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Sotheby's Institute of Art, London

Study Abroad Program Overview

At the prestigious Sotheby’s Institute of Art, you explore the arts in the world capital London and examine art’s international markets and practices. The program offers a unique opportunity to add a professional edge to your UC degree by combining academic study with an insight into the professional art world. It allows you to take full advantage of the rich cultural resources London offers, and you can decide for yourself how your academic passion might fit within a broader context. 
This video gives you a wonderful introduction to the program. 
Perhaps you would like to work in the field or pursue further study of the wider historic and cultural implications of art in context. Either way, you profit from seminars and assignments that help you develop visual and critical abilities in relation to art practice and foster your reflectivity and independent research potential. Experiential components of the curriculum also include travel to major art fairs, exhibitions, museums, galleries, and collections.
Students at the Sotheby’s Institute​ are of all ages and come from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. The international make-up of the student body generates a rich and dynamic learning environment.
Students will attend a mandatory UCEAP orientation in London, covering academic and safety issues among other important topics, and offering an introduction to the city of London and life in England. Further orientation details will be made available as they are finalized. The UCEAP orientation is separate from any orientation activities the Sotheby’s Institute of Art may provide.
The program is open to all majors.
The website for our Study Centers in the U.K. and Ireland provides access to social media and much more. 

Scholarships are available for this program! See the Cost page for details.  

Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall :  
mid-September to mid-December

Spring :  








You will live in private housing in London. You will be responsible for finding and arranging your own accommodation, although Sotheby’s Institute will assist you by providing an extensive list of properties including flats and bed-sits (studios) throughout the city.

More Information on Housing

Extracurricular Activities

London is the capital of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) and is one of the major financial, media, and cultural capitals of the world. Studying here offers you the chance to enjoy an immense range of historical sites, museums, art galleries, concert venues, sports events, shopping, and theaters all a short distance from your housing. Take advantage of the many walking tours and tour buses available. The picturesque countryside includes Kew Gardens,  South Downs National Park, and the town of Windsor. These attractions are only a short train ride away when you need to escape the 24/7 activity of the cosmopolitan city.

On-site Support

UCEAP programs in London are overseen by the UCEAP Study Center in London. UC and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, safety, and other issues.
Students will also have an opportunity to participate in the UCEAP Thanksgiving event in November.
​See the UCEAP Program Guide​ for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.

Course Opportunities

You chose one of seven unique semester programs and immerse yourself in the rich artistic resources available in London. With the exception of the internship program, you take four courses per program. Each individual course is worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units. Combining courses from different programs is not possible.
1.  Art and Business (Fall and Spring) 
A wide variety of faculty-led visits to museums, galleries, and auction houses are an integral part of the learning experience. Courses:
  • Foundations of the Global Art Market
  • The Art Market in Practice
  • The Modern Period, 1900-1959
  • Contemporary Art and Design  
2.  Art Museums, Galleries, and Curating (Fall and Spring) 
In addition to visits to London museums and galleries, day trips to Oxford, Chichester, and Aylesbury are included. A European field to Amsterdam is planned (additional fees apply). Courses:
  • Historic Museums and Galleries I  & II
  • Modern Galleries and Contemporary Exhibition Spaces I & II
3.  Art Business Foundation and Internship (Fall and Spring)
You spend 50% of your time in class and 50% of your  time in an internship placement (Tier 4 Student Visa is required). The internship earns 12 quarter/8 semester UC units. Sample field trip venues include Frieze Art Fair and Sotheby's Auction House and Warehouse. You take two courses in addition to the internship:
  • Foundations of the Global Art Market
  • The Art Market in Practice
See the Internship tab for internship-specific information.
4.  Asian Art and its Markets (Spring) 
London is a major center for Asian art and culture. A wide variety of faculty-led visits to museums and galleries are part of this course. A five-day field trip to Hong Kong is included (additional fees apply). Courses:
  • Themes, Iconographies and Cultural Contexts I & II
  • Modern Asian Art and its Markets I & II
5.  Decorative Art and Design (Fall)
Visits to a wide variety of museums and galleries are part of this course. Field trips to Vienna (Fall, four days) and Paris (Spring, three days) are included (additional fees apply). Courses:
  • The 17th and 18th Century I & II
  • The 19th and 20th Century I & II
6. Foundations of Western Art (Fall and Spring)
A four-day field trip to Rome is part of this course. Recent trips to Rom have included visits to the Sistine Chapel outside of public opening hours and an exclusive visit to the Vatican Museum’s ancient marble and paintings restoration laboratories (additional fees apply). Courses:
  • Ancient Greece to Baroque I & II
  • Rococo to Contemporary I &II 
7. Art of Luxury (Fall and Spring)
A wide variety of faculty-led visits to art world and luxury locations forms an integral part of this course. A visit to a major European center for luxury is also included.
  • The Luxury Business I & II
  • Art and Luxury I & II
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:

See this video to get to know professors and the teaching environment. 


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per term, three to four courses.

Research and Independent Study

Research and independent study are not possible with this program.

Sotheby's Institute of Art

Sotheby's Institute of Art
Sotheby's Institute of Art is a premier provider of advanced object-based art education, whose graduates combine a strong interest in the visual arts with scholarship and an understanding of the art market in order to successfully navigate the international art world. The Institute primarily offers programs leading to Ph.D. and M.A. degrees but has recently added a variety of semester-long study abroad and summer program options for graduate and undergraduate students as well as for continuing professional development.
Sotheby's Institute's auction house provides students with privileged access to pre-sale viewings, talks by experts, and handling sessions. In addition, students visit the many commercial galleries, artists' studios and museums available in London. Such knowledge prepares students for a variety of careers in the art world.
The Sotheby’s Institute of Art London campus is located in Bedford Square in the heart of Bloomsbury, only minutes away from the British Museum and within walking distance of the National Gallery and Sotheby's Institute auction house, as well as the UCEAP London office. The Institute was built between 1775 and 1783, and is one of the best preserved Georgian squares in London with a private central garden.

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


Sample internship sectors include:
  • Public sector and commercial museums and galleries
  • Non-for-profit galleries and foundations
  • Auction houses
  • Art investment advisories
  • Art publications and publishing houses
  • Art law firms and Art Insurance
  • Art PR firms
  • Artists’ studios
  • Restoration companies and framers
  • Art Tourism
  • Online art market services
Please note that when you express your areas of interest for an internship, do not limit yourself to the areas mentioned above. Based on your expressed interest, unforeseen opportunities might open up and a good match between you and an organization might be found.

Setting Up Your Internship

  • During the application process, you indicate an area of work in which you are interested, and the program provider will look for an opening in that area.
  • Applicants will be interviewed via Skype to discuss their interest and work preferences.

Additional Information

  • Students need a Tier 4 Student Visa to be able to participate in the internship.
  • The internship course and placement earn 12 quarter/8 semester UC units.
  • The internship placement is 10-12 weeks in duration, for two full days a week.
  • Assessment: Students submit a portfolio relating to the work experience, an art-world sector paper, and they present an oral presentation. These requirements are in addition to the assessment for the courses.
  • A wide variety of faculty-led visits to museums, galleries, auction houses and other locations forms an integral part of the learning experience. Sample venues include 20/21 Art Fair (Royal College of Art), Frieze Art Fair, ART15 Art Fair, Sotheby’s Auction House and Warehouse.
  • See the Sotheby's Institute of Art website for more information. (Internship Programme Autumn)
  • The internship is not possible in combination with the Art Museums, Galleries and Curating module
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • All pre-departure expenses related to visas
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • On-site Orientation
  • Automatic transfer of classes and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


​All participants in this program may receive a $2,000 scholarship in the 2017-18 academic year! See which program terms are eligible

Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page​ to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships. ​​​​​


Class Level:

Junior, Senior, Graduate

Language Prerequisites:



3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission. the host institution.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: