and historic houses in London and other English cities are an integral part of the program. Drama courses make full use of London’s theater scene, with visits to everything from top West End plays, to small fringe productions, to talks by playwrights, directors, and actors. All Yale undergraduates are eligible to apply to the program regardless of their declared or intended major. 

Further information on the program can be found at the following websites, Yale Center for British Art or Yale in London. Alternatively, you can email enquiries to