Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is FIE?
A: Established in 1998, the Foundation for International Education (FIE) is a private, independent, non-profit educational exchange organization based in London, England offering programs for college undergraduate students. Their specialized academic and internship programs allow visiting students to maximize the value of their stay, gaining theoretical knowledge, practical skills, life experience and an international perspective.
Q: Are the international internships paid?
A: No. To satisfy the UK Immigration and Nationality Directorate requirements, all placements are unpaid.
Q: Who will be teaching the classes?
A: FIE's faculty bring specialist knowledge of a wide range of fields, and between them have many years of experience in teaching international students and making the most of the learning opportunities offered in London. The highly experienced FIE faculty adopt an approach that utilizes a range of learning activities. In addition to class-based lectures, seminars and workshops, students are guided on field trips to explore the practical dimensions of their courses.
Q: What computer facilities are available?
A: The Metrogate Study Centre PC Lab is dedicated to open access and general use on a 24/7 basis. The facility contains 32
PCs equipped with the full range of Microsoft Office professional
applications, and gives students fast and unrestricted online
connectivity through a 567Kbps upload and 8Mbps download speed.
All PCs are connected to laser printers and scanner dedicated to student use.
Q: How much money should I bring?
A: Estimated expenses vary widely on the person. How much you spend will depend
on your lifestyle, such as how much you eat out and travel during your free time.
We recommend you budget between $150 and $200 each week for food and personal
expenses. Expect to spend double the amount you would here in the U.S.
Q: What’s the best “phone plan” for students?
A: Many students buy prepaid phone cards to call home from the U.K. You can also contact
your phone company and set up a temporary long-distance plan. Students also may
purchase mobile phones in the U.K. They are the easiest, cheapest way to
communicate locally and abroad. Pay-as-you-go phones are available for around £50.