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We invite you to spend your summer with API in London! This unique program is taught on the boutique Soho campus of Condé Nast College of Fashion Design London, and fully accredited by Richmond American University London, the world’s first U.K. and U.S. double accredited university. You will have the opportunity to gain insight into fashion buying and merchandising, learning from both leading academics and industry professionals in the vibrant hub of London.

This exciting program also includes a weekend in Paris, an internationally renowned fashion capital, with guided visits to the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Condé Nast Paris offices, Galleries Lafayette, and other concept stores. Balancing an entrepreneurial outlook with a critical perspective, this program provides an excellent introduction to fashion buying and merchandising techniques. You will also have the opportunity to attend inspirational guest lectures at Condé Nast College of Fashion Design, learning from experts in the fashion industry.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing (including some meals)


Resident Director


Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to gap, first years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • All majors are welcome!
  • Completed API application
  • Official Transcript
  • University Approval Form
  • Entry requirements: valid passport
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer Jun 10, 2023 - Jul 1, 2023 $9,900 Apr 15, 2023 No Extension May 15, 2023

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. This API program includes an international excursion to Paris included within the program fee! In addition, students will participate in two of the three listed API London excursions. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API London programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Brighton

    Brighton is England’s most popular coastal resort on the English Channel. In the early 19th century, George IV made Brighton his personal “playground” when he built his summer home, the Royal Pavilion, with each room lavishly and sometimes outrageously decorated. Brighton’s most well-known attraction is Palace Pier, a collection of rides, arcade games, and other amusements. Known as a place where almost anything goes, Brighton attracts artists, musicians, jet-setters, organic farmers, hipsters, and hippies side by side.

  • British Seaside

    This excursion is designed for students to escape the heat of London by visiting the British Seaside. Depending on the weather, activities could include water sports like surfing or kayaking or a traditional lunch of fish and chips. Students will also have some free time to explore the coastline, sun themselves on the beach, play games on the pier, or go shopping in town.

  • Windsor/Windsor Castle

    Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. The castle is notable for its long association with the British royal family and for its architecture. The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror. Since the time of Henry I, it has been used by succeeding monarchs and it is the longest-occupied palace in Europe. Currently, more than five hundred people live and work in Windsor Castle. The Queen has increasingly used the castle as a royal palace as well as her weekend home. It is now often used for state banquets and to entertain guests on official visits.

  • Paris

    Known as both the City of Light and the City of Love, Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world for good reason. Paris is brimming with amazing museums, architecture, fashion, cuisine and beauty. Innumerable monuments, built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers, stand testament to the city’s rich history.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3 credits

Come join this collaborative summer fashion course delivered in partnership between Richmond, The American University in London, and Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design. Explore the fashion buying and merchandising process with this unique three-week, three-credit course with key insight and lectures offered by industry professionals.

With an emphasis on the practical, the course places a special focus on sourcing and range planning in order to achieve a company’s positioning and budget objectives.


This summer programs includes a trip to Paris! This opportunity offers guided visits to the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Condé Nast Paris offices, Galleries Lafayette and other interesting concept stores. From the classroom to real life—see the fashion buying and merchandising techniques in action!


Students receive an official transcript from Richmond American University London upon successful completion of the program.

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    Stephanni Greenan

    Stephanni Greenan will be your Program Coordinator and will help you prepare to go abroad!


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    Sally Wippman

    Sally will be your on-site Resident Director and will be a resource for you while you are in England!

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    Vanessa Alves

    Vanessa will be an on-site London Student Services Coordinator and will be a resource for you while you are in England!


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Courses at Richmond American University London (Summer Conde Nast Fashion and Merchandising)

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Recommended US semester credits: 3  

  • Special guided visits to the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris

London is a large city, so all students can expect to use public transportation (i.e. tube or bus) to move around the city on a daily basis, both getting to school and for social/cultural activities. It is a part of life in London. Generally, it will take students 20-45 minutes to get to school from their housing via public transportation or walking. Housing will be located in Zones 1, 2, or 3 on the tube map.

Students will be housed in student apartments. Most apartments have several single rooms with a shared living room and kitchen. Some have ensuite bathrooms in each bedroom, while others have shared bathrooms. The kitchens are equipped with ovens, stoves, microwaves, and refrigerators. Wireless Internet is provided in all flats.

We may place students in a few different student apartment buildings depending on where they are taking classes. We will prioritize having students share an apartment with other API students, but it is possible that API students would share an apartment with non-API students.